Articles from August, 2013

Alan Grayson claims 45,000 people die a year because they lack health insurance

We explain the science -- and the skepticism -- of studies that pin down the number of deaths due to not having health insurance.

How many kids have been cut from Head Start?

Earlier this year, we looked at a claim from U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, about the sequester and Head Start. New evidence is now available on how the program is handling budget cuts from the sequester.

Debunked health care claims live on at Tampa town hall

Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint brought his "Defund Obamacare" town hall tour to Tampa on Wednesday night. We've heard claims that PolitiFact has debunked before.

Rick Scott halfway to jobs promise? Not so fast

Gov. Rick Scott says he's halfway to completing his centerpiece promise of creating 700,000 jobs. But the numbers don't add up.

Fact-checks for the St. Petersburg mayoral election

As St. Petersburg nears the Aug. 27 mayoral election primary, we round up claims we fact-checked from the three major candidates.

Mailbag: 'I rate you big liars'

Readers weigh in on our checks about a mythical link between third grade data and prison bed planning, wedding vendors "forced to participate in same-sex marriages" under threat of jail, and Gov. Rick Scott's record of tax cuts.

Fact-checking the St. Petersburg mayoral election

Candidates for mayor in St. Petersburg are on the campaign trail and providing fodder for the Truth-O-Meter.

Does St. Petersburg have the No. 3 waterfront in all of North America?

"St. Pete has the third-largest downtown waterfront park in North America, behind only Chicago and Vancouver." It sounds good, but is it accurate?