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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Reader: Ted Cruz 'dead-on' about cancelled health plans in Texas

Readers questioned our fiery rating of a Ted Cruz claim that Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas had cancelled all individual health insurance policies in Texas, effective Dec. 31.   Let's open the PolitiFact Texas mailbag.

Did Ted Cruz gin up Iowa voter histories?

Just before Iowa’s presidential caucuses, Ted Cruz’s campaign poked some Hawkeye State voters with mailers criticized as deceptive by the state’s chief elections official. Could it be too that Cruz concocted personal voting histories for Iowans (and their neighbors) who got the mailers?

Did Ted Cruz gin up Iowa voter histories?

Just before Iowa’s presidential caucuses, Ted Cruz’s campaign poked some Hawkeye State voters with mailers criticized as deceptive by the state’s chief elections official. Could it be too that Cruz concocted personal voting histories for Iowans (and their neighbors) who got the mailers?   Here's our detailed look -- including a professor's comparison of personal information in the mailers to 20 voter histories he checked in Iowa state records.

Texas law requires high schools to nudge students about registering to vote

Believe it or not, Texas requires high schools to nudge eligible students to register to vote.   We learned as much checking an even more dramatic claim by Paul Saldaña, vice president of Austin's school board.   Skip to the fact check.   SEEKING PRESIDENTIAL FACT CHECKS? SEE THE LATEST HERE.

Mano a mano, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio lead the last pre-caucus tangle in Iowa

Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz--tangling again over immigration and, perhaps, who's politically pure--ran first and second in speaking time during the last Republican presidential debate a few days  before Iowa's crucial caucuses. (Donald Trump, who declined to attend, spoke elsewhere).   PolitiFact in Washington, D.C., is piling up debate fact checks here--starting with a MOSTLY FALSE for Cruz's claim Barack Obama has "degraded" the U.S. military and a MOSTLY FALSE for Cruz's statement he hasn't insulted Trump personally.   What did you hear that merits a check?  

Republican presidential candidates, their latest muffs and misstatements

Never mind Ted Cruz’s factually flawed ad about New Yorker Donald Trump. Tonight Cruz likely takes center stage thanks to Trump saying he’s not going to join the Republican presidential debate put on by Fox News.   See PolitiFact’s debate coverage plans here. Meantime, we scanned PolitiFact states to see what candidates have lately misrepresented or gotten right.

Flawed Ted Cruz ad ties abortion to Donald Trump saying, ‘How stupid are the people of Iowa?'

A Ted Cruz TV ad portraying Donald Trump as embodying liberal New York values--including support for abortion rights--exploits Trump saying in Iowa last year: "How stupid are the people of Iowa?" The ad lacks some perspective. Trump uttered his "stupid" question in November, 16 years after he described himself as pro-choice. Notably, too, Trump was urging Iowans to doubt the accuracy of personal stories told by candidate Ben Carson--not outright saying Iowans are stupid.

Ted Cruz, Hillary Clinton -- and Goldman Sachs?

Goldman Sachs isn’t running for president.   But the New York-based investment behemoth has lately drawn fire in connection with presidential hopefuls Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton.   IN CONTEXT: Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders on Goldman Sachs

Cruz, Trump each outpoll Hillary Clinton, most recent poll suggests

Contrary to a Ted Cruz declaration, it may be too close to call whether he outpaces Hillary Clinton in national polls while Donald Trump does not.   Here's a quick peek at the latest head-to-head polling -- Cruz v. Clinton and Trump v. Clinton.   NEW: We scope out federal reporting requirements per Cruz's campaign loans of 2012.

A Trump False: Ted Cruz has had a 'double passport'

Donald Trump last week said Ted Cruz has had a "double passport."   We found no evidence for that, rating Trump's claim False.   MOSTLY TRUE: Ted Cruz says it's always been that babies born to U.S. citizens abroad are citizens from birth.