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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.

Email: wgselby@statesman.com

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2008 estimate may be past prime

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Recent stories from W. Gardner Selby

Steve Adler correct about Austin’s No. 1 ranks, wrong about first tweet coming from Texas

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Whole Foods didn't write anti-gay slur on Austin cake, pastor reveals

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Ted Cruz's 'Pants on Fire' claim about U.N. shredding First Amendment

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Julián Castro, Bernie Sanders and the Minutemen ‘hate group’

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Fact checks: Austin’s vote on Uber background checks

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Fact-checking Ted Cruz

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Ted Cruz, win or lose, has the Texas Truth-O-Meter

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Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina and the Truth-O-Meter

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Jorge Ramos draws Half True for claim 80 journalists killed in Mexico in last decade

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Where are Ted Cruz’s Muslim neighborhoods?

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