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

Mostly True

Yes, though less impressive per capita

False

No nukes, as long as Iran follows the rules

False

That's the number for the Americas (plural)

Half-True

That claim lacks some context.

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Twenty million Americans are "out of work."

— PolitiFact Pennsylvania

Recent stories from Louis Jacobson

Fact-checking Bernie Sanders on 'Meet the Press'

Bernie Sanders vows to fight for a win in the upcoming Democratic primary in Calfiornia and says he'll press his case with Democratic superdelegates. 

Fact-checking ‘Hillary Clinton lying for 13 minutes straight’

The YouTube video has been watched more than 7 million times since January. What does it get right? What does it get wrong?   Fact-checking claims about the Nevada convention chaos  

Fact-checking the pro-Clinton super PAC's attack on Donald Trump's comments about women

Priorities USA's ads highlight Trump’s own comments about women, including when he said Fox’s Megyn Kelly had "blood coming out of her wherever," and his statement that women should be punished if they have an abortion.

A closer look at Donald Trump's comments about refinancing U.S. debt

Experts say Trump's comments don't make a lot of sense and carry risk for the nation's economy.   Fact-checking 2016: This is gonna be messy   What we know about the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails

Trying to pin down what Donald Trump thinks about abortion, the minimum wage, taxes, and U.S. debt

Has Donald Trump changed his position on a range of issues? Or is his rhetoric merely vague and contradictory? For six issues, at least, we find some of both.   In context: Hillary Clinton’s comments about coal jobs

Fact-checking a $15 minimum wage

Just two and a half years ago, President Barack Obama was proposing a $9 minimum wage. Now the cutting-edge Democratic proposal is $15. How did this happen, and what does it mean?  

Anatomy of a talking point: Donald Trump on the JFK assassination

The way Donald Trump launched an inaccurate and inflammatory attack on Ted Cruz’s father has become a pattern.

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