Articles from January, 2011

We're No. 1!

Woo hoo... sometimes.

Perry promise meter grows by one, on voter ID

Make it 32! We're adding a promise to the Perry-O-Meter, our device for tracking how Gov. Rick Perry's campaign pledges shake out. Our latest find involves the voter identification issue that roiled the 2009 Legislature.

"Is your organization Mostly Liberal?"

Readers tell us how they would have rated certain statements.

Perry-O-Meter debuts to gauge governor's promises

On Tuesday, re-elected Gov. Rick Perry is bound to swear — you might say promise — to "faithfully execute" his office’s duties and  "preserve, protect and defend" the U.S. and Texas constitution and laws. Fact is, Perry has made about 30 promises already. And now the Austin American-Statesman’s PolitiFact Texas is launching the Perry-O-Meter to track how his promises fare. We miss any?

Truth-O-Meter report card on Kay Bailey Hutchison

After Texas' senior U.S. senator announced she won't run for re-election, we decided to review her past ratings on the Truth-O-Meter.

Fact checking statements about sanctuary cities

When Gov. Rick Perry brought up sanctuary cities as an emergency item for the session, we reviewed statements we've checked that covered similar turf.

Statements about the budget shortfall fall short

Texas is $27 billion short of what agencies say they need to continue current services — a hard number on the shortfall that’s been talked about for months, giving us a chance to review statements that didn't hold up.

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul talks gold, Fed with Colbert

Is money funny? It can be, when Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert engaged Texas Congressman Ron Paul in a conversation — sort of — about the gold standard, the perishability of paper money and the worshipability of a golden calf.

Texas Truthiness in 2010

Not everyone's pants were on fire this year — some worthy statements sent the Truth-O-Meter needle pointing to True. Statements by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Gov. Rick Perry and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Bill White were among our most-read fact-checks that found the speaker correct.