The most recent articles on PolitiFact Florida

Fact-checking the Florida candidates for governor and U.S. Senate

The midterms in the swing state of Florida are among the most closely watched in the nation

Fact-checking the Florida primary candidates for governor

We fact-checked statements about immigration, guns and the environment by Democrat and Republican candidates running in the Aug. 28 primary.

Fact-checking Sen. Bill Nelson’s claims about Russia hacking Florida’s election system

Nelson has drawn much attention for his statements about hacking, but he hasn’t provided verifiable evidence

What role do septic tanks play in the algae bloom crisis in Florida?

In the Republican primary debate for governor, Ron DeSantis and Adam Putnam argued about the culprits behind the algae bloom. We explain the research.

Fact-checking DeSantis and Putnam in Florida Republican debate for governor

Republican gubernatorial candidates Ron DeSantis and Adam Putnam debated Aug. 8, 2018, in Jacksonville, Fla. 

Fact-checking the Florida Democratic primary debate for governor

Florida Democrats battling in the governor’s primary fought to establish themselves as Enemy No. 1 of President Donald Trump in their last debate Aug. 2.

What Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has said on abortion

Here's what we know so far about his record on abortion cases, and why experts say Democrats are sounding the alarm too early.

TV ad in Florida said PolitiFact is funded by George Soros, but that’s misleading

Ads criticize our fact-check of an attack on U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis

Fact-checking Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s U.S. Senate announcement speech

Scott made several claims about the state’s economy and growth as he kicked off his campaign against U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson. 

Guest column: False attack against Ron DeSantis shows how political attack ads are often crafted

A March 29 fact-check of an accusation about U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., was justifiably rated Pants on Fire by PolitiFact. The claim is ludicrous on its face, and the final determination was easy. However, the episode gives an excellent example of how political attack ads are crafted, and how little substance is often behind them.

Looking at the facts behind Rep. Steve King's criticism of Emma Gonzalez

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, criticized Gonzalez for a patch of the Cuban flag on her jacket.

NRA lawsuit says new Florida gun law hurts women

The NRA argues the new age requirements, enacted after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, affect the constitutional rights of young women in particular.  

Fact-checking Broward Sheriff Scott Israel’s 'fact-checks' about Parkland shooting

The Broward Sheriff’s Office pushed back against claims about its handling of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas and how it responded to previous calls about Nikolas Cruz. We fact-checked its fact checks.

Fact-checking claims in the wake of the Parkland school shooting

An organization that fights gun violence attacked Gov. Rick Scott for his support for a controversial gun law. Democrats accused Scott of ending funding for mental health. And conspiracy-minded blogs spread rumors that one of the survivors of the school shooting was a crisis actor.  

No sanctuary cities in Florida? That’s not as settled as Andrew Gillum claims

The policies of so-called sanctuary cities are among the most controversial in the national immigration debate. But Democratic Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum says there are no such cities in Florida, despite Republican rhetoric. Is that true?