Monday, May 4th, 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

Half-True

Numbers don't favor Clinton, but no majority in most swing states

Mostly False

Less than Walker claims -- and less than increases before Obama took office

True

Accurate figure, despite rising minority population

Pants on Fire!

Party cites us, but we don't do that kind of rating

Recent stories from Tom Kertscher

Crime and punishment on the Truth-O-Meter

As officials and the general public react to the wave of homicides in Milwaukee and controversies over police-community relations, a look at crime-related fact checks.

Scott Walker: Shifting views to be in a better position for 2016?

As he has emerged as a front-runner among 2016 GOP presidential contenders, Gov. Scott Walker has shifted some of his positions. On what issues, and to what end?

Scott Walker and abortion

In the wake of his surprise announcement on an abortion ban after 20 weeks, we review where Walker has been on the issue.

The High Five: Scott Walker, the Packers and more

Gov. Scott Walker, so-called right-to-work legislation, the Green Bay Packers and Rush Limbaugh all were part of our top February items.

Sorting out right to work

Breaking news about fast-track legislation is sure to reignite the right to work debate.

In Context: Rush Limbaugh on Scott Walker's lack of a degree and issue of rapes on college campuses

How is it that the conservative commentator linked the two?  

New interest in the 'mystery' of Scott Walker's college years

There is almost as much interest in Gov. Scott Walker's college days as there is in what he's doing today.    

The High Five: New and old Scott Walker items among the most popular

We haven’t studied it, but we think there might be pent-up demand for Pants on Fire.

The (now-rejected) Kenosha casino -- jobs and money

How we sized up claims made about the $800 million casino complex.

One last look at 2014

Before the year disappears from the rear-view mirror, here’s a final PolitiFact Wisconsin look-back at 2014.