W. Gardner Selby

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.

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Here's what PolitiFact Texas learned while researching fact-checks in the weeks preceding the March 2018 Texas party primaries.

Mailbag on George P. Bush claim: 'Like saying you took a shower when you took a bath'

Readers sound off on a fact-check of George P. Bush.

Beto O'Rourke tweets at Sarah Huckabee Sanders about El Paso's safety ranking

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Catch up on the top 10 most-clicked PolitiFact Texas fact-checks of 2017.

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