The Bridges file:
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.

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The latest Truth-O-Meter items from John Bridges

In Texas, "a faceless hospital panel can deny life-sustaining care, giving you only 10 days to find another facility for your mother, dad, or young child, even if the patient is conscious."

Dan Patrick "called for increasing the gas tax and the state sales tax."

Says Dan Patrick "supported giving a $5,000 taxpayer-funded voucher to every family to buy a car."  

"If you rent a U-Haul to move your company, it costs twice as much to go from San Francisco to Austin than the other way around, because you can’t find enough trucks to flee the Golden State."

"25% of human trafficking victims are located in Texas."

"John Cornyn has voted to increase the debt, raise taxes, bail out Wall Street banks and fund Obamacare."

"I have cut taxes 63 times, including a 2006 property tax reduction that ranks as the largest in state history."

"At present spending levels, only citizens of New York have a greater local debt burden than Texans."

"During the last election, Democrats won over a million votes more than Republicans, but because of the way districts are designed, the Republicans got 33 more members of the House of Representatives than the Democrats did."

"All" University of Texas "student-athletes get an iPad."

Recent stories from John Bridges
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.

Where you from? In Austin, there’s a one in five chance it’s overseas

The City of Austin knows a bit about where residents were born.

Leticia Van de Putte and the Texas Truth-O-Meter

Leticia Van de Putte hasn’t run statewide before. But she has a PolitiFact report card.

Absolute statements and the Texas Truth-O-Meter

A Greg Abbott claim about the voter ID law causing "no problems whatsoever" reminded us that absolute statements often stir the Truth-O-Meter.

South Texan is second Latina to run for governor

Miriam Martinez ballyhooed herself as the first Latina to run for governor. False, it turns out.

Even before the Truth-O-Meter twitched, Martinez revised her campaign website.

Sooey! Obama urges Texas to mimic Arkansas

Obama, speaking in Dallas, said a million Texans "could get health insurance right away" if the state expanded Medicaid via Obamacare.

Arkansas, he said, "reduced its number of uninsured by 14 percent -- already, just in the first month -- by signing people up for expanded Medicaid."

See how we rate his Texas claim and a version of his Arkansas claim that we'd already checked.

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