Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Tom Kertscher

Watchdog reporter

Tom Kertscher worked for newspapers in Oklahoma, Illinois and California before joining the Journal Sentinel in 1998. He has been a reporter for 25 years. At the Journal Sentinel, he has covered a variety of local government and courts beats. A Cedarburg native, he has a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master's degree from Ohio State University.   

Email: tkertscher@journalsentinel.com

The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Tom Kertscher

False

No position does not equal opposition

Half-True

No specific mandate, but some would be affected based on way the law is constructed

Half-True

Correct figure from unrepresentative survey

Mostly False

Data incomplete; many factors involved

Recent stories from Tom Kertscher

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.

In Context: Gwen Moore on Ebola and a travel ban

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore took a different tack on calls for a travel ban in the wake of the Ebola outbreak.

Burke, Walker wield truth as tool in first debate

In their first debate, Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke trotted out dueling visions of the state's economy and the impact of Walker's tax and spending cuts. We take a look at key claims from the debate.  

Debate preview: What will Scott Walker and Mary Burke say?

We take a look at claims likely to come up in the first debate Friday between Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke.

Dueling TV ads take on Scott Walker's position on abortion

An group supporting abortion rights injected abortion into the Wisconsin governor’s race less than a month before election day. And Gov. Scott Walker responded the same day with a TV ad of his own. -- Walker, Burke promises of 2014 -- Scoring Walker’s progress on promises    

Our September High Five: Top three items were rated True

Beer, deficits, businesses, jobs, taxes. A look at our most-clicked items from September.

In Context: Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Scott Walker giving ‘women the back of his hand.’

South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz drew national attention for her words about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker during a roundtable on women's issues in Milwaukee.

In Context: Giving women 'the back of his hand'

Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz made national headlines and stirred controversy when she sharply criticized Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker during an appearance in Milwaukee on Sept. 3, 2014. At one point, Wasserman Schultz said: "Scott Walker has given women the back of his hand."

A look at Barack Obama's Labor Day remarks

While talking up the economy during his Labor Day appearance in Milwaukee, President Barack Obama made several claims that have either been rated on the Truth-O-Meter or covered in news stories in recent months. The statements in his Sept. 1, 2014 speech covered jobs, exports, oil production, high school graduation rates, business climate and a claim that a university president gave up $90,000 in salary to help his low-income employees.

The High Five: Scott Walker's clickability

Statements Gov. Scott Walker made about his Democratic challenger, the former Democratic governor and gay marriage were among our most-clicked items in July 2014. A congressional hopeful’s claim about the Common Core school standards also made the High Five.