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.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Saturday, November 30th, 2013 at 6:00 a.m.

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.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 at 6:00 a.m.

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.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, November 22nd, 2013 at 10:32 a.m.

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.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 at 10:08 a.m.

When online satire gets presented as the facts

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

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Friday, November 15th, 2013 at 1:33 p.m.

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.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 at 4:50 p.m.

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.

By Sue Owen, W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, November 7th, 2013 at 3:56 p.m.

Smoking out voting claims

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

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, November 4th, 2013 at 12:20 p.m.

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