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Warren Fiske

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Warren Fiske is the editor of PolitiFact Virginia.

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The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Warren Fiske

"From 1972 until 2011, the number of EPA employees increased by 107 percent while the number of total federal personnel decreased by 15 percent."  

Federal money for Medicaid expansion "is guaranteed for a few years and then goes away."

Says the Medicaid fraud rate in Virginia was "fact-checked" and found to be "0.47 percent."

Gov. McAuliffe's budget would "raid school, other $$ 4 Obamacare in VA."

If the legislature refuses to expand Medicaid, "27 states are going to get our money – Virginia taxpayer money – into their states to provide health care for their citizens, paid for by us."

State Medicaid expansion "will save our treasury $1 billion over the next eight years."

In Virginia’s Medicaid program, "approximately 30 percent, or $2.7 billion a year, is lost to waste, fraud and inefficiencies."

Says five Democratic state senators were for her bicycle tailgating bill "before they were against it."

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

"In 1968, a full-time worker earning minimum wage, could actually support a family of three above the poverty line. Today, that same worker would earn less than the poverty line for a family of two."

Recent stories from Warren Fiske
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

To see how Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act stacks up, we compared it to similar laws in Florida and Connecticut, two states that are recognized by experts for their strong open government laws.

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.

McDonnell sums up his term

PolitiFact Virginia takes quick look at Gov. Bob McDonnell's last address to the General Assembly.  

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.

PolitiFact Virginia's Top 10 claims from the gubernatorial race

Here's a review of some of the most interesting claims Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli made during the gubernatorial campaign.

Voters go to the polls in New Jersey, Virginia

PolitiFact New Jersey and PolitiFact Virginia have been fact-checking the campaigns for governor. We recap some highlights of the races.

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.

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