After four terms in the state senate, Democrat Lena Taylor has announced she will challenge incumbent Democratic Mayor Tom Barret for the city’s top office in 2020.
Seems like a logical time to check how the longtime lawmaker has fared on our Truth-O-Meter.
We’ve fact-checked the Milwaukee Democrat six times since 2011, yielding two ratings of Mostly False and one each of True, Mostly True, False and Pants on Fire.
Here they are:
April 2, 2019 — Says Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett did not want a juvenile facility in Milwaukee, "has never been to a juvenile facility," and "didn't want it to be done." (Mostly False)
Nov. 25, 2016 — "Slavery is still allowable under Wisconsin law as long as it’s a punishment for a crime." (Mostly True)
March 18, 2015 — Polling shows that nearly 74 percent of National Rifle Association members "support requiring background checks for all gun sales." (True)
June 23, 2013 — "There is no statistical evidence that bail bonds increase the likelihood of those awaiting trial returning to court for their scheduled hearings." (False)
May 9, 2011 — "Gov. (Scott) Walker has yet to create a job, he gives away millions to his friends, and he raises taxes on working people." (Mostly False)
Feb. 22, 2011 — Hitler "abolished unions and that’s what" Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is "doing today." (Pants on Fire)