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 SelbyDid Clint Eastwood sign anti-Obama chain email?
A reader wondered if Clint Eastwood wrote a recent anti-Obama chain email signed "Clint."
We failed to reach Eastwood, but doubts have been aired.Dewhurst, Cornyn among most-fact-checked Texans still in running for statewide office
We’ve checked more than 100 claims by the 20-plus Texans still in the running for statewide office with David Dewhurst proving--by far--the figure most familiar with the Texas Truth-O-Meter.Cornyn cages Stockman, Democrats may need runoff to settle Senate nominee
Primary election returns aren't final, but John Cornyn crushed his proclaimed tea-party challenger while Democrats might face a May runoff to settle on Cornyn's November foe.
We've piled up our latest fact checks of Cornyn and outright winners Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis. For the latest results, go to www.statesman.com.PolitiFact Texas fact-checks the Texas primary contests
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn has a primary challenge on Tuesday from U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, while other down-ballot ballot races are closely contested.Consult your Truth-O-Meter before voting in Texas party primaries
Texas voters choose major-party nominees on Tuesday, though May run-offs are possible if the lead candidate in each primary fails to draw more than half the vote.
Warm up for voting by reviewing claims we checked during the election run-up--including a smoky statement about the planet’s warmth.Calling all cars for Texas balanced budget boasts
No one balances a Texas state budget by his or her lonesome. But that doesn’t keep incumbents from suggesting as much.
Now we seek your help in identifying such budget claims by candidates in the March primaries.Greg Abbott (again) doubts Wendy Davis on gun rights
Greg Abbott, running for governor, told CNN this week that campaigning with provocative rocker Ted Nugent "was a way to expose Wendy Davis for her flip-flopping on gun-related issues."
In November, before Davis announced her support for allowing licensed Texans to openly carry pistols on their hips, we took an in-depth look at her positions and votes on gun issues going back to her days on the Fort Worth City Council. Read on for more.Full flops for Dewhurst, Patrick on repealing a constitutional amendment
U.S. Senate hopefuls David Dewhurst and Dan Patrick flip-flopped on whether to change how senators are chosen. Yes, both said, then no.In context: Greg Abbott on third-world corruption near the Texas-Mexico border
Greg Abbott has been accused of labeling the Texs-Mexico border region "third world." What exactly did he say?Federal aid covers most costs of cameras near Texas-Mexico border
Texan Todd Staples made a claim about his agency funding cameras watching the Texas-Mexico border.
Most of the program's funding originated with Uncle Sam.
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