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.
The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Nancy Madsen
"Collectively states are spending more on Medicaid than they do on K-12 education."
Recent stories from Nancy MadsenFaulty data from the Virginia Department of Education gives state public schools a black eye
Based on erroneous statistics from the state, conservative groups are saying that teachers comprise only 35 percent of the employees in Virginia's public schools -- the lowest percentage in the nation.In Perspective: What Susan Stimpson said about reaching out to minorities
In listening to audios of the interview that have been posted to YouTube and the blog Not Larry Sabato, it becomes apparent that Stimpson's comments have been edited.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.Fact-checks on gun control and gun violence
The shooting in Newtown, Conn., that killed 26 people has reopened a national debate about gun control. As it unfolds, you might hear some familiar claims. Here's our roundup.Fact-checks on gun control and gun violence
The shooting in Newtown, Conn., that killed 26 people has reopened a national debate about gun control. As it unfolds, you might hear some familiar claims. Here's our roundup.Ad Watch: The final salvos of the presidential race
President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are filling in the blanks on each other's policies with some far-fetched claims.Allen and Kaine have big differences on budget issues
Allen has signed a pledge not to vote for any tax increases and relies on spending cuts to slash deficits. Kaine says there must be a combination of tax hikes and spending cuts.Ad Watch: Allen and the GOP go after Kaine
Kaine, in his final budget, unsuccessfully proposed a 1 percent income tax increase. Many, but not all, individual earners at the $17,000 level would have seen their tax bill rise.A quick look at the final Allen-Kaine debate
Tim Kaine and George Allen squared off for the fifth time Thursday night, reinforcing their positions on jobs, health care and the budget. Here's a review of some of their claims:A quick look at the latest Allen-Kaine debate
Tim Kaine and George Allen made a number of statements in Monday night's debate that were familiar to PolitiFact Virginia. Here's a recap:
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