Jacobson

Louis Jacobson

PolitiFact senior correspondent

Louis Jacobson is the senior correspondent for 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. He is senior author of The Almanac of American Politics 2016 and also contributed to the 2000 and 2004 editions. 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@politifact.com

The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Louis Jacobson

Pants on Fire!

Clinton leads Trump among women by historic margin

False

Obama used the term repeatedly, sometimes with caveats

Mostly False

Not as strong a connection as he suggests

Recent stories from Louis Jacobson

Donald Trump's latest conspiracy theory targets Ted Cruz's father

Donald Trump has connected the father of Ted Cruz to the JFK assassination. Our fact-check reveals an absurd lack of evidence. 

Our top 5 fact-checks for April 2016

Our five most-popular fact-checks in April were all about the Democratic presidential candidates.

PolitiFact Florida Top 5 in April 2016

A spat between a Starbucks heckler and Gov. Rick Scott led our fact-checks in April  

Earth Day 2016: 6 things to know about climate change

On this Earth Day, we look back on some of our recent fact-checks on climate change.

Fact-checking the New York Democratic debate

We sort out fact from fiction at tonight's Democratic presidential debate. TRUTH-O-METER! Compare the PolitiFact records of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.

Fact-checking the New York Democratic debate

We sort out fact from fiction at Thursday's Democratic presidential debate. TRUTH-O-METER! Compare the PolitiFact records of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.  

5 fact-checks about foreign trade, TPP, and China

We review some of our fact-checks from the campaign trail, including rhetoric from Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz. Half True was the best rating. 

Mailbag: 'You blew this one, and badly'

The Democratic presidential nomination battle is the biggest topic for recent comments, complaints and concerns by PolitiFact readers.

Fact-checking the Starbucks heckler-Rick Scott spat

Gov. Rick Scott tried to get a cup of coffee from one of his favorite spots, Starbucks, on Tuesday in Gainesville. He got a jolt, all right. A community activist let him have it over cuts to health care under his reign. 

PolitiFact’s Top 5 fact-checks for March 2016

With heated primaries on both sides of the aisle, most of our Top 5 fact checks from March focused on the two so-called outsider candidates: Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders and Republican frontrunner Donald Trump.