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

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The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Nancy Madsen

U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell "wants gun owners in a federal registration system."

Virginia "spends less per student today than we did in 2008."  

The GOP platform that seeks further limits on abortion and is silent on an exception for rape "has been there for more than 30 years."

The CBO says the cost of health care reform will rise to $1.8 trillion, "increasing the price to far greater than the $900 billion" originally projected. 

"The U.S. gun homicide rate is 20 times the combined rate of other western nations."

Recent stories from Nancy Madsen
A quick look at the final Cuccinelli-McAuliffe debate

The gubernatorial candidates threw a few familiar punches. Here's a review of some of their claims:

Greatest hits of the Virginia governor's race (so far)

PolitiFact Virginia has fact-checked claims about government shutdowns, Social Security, abortion, guns and more. We review the most compelling fact-checks of the campaign to date.

PolitiFact's oddest fact-checks of 2012

The Truth-O-Meter has a sense of humor (we swear) so we occasionally do light-hearted or downright odd fact-checks. Here are some of the more unusual fact-checks we did in 2012.

Democrats make case for Obama re-election

The Democrats wrapped up their convention Thursday night in Charlotte with President Barack Obama making his case for four more years on the job.

Prior to the president’s culminating speech, PolitiFact, PolitiFact Georgia and the AJC Truth-O-Meter tested some claims made by former President Bill Clinton and political leaders during convention appearances.

We will complete a full fact-check of claims made by Obama in Saturday’s paper, and a roundup of claims made throughout the convention on Sunday.

Want to comment on our rulings? Go to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/politifact.georgia) or find us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/politifactga).

And check our Facebook page throughout the day. We update it with new convention fact-checks morning, noon and night.

Bill Clinton sets the stage for President Obama

Former President Bill Clinton made the case for President Barack Obama’s re-election Wednesday night in Charlotte at the Democratic National Convention.

The AJC Truth-O-Meter tested some claims made by Clinton and others during the convention’s second day.

We will continue monitoring speakers throughout the Charlotte gathering, just like we did for the Republicans in Tampa.

Want to comment on our rulings? Go to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/politifact.georgia) or find us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/politifactga).

And check our Facebook page throughout the day. We update it with new convention fact checks morning, noon and night.

Tim Kaine highlights his, Obama's successes in DNC speech

U.S. Senate candidate and former Gov. Tim Kaine talked about the economic successes that his term in Virginia and Barack Obama's term as president brought. We took at look at the familiar talking points.

Ad Watch: Crafty splice tags Obama with a promise

An Americans for Prosperity ad shows President Barack Obama promising to cut the national deficit during his first term and saying, "If I don't have this done in three years, then there's going to be a one-term proposition."

Did President Obama really give himself a three-year deadline to accomplish that goal?

Ad Watch: GOP accuses Obama of breaking vows to improve economy

"Today I'm pledging to cut the deficit we inherited by half by the end of my first term in office," President Barack Obama said on Feb. 23, 2009.

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