Paul Specht

Paul Specht is a correspondent for PolitiFact North Carolina at the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., where he covers state government. Specht joined the N&O politics desk in 2017. Before that, he covered government and development news in and around Raleigh. He graduated from Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C., in 2010 with a degree in communications.

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Trump says North Carolina’s economy is the ‘best’ in state history

President Trump said the economy was the best in the North Carolina’s history during his July 2019 Greenville rally. He is not wrong, but many factors go into measuring the economy, not just total GDP.

Reports of the 'born alive' abortion scenario are rare

North Carolina's "Born Alive Abortion Survivors Act" would require medical professionals to provide life-saving care specifically to infants who survive an abortion and to report instances of such births. Supporters fear that doctors allow infants to die.

Fact-checking claims about abortion and the ‘born alive’ bill

Republicans and Democrats have made misleading claims about the "Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act."

McConnell falsely suggests GOP forecast the type of election fraud found in NC

In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell used the election fraud case in North Carolina as a springboard to talk about how Republicans "for years" called for common sense safeguards against "voter fraud."

Fact-checking Roy Cooper’s State of the State speech

Gov. Roy Cooper made multiple claims about Medicaid expansion, education and more during his State of the State address Monday night. PolitiFact North Carolina checked them.

Did election officials 'leak' results of the Mark Harris, Dan McCready race?

NC election fraud witness 'confirms early vote totals shared with Mark Harris'

Do NC, Texas face more election lawsuits than all other states combined?

"North Carolina and Texas have more (redistricting) litigation than the other 48 states, combined," NC Rep. David Lewis recently said.

Did the NC elections board 'decline to comply' with ICE request? Here are the facts.

Between planning the November elections and then launching an investigation into the 9th District Congressional race, the board in August received a subpoena from the office of Robert Higdon, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

In NC, politicians mislead the public about the election fraud investigation

In January, a judge dismissed an argument that Republican Mark Harris should be seated in the 9th Congressional District. Afterward, the candidates and their political parties released misleading statements about the status of the investigation.

Fact-checking the congressional race between Dan McCready and Mark Harris

Our guide to the facts in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District race between Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready