Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Articles from November, 2013

November's greatest hits: Checks about Obamacare, Texas voter ID laws

Our checks of claims tied to the Obamacare law and the Texas voter ID mandate were reader favorites in November. Gubernatorial hopefuls Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis drew attention, too, while Ted Cruz’s Truth-O-Meter report card remained of interest.

Where you from? In Austin, there’s a one in five chance it’s overseas

The City of Austin knows a bit about where residents were born.

Leticia Van de Putte and the Texas Truth-O-Meter

Leticia Van de Putte hasn’t run statewide before. But she has a PolitiFact report card.

Absolute statements and the Texas Truth-O-Meter

A Greg Abbott claim about the voter ID law causing "no problems whatsoever" reminded us that absolute statements often stir the Truth-O-Meter.

When online satire gets presented as the facts

Like the old game of telephone, satire is being transformed into "truth" by social media.

South Texan is second Latina to run for governor

Miriam Martinez ballyhooed herself as the first Latina to run for governor. False, it turns out. Even before the Truth-O-Meter twitched, Martinez revised her campaign website.

Sooey! Obama urges Texas to mimic Arkansas

Obama, speaking in Dallas, said a million Texans "could get health insurance right away" if the state expanded Medicaid via Obamacare. Arkansas, he said, "reduced its number of uninsured by 14 percent -- already, just in the first month -- by signing people up for expanded Medicaid." See how we rate his Texas claim and a version of his Arkansas claim that we'd already checked.

Smoking out voting claims

A Democratic group's claim about the Texas voter ID law proved combustible. We've also checked other voting claims.