The Geiger file:
Jacob Geiger

Staff writer

Jacob Geiger joined the Richmond Times-Dispatch and PolitiFact Virginia at the start of 2011. He previously worked at SNL Financial where he covered the financial services and insurance beats, with a focus on the Federal Reserve, credit card companies and insurance mergers and acquisitions.

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The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Jacob Geiger

Says he eliminated an EPA rule that treated spilled milk like it was oil.

The United States "is number one in the world in energy resources; Russia is number two."  

"Our unemployment rate has been higher than 8 percent for more than two-and-a-half years, far above what the Obama Administration promised with the 'stimulus.' "

"We have 10,000 baby boomers retiring every day."

"Under Gov. Rick Perry’s leadership [Texas] has created more jobs over the last decade than the rest of the states combined."

"If you look at our tax mix, the share of corporate revenues as a percentage of our overall revenue mix has declined by about half over the last 30 years."

Gov. Bob McDonnell launched a "raid on public education to pay for roads."

On subsidies for ethanol production.

"President Obama and liberal former DNC Chairman Tim Kaine’s $787 billion stimulus failed to create jobs."

"We are number one in the world when it comes to energy resources. ... The Russians are second; Saudi Arabia is number three." 

Recent stories from Jacob Geiger
Playing a game of political telephone

Politicians like to repeat juicy lines made by party leaders or campaign committees. But as a claim works its way through Congress, the truth doesn't always travel so well.

A few claims don't make the Truth-O-Meter

We couldn't find ample data to render judgments on a statement by Gov. Bob McDonnell on tourism and a tweet by U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes on regulations. But they're interesting topics so we thought we'd share a bit of our work.

We don't fact check basketball predictions, but...

We do want to draw your attention to the March 13 comments of two ESPN basketball analysts upon learning Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond was among 68 men’s basketball teams chosen to compete for the NCAA national championship.

Basketball mavens Dick Vitale and Jay Bilas were outraged by VCU’s inclusion. They said some bigger-name schools -- specifically Virginia Tech and the University of Colorado -- were more deserving of the berth.

Resetting the Truth-o-Meter to account for inflation

We have revisited a claim by Gov. Bob McDonnell that education spending grew six times faster than student enrollment. The statement now is rated Half True after we re-calculated our figures to include the impact of inflation.

Checking up on Gov. Bob McDonnell’s claims on higher education

Gov. Bob McDonnell's staff says he misspoke when he said only 38 percent of Virginian's could attend one of the state's public colleges or universities.

Sorting out Ward Armstrong's claim on electricity rates

After inquiries by PolitiFact Virginia on Thursday, the SCC acknowledged that it had given Armstrong incorrect data. Rates actually had climbed about 33 percent from 2007 to 2009, not 90 percent.

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