The Selby file:
Selby W. Gardner Selby

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.

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The latest Truth-O-Meter items from W. Gardner Selby

"The growth rate of women-owned businesses in Texas has nearly doubled that of the nation since President Obama has taken office."

Says drug cartels are using social media to offer rebates so more children from Central America get smuggled to the United States.

"The majority of Austinites rent" the places they live.

Texas prosecutor Rosemary Lehmberg purchased "72 bottles of vodka in just one store alone, in just over a year."

Under Rosemary Lehmberg, the "Travis County D.A.’s office" convened the grand jury that indicted Rick Perry.

Says Ted Cruz "was just bribed by the Kochs to introduce a bill that would give them and their allies America’s national forests, parks, and other public lands and open them for mining, drilling, fracking and logging."

Congress is "on a five-week vacation."

Says that, as a Supreme Court justice, Greg Abbott found that a company whose vacuum cleaners were sold door to door "had no responsibility" in the hiring of a salesman who raped a customer.

"We have less crime in the (Rio Grande) Valley than we do in other major Texas cities."

Recent stories from W. Gardner Selby
Beto O’Rourke, Rick Perry and bombs NOT going off in El Paso (maybe NOT safest U.S. city)

In a tweet critical of Perry, O’Rourke charged the governor with falsely saying car bombs are going off in El Paso, which O'Rourke called the safest U.S. city.

O’Rourke was time traveling.

A fact check isn't a frozen custard (tips below)

Perhaps you’re familiar with five things to know about Rick Perry’s indictment. Now comes PolitiFact with seven tips toward better fact checks.

Mailbag: Reader's PolitiFact rating, ‘Out of Date’

It’s been too long since we shared reader emails. Open the mailbag, Andy.

Unsupported claim: Ted Cruz took a bribe to file federal lands proposal

Ted Cruz took a bribe from the billionaire Kochs to make a proposal, a pro-Democratic group said.

That's ridiculously unfounded.

Tweets on Wendy Davis ad assailing Abbott dissent in case linked to rape

We’re sharing tweets about our fact check of an ad from Wendy Davis about Greg Abbott’s position in a case when he served on the Texas Supreme Court.

Henry Cisneros, in PolitiFact debut, declares historic first in mayor of San Antonio

Until now, Henry Cisneros hadn't faced the Truth-O-Meter. He recently got it right about the new mayor of San Antonio making history.

Rick Perry doubles down on people from countries with terrorist ties crossing border

In a Sunday interview, Perry asserted there’s a frightening record being set. Pants on Fire, PolitiFact in Washington, D.C., found.

Cruz 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.

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