Editor, Politifact Texas
W. Gardner Selby, former chief political writer for the Austin American-Statesman, has covered Texas politics and government off and on since working part-time for The Beaumont Enterprise at the Texas Capitol in 1982-83. He joined the Statesman as a reporter and columnist in 2005 having reported previously for four other newspapers at the Capitol. His background includes nearly five years as a state employee and nearly 40 parent-years as the father of two girls. A baseball book he read noted the popularity of "Horse ---" as an expression by ball players and umpires--perhaps an appropriate warm-up for the launch of PolitiFact Texas.
The latest Truth-O-Meter items from W. Gardner Selby
Says three Ukrainians recently captured on a West Texas ranch are among "individuals from countries that have strong terrorist ties being apprehended" near the state’s border with Mexico.
"We have a 40 to 50 percent dropout rate in our inner-city schools."
"Latinos now make up the majority population in Texas."
Says children are coming into the U.S. in "staggering numbers" because President Barack Obama "has been promising amnesty."
Recent stories from W. Gardner SelbyCruz cruises, Perry closes, Davis 10th--Abbott out of running
Winners: Ted Cruz and Rick Perry, while Wendy Davis landed 10th and Greg Abbott didn’t make the cut.
Rest easy, punditoids. We’re solely talking about July's 10 most-viewed PolitiFact Texas fact checks, including three Pants on Fire results.John Cornyn, draft dodger? That's Fatigues on Fire!
David Alameel said Cornyn dodged "his draft" in the Vietnam War era.
To the contrary, documents indicate young Cornyn, like many, was granted student deferments. Got a light?Greg Abbott, Rick Perry air unconfirmed claims about 3,000 murders by unauthorized immigrants
Rick Perry and Greg Abbott, championing border security, each attributed 3,000 killings to people jailed in Texas living in the United States without legal authorization.
But their declared source for this figure doesn’t prove out such claims--and there are unanswered questions.Limbaugh's Obama claim flamed by Truth-O-Meter
Rush Limbaugh's claim about the Obama administration planning the influx of children across the border came out Pants on Fire!Most Texans aren’t Hispanic--yet
Roberto Alonzo got it wrong when he said Latinos comprise the majority of Texas residents. But the state’s population mix is changing.Fact-checking claims on immigration
The surge of unaccompanied children at the U.S. border, primarily coming from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, has the politicians and pundits talking. We're checking the facts.Ted Cruz: Barack Obama has been offering amnesty to illegal immigrants
Cruz says Obama has been offering amnesty to illegal immigrants.
Not so, we conclude, and a former president figures into the story.Wendy Davis says Abbott lost in court four times in a hurry
Davis told supportive Democrats that Abbott, a fellow lawyer, lost four times in court in a short spell. We explored some litigation limbo.David Alameel didn't live in a colonia; he lived in La Colonia, he says
Until we checked, it looked like David Alameel lived at one time in an impoverished colonia.Greg Abbott claim linking FBI to Wendy Davis lacks proof her work is under investigation
News stories spurred Abbott to say Davis' legal work is under investigation--in April. Abbott stepped up that charge in a billboard this week, saying her work is "currently" under FBI investigation.
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