Articles from May, 2011

PolitiFact Texas on the air

We've debuted regular appearances on a Dallas public affairs TV show and Austin’s KUT-FM.

Countdown to Perry for president?

Is the country ready for another Texas president? After repeatedly denying that he’d run for the nation’s highest office, Gov. Rick Perry changed tack, saying he’d consider it. Time to update the Perry-O-Meter...

Rick Perry tours border with Fox's Van Susteren

Gov. Rick Perry hosted Greta Van Susteren of Fox News on the Texas border this week and talked about border security, the president’s recent El Paso stop and that Perry is "tempted" to run for president in 2012. We heard claims like those we’ve checked before.

Perry keeps promise on eminent domain reform

More than a week before the end of the legislative session, Gov. Rick Perry signed a bill limiting the power of governments to seize private property. That’s a Promise Kept.

Checking Obama, Paul, gas prices and border fence

President Barack Obama figured into our fact checks of gas prices and border fencing last week. We also looked into a comparison by GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul of Texas and Texas Democrats’ budget claims. To the Flashback...

Is Tommy Lee Jones right on how much Texas spends on education?

Urging Texans to visit a website connecting visitors to their legislators, the actor says Texas ranks 44th in education spending per student. We’ve checked that.

Is the border fence finished?

In his immigration policy speech in El Paso on May 10, President Barack Obama said the U.S.-Mexico border fence ordered by Congress years ago is "basically complete." PolitiFact checked that.

Flashback: Obama, the Mexico border and Shariah law

Fact-checks of legislators and an Austin City Council hopeful blended last week with looks at President Obama’s statements while in Texas — plus our first review of a claim by the White House press secretary, Jay Carney.

Perry and Obama remain miles apart

The White House says Gov. Rick Perry turned down an invitation to meet with the president. We put that claim to the Truth-O-Meter.

Fact-checking Obama and others on border claims

President Barack Obama made some testable claims during Tuesday's immigration policy speech in El Paso. But PolitiFact has previously checked numerous border-related statements.

Ron Paul's belly ache, two Texas Pants-on-Fires

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, bellied up to a Half True claim in the first pre-2012 GOP presidential debate last week. In our fact checks, we rated a pair of other Texans’ statements Pants on Fire. To the Flashback...  

Fact-checking Ron Paul’s first debate

We're fact-checking several claims the Texas Republican made during Thursday's presidential debate in South Carolina. Check back to see how he fared on the Truth-O-Meter.

Obama’s birthplace, a Perry promise, Texans gambling

Our look into a Texas legislator’s assertion about President Barack Obama’s birthplace proved our readers’ favorite article last week. We also marked a Rick Perry promise "kept" and probed Texans gamboling to gamble. To the Flashback...

Obama promised to kill Bin Laden

With the announcement that Osama Bin Laden is dead, PolitiFact readers pointed out President Barack Obama's October 2008 vow to kill him. Is this the president's most significant Promise Kept?