Articles from June, 2014

Greg Abbott claim linking FBI to Wendy Davis lacks proof her work is under investigation

News stories spurred Abbott to say Davis' legal work is under investigation--in April. Abbott stepped up that charge in a billboard this week, saying her work is "currently" under FBI investigation.

Are you high? Texas man not sentenced to death for third possession of marijuana

Austin man sentenced to death for possessing gram of marijuana! Wrong.

What do Wendy Davis, Rick Perry, Donna Howard and Jodie Laubenberg have in common?

Last summer about this time, Perry, Davis and several other Texas leaders touched off fact checks connected to the abortion debate.

Illegal immigration a hot tamale topic in Texas

Illegal immigration stirs voters. The topic also touches off curious claims.

Fact-checkers call out in London to a "candid world"

PolitiFact journalists recently attended the Global Fact-checking Summit in London. Neil Brown, editor of the Tampa Bay Times -- the Florida newspaper that owns and originated PolitiFact -- delivered a keynote address hearkening to the Declaration of Independence.

The Nuge on fire with unsupported Obama claim

Ted Nugent’s gory claim about Obama gets a Pants on Fire.

Report: Rick Perry letter to Obama reveals the ‘difference between a scientist and a politician’

Texas Gov. Rick Perry tapped interest groups, not scientists, to research his case against President Barack Obama, according to an Austin American-Statesman news story. We earlier rated a claim in Perry's May letter to Obama as Half True.

PunditFact confirms steakhouse claim about Eric Cantor's campaign

PunditFact couldn’t resist a juicy claim about Eric Cantor’s steakhouse spending. We can’t either.

The fact-checked skinny on Pete Sessions of Texas

Now that Jeb Hensarling has reportedly decided not to to bid for House majority leader, fellow Dallas Republican Pete Sessions is the Texan in the mix, according to news reports today. Sessions has previously been fact-checked -- and also figured into our look into whether he raised campaign money at an adult club.

Jeb Hensarling, ‘prayerful,’ has been fact-checked

Jeb Hensarling is prayerfully considering what to do next, the National Journal reports, now that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has lost his re-election. Fellow Dallas Republican Pete Sessions also might be in play for a leadership post, Slate speculates. Both have previously been fact-checked.

Texas Republicans: Homosexuality “a chosen behavior”

Texas Republicans said in their platform adopted last week: "Homosexuality is a chosen behavior..." PolitiFact explored a similar claim in 2011.

Is Ted Cruz, victor of Texas straw poll, eligible to run for president?

Ted Cruz won a presidential straw poll of Texas Republicans taken last week. But is the Canada-born Cruz constitutionally eligible to run? A PolitiFact team looked at that last year.

Dewhurst bests Cruz -- in most popular fact checks

David Dewhurst claims about Dan Patrick and Wendy Davis and a Ted Cruz claim about Barack Obama fueled our most-viewed fact checks in May. The top 5 just ahead...

Rick Perry opposes the federal government setting minimum wage

A Democratic group charged Perry with not wanting the federal minimum wage. Perry has lately said he opposes the federal government setting a minimum.