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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.

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The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Louis Jacobson

"97 percent of the 100 poorest counties in America are in red states."

The Obama administration's policies "have reduced minority dropout rate by 25 percent."

The state of New York is the "worst in the nation in economic recovery."

When the New Hampshire Legislature raised the gasoline tax, gas prices in the state were "skyrocketing."

"We've recovered (from the recession) faster and come farther than almost any other advanced country on Earth."  

"Tourism and retirees are the dominant economic engines in our state."

Under Gov. Tom Corbett, "Pennsylvania ranks 49th in job creation."

The number of jobs created and people lifted out of poverty during Bill Clinton’s presidency was "a hundred times" what it was under President Ronald Reagan.

Says former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said that "if the workers are more insecure, that's very healthy for the society" because "they'll serve the masters gladly and passively."

"More women are graduating from college now than men."

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