Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Tom Tobin

Education Editor, Tampa Bay Times

Tom Tobin is the education editor at the Tampa Bay Times, formerly the St. Petersburg Times.

Email: ttobin@tampabay.com

The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Tom Tobin

Pants on Fire!

A made-up quote goes global

False

Romney supported it from the start

Mostly False

Creative math by an abortion-rights mayor

False

By itself, black voter increase does not flip Mississippi — or the South

Recent stories from Tom Tobin

Fact-checking attacks on Common Core school standards

PolitiFact Florida recently looked at alarming claims about Common Core, school standards that are being adopted by more than 40 states. Some of the attacks received a failing grade.

Fact-checking attacks on Common Core school standards

We look at alarming claims about Common Core, school standards that are being adopted by more than 40 states. Some of the attacks received a failing grade.

Romney misses easy grounder

At the CNN/YouTube debate, the candidates argued about immigration, crime and Iraq. We found they generally got their facts right, although Huckabee distorted the facts on an education program for immigrants and Romney missed an easy one about the Red Sox.

The perils of public financing

Bill Richardson and other critics overstate the drawbacks of John Edwards' decision to take public financing

A divide over fences

To illustrate his concerns about a fence between the United States and Mexico, Bill Richardson cites problems with the Great Wall of China and the Berlin Wall. But the history of those famous fences is not so clear.

Giuliani's "culture of life," defined

Giuliani has been an adoption advocate, but now he says that's the same as being an abortion foe.

Obama: I'm a magnet for turnout

The Democrat says he can draw black voters and young people to the polls in a big way, but experts have their doubts.