Editor, Politifact Texas
W. Gardner Selby, 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 30 parent-years as the father of two girls. One of the latest baseball books 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
Recent stories from W. Gardner SelbyCornyn, 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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