PolitiFact Texas staff writer
Sue Owen is a PolitiFact Texas staff writer. Over 16 years at the Austin American-Statesman, Owen has worked in news, sports, features and in other departments as a page designer, copy chief and assigning editor.
The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Sue Owen
Recent stories from Sue OwenRick Perry, Sam Houston, slavery--and the Boy Scouts
Rick Perry, exhorting the Boy Scouts to continue excluding gays, analogized to Sam Houston and slavery on the eve of the Civil War. We wondered about that.Hammond: Businesses pay 60 percent of taxes in Texas
Bill Hammond, who helms the Texas Association of Business, spoke up for business tax cuts by saying businesses pay 60 percent of taxes in the state. Really?Dewhurst: 45 days "lost" to state testing
David Dewhurst says Texas school systems lose 45 days to state-imposed tests. We did not find a firm factual basis for his figure.Top 10 fact-checks on guns
As the U.S. Senate moves to take up gun legislation, we fact-check the most interesting and oft-repeated claims from both sides of the debate.Perry quotes Obama saying Medicaid ‘broken’
Rick Perry says Barack Obama called Medicaid "broken." That’s Mostly True.Fact-checking Ted Cruz
The constitutional conservative from Texas has gotten a lot of attention since taking his seat in the U.S. Senate this year. But is he accurate?Ted Cruz claim about Democrats and Catholic church unsupported
Democrats told the Catholic Church that they’ll use federal powers to shut down church charities and hospitals if the church doesn’t change its beliefs. So said Ted Cruz. Pants!Wacky spending, even under the sequester?
We look at claims that the government still funds goofy projects like fantasy football and research on duck penises. But not all of these claims are accurate.UPDATED: California pokes at Texas mostly hold up
A Sacramento Bee editorial leveled several criticisms of Texas. We rated most of them True or Mostly True.Gun-crime claims abound, but which are on target?
Claims about gun crime and gun control are thick in the air, and we’ve recently tackled some from prominent Texas politicians. Do stricter gun laws coincide with higher crime? Are hammers and clubs used to kill more people than rifles? Read on.
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