The Nelson file:
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.

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

"The Capitol rotunda was actually made to invite the people in and to accommodate protests."

"Our state economic development agency under Walker, WEDC, actually isn’t even using the funds that are appropriated to it."

Using a surcharge on the cigarette tax to help pay for a new downtown sports arena "is not feasible under state law."

As a result of climate change, ice fishermen in Wisconsin "are already noticing fewer days they can be out on our ice covered lakes."

"Every year since Gov. Walker and the Republicans have been in control of the Legislature we’ve created fewer jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics."

Protesters in La Crosse blocked an exit and surrounded a State Patrol car carrying the governor and were "beating on the windows and rocking the vehicle." When the car was "extricated" from the crowd, a truck blocked a second exit.  

"We are experiencing the worst economic recovery America has ever had."

"Wisconsin ranks No. 2 in economic growth", according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

Says potential Democratic opponent Mary Burke "implemented the policies of Jim Doyle. Those are the policies that, in his last term, saw the state lose more than 133,000 jobs."

Says that in his first two years, "Wisconsin has seen its best two-year job growth in a decade."

Recent stories from James B. Nelson
Walker, Dems tilt (a bit) toward True on State of the State night

With the 2014 elections approaching fast, Republican Gov. Scott Walker rolled out his state of the state speech, touting an improved economy and a big budget surplus. He and Democratic opponents recycled several of their greatest hits.

Promises, promises: Gov. Scott Walker, the Walk-O-Meter and 2014

Barring something unforeseen, Gov. Scott Walker will stand for election for the third time in four years in November 2014. One year out, we examine his record on keeping campaign pledges he made in the 2010 contest. Sneak preview: he's keeping far more than he's breaking.

Fact-checking more claims about the sequester

Broad-based cuts to the federal budget are starting to have an impact on states and cities. We look at our latest round of fact-checks on the cuts known as sequestration.

Fact-checking more claims about the sequester

Broad-based cuts to the federal budget are starting to have an impact on states and cities. We look at our latest round of fact-checks on the cuts known as sequestration.

In context: Baldwin's "damn right" statement

With our occasional "In context" feature, we look at the context of a quote that is getting attention in the political world. In this case, we look at a snippet from a 2011 speech by Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin.

Her "You're damn right" has already been used to amplify points in two attack ads.

A look at some familiar campaign attack ads

With primary voting Tuesday in Wisconsin, Maryland and D.C., attack ads are dominating the airwaves. We revisit some familiar claims.

A look at some familiar attacks from recycled ads

As the Republican presidential campaign moved to Wisconsin, the attack ads followed.


Two national political action committees have been airing a pair of television ads -- one from the Red, White and Blue Fund attacks front-runner Mitt Romney, and a second, from Restore Our Future, goes after Rick Santorum.

 

We take a look at some already-evaluated claims.

The Voter Guide: Seven key distortions of the campaign

After examining hundreds of claims in the 2010 campaign, we've seen some patterns in how candidates -- and outside groups -- have twisted the facts.

Was Feingold really in front of his house?

A Milwaukee talk show host claims that the Feingold ad is a fake. PolitiFact Wisconsin goes behind the green screen to find the truth.

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