Sheila Jackson Lee didn't wish death on "wrinkly, white-aged has-beens." A Facebook meme whiffs. AND: Homeland Security is the only federal agency not funded through this fiscal year, as Lloyd Doggett said.
Articles from February, 2015
A poll shows Ted Cruz barely still the favorite of Texas Republicans considering presidential prospects--with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker close behind (within the poll's margin of error). Poll results oft change. But Truth-O-Meter report cards just get longer. Walker has been fact-checked more than Cruz; he also has more Pants on Fire ratings. More ahead... Source: News story, "UT/TT Poll: In Texas, Walker Ties Cruz; Clinton Soaring," the Texas Tribune, Feb. 23, 2015
For the first time, a legally-permitted gay marriage ceremony took place in Texas today, though that legality is under challenge by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton as we type. We're sharing the Austin American-Statesman's exclusive video of the Austin ceremony here as we recap Truth-O-Meter rulings on statements about marriage.
Greg Abbott’s first State of the State address included claims we’ve found factually strong -- plus statements about job gains, education and state workers in Texas, California and Illinois that we haven’t tackled. Highlights ahead.
Did you know? Gov. Abbott, who gave his first State-of-the-State address Tuesday, took office after making about 50 campaign promises. In his speech, Abbott touched on several of his promises -- which may cause the Abbott-O-Meter to show some movement in his favor (we've got fresh mulling ahead). Read all about his speech on statesman.com. Perhaps you noticed a claim we should fact-check! SKIP AHEAD TO ALL OF ABBOTT'S CAMPAIGN PROMISES.
Alcee Hastings, the Florida congressman who declared Texas a "crazy" state, went on to say the Lone Star state has a law barring bears from being shot from second-floor windows, or words to that effect. Not at all. Pants on Fire ahead! ALSO: See PolitiFact Florida's look into whether Texas restricts the number of dildos a person may purchase.
Molly White was right about a country naming the group that organized a Muslim day at the Texas Capitol a terrorist organization. But the Belton Republican failed to say the U.S. government disagreed with the designation. ALSO: California, here we come -- PolitiFact California!
Greg Abbott’s fresh mention of Barack Obama made us wonder. Nearly seven years ago, did candidate Obama promise Texas a veterans hospital in the Rio Grande Valley?
A Muslim rally shouted down in Texas reminded us of our past check of a claim about Shariah law being imposed in a Michigan community. See that 2011 fact check here.