The long history is limited, but White supported legislation to tighten voting laws
"Bill White has a long history of trying to limit or even disenfranchise military voters."
Though uncertain, numbers not free-floating
Says an estimate that Texas will face an $18 billion budget gap is “a number that somebody just reached up in the air and grabbed."
Avoid carbon tax for now, White actually wrote
"My opponent in November of 2008 sent a missive to the White House, to President Obama-elect, and said, 'Here's how you need to sell cap-and-trade to the American people.' "
Judge put the brakes on Perry's expedited permitting process, but unnecessary? Up for debate
"Rick Perry attempted to fast-track unnecessary coal-fired power plants, which degrade air quality and would cost billions. Fortunately, a court stopped him."
One quote in an extinct newspaper does not equal proof
"Handel endorsed gay adoption" in 2003 when she was running for chairwoman of the Fulton County Commission.
Says Gov. Rick Perry is “spending Texans’ hard-earned money to live like Louie XIV.”
White could have read up first
“In three days last week, (Gov. Rick) Perry flew to five cities at taxpayers’ expense, holding press conferences, delivering $2,325,000 in checks.”
Contacts helped, but claim overreaches
"Bill White used D.C. connections from his job in the Clinton administration to form a company that did business in the Middle East and defaulted on a $60 million loan."
But the comparison is unreasonable
"The city of Houston now has more debt per capita than California."
Broad claim, little evidence
Says Gov. Rick Perry failed "to involve border sheriffs in developing plans to prevent violence in their communities."
State's statistic not whole story
“The percent of students who enter high school and eventually earn a diploma or equivalent, or who remain in pursuit of a diploma or equivalent, is 90 percent.”
Rates dropped -- but revenue rose
Says he cut 'tax rates five times'
An unavoidable accident, in legalese
"If you will go look up the definition of 'act of God,' we've used it in legal terms for a long time in this state."
State dollars decreased for both agencies
Says in 2003 Texas cut "$10 billion out of the entire budget, yet we put $1.8 billion more into public education. We put $800 million more into health and human services."
Feds say ball is in state's court
Says Texas has been waiting for two years for the federal government to act on a proposal to allow the state to "create insurance opportunities for those that are uninsured today."
"We've got a 1,000 National Guard troop request that's been in front of this president for over a year and no response."
In theory, yes — not necessarily in practice
"Everyone in this country has access to health care."
Watered and fed cows, flew planes, rented out office space
Says Gov. Rick Perry has never held a private-sector job.
White is right on rent bill for home away from mansion
"By the end of Governor Rick Perry's term, he will have drained Texas taxpayers ... of more than $360,000 to pay for the rental mansion he has been living in while the historic Governor's Mansion is repaired."
Recap lacks Perry's 2009 claim that Texas can quit USA
Says he said last year there's "absolutely no reason" for Texas to secede.
© 2015 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111
About PolitiFact | Contact Us | Advertise