Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

John Bridges

Managing editor, Austin American-Statesman

John Bridges is the managing editor of the Austin American-Statesman. An American-Statesman employee for more than 20 years, he previously served as the newspaper's senior editor for local and state news, national editor, news editor, metro editor and sports editor. His duties include oversight of PolitiFact Texas.

Email: jbridges@statesman.com

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Recent stories from John Bridges

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.    

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.

Martial law in Texas? Hold that thought

Chatter fanned by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones about federal troops imposing martial law in Texas isn't substantiated, news reports indicate.   Read a wide-ranging rundown of the situation from reporter Jonathan Tilove of the Austin American-Statesman, here.   BONUS: See our 2014 fact check of a claim rooted in a stunt undertaken by a Jones-backed operation that University of Texas students signed a petition supportive of killing babies after birth.

Bernie Sanders says half of Americans have less than $10,000 in savings accounts

Bernie Sanders, the Independent senator from Vermont mulling a run for president, told an Austin crowd a lot of Americans have very little saved for a rainy day.   MOSTLY TRUE.

ISIS camp near El Paso? FALSE

If ISIS has a camp near El Paso, no government officials admitted it to us. Nor did anyone hint there's something to that declaration by Judicial Watch.   Truth-O-Meter says: FALSE.