Sunday, April 19th, 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

True

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

False

Actually less than half

Half Flip

New campaign, new position

False

State parks claim oversold

Half-True

Numbers are right but don't tell the whole story

Recent stories from James B. Nelson

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.

Previewing Walker-Burke II: Keep these facts in mind

They can duck, bob, weave, embellish and distort, but Scott Walker and Mary Burke will have plenty of facts at their command for their second debate Friday. If they read our debate preview, that is.   Related: Latest jobs tally shows uptick

Latest look at Wisconsin jobs tally shows some improvement

State employers added a total of 8,400 jobs in September, according to a report issued Oct. 16, 2014 by the state Department of Workforce Development. The same report also revised upward by 700 the jobs count for August 2014.

The August High Five: Election for governor dominates

With Gov. Scott Walker and challenger Mary Burke locked in a close battle, statements related to the Nov. 4, 2014 election topped our most-clicked list for August.

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.