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Daniel Finnegan

Editor, Richmond Times-Dispatch

Danny Finnegan is editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He came to the T-D  in 1987 as a sports copy editor and later became an assistant sports editor, assistant managing editor for night news and deputy managing editor for photo, graphics, presentation, multimedia and sports. He has also served as a senior editor of the newspaper and became editor in June 2011.

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The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Daniel Finnegan

The Chamber of Commerce says new carbon regulations will kill "244,000 jobs a year" and cost average families "$1,200 a year."  

Says a "liberal" immigration reform group endorsed his GOP primary opponent, Dave Brat.

The Redskins Training Camp deal "generated $40 million in new private investment in the city."

"Obamacare passed by just one vote in the Senate. It wouldn’t have passed without Mark Warner’s vote."

"Mark Herring voted to allow sex offenders, including rapists, to serve shorter sentences."

A judge took the Star Scientific tax case away from Ken Cuccinelli

Says an investigative report concluded Ken Cuccinelli "should have been prosecuted" for disclosure violations, but Virginia's law was too weak.

Virginia is "the only state" that has a tradition of attorneys general resigning if they run for governor.

"As governor, I cut $5 billion in spending."

Recent stories from Daniel Finnegan
A first look at the Warner-Gillespie debate

There's plenty of fodder for the Truth-O-Meter after first debate between U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, a Democrat, and GOP challenger Ed Gillespie. Here's our initial take. More fact checks are in the works.

 


 

Upon reconsideration, Cantor's 2012 Obamacare claim still doesn't hold up

PolitiFact tagged President Barack Obama with the "Lie of the Year" in 2013 for saying people who like their insurance were assured of keeping it under the Affordable Care Act.

Does that validate House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's opposite claim that because of Obamacare, "The people who have health care and like it in this country won't be able to keep what they have?"

 

Introducing the Macker-Meter

The Macker-Meter will monitor what progress, if any, Gov. Terry McAuliffe makes on 17 of his campaign promises last year.

Promises, promises...McDonnell fulfilled half of them

PolitiFact Virginia’s Bob-O-Meter has tracked the progress of 48 promises Bob McDonnell made when he ran for governor in 2009. McDonnell, with less than two weeks remaining in office, has fulfilled 24 of them.

Cuccinelli and McAuliffe fared poorly on the Truth-O-Meter

Of the 14 Cuccinelli claims PolitiFact Virginia fact checked over the last year, 10 were rated Mostly False or worse. Of the 13 McAuliffe statements we checked, 11 were Mostly False or worse.

Virginia's disclosure laws are unrevealing

As the scandal involving gifts and loans to Gov. Bob McDonnell and his family swirls, here's a look at how Virginia's political disclosure laws compare to other states:

PolitiFact Charts:

Rules for Governors Accepting Gifts By State

Loan Disclosure Rules for Governors and Legislators By State

Tracking McDonnell's campaign promises

The Bob-O-Meter tracks 48 promises that Gov. Bob McDonnell made during his 2009 gubernatorial campaign. Of the 38 that so far have been rated, we've found that nearly half -- 17 -- have been fulfilled and earned a Promise Kept. Three were judged to be a Promise Broken.

The rest of the pledges have either resulted in Compromise, been Stalled by events or are rated In the Works as McDonnell begins his last year in office.

PolitiFact Virginia responds to the state GOP

PolitiFact is not about mathematical balance between the parties in our ratings. We’re about making calls on the accuracy of political claims.

Barack Obama debuts stump speech

President Barack Obama held his first official campaign rallies in Columbus, Ohio, and Richmond, Va., on Saturday. He repeated several claims that PolitiFact has rated before and made new ones that PolitiFact will rate in the coming weeks.

Ad Watch: American Energy Alliance blames Obama for gas prices

Steven Chu did call for boosting U.S. gas prices to "the levels in Europe." But this happened before he became energy secretary, when Barack Obama was campaigning for president. Chu had no ties to Obama at the time. 

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