Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Debra Davis

Investigations editor

Debra Davis, formerly the state editor of the Austin American-Statesman, is the Investigations editor for the newspaper, also overseeing the Insight section in Sunday editions.

Email: ddavis@statesman.com

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Recent stories from Debra Davis

Greg Abbott claim about terrorist prosecution leads to Austin woman declaring husband's innocence

A fact check led to an interview with the wife of an Austin man awaiting sentencing on terrorism-related charges. In a news story, she says her husband was pressured into an overseas plan by federal operatives.

Wendy Davis wheelchair ad hammers 'Mostly True' claims

We didn’t rate the wheelchair ad.   But the Truth-O-Meter has chewed over two Wendy Davis’ claims in the spot.

Texas Department of Public Safety says whoa to California congressman's ISIS claim

It’s not often, we figure, that a Texas state agency openly clashes with a congressman.   But it happened this week when California Rep. Duncan Hunter said the Border Patrol had caught Islamic State terrorists crossing into the U.S. from Mexico.

Dan Patrick misses on ISIS, Central America, scores on other charges about Van de Putte

Dan Patrick's fresh multi-part claim about Leticia Van de Putte's record had enough factual support to rate Half True. In his new TV ad, Patrick otherwise makes an ISIS claim that hasn't previously borne out.

September's popular fact checks include reviews of Ted Cruz, Wendy Davis

Our check of a Ted Cruz claim about crucifixions in Iraq proved our most-read article in September. But fact checks of Wendy Davis also attracted many readers.   September’s top 5 hits, ahead.

California, New York, Ted Nugent lofted in Texas gubernatorial debate

Greg Abbott considerably outpaced Wendy Davis -- 17 mentions of a reporter's first name to her one, unless we failed to notice a "Peggy" or two in their debate from a Dallas TV studio.   Ahem: Previously checked claims also bubbled up.

Dan Patrick, Leticia Van de Putte and slippery moments in debate

Dan Patrick and Leticia Van de Putte each swung away in a Dallas debate. We spotted slippery moments.

City of Austin workers paid over $100K? Ye$.

One of the nearly 80 candidates for Austin City Council made a claim about city workers earning six figures.

"Capital Tonight" features PolitiFact Texas weekly

Paul Brown and "Capital Tonight" have been having us over to take questions. We share video proof (above).

Debate, TribuneFest: 'PolitiFact sometimes gets it right'

We heard fresh possibly checkable factual claims from this weekend's gubernatorial debate in the RGV and the interview sessions at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin. At the fest, Republican lieutenant governor nominee Dan Patrick took issue with his latest Pants on Fire.