Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
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Louis Jacobson

PolitiFact Deputy Editor

Louis Jacobson is deputy editor of PolitiFact and a staff writer for the Tampa Bay Times. He has served as deputy editor of Roll Call and as founding editor of its legislative wire service, CongressNow. Earlier, he spent more than a decade covering politics, policy and lobbying for National Journal magazine. Since 2002, he has handicapped political races, including state legislatures, governors, congressional seats, state attorneys general and the electoral college, currently for Governing. In 2004, Jacobson originated the “Out There” column on politics in the states, which ran in Roll Call and later in Stateline.org and which won five annual awards from Capitolbeat, the association of state capitol reporters and editors. He received the Weidenbaum Center Award for Evidence-Based Journalism from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014.

Email: ljacobson@tampabay.com

The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Louis Jacobson

Mostly False

Ad is based in part on anecdotal and anonymous evidence

 Republican Party of Florida
Republican Party of Florida

Health insurance costs for Floridians are up 30 percent or more.

— PolitiFact Florida

False

It was false when Rick Perry said it, too

Carlos Curbelo
Carlos Curbelo

Social Security and Medicare are "a Ponzi scheme."

— PolitiFact Florida

Mostly False

Different rules 25 years ago don't provide proof

Steve Southerland
Steve Southerland

Says Gwen Graham "was a Washington lobbyist."

— PolitiFact Florida

Pants on Fire!

No evidence Crist was part of Rothstein's Ponzi scheme

Mostly True

Not quite that much, but still a lot

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