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PolitiFact Virginia writer

Nancy Madsen joined PolitiFact Virginia in January 2012. Prior to that, she spent four years as a reporter at the Watertown Daily Times in New York, covering local government and business. She grew up in many places, but mostly Mississippi and Texas. She is a graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois and has an M.A. in journalism from Syracuse University.

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The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Nancy Madsen

Says 70 percent of Virginia’s Medicaid cost is for seniors in nursing homes.

Says Mark Warner has supported Harry Reid "down the line."

Mark Warner’s "record is one of acting against" the Keystone XL pipeline.

Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine voted "to let the U.N. take OUR guns."

"Right now, America has $1.1 trillion of student debt. That’s more than credit card debt."

"Estimates for adopting Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion show it will cost Virginia taxpayers $902 million through 2022."

"Ninety-seven percent of the time. That’s how often Mark Warner votes with President Obama."

Says Virginia House Republicans are sacrificing $5 million a day in U.S. funds by refusing to expand Medicaid.

Dave Brat "worked on Democrat Gov. Tim Kaine’s Council of Economic Advisors while Kaine tried to raise our taxes by over $1 billion."

"Did you know US population growth is at its lowest since the Great Depression?"

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PolitiFact had a ringside seat for Dave Brat's upset of Eric Cantor

So thorough was Brat's victory that he won 53 percent of the vote in Henrico County -- Cantor's home and an area he has reresented either in the state legislature or Congress since 1992. 

PolitiFact Virginia looked at a number claims made during the Brat-Cantor primary. Here's what we found:

PolitiFact's review for today's Cantor-Brat primary

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Fact-checking Ed Gillespie

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Boycotting Medicaid expansion puts a small dent in U.S deficits

A look at what some say is a silver lining from the reluctance of 24 states to expand Medicaid.

Sorting through the Medicaid claims

The General Assembly is deadlocked over expanding Medicaid elgibility in Virginia and dubious statements abound. Here's a recap:

Scores of Medicaid audits still leave holes

House Republicans are insisting Virginia's Medicaid system undergo a two-year audit before they'll consider expanding it. Gov. Terry McAuliffe says the program already has been studied to death and it's time for action.

We looked at dozens of Virginia Medicaid audits published in recent years to find out what they say about Virginia's $8 billion-a-year health program. 

 

 

There's sunshine and darkness in Virginia's open-government laws

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Introducing the Macker-Meter

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