Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

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

Full Flop

Reversal from previous stance that state budget must be completed first

Recent stories from Tom Kertscher

Were the founding fathers 'ordinary people'?

We examine a statement, often made by Gov. Scott Walker on the campaign trail, that the founders were "ordinary people."   Also: Our 'High Five' of most-clicked items from June.

Were the founding fathers just ordinary people?

The nation's founding fathers were just ordinary people, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker sometimes says.   PolitiFact Wisconsin wondered about that.   Meantime, we hope you enjoy Independence Day.

Examining Scott Walker's 'cheaper to keep them' slogan

The governor says losing the Milwaukee Bucks would be more expensive to taxpayers than helping to build the team a new arena. What is behind the numbers?   Also: Factchecking the state budget.

Fact-checking Hillary Clinton on voting rights

Hillary Clinton chose her words carefully in characterizing the actions of Republican governors -- and potential presidential candidates -- on how they handled voting legislation in their states, including Texas.

Fact-checking Hillary Clinton on voting rights

Hillary Clinton chose her words carefully in characterizing the actions of Republican governors -- and potential presidential candidates -- on how they handled voting legislation in their states. 

No, really -- it's True

They're relatively rare. But the statements we rate True are an interesting lot. Here are 10 of them.

Fact-checking GOP presidential contenders on the economy

Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Rick Perry are among the speakers at Gov. Rick Scott’s economic summit in Orlando.    • Revisiting the Legislature’s budget showdown

The High Five: Heavily tilted to False

False, False, False, Pants on Fire. May 2015 was kind of a rough month for some folks on PolitiFact Wisconsin's Truth-O-Meter.

In Context: Comparing school funding cuts to child rape

Wisconsin state Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee, drew outrage from Republican colleagues with her remarks during a hearing on school funding.    Plus: The final tally on Scott Walker's 250,000 jobs promise

Home and away: An accounting of Scott Walker's travels

Gov. Scott Walker’s travels as a 2016 contender for the White House raise a legitimate question: How much time is he in Wisconsin? Plus: Ron Johnson vs. Russ Feingold, The Rematch