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.
The latest Truth-O-Meter items from John Bridges
Recent stories from John BridgesCornyn, 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."Smoking out voting claims
A Democratic group's claim about the Texas voter ID law proved combustible. We've also checked other voting claims.Judging Wendy Davis
We saw flaws in two recent claims critical of Davis--one about abortion, the other about taxes.
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