Tuesday, September 16th, 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

Mostly True

Early, yes, but some funding restored

Mostly True

Yes, but first budget cut tech school funding

Mostly True

Yes, with shift to public employees (who also pay taxes)

Recent stories from Tom Kertscher

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.

A first take on candidates for attorney general

Made plans yet for Aug. 12, 2014? Yeah, it's just a Tuesday in the middle of summer. But it's also Election Day -- well, primary election day. Among the state races on the ballot is attorney general. Here's a look at a first round of factchecks.

Some of the themes that will shape the governor's race

More than four months out before the November 2014 gubernatorial election in Wisconsin, some of the campaign themes are coming into focus. Gov. Scott Walker's record on jobs and the economy. How that record compares to that of his predecessor, Democrat Jim Doyle. And the record of likely Democratic nominee Mary Burke, both as Doyle's commerce secretary and as a former executive of Trek Bicycle Corp.

Fact-checking state Democrats

Wisconsin is second in the nation in losing jobs? Milwaukee is second-highest in the recovery of children from sex trafficking? In Wisconsin, a woman earns 80 cents for every $1 a man earns? A look at 10 recent claims on the eve of the state Democratic convention.

Recent factchecks and articles about veterans and the military

Over the past year, we have done a number of articles related to veterans and the military. They include factchecks of statements made by Wisconsin congressional representatives Paul Ryan and Gwen Moore, among others.

Digging into Scott Walker’s talk of 17,000 job-producing new businesses

Pivoting from his promise of 250,000 new jobs in one term, Gov. Scott Walker is talking up the idea that 17,000 new business entities in the state could get him to that mark in 2015 if he wins a second term. We examine the reality behind his rosy scenario.

The items our readers have loved the longest

Nearly a year ago we introduced the High Five, a review of the PolitiFact Wisconsin items -- fact-checks and sometimes other articles -- that got the most page-views the previous month. As you’d expect, the most popular items each month had been posted in recent days or weeks. But some of our most-clicked items were published months ago. Or even longer.