Tuesday, July 28th, 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

Pants on Fire!

How did the world miss something so historic?

Mostly True

Math wise, yes, but a few caveats

Full Flop

Reversal from previous stance that state budget must be completed first

Recent stories from Tom Kertscher

How do Barack Obama's criminal justice claims stack up?

As part of his agenda to reform the U.S. criminal justice system, President Barack Obama made some data-driven claims in a speech at the NAACP's national convention.

Factchecking Scott Walker's presidential announcement

In Monday's announcement speech, Wisconsin's Republican governor touched on several claims that we've reviewed before.   Our speech preview: More Walker factchecks

Fact-checking Scott Walker

With the Republican Wisconsin governor poised to announce for president, we analyze his campaign through the lens of his record on the Truth-O-Meter and the Flip-O-Meter.

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