Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Dave Umhoefer

Watchdog reporter

Dave Umhoefer is a reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Watchdog Team. He won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting for his investigation into pension padding by Milwaukee County officials. Umhoefer has covered governmental affairs in Milwaukee for 25 years as a reporter and editor. He is a La Crosse native and University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate.

Email: dumhoefer@journalsentinel.com

The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Dave Umhoefer

Mostly True

Early, yes, but some funding restored

True

It’s half a mountain now

Mostly True

In raw numbers, for last 12 months, yes.

True

Slower to recover from recession than neighbors

True

Wages, property income, government assistance all up

Recent stories from Dave Umhoefer

Trending in the Wisconsin governor’s race: The Truth?

Gov. Scott Walker and challenger Mary Burke have made a string of accurate claims of late. But there is still plenty of time for the rhetoric to heat up.

Factchecking jobs claims: Try this at home

We're last, we're first, we're up, we're down. Which is it? The candidates for governor offer so many conflicting claims on job growth in Wisconsin that we thought it was time to offer a guide to deciphering it all.

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.

Fact-checking recent claims about climate change

As new studies shined a spotlight on rising sea levels and global warming, politicians and pundits made several statements we fact-checked.

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.

Fact-checking recent claims about climate change

As new studies shined a spotlight on rising sea levels and global warming, politicians and pundits made several statements we fact-checked.

Attacks and claims about climate change heat up the Truth-O-Meter

As new studies shined a spotlight on rising sea levels and global warming, Sen. Marco Rubio and other politicians and pundits made several statements we fact-checked

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.

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.

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.