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A first take on candidates for attorney general

Made plans yet for Aug. 12, 2014? Yeah, it's just a Tuesday in the middle of summer. But it's also Election Day -- well, primary election day. Among the state races on the ballot is attorney general. Here's a look at a first round of factchecks.

By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 10:50 a.m.

Scott Walker on gay marriage ban ruling: "I don't have any choice" but to appeal. Is he right?

Gov. Scott Walker says his oath of office rather than political calculations explain his appeal of a federal court decision overturning Wisconsin’s ban on gay marriage. We examine how much discretion, if any, he had.

By Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Monday, July 21st, 2014 at 5:00 a.m.

Our June High Five

Two sharply different statements regarding the now-stalled investigation into whether there was illegal coordination among conservative groups and Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign rose to the top of our most-clicked list for June. A statement by Rep. Paul Ryan on whether or not Medicare is growing broke also received lots of attention.

By James B. Nelson :: Published on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 at 3:06 p.m.

Some of the themes that will shape the governor's race

More than four months out before the November 2014 gubernatorial election in Wisconsin, some of the campaign themes are coming into focus. Gov. Scott Walker's record on jobs and the economy. How that record compares to that of his predecessor, Democrat Jim Doyle. And the record of likely Democratic nominee Mary Burke, both as Doyle's commerce secretary and as a former executive of Trek Bicycle Corp.

By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 at 5:00 a.m.

Fact-checking state Democrats

Wisconsin is second in the nation in losing jobs? Milwaukee is second-highest in the recovery of children from sex trafficking? In Wisconsin, a woman earns 80 cents for every $1 a man earns? A look at 10 recent claims on the eve of the state Democratic convention.

By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Thursday, June 5th, 2014 at 8:58 a.m.

Our May High Five

Our analysis of Gov. Scott Walker’s new way of talking about job creation topped PolitiFact Wisconsin’s High Five for May, our list of the most-clicked items for the month. So did items about Benghazi (times 2), jobs and private-school choice.

By James B. Nelson :: Published on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 at 6:00 a.m.

In Context: Gov. Scott Walker's much-scrutinized comments on the state's gay marriage ban

Supporters and critics of Gov. Scott Walker parsed his recent comments on gay marriage. We examine the transcript and compare it to his past words and deeds on the issue.

By Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Friday, May 30th, 2014 at 1:15 p.m.

Recent factchecks and articles about veterans and the military

Over the past year, we have done a number of articles related to veterans and the military. They include factchecks of statements made by Wisconsin congressional representatives Paul Ryan and Gwen Moore, among others.

By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Friday, May 23rd, 2014 at 8:43 a.m.

Digging into Scott Walker’s talk of 17,000 job-producing new businesses

Pivoting from his promise of 250,000 new jobs in one term, Gov. Scott Walker is talking up the idea that 17,000 new business entities in the state could get him to that mark in 2015 if he wins a second term. We examine the reality behind his rosy scenario.

By Rick Romell, Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Saturday, May 17th, 2014 at 11:00 p.m.

The items our readers have loved the longest

Nearly a year ago we introduced the High Five, a review of the PolitiFact Wisconsin items -- fact-checks and sometimes other articles -- that got the most page-views the previous month. As you’d expect, the most popular items each month had been posted in recent days or weeks. But some of our most-clicked items were published months ago. Or even longer. 

By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Monday, May 12th, 2014 at 10:19 a.m.

Rush Limbaugh tops our April High Five

Rush Limbaugh, the nation’s No. 1 talk radio host, topped PolitiFact Wisconsin’s High Five for April 2014, our list of the five most-clicked items from the previous month. Limbaugh claimed that Wisconsin is "one of the bluest" states, but under Gov. Scott Walker its unemployment rate "is around 3.5%." We rated that False. From Scott Walker to Mary Burke and Mike Tate, the rest of the list is a bipartisan one.

By James B. Nelson :: Published on Monday, May 5th, 2014 at 5:00 a.m.

Fact-checking the GOP

Wisconsin’s job growth in 2013 was the best since the 1990s? At least 70 percent of residents approve of the state’s wildly controversial collective bargaining reform law? When Republicans ran Washington, they let the food stamp rolls skyrocket? We revisit these and other recent claims by Wisconsin Republicans ahead of their annual state convention.

By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Thursday, May 1st, 2014 at 5:00 a.m.

Burke, Walker and the promises of 2014

After deliberately avoiding talking specifics early in her campaign for governor, Democrat Mary Burke has cranked up the pledge machine in her bid to defeat Republican Scott Walker. We take an early look at what both candidates have promised so far.

By Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Sunday, April 6th, 2014 at 10:00 p.m.

The High Five for March: jobs, guns, poverty

Readers flocked to items that sought to settle the facts and shed light on Wisconsin's employment picture, Rep. Paul Ryan's comments on poverty, Senator Ron Johnson's take on gun-control and the state of the state budget.

By Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 5:10 p.m.

Mary Burke, so far

The last time Marquette Law School did its statewide poll, in late January 2014, 70 percent of the respondents said they hadn’t heard enough about Mary Burke to have an opinion on her, or didn’t know if their view of her was favorable or not.  

By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Monday, March 24th, 2014 at 2:54 p.m.

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