A recent campaign mailer and TV ad feature former President Barack Obama warmly embracing California candidate for governor Antonio Villaraigosa, conveying the possible impression that Obama has endorsed the former mayor of Los Angeles. But that’s simply not the case.
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PolitiFact California's early impressions on statements made at Tuesday's gubernatorial candidates debate in San Jose.
Ahead of Tuesday’s gubernatorial debate, PolitiFact California reviews how candidates have fared with the truth, including a look at candidates’ claims about past accomplishments and assertions made in TV campaign ads.
PolitiFact California has fact-checked numerous claims on the Golden State's extreme wealth and poverty. This article is a compilation of those fact checks, with a focus on assertions by candidates in the 2018 California governor's race.
President Trump’s repeated and unsubstantiated claims on California voter fraud during the 2016 election plus a series of intentionally false stories about the state’s deadly wildfires all earned a Pants On Fire in 2017.
Eye-opening claims that California has the sixth largest economy on the planet, the highest poverty rate in the nation and that President Trump’s border wall will cost one and a half times as much as an aircraft carrier all made PolitiFact California’s Top 10 most popular fact checks of 2017.
In the first half of 2017, PolitiFact California’s most popular fact-checks and articles, in terms of pageviews, ranged from a Pants On Fire claim that state lawmakers legalized child prostitution to a Mostly True statement about the extremely slim odds of being killed by a refugee in a terror attack.