Saturday, December 20th, 2014

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

The latest Truth-O-Meter items from John Bridges

Recent stories from John Bridges

Texan Pete Gallego: This Congress the least productive, least popular in U.S. history

Pete Gallego of Texas slipped this into his farewell remarks on the House floor: "This Congress made history as the least productive, most unpopular Congress in the history of this proud nation."   Ever ever ever?   See the full fact check of U.S. Rep. Gallego, D-Alpine.

Austin Mayor-elect Steve Adler on the Texas Truth-O-Meter

Steve Adler, set to be sworn in as Austin's mayor in January, already has a record on the Texas Truth-O-Meter.   See Austin Mayor-elect Steve Adler's PolitiFact report card.

Checking Austin candidates for mayor, city council

If you vote in Austin, you (should) know about 10-1; the soon-to-be reconfigured Austin City Council will have 10 members elected from individual districts plus the mayor elected citywide. Runoff elections are Tuesday.   We ended up doing more than 10 city-related fact checks. Here's a snapshot.   See every fact check related to Austin city government here.

Texas hits in November: Greg Abbott fact checks, Twin Towers recap

Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott figured into two of our most-read fact checks in November. But a 9/11 story won the month, per online reader views. More ahead or below.   The Texas Cinco:   * "Greg Abbott says he has sued Obama administration 25 times"   * "Roger Williams: Obama policies contributed to raising gas prices from $1.89 in 2009 to $3.51 today"   * "Americans must answer U.S. Census Bureau survey by law, though agency hasn't prosecuted refusals since 1970"   * "Greg Abbott plan doesn't mandate standardized testing of 4-year-olds, but school districts could take that tack"   * "In Context: Laura Pressley’s ‘something was planted’ in World Trade Center"

Texas worst in voter turnout? Maybe Indiana

Jason Stanford was hardly the only person to say Texas had the nation’s worst voter turnout this November.   But when he made his declaration, we noticed--and checked.

Presenting: The top 10 PolitiFact Texas fact checks of 2013

In 2013, readers flocked to our fact checks of chain emails, statements about abortion and our report card for Ted Cruz. Hope you’re ready for the PolitiFact Texas Top 10 of 2013.

Up and away with a faux fact check of Santa

We’re not bringing the Truth-O-Meter to Santa Claus. But a writer did.

Cornyn, Davis tops among fact-checked statewide candidates

We’ve identified two Texas leaders--Cornyn and Davis. But we're not forecasting election results.  

Cruz, Obama vying with others for Lie of the Year

PolitiFact in Washington, D.C., is primed to name its lie of the year, which may have been uttered by Ted Cruz or Barack Obama. And don't forget the Readers' Choice award.

November's greatest hits: Checks about Obamacare, Texas voter ID laws

Our checks of claims tied to the Obamacare law and the Texas voter ID mandate were reader favorites in November. Gubernatorial hopefuls Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis drew attention, too, while Ted Cruz’s Truth-O-Meter report card remained of interest.