The most recent articles on PolitiFact West Virginia

How low is Gov. Jim Justice’s approval rating in West Virginia?

Recent news reports have suggested that West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice -- who faces both Republican and Democratic challengers in his bid for a second term in 2020 -- has one of the lowest approval ratings of any governor in the country.

Has state's share of WVU funding fallen from 70% to 12% since 1980?

Has the state of West Virginia drastically reduced the amount of state allotted funds to West Virginia University’s budget over the past four decades? The university’s president said so in a recent interview.

Has West Virginia's economy boomed since Trump, Justice took office?

President Trump has established a close relationship with West Virginia, the state that gave him his second-widest margin of victory in 2016. On July 21, Trump tweeted a boast about the state’s recent economic success: "The Great State of West Virginia is producing record setting numbers and doing really well. When I became President, it was practically shut down and closed for business. Not anymore!" We took a closer look at the numbers.

How many oil and gas jobs are there in West Virginia? It's surprisingly hard to say

West Virginia Del. Joshua Higginbotham, a Republican, touted the number of jobs created by the gas and oil industry in West Virginia during a Jan. 23 interview with West Virginia Public Broadcasting. "Tens of thousands of jobs (are) created in West Virginia by the natural gas and oil industries," Higginbotham said. Have that many jobs been created by the industry within West Virginia?

Did Cabell County, W.Va., cut overdoses by 40 percent?

During his State of the State address on Jan. 9, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice made the opioid epidemic a focus of his speech. At one point, Justice said, "Now, in Cabell County, we just had information that we reduced our overdoses by 40 percent."

Is there a homeless problem in Facebook's back yard, as Richard Ojeda said?

Richard Ojeda, a former West Virginia state senator who was briefly a Democratic presidential candidate, focused his message as a candidate on the fate of the working class and the sick. In a Jan. 8 tweet, Ojeda said that if you "go 1 mile from the headquarters of Facebook you will find a homeless shelter with a 70 person waiting list." We took a closer look.

Fact-checking Jim Justice's state of the state address

Gov. Jim Justice delivered his third State of the State address tonight, proposing the elimination of a state tax on Social Security benefits, a 5 percent pay raise for state employees including teachers, and millions of dollars more for substance abuse and other social services. PolitiFact West Virginia took a look at the accuracy of a few of Justice’s statements in the speech. We will analyze additional statements from the speech in the coming days.

PolitiFact West Virginia's state of the state 2019

As Gov. Jim Justice prepares to deliver his State of the State address on Wednesday, PolitiFact West Virginia thought it would be worthwhile to take a look at the state of the state as seen through our recent fact-checks.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's rally in Huntington, W.Va.

Donald Trump continued his cross-country politicking on Nov. 2, just days before the midterm elections, with a stop in Huntington, W.Va., where he supported Patrick Morrisey, the Republican challenger to Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin.

Was W.Va. effectively bankrupt when Jim Justice became governor?

Has the state of West Virginia really been bankrupt within the past two years?

Fact-checking Donald Trump's rally in Wheeling, W.Va.

For the second time in two months, President Donald Trump traveled to friendly territory in West Virginia to hold one of his signature campaign rallies. At the rally, in Wheeling, W.Va., Trump boosted the candidacy of Patrick Morrisey, who is challenging U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat. Trump repeated many of his favorite applause lines from previous rallies, including praise for the state of the economy and shots at Democrats over immigration policy, gun control, and his tax law. Here are some of the lines from his speech, fact-checked.