Saturday, July 4th, 2015

James B. Nelson

Watchdog reporter

James B. Nelson has been a reporter and editor for the Journal Sentinel, and the Milwaukee Sentinel, since 1985. Nelson has covered a range of beats, including city, county and state government. In addition to working for PolitiFact, Nelson is a deputy business editor. Originally from Appleton, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Email: jnelson@journalsentinel.com

The latest Truth-O-Meter items from James B. Nelson

Pants on Fire!

Actually, he was in Wisconsin

True

Clearance rack + Kohl's Cash = Campaign speech applause line

False

Actually less than half

Half Flip

New campaign, new position

Recent stories from James B. Nelson

Fact-checking the Wisconsin state budget

Here's how statements about the proposed state budget have fared on our Truth-O-Meter.   Also: Walker's 'cheaper to keep them' arena slogan

Final Scott Walker jobs tally shows 250,000 first-term promise far from met

Final numbers for 2014 show Scott Walker fell short on his promise of 250,000 new private-sector jobs in his first term.  

Fact checking the state budget

The calendar change to May means state budget decisions will dominate the political headlines in the weeks ahead. A look back at factchecks on key topics.

April High Five: Scott Walker's $1 sweater and other campaign claims

Favorites from the month come from Gov. Scott Walker on the national campaign trail.

December 2014 numbers offer a downtick on Walker's first-term jobs promise

Latest report brings us one step closer to final tally for Walker's first term.

Late surge in jobs still leaves Scott Walker well short of promise

Gov. Scott Walker would have finished much closer to his 250,000 jobs goal had there been four years with the jobs growth seen in 2014 -- especially the final four months of the year.

Jobs growth heats up, November report says

Wisconsin employers added an impressive number of workers in the last two months, according to the most recent report by the state Department of Workforce Development.

A look at the jobs tally as of October 2014

Wisconsin employers reported another strong month of hiring in October, according to the latest monthly report released by the state Department of Workforce Development.

Our October High-Five: Back to the False end of the scale

When it came to our most-clicked items in October, not surprisingly it was all about Scott Walker and Mary Burke. And those items were most often False.

Mary Burke, Scott Walker rely on old favorites in final debate

Their first meeting featured a lot of tried and True, but Friday’s second debate between Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke bent more towards tried and False.