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
Recent stories from W. Gardner SelbyMr. ‘Goeb,’ meet Mr. Dewhurst
David Dewhurst and Dan Patrick blast away about a name change and campaign debts. The Truth-O-Meter engages.Patrick, Castro spar over immigration in San Antonio
Dan Patrick and Julián Castro faced off over immigration, getting chances to improve their respective Truth-O-Meter records.Checking the facts on claims about your rights
Fifty years ago, the Civil Rights Act.
For four years, we've checked a few claims about your rights. We're also eager to hear of any claims at the LBJ Civil Rights Summit that might bear checking.Michael McCaul correct on military not screening recruits for mental health
Michael McCaul said on Fox News Sunday the military doesn’t screen recruits for mental health. That holds up, PunditFact found.Cruz versus Perry for president featured on a Google Hangout
PolitiFact welcomed us to its inaugural Google Hangout this week. We talked about the prospect of Ted Cruz and Rick Perry vying for president--and how you can win a PolitiFact Texas coaster.Texas top 5: Government surveys and Obama drone strikes
Our fact checks of claims about the U.S. Census Bureau and President Barack Obama having a hand in assassinating citizens were readers’ favorite fact checks in March.Texas Truth-O-Meter: Kesha Rogers is a Democrat
Kesha Rogers is not a Democrat, according to the chairman of the Texas Democratic Party. We concluded otherwise.Texas margaritas, Capitol-style
A Republican primary was salted by a claim that Stefani Carter spent campaign money providing margaritas in the Texas Capitol.Is Texas the most reliably Republican big state? You bet your Georgia peaches
Larry Sabato’s claim made us wonder if Texas is the most populous reliably Republican state.
You can bet your Georgia peaches.Austin population has doubled every 25 years or so since founding
Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell is correct that Austin's population has doubled every 25 years or so since its founding.
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