Articles from May, 2015

Texans legislating about permitting clergy not to perform gay marriage ceremonies

Texas legislation may be headed into law regarding the freedom of clergy to refuse to perform gay marriage ceremonies--but a proposal potentially penalizing elected officials, mentioned by Apple's Tim Cook, remains out of play.   Read up on the latest Texas House action here (and here and here and here). But about that penalty legislation...

Rick Perry celebrates Iowa ice cream, reminding us of food fact checks

Rick Perry, in Iowa, took note of a town's claim to being some kind of ice cream history.   Traitor!   We kid. But Perry's tweet got us to wondering how often we get to check claims tied to what we eat.

Fact-checking Texas fracking, pollution, earthquakes

Gov. Greg Abbott is aboard with legislation preventing cities, rather than the state, from regulating fracking. The restrictions were proposed after Denton voters barred hydraulic fracking in the North Texas city.   A couple fact checks come to mind.

Report: Texan Rick Perry poised to announce for president

The Dallas Morning News advises, here, that Rick Perry plans to declare his second bid for president June 4 in Dallas.   Translation: We're about 20 days away from Texans Perry and Ted Cruz facing off for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination--plus a few others, of course.    

In campaign, Steve Adler promised to resolve recycled-water conflict that was already settling out

Color us purple.   We're removing a recycled-water promise by Austin Mayor Steve Adler from the Adler-O-Meter, which gauges progress on his campaign promises. A reader helped us realize problems declared by Adler were being addressed before he took office. Read the deets...

Flip-flop: Rick Perry newly opposes Export-Import Bank

Rick Perry as governor urged Congress to keep the Export-Import Bank alive.   Perry, no longer governor, this week declared the bank should die. That's a FULL FLOP for Perry on the PolitiFact Flip-O-Meter.

Biggest Texas tax cut ever? Not

Van Taylor touted tax changes approved by the Texas Senate as the biggest tax cuts in Texas history.   They weren't, we found.

Carly Fiorina, Texas native schooled in California, and the Truth-O-Meter

Carly Fiorina, freshly declared for president, was born in Austin, Texas, though mostly grew up in the San Francisco area.   See her Truth-O-Meter report card HERE.   Several presidential hopefuls have Texas links--and previously, two presidents were born there.