Articles from February, 2016

It's voting time in Texas and across south (consult your Truth-O-Meter)

There's no debating this: The Republican and Democratic primaries in Texas and other southern states (is Minnesota a southern state?) take place Tuesday.   So get your Truth-O-Meter on!   For our latest Texas-oriented fact checks, scroll down. LIKE us and comment on our Facebook page. For a national view, click here.

Reports: Ted Cruz aide asked to leave campaign after publicly acknowledging error

A day after Cruz spokesman Rick Tyler acknowledged his error in quoting Marco Rubio on the Bible, he’s reportedly asked to move on. Here’s a look at what Tyler admitted.  

UPDATED: Rush Limbaugh likened Ted Cruz to Ronald Reagan--but also praised Marco Rubio

Ted Cruz closes a TV ad his campaign debuted today with conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh heard saying Cruz is the choice for president and "the closest in our lifetimes we have ever been to Ronald Reagan."   But don’t assume El Rushbo endorsed Cruz over everyone. Cruz’s commercial leaves out qualifying words from Limbaugh--and that Limbaugh quickly praised Marco Rubio... But there's also an earlier instance of Limbaugh linking Cruz and Reagan.   Ted Cruz’s Truth-O-Meter report card.   Marco Rubio’s Truth-O-Meter report card.   Rush Limbaugh’s Truth-O-Meter report card.

Ted Cruz ad, assailed by Trump, leaves out Trump's declared shift on abortion

A Ted Cruz ad assailed by Donald Trump and defended by Cruz leaves out factual details--some old, others relatively new.   Key: Trump, once strongly "pro-choice," subsequently shifted his position on abortion rights.

George W. Bush and the (olden) Truth-O-Meter

George W. Bush, the president and former Texas governor who this week made a pitch for his brother, Jeb, in South Carolina, was president when the Truth-O-Meter debuted in 2007.   PolitiFact reporters focused on contenders to succeed him, though the second President Bush's administration often came up in fact checks of others. We look back...   Early voting in Texas launches Tuesday Feb. 16. Wondering where to vote?   See presidential campaign fact checks here.

Free college is true American history, Bernie Sanders insists

Bernie Sanders says college tuition in the U.S. was once nothing as in nada as in zero.   Sure, senator, and the space program ran on Tang. Oh wait: PolitiFact Florida found Sanders’ claim MOSTLY TRUE.   Early voting in Texas launches Tuesday Feb. 16. Wondering where to vote?   LIKE the PolitiFact Texas project on our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.   See Texas presidential hopeful Ted Cruz’s Truth-O-Meter report card.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler fulfills five campaign promises, breaks one

In his first year, Austin Mayor Steve Adler kept about a third of 16 campaign promises we're tracking on the PolitiFact Texas Adler-O-Meter.   Adler also had a promise rated STALLED and three promises graded IN THE WORKS. Adler's one BROKEN promise was his unfulfilled idea to have the Austin City Council jointly visit council districts.   Want the latest on candidates for president including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz? Click here.  

Reader: Ted Cruz 'dead-on' about cancelled health plans in Texas

Readers questioned our fiery rating of a Ted Cruz claim that Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas had cancelled all individual health insurance policies in Texas, effective Dec. 31.   Let's open the PolitiFact Texas mailbag.

Did Ted Cruz gin up Iowa voter histories?

Just before Iowa’s presidential caucuses, Ted Cruz’s campaign poked some Hawkeye State voters with mailers criticized as deceptive by the state’s chief elections official. Could it be too that Cruz concocted personal voting histories for Iowans (and their neighbors) who got the mailers?   Here's our detailed look -- including a professor's comparison of personal information in the mailers to 20 voter histories he checked in Iowa state records.

Checking Ted Cruz on the facts in New Hampshire

Stumping in New Hampshire today, Ted Cruz aired claims PolitiFact has gauged before.   In this report, read what Cruz got right and wrong, courtesy of PolitiFact correspondent Lou Jacobson, on the scene.