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

Says the Obama administration never responded to his 2012 letter flagging the uptick in unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

"Latinos now make up the majority population in Texas."

Says children are coming into the U.S. in "staggering numbers" because  President Barack Obama "has been promising amnesty."

Says Greg Abbott "has lost" in court "four times in just the past few days."

Dan Patrick was the only state senator "who voted against the Veteran Entrepreneurship Program, a program that assists veterans in successfully starting up their own businesses."

Says he lived in a colonia while working as a farm worker.

"The platform of the Republican Party says deport everybody and to hell with it."

Says 95 percent of people caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border said in a survey "we are coming because we’ve been promised amnesty."

"Wendy Davis’ legal work is currently under FBI investigation."

Says Central Texas river water sent to downstream rice farmers in 2011 equaled about three years’ worth of Austin’s water use.

Recent stories from W. Gardner Selby
Most Texans aren’t Hispanic--yet

Roberto Alonzo got it wrong when he said Latinos comprise the majority of Texas residents. But the state’s population mix is changing.

Fact-checking claims on immigration

The surge of unaccompanied children at the U.S. border, primarily coming from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, has the politicians and pundits talking. We're checking the facts.

Ted Cruz: Barack Obama has been offering amnesty to illegal immigrants

Cruz says Obama has been offering amnesty to illegal immigrants.

Not so, we conclude, and a former president figures into the story.

Wendy Davis says Abbott lost in court four times in a hurry

Davis told supportive Democrats that Abbott, a fellow lawyer, lost four times in court in a short spell. We explored some litigation limbo.

David Alameel didn't live in a colonia; he lived in La Colonia, he says

Until we checked, it looked like David Alameel lived at one time in an impoverished colonia.

Greg Abbott claim linking FBI to Wendy Davis lacks proof her work is under investigation

News stories spurred Abbott to say Davis' legal work is under investigation--in April. Abbott stepped up that charge in a billboard this week, saying her work is "currently" under FBI investigation.

Are you high? Texas man not sentenced to death for third possession of marijuana

Austin man sentenced to death for possessing gram of marijuana!

Wrong.

What do Wendy Davis, Rick Perry, Donna Howard and Jodie Laubenberg have in common?

Last summer about this time, Perry, Davis and several other Texas leaders touched off fact checks connected to the abortion debate.

Illegal immigration a hot tamale topic in Texas

Illegal immigration stirs voters. The topic also touches off curious claims.

Fact-checkers call out in London to a "candid world"

PolitiFact journalists recently attended the Global Fact-checking Summit in London. Neil Brown, editor of the Tampa Bay Times -- the Florida newspaper that owns and originated PolitiFact -- delivered a keynote address hearkening to the Declaration of Independence.

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