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Update on how Evers is faring on promises

Update on how Gov. Tony Evers is faring on promises. 

PolitiFact Wisconsin's 'High Five' for June 2019

Readers of PolitiFact Wisconsin were intrigued by fact-checks on University of Wisconsin System salaries, vacancy rates for prison correctional officers, oversight of large farms and more. 

PolitiFact Wisconsin's 'High Five' for May 2019

Readers of PolitiFact Wisconsin were intrigued by fact-checks on Gov. Tony Evers, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Foxconn's Terry Gou and more. 

Budget battle puts some Evers promises in doubt

We check out progress on Gov. Tony Evers' promises related to health care

PolitiFact Wisconsin's 'High Five' for April 2019

Readers of PolitiFact Wisconsin were intrigued by fact-checks on former presidential contender Hillary Clinton, State Sen. LaTonya Johnson, Assembly Republicans and more. 

Evers-O-Meter: Budget makes progress on schools, roads promises

We check out progress on Gov. Tony Evers' promises related to education spending, the Affordable Care Act lawsuit and more

PolitiFact Wisconsin's 'High Five' for March 2019

Readers of PolitiFact Wisconsin in March were fascinated by a variety of topics, the most popular being former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Gov. Tony Evers.

Gov. Tony Evers' record so far on promises a mixed bag

Taking a look at how Gov. Tony Evers has fared with promises on taxes, raising the minimum wage and more

PolitiFact Wisconsin's 'High Five' for February 2019

Readers of PolitiFact Wisconsin in February were fascinated by a variety of topics, the most popular being Gov. Tony Evers' claim about prison inmate populations.  

PolitiFact Wisconsin's 'High Five' for January

PolitiFact Wisconsin readers in January 2019 were interested in all things Tony Evers.

Fact checking Foxconn

PolitiFact Wisconsin looks at claims on Taiwan tech giant Foxconn

Introducing PolitiFact Wisconsin’s ‘Evers-O-Meter,’ tracking the campaign promises of Tony Evers

Through our ‘Evers-O-Meter,’ PolitiFact Wisconsin will track Gov. Tony Evers' top promises over the next four years and provide updates on the progress, or lack thereof, for each.

What we know from the Truth-O-Meter about Gov.-elect Tony Evers

Fact checks that shed light on Evers and taxes, prisons and more.  

High 5 -- our most-clicked in December

Scott Walker, who is concluding two terms as governor, was a focus.

As he prepares to leave office, Scott Walker's record on the Truth-O-Meter

Eight years of fact-checking the Republican Wisconsin governor.

PolitiFact Wisconsin highlights 2018 True and Pants on Fire ratings

Taking a look at statements by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, Gov. Scott Walker, President Donald Trump and more. 

Scorecard on how many campaign promises Scott Walker kept

Also: The most-clicked fact checks of 2018.

Most viewed 2018 fact checks by PolitiFact Wisconsin

Also: As Paul Ryan prepares to leave office, a look at his record on the Truth-O-Meter.

As Paul Ryan leaves Congress, a look at his record on the Truth-O-Meter

Paul Ryan on tax reform law, Florida school shooting, support for Trump and more.

Wisconsin's newly signed lame-duck legislation: What to know

The Scott Walker-signed bills, which have drawn national controversy, on the Truth-O-Meter and Flip-O-Meter.

2018 Lie of the Year: Smears after Parkland shooting

An online smear machine tried to take down Parkland students after mass shooting at school.

In the wake of nation's latest mass shooting, what we know about guns from five fact-checks

Background checks, strengthening gun laws, preventing people with mental illness from getting guns, more. 

Fact-checks on U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin

Taking a look at fact-checks on newly re-elected U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin

Fact-checking Donald Trump's rally speech in Wisconsin

Also: Watch a replay of our PolitiFact event in Milwaukee with Angie Holan, PolitiFact's national editor.

Video from our forum: PolitiFact Wisconsin explains how our election fact-checking works

Watch the video from our Oct. 23 event.

Ahead of Wisconsin visit, Donald Trump on the Truth-O-Meter

Also: Sign up to attend our free PolitiFact event in Milwaukee.

Before their first debate, fact checking Scott Walker and Tony Evers in the governor's race

Also: Sign up to attend our free PolitiFact event in Milwaukee.

Would 'Medicare for All' really double every American's tax bill?

Also: Attend our free event with PolitiFact national editor Angie Holan. 

Join us for a free PolitiFact event in Milwaukee on Oct. 23

Also: A look at the cost of Medicare for All.

Fact checking Tammy Baldwin and Leah Vukmir in first Senate debate

Reviewing references to Tomah VA, pre-existing conditions, separating families at the border, Brett Kavanaugh and more. 

Fact checking Tammy Baldwin, Leah Vukmir ahead of their first debate

All our fact checks in the Wisconsin U.S. Senate race.

Scott Walker kept promises to lower taxes, raise college grants; broke pledge to reduce energy costs

Also: All our fact checks in the governor's race

High 5: Fact checks on attacks in teacher porn case and on heath care get most clicks

Scott Walker-Tony Evers governor's race, Tammy Baldwin-Leah Vukmir Senate race, capture the attention.

Kept, Broken and Compromise: Rating 3 Scott Walker promises

Also: Rating Walker promises on toll roads, sales tax. 

Compromise and Kept: Rating two Scott Walker campaign promises

Also, video discussion: How PolitiFact Wisconsin works.

The workings of PolitiFact Wisconsin

Also: In the wake of another mass shooting, what we know from five recent gun fact checks.

In the governor's race, what to know about the TV ads on the teacher who viewed porn at school case

Sorting out what happened and how Tony Evers responded.

High 5: Governor's race (and beer) dominate the most-clicked fact checks

Also: All of our Scott Walker and Tony Evers checks in the governor's race.

Updated: Fact checking Tammy Baldwin and Leah Vukmir, the U.S. Senate candidates

Also: Updated: Fact checking Scott Walker and Tony Evers, the candidates for governor.

Before voting, check out our Scott Walker and Tony Evers fact-checks

Also: Updated: Fact checking Tammy Baldwin and Leah Vukmir, the candidates for U.S. Senate.

Third attack ad vs. Tony Evers in teacher porn has some of the same problems

Also: In Context look at Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's comparing the national anthem and slavery songs.

In Context: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar comparing national anthem to songs of slavery

Also: Fact checking Tony Evers and Leah Vukmir, the big winners in Wisconsin's primary elections.

Closer look at the big primary winners: Tony Evers and Leah Vukmir

The Democratic nominee for governor and the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate on the Truth-O-Meter.

Countdown to primary Tuesday: Two big races

Final fact-check look at GOP primary for U.S. Senate, Democratic primary for governor.

High 5: Most-clicked fact checks include guns and patriotism, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump

How much more wealth three people have compared to 160 million Americans also in the mix.

In Context: Tammy Baldwin's CNN interview on immigration

Was it as bad as Kevin Nicholson says in his repeated criticisms?

Fact-check look at 4 issues raised in debate for Democratic candidates for governor

Prisons vs UW, rape kits, business creation and Foxconn.

Updated: Fact tracking the 2018 candidates for Wisconsin governor

Also: Fact tracking the U.S. Senate candidates. 

'Pretending to be gay'

Examining GOP claim about remarks in 2011 by Kelda Roys, Democrat for governor.

Trump doing a little better lately on the Truth-O-Meter

Ahead of his Wisconsin visit, a look at his latest fact checks.

Updated: Fact tracking the 2018 candidates for U.S. senator

And: Fact tracking the candidates for governor.

On whether Wisconsin is the most gerrymandered state

In light of new U.S. Supreme Court ruling in redistricting case, a look back at a Mostly True finding on the gerrymander claim.

High 5: Most-clicked in May dominated by taxes, guns and a Pants on Fire

Two Kevin Nicholson items round out the list.

Walk-O-Meter: On 2 campaign promises on education, Scott Walker falters

Repealing Common Core, creating 'universal access' didn't happen.

What fact checks tell us about school shootings and guns

Gun laws, background checks, mental illness and more.

Back-to-back Pants on Fire

Two in a row is rare. Here's a look at our other recent POF fact checks.

Fact checking Wisconsin Republicans

Reviewing our seven most recent fact checks on Wisconsin Republicans, ahead of the state GOP convention.

Iran nuclear deal: 3 key points

Some of what to know as President Trump withdraws the U.S. from the deal. 

Politics in the prayers of the House chaplain that Paul Ryan ousted, then reinstated? Here's a look

Also: In Context look at a Senate candidate's controversial remarks calling military service a conservative value.

Military service is 'conservative value' and questioning Dem veterans' 'cognitive thought process'

Also: The High 5, our most-clicked last month.

High 5: Most-clicked fact checks include guns, Paul Ryan, governor's race

A Gabrielle Giffords group attack earned the most page views.

After 8 years of fact-checking Paul Ryan, our top 15 claims

Reviewing checks on claims made by, and about, the GOP U.S. House speaker as he announces he won't seek re-election.

What we know, from fact checks, about Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice-elect Rebecca Dallet

Also: The High Five -- our most-clicked fact checks from March 2018.

High Five: Most-clicked include Florida school shooting, Hillary Clinton's 'backwards' statement

Bernie Sanders attack on Paul Ryan also got many page views.

Fact checks on Rebecca Dallet and Michael Screnock in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race

Election Day is April 3, 2018.

Ahead of March for Our Lives, our gun-related fact checks since Parkland

Background checks, number of school shootings this year, more guns in U.S. than people?

In Context: Did Hillary Clinton call Wisconsin 'backwards'?

Also: In connection with the national school walkout, our four gun fact checks since Parkland. 

Guns, school shootings, background checks, mental illness

With national school walkout planned, reviewing gun-related fact checks since the Florida school shooting.

High Five: After Florida school shooting, gun-related fact checks dominate

Not 18 "school shootings" this year, not more guns than people in the U.S., and more.

Fact checking the Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates

Also: Despite the repeated claims, why 18 "school shootings" in '18 is misleading.

18 school shootings already in '18? Not so fast

Misleading figure spreads in wake of Florida school shooting. 

High Five: Donald Trump, Tammy Baldwin, Scott Walker in our most-clicked fact checks

Claims on immigration, tax cuts, conservatives' spending against Baldwin drew most page views in January 2018.

In Context: Ron Johnson's 'secret society'

Fleshing out his explosive charge and then backing down.

Fact-checking review of Scott Walker's State of the State

Via Twitter, our live look at his speech.

Preview: Scott Walker's 'State of the State'

Speech likely to highlight claims about employment, school funding, tax cuts, more.

Retiring Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn on the Truth-O-Meter

Juvenile car thieves 'get sent home'? Second arrest for pot a felony, but for a gun, a misdemeanor?

High Five for December 2017

The fact checks with the most page-views that month featured U.S. House members

No lie: A baker's dozen Trues in 2017

And: All the claims we rated Pants on Fire in 2017.

Six Pants on Fire claims in 2017

From the left and right.

Our top 10 of 2017

Also: Claims we rated True in 2017 and claims we rated Pants on Fire.

On the eve of the votes, 4 fact checks on the GOP tax plan

Checking statements by Paul Ryan, Gwen Moore and a Democratic candidate for governor. 

Paul Ryan -- near retirement? -- on the Truth-O-Meter

Also, updated: The major Democratic candidates for governor.

The Walk-O-Meter: Rating 2 Scott Walker promises on higher education

He pledged to freeze technical college tuition, expand tuition tax deductions.

The Walk-O-Meter: Rating 2 Scott Walker campaign promises on transportation raids

Did he stop raids? Did he repay past raids?

Checking the Walk-O-Meter and Scott Walker's promises to make taxes lower in 2018

Also: Fact-checking Wisconsin's $3 billion deal to land a Foxconn plant.

Ahead of her Milwaukee appearance, recent Hillary Clinton fact checks

Recent checks on statements by and about her that have remained in the news.

His re-election run official, a look at Scott Walker's 182 fact checks

Reviewing the record back to 2010.

High 5: Gun fact checks, in wake of Vegas shooting, get most page-views

Also many clicks for checks on GOP tax reform's treatment of middle class, "death tax."

What we know about opioids, declared by Trump as a public health emergency

Reviewing fact checks on the impact of opioid abuse in Wisconsin.

Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and the 2016 election -- Reince Priebus on the Truth-O-Meter

Reviewing our fact checks on the Wisconsinite and former White House chief of staff.

In Context: One Wisconsin GOP leader calling fellow Republicans 'terrorists'

How and why state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos used that term

Iran nuclear deal back in the news

Wisconsin politicians made claims about the deal and terrorism, Iran's nuclear program and Hillary Clinton.

Sorting out how Scott Walker refers to historic funding for schools in Wisconsin

Updated: Truth-O-Meter files for leading Democrats running for governor

Ex-Wisconsin football star: 'Women don’t know football … they are incapable'

Statement made in wake of Cam Newton sexism controversy

Fact checking mass shooting and gun claims, after Las Vegas

A look at statements made by three Wisconsin politicians.

High Five: Corporate taxes, Aaron Rodgers' taxes and a government jet honeymoon

Our most-clicked items in September 2017.

In wake of Las Vegas mass shooting, reviewing fact checks on guns and gun control

Claims by Wisconsin politicians about assault weapons, semiautomatic rifles and more.

Amid anthem protests, checking if 'NFL family' is diverse

Statement made by Green Bay Packers players after president denounces anthem demonstrations

Updating the Walk-O-Meter

Examining the two Scott Walker campaign promises we've yet to rate.

In Context: Attacks on new Wisconsin Assembly Democratic leader

Providing more insight into 2011 incidents that GOP cries are 'war on women'

Ex-Sheriff David Clarke's master's thesis back in the news

Also: Foxconn facts and Hillary Clinton on Wisconsin voter suppression  

Fact checking the Foxconn deal: 7 things we know

And Scott Walker's 182 fact checks: His re-election run official, how he's done on the Truth-O-Meter.

Hillary Clinton's claim in her new book about voter suppression in Wisconsin

Methodology in a study she relies on was panned.

High Five: Most-clicked include fact checks on Foxconn, Paul Ryan and fatal police shooting

Here comes 2018: Early look at three leading Democrats seeking to unseat GOP. Gov. Scott Walker. 

Early look at Democrats in 2018 governor's race

Truth-O-Meter records for major candidates seeking to deny Scott Walker a third term.

Did GOP Senate candidate vote for a Democrat for president?

Questions persist about Kevin Nicholson's primary vote in 2008.

Ten NRA and gun fact checks

Ahead of an NRA event coming to Milwaukee.

Paul Ryan holding a 'public' town hall on CNN?

It's been nearly two years since the House speaker held a public town hall in his district.

5 fact checks on Foxconn and Wisconsin's $3 billion deal

What we know so far.

In Context: Ron Johnson on John McCain's brain cancer

The Wisconsin Republican seemed to link McCain's condition with McCain's decisive no vote on a 'skinny repeal' of Obamacare.

High Five: Obamacare fact checks get most clicks

Transgender people in the military also among the fact checks with the most page-views in July 2017.

In Context: Tirade against Reince Priebus

President's new communications director blasted Priebus in an article the day before the Wisconsinite was replaced.

What will Republicans do about preexisting conditions?

Examining Mike Pence's pledge in Milwaukee that GOP's Obamacare replacement will provide care with 'no exceptions.'

Ahead of Donald Trump's Wisconsin visit, a look at the James Comey controversy

Three fact-checking takeaways from Comey's testimony and reaction to it.

Our May High Five: From Pants on Fire to True

Our most-clicked fact checks in May 2017 spanned the Truth-O-Meter.

Did Sheriff David Clarke commit plagiarism?

CNN says plagiarism; Clarke says 'formatting error.'   Related: Clarke's Truth-O-Meter file

Sheriff David Clarke's Truth-O-Meter file

Conservative who drew national following is moving to Trump administration. 

High Five: Attacks on Syria, Black Lives Matter

Our most-clicked items in April 2017 included Donald Trump's attacks on Syria and David Clarke's attacks on Black Lives Matter.

Ahead of Donald Trump's Wisconsin visit, his record as president on the meter

Most of the statements Donald Trump has made as president that have been checked by PolitiFact have received ratings toward the bottom of the Truth-O-Meter. 

High Five: Trumpcare vs Obamacare

Intense coverage of the Republicans' attempt to replace Obamacare led to clicks on fact checks we did on both plans.

Truth and schools: the race for state school superintendent

For those paying attention, the race for Wisconsin superintendent of public instruction provided an education on reading scores, graduation rates, the Common Core standards and college readiness. A recap of our items in advance of Tuesday's vote.

Ahead of crucial House vote, fact checking the GOP's Obamacare replacement

Does it benefit the rich, lower premiums?

Donald Trump repeats his Mostly False claim about Hillary Clinton, Russia and uranium

At his press conference, the president repeated an attack he made while campaigning in Wisconsin.

High Five: Claim on net worth of Trump's cabinet leads hit parade

PolitiFact Wisconsin's most-viewed Truth-O-Meter items in January.

Is Donald Trump's executive order a 'Muslim ban'?

Examining the label given to the president's order temporarily restricting people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

The year in fact checking, 2016

True enough: In a year in which lie telling reached new proportions, four of our 10 most-clicked items got a rating of True.

Donald Trump and the Truth-O-Meter

Ahead of his first Wisconsin visit as president-elect, a look at Trump fact checks since Election Day.

High Five: Reince Priebus, Amy Schumer, Jill Stein among most clicked

'Electoral landslide,' public shaming and 'outlawed' voting machines drew notice.

What's known, not known on Hillary Clinton's emails?

If Donald Trump moves to prosecute Hillary Clinton, what's known/unknown on email security?   Also: Our file on Reince Priebus, Trump's pick for chief of staff  

Our file on Reince Priebus, Donald Trump's choice for chief

Sharp attacks on Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.

Last call: A final fact-check wrap-up

Some of the latest claims by Russ Feingold, Ron Johnson, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

20 attacks in the Ron Johnson-Russ Feingold U.S. Senate race, rated

Cordiality has been in relatively short supply in this election rematch.

In Context: Russ Feingold saying Hillary Clinton is trustworthy

Here's what Feingold was asked and how he responded when he made the remark that has been criticized by his U.S. Senate opponent, Republican incumbent Ron Johnson.

Round II: Ron Johnson vs. Russ Feingold

Ron Johnson, the Republican incumbent, and his Democratic challenger, Russ Feingold, made a number of claims about each other in their final debate that we’ve rated previously. Here’s a look at four of those statements.

The allegations about Donald Trump and Miss Teen USA contestants

Whether he walked in on naked teens hasn't been established.

Fact checking the first Ron Johnson-Russ Feingold U.S. Senate debate

Each candidate makes claims we've previously examined.

Senate debate primer: Ron Johnson vs Russ Feingold

Claims the candidates have made against each other have marked the U.S. Senate rematch.  

High Five: New interest in old fact checks

Social love pushes new page-views on older fact checks, including some about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Debate preview: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Wisconsin

If you hear any of these Wisconsin-related statements tonight, you'll know whether they're True, Pants on Fire or somewhere in between.

High 5: The Hillz and The Donald were the clickiest

Fitting, it would seem, that in July 2016, when the two major parties nominated their candidates for president, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump topped our most-clicked list.

What Ruth Bader Ginsburg said about Donald Trump

In Context: House Speaker Paul Ryan said remarks made by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg about Donald Trump show she is biased. Here's a look at the remarks, which led Trump to say "her mind is shot."

Donald Trump's racial comments about Hispanic judge in Trump University case

In Context: What exactly the presumptive GOP presidential nominee said about Gonzalo Curiel being Mexican that has drawn so much condemnation from both the left and right.

High Five: Our most-clicked items in May

Our five most-clicked items in May ranged from True to Pants on Fire. Not surprisingly, the latter item topped the list.

Rating Scott Walker promises on transportation

We rate the status of three Walker campaign pledges, one on toll roads and two on the state Transportation Fund. 

In Context: Ron Johnson comparing the 2016 elections to 9/11

Fleshing out the Wisconsin Republican senator's comments about Flight 93.

Our April High Five includes (surprise!) an election flavor

April was such a busy month when it came to politics (Wisconsin’s  April 5 primary was just the start) that it took us some extra time to sort through our most-clicked items for the month.

What have Milwaukee's mayor and county executive promised you?

We're asking your help to track promises made by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele during their 2016 re-election campaigns.

In Context: Scott Walker, Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre

Fleshing out comments made by the Republican governor, which drew criticism from Democrats, in which he compared political attacks on himself to someone attacking the two Green Bay Packers quarterbacks.

March High Five: Our most-clicked items for the month

As the Wisconsin primary approached, PolitiFact Wisconsin readers dialed up candidates records.  

Fact-checking the Wisconsin Supreme Court race

Claims have been made about the backgrounds of Justice Rebecca Bradley and her challenger, state Court of Appeals Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg.   Plus: Claims we have rated in the Milwaukee County executive's race   And: The Final Five on the Truth-O-Meter; closer looks at visits by Clinton, Sanders, Kasich, Cruz and Trump, and our article: Trump: Low on the Truth-O-Meter, high in the polls

Claims we've rated in the Milwaukee County executive race

Incumbent Chris Abele faces state Sen. Chris Larson in the race for Milwaukee County executive.

Fact checking a Donald Trump appearance in Milwaukee

The GOP front runner made several claims that have, in one way or another, been evaluated by PolitiFact.  Plus: The Final Five on the Truth-O-Meter; closer looks at visits by Clinton, Sanders, Kasich and Cruz; Trump's comments on punishing women who have an abortion; and Trump: Low on the Truth-O-Meter, high in the polls

Donald Trump: Why so low on the meter, so high in the polls?

Teasing out how the Republican presidential front runner scores so poorly on our Truth-O-Meter but does so well with GOP voters.   Plus: The Final Five on the Truth-O-Meter; closer looks at visits by Trump, Clinton, Sanders, Kasich and Cruz; and Trump's comments on punishing women who have an abortion. 

Fact checking a Ted Cruz campaign appearance in Milwaukee

The Texas senator and GOP presidential candidate made several claims during a town hall meeting that have been previously evaluated by PolitiFact.    Plus: The Final Five on the Truth-O-Meter; closer looks at visits by Clinton, Sanders and Kasich; and Trump's comments on punishing women who have an abortion.

In Context: Transcript of Donald Trump on punishing women for abortion

We flesh out what the Republican presidential front runner told MSNBC's Chris Matthews during a town hall meeting in Green Bay.  Plus: The Final Five on the Truth-O-Meter; and closer looks at visits by Clinton, Sanders and Kasich

Fact-checking a Hillary Clinton speech in Milwaukee

Hillary Clinton made claims contrasting herself with the Republican presidential candidates and her rival for the Democratic nomination, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.   Fact-checking John Kasich's Milwaukee visit Fact-checking Bernie Sanders' Madison speech

Fact checking John Kasich's Milwaukee visit

Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich made claims about his general election electability while seeking support ahead of Wisconsin's presidential primary.    The Final Five: Kasich, Cruz, Trump, Clinton and Sanders on the Truth-O-Meter Bernie Sanders: Fact checking his Madison speech  

Fact checking Bernie Sanders' Madison speech

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders repeated several claims we've checked previously in taking his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination to Madison, Wis. The Final Five: Checking the five remaining presidential candidates on what they're likely to say while campaigning in Wisconsin.

The Final Five -- on the Truth-O-Meter

All five presidential candidates are scheduled to traverse Wisconsin -- making assertions, boasts and attacks -- ahead of the state’s primary election on April 5, 2016. Almost certainly, they will repeat some of their favorite lines, some of which will make you stop and ask, Really? Thankfully, we've rated many of those claims.

February High Five: Bringing home our most-clicked items of the month

From national issues to a single Milwaukee house, a look at our most-clicked items for the month of February.

Checking the president, and the presidential campaign

Barack Obama's visit to Wisconsin comes in the midst of a heated campaign for the White House.

A look at recent claims by Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in advance of Milwaukee debate

A look at recent statements from Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton in advance of their Feb. 11 debate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

High Five: Our most-clicked items for January

Items from U.S. Reps. Sean Duffy and Reid Ribble, both Republicans from Wisconsin, were in our January High Five.

Scott on the Walk-O-Meter

Gov. Scott Walker's annual State of the State address is a good timeto review his progress on campaign promises.

In Context: Sean Duffy on African-Americans and abortion

A closer look at remarks from the Wisconsin Republican that drew the ire of the Congressional Black Caucus.

High Five: Our most-clicked items from December

A look at our most-clicked items from December, including an oldie but a goodie.

2 big races in Milwaukee

The offices of Milwaukee County executive and mayor of Milwaukee are up for election in April 2016. Here's an early look at claims made so far during the two campaigns.

Rematch: Ron Johnson and Russ Feingold crossing swords again

Claims over campaign financing and Obamacare have marked the early stages of the 2016 U.S. Senate campaign.

Our 5 most-clicked in 2015 (that weren't about Scott Walker)

These fact checks covered Democrats as well as Republicans, on taxes as diverse as taxes and foreign kings. Also: Our top Scott Walker factchecks from 2015

Most checked in 2015: Scott Walker

Reviewing the five most-clicked 2015 fact checks of the politician we fact checked most in 2015.

The 2015 Lie of the Year: the campaign misstatements of Donald Trump

A presidential candidate with an unprecedented record on the Truth-O-Meter earns PolitiFact's annual award.

Presidential campaign, election issues dominate November High Five

The GOP presidential debate helped drive interest in November.

Five years, 1,000 factchecks

A look back at our 1,000 items shows a period of sweeping political change in Wisconsin -- and offers a glimpse at the future

Which black people did David Clarke call uneducated, lazy and morally bankrupt?

We offer an In Context look at remarks by Milwaukee County's conservative African-American sheriff. 

Claims that we've heard again...and again

In honor of National Recycling Week, we look at oft-repeated claims.

Fact checking the Milwaukee GOP debate

Let's see how the candidates did in repeating claims that have been previously rated on the Truth-O-Meter.

Ahead of the Milwaukee debate, a look at the candidates on the Truth-O-Meter

Ten of the latest fact checks -- two each on the five Republican White House hopefuls who are leading in the polls.

Our October High Five

Some older items got new attention from PolitiFact readers in October.  

Paul Ryan on the Truth-O-Meter

With Paul Ryan's ascendancy to House Speaker appearing certain, we take a look at his record on the Truth-O-Meter.

Our September High Five: By this tally, Scott Walker fared better

Gov. Scott Walker ended his campaign for president in September, but continued to dominate the attention of PolitiFact Wisconsin readers.

Examining some of Scott Walker's campaign missteps

We take a closer look at key moments that were viewed as gaffes during his presidential run.   Also: Our most-clicked items from Walker's run

Our most-clicked Scott Walker items

As the Wisconsin governor ends his 2016 presidential run, a look at our Walker items that got the most page-views in 2015.

Fact checking Scott Walker in the second debate

How did Scott Walker do, factcheck-wise, in the second Republican presidential go-round? We check it out.

Fact checking Scott Walker and unions

We review recent union-related fact checks ahead of a Walker speech in which he is expected to propose abolishing unions for federal workers.

Ahead of her Wisconsin visit, Hillary Clinton on the Truth-O-Meter

We review fact checks on statements by, and about, the former secretary of state ahead of her first trip to the Badger State in her 2016 presidential campaign.

Our Labor Day fact check roundup

For Labor Day, a look at fact checks over the past year that are of interest to working folks in Wisconsin.   Happy Birthday to us! The top 5 items from past 5 years   In Context: What Scott Walker said about a Canada wall

We're turning 5. A look at our most-clicked over 5 years

We review our items that got the most page-views since we launched five years ago.   In Context: What Scott Walker said about a wall with Canada

In Context: What Scott Walker said about a Canada wall

Gov. Scott Walker was ridiculed for comments he made about building a wall along the Canadian border. What exactly did he say?

August High Five: Walker runs the table

Items focused on Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican candidate for president, dominated the PolitiFact Wisconsin High Five of most-clicked items for August.

In Context: Scott Walker and 'birthright citizenship'

Articulating positions on immigration continues to hinder Gov. Scott Walker on the presidential campaign trail. A closer look at his statements on "birthright citizenship."

Scott Walker, trying to stand out in the crowd

Seven talking points you might hear from the Wisconsin governor during the first GOP presidential debate.      

Bernie Sanders leads our High Five for July

Gov. Scott Walker, naturally, also made the cut.

Factchecking Scott Walker's presidential announcement

In Monday's announcement speech, Wisconsin's Republican governor touched on several claims that we've reviewed before.   Our speech preview: More Walker factchecks

Fact-checking Scott Walker

With the Republican Wisconsin governor poised to announce for president, we analyze his campaign through the lens of his record on the Truth-O-Meter and the Flip-O-Meter.

Were the founding fathers 'ordinary people'?

We examine a statement, often made by Gov. Scott Walker on the campaign trail, that the founders were "ordinary people."   Also: Our 'High Five' of most-clicked items from June.

Our June High Five: Readers ran to Walker items

Claims surrounding Gov. Scott Walker, a top GOP presidential contender, once again dominated the High Five for June.

Fact-checking the Wisconsin state budget

Here's how statements about the proposed state budget have fared on our Truth-O-Meter.   Also: Walker's 'cheaper to keep them' arena slogan

Examining Scott Walker's 'cheaper to keep them' slogan

The governor says losing the Milwaukee Bucks would be more expensive to taxpayers than helping to build the team a new arena. What is behind the numbers?   Also: Factchecking the state budget.

No, really -- it's True

They're relatively rare. But the statements we rate True are an interesting lot. Here are 10 of them.

The High Five: Heavily tilted to False

False, False, False, Pants on Fire. May 2015 was kind of a rough month for some folks on PolitiFact Wisconsin's Truth-O-Meter.

In Context: Comparing school funding cuts to child rape

Wisconsin state Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee, drew outrage from Republican colleagues with her remarks during a hearing on school funding.    Plus: The final tally on Scott Walker's 250,000 jobs promise

Final Scott Walker jobs tally shows 250,000 first-term promise far from met

Final numbers for 2014 show Scott Walker fell short on his promise of 250,000 new private-sector jobs in his first term.  

Ron Johnson vs. Russ Feingold, The Rematch

If the 2016 U.S. Senate rematch mimics the 2010 race, it will be a no-holds-barred affair. Plus: An accounting of Scott Walker's travels

Home and away: An accounting of Scott Walker's travels

Gov. Scott Walker’s travels as a 2016 contender for the White House raise a legitimate question: How much time is he in Wisconsin? Plus: Ron Johnson vs. Russ Feingold, The Rematch

Video: Review of fact checks on Scott Walker, other presidential contenders

A look at some recent fact checks.

Fact checking the state budget

The calendar change to May means state budget decisions will dominate the political headlines in the weeks ahead. A look back at factchecks on key topics.

April High Five: Scott Walker's $1 sweater and other campaign claims

Favorites from the month come from Gov. Scott Walker on the national campaign trail.

Crime and punishment on the Truth-O-Meter

As officials and the general public react to the wave of homicides in Milwaukee and controversies over police-community relations, a look at crime-related fact checks.

What makes America "exceptional?"

As they crisscross the country, the Republican candidates for president agree that America is an "exceptional" nation. But they don't always concur on why.

Scott Walker's immigration stance after New Hampshire appearance: Decoder ring needed

Gov. Scott Walker took pains to clarify his position on illegal immigration amid allegations of flip-flopping, but questions remain.  

The March High Five: Walker on Marquette, Walker on UW

Favorites from last month include items examining Walker claims on his college record and UW tuition.

Scott Walker: Shifting views to be in a better position for 2016?

As he has emerged as a front-runner among 2016 GOP presidential contenders, Gov. Scott Walker has shifted some of his positions. On what issues, and to what end?

December 2014 numbers offer a downtick on Walker's first-term jobs promise

Latest report brings us one step closer to final tally for Walker's first term.

Scott Walker and abortion

In the wake of his surprise announcement on an abortion ban after 20 weeks, we review where Walker has been on the issue.

The High Five: Scott Walker, the Packers and more

Gov. Scott Walker, so-called right-to-work legislation, the Green Bay Packers and Rush Limbaugh all were part of our top February items.

Sorting out public opinion on "right to work" laws

The rhetoric on the legislative battle over "right to work" features conflicting claims about where the public stands on such laws. We dig into the polls.

Sorting out right to work

Breaking news about fast-track legislation is sure to reignite the right to work debate.

Scott Walker's university budget cuts -- how big?

Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget cuts to the University of Wisconsin System have been pegged at 13 percent, 2.5 percent and 16 percent. So, are any of those figures correct?

In Context: Rush Limbaugh on Scott Walker's lack of a degree and issue of rapes on college campuses

How is it that the conservative commentator linked the two?  

New interest in the 'mystery' of Scott Walker's college years

There is almost as much interest in Gov. Scott Walker's college days as there is in what he's doing today.    

The High Five: New and old Scott Walker items among the most popular

We haven’t studied it, but we think there might be pent-up demand for Pants on Fire.

The (now-rejected) Kenosha casino -- jobs and money

How we sized up claims made about the $800 million casino complex.

Late surge in jobs still leaves Scott Walker well short of promise

Gov. Scott Walker would have finished much closer to his 250,000 jobs goal had there been four years with the jobs growth seen in 2014 -- especially the final four months of the year.

One last look at 2014

Before the year disappears from the rear-view mirror, here’s a final PolitiFact Wisconsin look-back at 2014.

Launching the second-term Walk-O-Meter

A look at the promises we'll be following.

2014's best-read claims about Scott Walker

The Republican governor's hits and misses on the Truth-O-Meter in 2014.  

False claims dominated most-clicked items about Scott Walker

Like moths to a (Pants on Fire) flame, readers were drawn to (mostly) false claims about Gov. Scott Walker in 2014.  

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Reviewing articles we did in 2014 without the Truth-O-Meter that provided a different sort of clarity and analysis.

Quick year-end quiz

Can you guess how we rated these six lighter and less-serious claims from 2014?

Pants on Fire, on parade

Ranking, by clicks, our seven Pants on Fire ratings from 2014.

Our High Five for December

Welfare. Right to work. Obamacare. Texas vs. Wisconsin. Federal deficits.   Our five most clicked items from December.  

Guns, deficit, fraud and beer among our most popular non-election fact-checks

The focal point of Wisconsin politics in 2014 was the race for governor.  But ...

Jobs growth heats up, November report says

Wisconsin employers added an impressive number of workers in the last two months, according to the most recent report by the state Department of Workforce Development.

PolitiFact names its 2014 Lie of the Year

The emergence of Ebola in the United States sparked a political and media frenzy, but many of the claims made were far from accurate. Collectively, they are PolitiFact's sixth annual Lie of the Year.

Right to work: How past claims have fared on the Truth-O-Meter

Right to work has suddenly been thrust back into the news in Wisconsin. Here's a look at past factchecks on key issues in the debate.

The Walker File: 2014's best-read claims by the governor

The Republican governor's hits and misses on the Truth-O-Meter in 2014, ranked in order of viewership on our site.  

A look at the jobs tally as of October 2014

Wisconsin employers reported another strong month of hiring in October, according to the latest monthly report released by the state Department of Workforce Development.

Our November High Five: Opposites attract (clicks)

A look back at our most-clicked work from November.

With 2016 looming, a look at what Scott Walker has been telling the nation

The contours of a Scott Walker presidential campaign have begun to take shape.   Also: Glenn Grothman goes to Washington. A look at his most provocative comments.

Conservative Congressman-elect Glenn Grothman -- his most provocative comments, In Context

During his 21 years as a Republican state lawmaker in Wisconsin, Glenn Grothman has been perceived either as an authentic conservative who speaks his mind with refreshing candor, or as a fringe character who makes extreme, often offensive, observations.

Checking Scott Walker on "Meet the Press"

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, fresh from a re-election win that promoted his presidential prospects, went on "Meet the Press" a few days later. How did he do truth-wise?

Positioned to deliver: Scott Walker and his many promises

With a fresh four years and friends dominating the Legislature, Gov. Scott Walker is in a commanding position to enact his agenda. We take a tour of his key campaign promises.   Also: Our most-clicked items from October.

Our October High-Five: Back to the False end of the scale

When it came to our most-clicked items in October, not surprisingly it was all about Scott Walker and Mary Burke. And those items were most often False.

Take this quiz on our fact-checks in the Scott Walker-Mary Burke race

Meanwhile, here are our round-ups of claims on key topics:  Taxes, education, jobs, wages and income, business growth, higher education and miscellaneous items.

Miscellaneous claims in the Scott Walker-Mary Burke race

For the past week we've taken a look, by topic, at some of the major claims that have been made in the camapign for governor. We conclude with a roundup of claims made by and about Gov. Scott Walker and his Democratic challenger, Mary Burke, that don't fit neatly into a category.

Claims in the Mary Burke-Scott Walker race about higher education

The cost of higher education -- and even Gov. Scott Walker's experience as an undergraduate -- have been fodder for statements in the race between Walker and his Democratic challenger, Mary Burke.

Claims in the Mary Burke-Scott Walker race about business growth

The growth in new businesses and the use of tax breaks in the pursuit of business growth have led to several claims from Gov. Scott Walker and challenger Mary Burke that we’ve checked on the Truth-O-Meter.

Claims in the Scott Walker-Mary Burke race about income and wages

Alongside jobs, Gov. Scott Walker and his challenger, Mary Burke, have sparred over how Wisconsinites have fared in terms of wages and income.

Claims in the Scott Walker-Mary Burke race about jobs

Scott Walker’s promise to create 250,000 private-sector jobs -- made when he was a candidate in 2010 and rated by us as a Promise Broken -- has reverberated throughout the 2014 campaign for governor. Both he, challenger Mary Burke and others have made a number of jobs-related claims. Here’s how we’ve rated some key ones.

Claims in the Mary Burke-Scott Walker race about taxes and state budget

How much Wisconsinites have, and will, pay in taxes has been fertile ground for statements made by Mary Burke and Gov. Scott Walker during the 2014 gubernatorial campaign.

How Scott Walker and Mary Burke have fared on the Truth-O-Meter

Today's topic: Miscellaneous items. Previously published: Taxes, education, jobs, wages and income, business growth and higher education

Claims in the Scott Walker-Mary Burke race about education

When it comes to education issues, Act 10, private school vouchers and public school funding have been key topics in statements we've rated on the Truth-O-Meter. 

Mary Burke, Scott Walker rely on old favorites in final debate

Their first meeting featured a lot of tried and True, but Friday’s second debate between Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke bent more towards tried and False.

Previewing Walker-Burke II: Keep these facts in mind

They can duck, bob, weave, embellish and distort, but Scott Walker and Mary Burke will have plenty of facts at their command for their second debate Friday. If they read our debate preview, that is.   Related: Latest jobs tally shows uptick

Latest look at Wisconsin jobs tally shows some improvement

State employers added a total of 8,400 jobs in September, according to a report issued Oct. 16, 2014 by the state Department of Workforce Development. The same report also revised upward by 700 the jobs count for August 2014.

In Context: Gwen Moore on Ebola and a travel ban

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore took a different tack on calls for a travel ban in the wake of the Ebola outbreak.

Burke, Walker wield truth as tool in first debate

In their first debate, Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke trotted out dueling visions of the state's economy and the impact of Walker's tax and spending cuts. We take a look at key claims from the debate.  

Debate preview: What will Scott Walker and Mary Burke say?

We take a look at claims likely to come up in the first debate Friday between Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke.

Dueling TV ads take on Scott Walker's position on abortion

An group supporting abortion rights injected abortion into the Wisconsin governor’s race less than a month before election day. And Gov. Scott Walker responded the same day with a TV ad of his own. -- Walker, Burke promises of 2014 -- Scoring Walker’s progress on promises    

Promises, promises: A look at Walker and Burke pledges

Gov. Scott Walker and challenger Mary Burke have made a host of campaign promises that offer a roadmap for when in office. Related: How Walker fared on 2010 promises

How Walker did on his 2010 promises

We've monitored 65 promises from Gov. Scott Walker's 2010 campaign. How did he fare on the Walk-O-Meter? 

Our September High Five: Top three items were rated True

Beer, deficits, businesses, jobs, taxes. A look at our most-clicked items from September.

Trending in the Wisconsin governor’s race: The Truth?

Gov. Scott Walker and challenger Mary Burke have made a string of accurate claims of late. But there is still plenty of time for the rhetoric to heat up.

In Context: Giving women 'the back of his hand'

Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz made national headlines and stirred controversy when she sharply criticized Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker during an appearance in Milwaukee on Sept. 3, 2014. At one point, Wasserman Schultz said: "Scott Walker has given women the back of his hand."

The August High Five: Election for governor dominates

With Gov. Scott Walker and challenger Mary Burke locked in a close battle, statements related to the Nov. 4, 2014 election topped our most-clicked list for August.

A look at Barack Obama's Labor Day remarks

While talking up the economy during his Labor Day appearance in Milwaukee, President Barack Obama made several claims that have either been rated on the Truth-O-Meter or covered in news stories in recent months. The statements in his Sept. 1, 2014 speech covered jobs, exports, oil production, high school graduation rates, business climate and a claim that a university president gave up $90,000 in salary to help his low-income employees.

Factchecking jobs claims: Try this at home

We're last, we're first, we're up, we're down. Which is it? The candidates for governor offer so many conflicting claims on job growth in Wisconsin that we thought it was time to offer a guide to deciphering it all.

The High Five: Scott Walker's clickability

Statements Gov. Scott Walker made about his Democratic challenger, the former Democratic governor and gay marriage were among our most-clicked items in July 2014. A congressional hopeful’s claim about the Common Core school standards also made the High Five.

A first take on candidates for attorney general

Made plans yet for Aug. 12, 2014? Yeah, it's just a Tuesday in the middle of summer. But it's also Election Day -- well, primary election day. Among the state races on the ballot is attorney general. Here's a look at a first round of factchecks.

Scott Walker on gay marriage ban ruling: "I don't have any choice" but to appeal. Is he right?

Gov. Scott Walker says his oath of office rather than political calculations explain his appeal of a federal court decision overturning Wisconsin’s ban on gay marriage. We examine how much discretion, if any, he had.

Our June High Five

Two sharply different statements regarding the now-stalled investigation into whether there was illegal coordination among conservative groups and Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign rose to the top of our most-clicked list for June. A statement by Rep. Paul Ryan on whether or not Medicare is growing broke also received lots of attention.

Some of the themes that will shape the governor's race

More than four months out before the November 2014 gubernatorial election in Wisconsin, some of the campaign themes are coming into focus. Gov. Scott Walker's record on jobs and the economy. How that record compares to that of his predecessor, Democrat Jim Doyle. And the record of likely Democratic nominee Mary Burke, both as Doyle's commerce secretary and as a former executive of Trek Bicycle Corp.

Fact-checking state Democrats

Wisconsin is second in the nation in losing jobs? Milwaukee is second-highest in the recovery of children from sex trafficking? In Wisconsin, a woman earns 80 cents for every $1 a man earns? A look at 10 recent claims on the eve of the state Democratic convention.

Our May High Five

Our analysis of Gov. Scott Walker’s new way of talking about job creation topped PolitiFact Wisconsin’s High Five for May, our list of the most-clicked items for the month. So did items about Benghazi (times 2), jobs and private-school choice.

In Context: Gov. Scott Walker's much-scrutinized comments on the state's gay marriage ban

Supporters and critics of Gov. Scott Walker parsed his recent comments on gay marriage. We examine the transcript and compare it to his past words and deeds on the issue.

Recent factchecks and articles about veterans and the military

Over the past year, we have done a number of articles related to veterans and the military. They include factchecks of statements made by Wisconsin congressional representatives Paul Ryan and Gwen Moore, among others.

Digging into Scott Walker’s talk of 17,000 job-producing new businesses

Pivoting from his promise of 250,000 new jobs in one term, Gov. Scott Walker is talking up the idea that 17,000 new business entities in the state could get him to that mark in 2015 if he wins a second term. We examine the reality behind his rosy scenario.

The items our readers have loved the longest

Nearly a year ago we introduced the High Five, a review of the PolitiFact Wisconsin items -- fact-checks and sometimes other articles -- that got the most page-views the previous month. As you’d expect, the most popular items each month had been posted in recent days or weeks. But some of our most-clicked items were published months ago. Or even longer. 

Rush Limbaugh tops our April High Five

Rush Limbaugh, the nation’s No. 1 talk radio host, topped PolitiFact Wisconsin’s High Five for April 2014, our list of the five most-clicked items from the previous month. Limbaugh claimed that Wisconsin is "one of the bluest" states, but under Gov. Scott Walker its unemployment rate "is around 3.5%." We rated that False. From Scott Walker to Mary Burke and Mike Tate, the rest of the list is a bipartisan one.

Fact-checking the GOP

Wisconsin’s job growth in 2013 was the best since the 1990s? At least 70 percent of residents approve of the state’s wildly controversial collective bargaining reform law? When Republicans ran Washington, they let the food stamp rolls skyrocket? We revisit these and other recent claims by Wisconsin Republicans ahead of their annual state convention.

Burke, Walker and the promises of 2014

After deliberately avoiding talking specifics early in her campaign for governor, Democrat Mary Burke has cranked up the pledge machine in her bid to defeat Republican Scott Walker. We take an early look at what both candidates have promised so far.

The High Five for March: jobs, guns, poverty

Readers flocked to items that sought to settle the facts and shed light on Wisconsin's employment picture, Rep. Paul Ryan's comments on poverty, Senator Ron Johnson's take on gun-control and the state of the state budget.

Mary Burke, so far

The last time Marquette Law School did its statewide poll, in late January 2014, 70 percent of the respondents said they hadn’t heard enough about Mary Burke to have an opinion on her, or didn’t know if their view of her was favorable or not.  

The battle over early voting access: How many votes are really at stake?

Political scientists don't see a dramatic difference in overall voter turnout when early voting is expanded or limited, but there's emerging evidence that African-American turnout falls when the chance to vote early is reduced.

In Context: Were Paul Ryan's poverty comments a 'thinly veiled racial attack'?

The backlash to comments U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan made about poverty and inner-city residents suggested that the former vice-presidential candidate had been bigoted. Was what he said, as U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee called it, a "thinly veiled racial attack"?

In February's High Five race: Barack Obama, Scott Walker and some other guys

The PolitiFact Wisconsin articles that got the most page-views in February 2014 (Barack Obama was No. 1, Scott Walker No. 2) are a little like the advertising on a NASCAR racing car. All over the map.  

Five key pieces from our Scott Walker file

The bright lights of the national media often cast a favorable glow on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker after the November 2013 release of his book, sowing speculation that he would be a contender for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. A few months later, on Feb. 23, 2014, the lights might have made Walker feel like he was under the heat of an interrogation. As Walker continues to stir national interest, we offer a primer on who he is, focusing on recent PolitiFact Wisconsin items on three key themes of his time as governor: jobs, taxes and fiscal responsibility.

High Five: Money, money, money

From minimums to millions, factchecks on claims about money attracted the most page-views in January 2013.

Obama on Wisconsin’s Truth-O-Meter

Obama on Ryan, Obama on manufacturing jobs. Johnson on Obama. Duffy, Kind, Baldwin and Walker on Obama. With Barack Obama visiting Wisconsin, we look at how he's fared on our Truth-O-Meter.

Residency rules revisited

A judge has thrown out Milwaukee's residency rule, which for 75 years required city employees to live within the city limits. That renewed debate about claims on the merits of the rule. Should public employees be able to live where they want? Should they be required to live and pay taxes in the city that employs them? A roundup of our past ratings on the issue.

Let me rephrase that

In his State of the State speech, Gov. Scott Walker revised some of the claims he made in the past that had been rated on the Truth-O-Meter. We review what he said then and what he's saying now.

Walker, Dems tilt (a bit) toward True on State of the State night

With the 2014 elections approaching fast, Republican Gov. Scott Walker rolled out his state of the state speech, touting an improved economy and a big budget surplus. He and Democratic opponents recycled several of their greatest hits.

8 things you might hear

What might we hear (from both sides) when Gov. Scott Walker gives his fourth State of the State address Jan. 22, 2014.

Tax cuts, tax hikes? How much and when?

Not that they’re ever far from mind, but taxes have been all over the news in Wisconsin in recent days.

A $50 million question

Democrat Mary Burke has emphasized one particular business accomplishment in contrasting herself with Republican Gov. Scott Walker. So far, she has offered no hard evidence to prove or refute it.

Our December High Five: Walker again tops the list

For the second month in a row, Gov. Scott Walker dominated the attention of PolitiFact Wisconsin readers. In December 2013, four of the five PolitiFact Wisconsin articles that got the most page-views were articles about Walker. His new book, "Unintimidated," gave us plenty to examine.

The Top Ten of 2013

Since May 2013, we've been presenting our monthly High Five -- the PolitiFact Wisconsin articles that got the most page-views each month. But, hey, it's the end of the year -- time to reflect and to celebrate. So, here are 10 items -- the ones that attracted the most eyeballs in all of 2013.

Solving the "mystery" of Scott Walker's college years and entry into politics

We take a close look at Gov. Scott Walker’s start in Republican politics at Marquette University. Was he "kicked out" of school as the Democratic Party of Wisconsin suggests? Did he leave college just short of a degree for a great career opportunity, as he says?

A look at claims about minimum wage

Increasingly, state Sen. Nikiya Harris is making a push to raise the minimum wage in Wisconsin. Here is a recent look at claims related to the minimum wage from elsewhere, and how they fared on the Truth-O-Meter.

High Five for November: Walker and Burke

Gov. Scott Walker's property-tax claim, his campaign promises and his new book dominated online traffic at PolitiFact Wisconsin in November. A claim by likely Democratic challenger Mary Burke also drew a big audience.

So, where does Mary Burke stand on the issues?

Nearly two months into her campaign, the picture of Mary Burke as a candidate for governor is something like the Wisconsin sky on many a December day: Mostly cloudy, with sunlight occasionally shining through.

In Context: Scott Walker's "healthy balance" remark

Gov. Scott Walker caused a reverberation among liberals when, while plugging his new book, he used a seemingly innocuous term: "Healthy balance." LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) advocates were especially put off, as these headlines show: Wisconsin governor defends ban on same-sex marriage as "healthy balance" of LGBT rights -- Think Progress (liberal blog) Funny definition of "healthy balance" you got there, Scotty -- Daily Kos (liberal blog)

Candidates by any other name: Do they smell as sweet?

Striving to concoct a negative image for opponents, political partisans are playing the age-old Name Game for keeps as Wisconsin enters a big 2014 campaign season. In the governor's race, "Millionaire Mary" takes on "Governor Ultrasound."

Walker making news on book tour

Scott Walker became the ubiquitous governor in the days before and after the release of his political memoir, giving one national media interview after another. We take a look at what he said that's new and note where he made comments related to previous PolitiFact articles.

Fact-checking Gov. Scott Walker's new book

In his new memoir, Gov. Scott Walker recounts how he secretly crafted a plan "that gets rid of the unions and eliminates collective bargaining." He dwells on the state of state government’s finances prior to his election and argues for how much better they are now. And he takes a few pokes at President Obama’s Washington. We take a look at how Walker's claims -- new and old -- stack up on the Truth-O-Meter.

Promises, promises: Gov. Scott Walker, the Walk-O-Meter and 2014

Barring something unforeseen, Gov. Scott Walker will stand for election for the third time in four years in November 2014. One year out, we examine his record on keeping campaign pledges he made in the 2010 contest. Sneak preview: he's keeping far more than he's breaking.

High Five for October: Obamacare gets hits

Two items involving Obamacare, Mary Burke's political debut, debate over a proposed casino and a claim that Wisconsin sold water to California attracted the most page-views at PolitiFact Wisconsin in October 2013.  

Would a Kenosha casino drain 40% of the Milwaukee casino's revenue?

Given that we’re talking about projections, we can’t test on the Truth-O-Meter whether the Potawatomi Bingo Casino in Milwaukee would lose as much as 40% of its revenue if the Menominee tribe opens a casino 40 miles to the south in the Kenosha. We can, however, share what we learned from seven gambling experts.

The High Five: Our most-clicked items for September

Reader favorites last month dealt with the jobs picture, the state budget and a review of Truth-O-Meter items on Obamacare just days before the government shutdown. We promise to remain open for business, no matter what happens in Washington.

Testing Obamacare on the Truth-O-Meter

The Affordable Care Act reaches a milestone on Oct. 1, 2013, when health insurance marketplaces that were set up as part of the law begin enrolling people. Many claims on both sides of the political aisle have been made about President Barack Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment, which has been implemented in phases since becoming law in March 2010.     

In Context: Scott Walker's critiques of the Mitt Romney 2012 presidential campaign

Might Gov. Scott Walker's blunt critiques of the Romney campaign come back to haunt his nascent presidential aspirations for 2016? With our In Context feature, we review the record but will let you decide.

The August High Five: Walker, Walker, Walker

Gov. Scott Walker continues to click with PolitiFact Wisconsin readers. The three items that got the most page-views on our site in August 2013 were each Walker-related. And two of those involved perhaps the central issue of Walker's tenure: jobs. Rounding out the High Five were statements by Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and Democratic U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore.

In Context: Obamacare "train wreck"

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, a strident critic of Obamacare, likes to say that even strong supporters of the health care law have called its implementation a "train wreck." When he recently repeated the comment, attributing it to Obamacare backers Max Baucus and Harry Reid, we decided it was time for In Context, a closer look at what the two Democratic senators said.

Words, audience matter in politically sensitive immigration debate

"Path to citizenship." "Back of the line." "Earned legalization." "Amnesty." These phrases, and more, get thrown around regularly by Wisconsin elected officials participating in America's immigration debate. Our guide to who's saying what, to whom, and what they mean.

In Context: Walker on extending Act 10 to police, firefighters

Gov. Scott Walker exempted police and firefighters from Act 10, his 2011 law curtailing the collective bargaining power of most public employees. But in late July 2013, Walker seemed to open the door to extending the law to police and fire -- then the next day, he seemed to walk back his comments. So, what did the governor actually say?

Our High Five for July

The link between seeing ultrasounds and choosing abortion; how rare homicides used to be in Milwaukee; and Gov. Scott Walker's statement about much milk Wisconsin imports (yes, imports) were our most popular articles among online readers in July 2013. Here's a recap of July High Five, the five stories that received the most page views.

A roundup of ratings on eve of National Governors Association meeting

Chief executives of the states will discuss a variety of issues at the National Governors Association convention, which is set for Aug. 2 to 4, 2013, in Milwaukee. We welcome them to Wisconsin with a roundup of recent gubernatorial Truth-O-Meter items produced by PolitiFact Wisconsin, as well as by our PolitiFact siblings in nine other states and at PolitiFact National.

The High Five: Our most-clicked items for June

It's time for our monthly recap of the five items that received the most page-views at PolitiFact Wisconsin during the previous month. In June, the NRA, junk food, Scott Walker and Obamacare were on top of the list.

The Truth-O-Meter and the 2013-15 state budget

Gov. Scott Walker has said he will sign the 2013-15 state budget into law on June 30, 2013. The two-year tax-and-spending plan takes effect the next day. We’ve covered the budget terrain with a number of Truth-O-Meter items. Here’s a roundup of claims on school vouchers, bail bonds, tax cuts and more.

In Context: Strong statements on abortion

Lawmakers and partisans on both sides of the abortion issue reacted strongly to statements made during the legislative floor debate as the Wisconsin Senate narrowly passed a Republican-backed bill last week. Here -- in our In Context feature -- we take a closer look at the attention-getting remarks on the bill, which requires women seeking an abortion to get an ultrasound.

Introducing the High Five: A look at our most-clicked items for May

Today we introduce a new feature: the High Five. We’ll recap the five PolitiFact Wisconsin items that received the most page-views at PolitiFact Wisconsin during the previous month. In May, they included a one drink maximum; a girl, an injured woodpecker and the FBI; repeated hand-washing and a memorable Clinton vs. Johnson moment.

In Context: Tying military culture to sexual abuse in the military

After a Pentagon report estimated that 26,000 members of the armed forces were sexually assaulted in 2012, U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee, blamed military culture for the military’s sexual assault problem. Her take -- and subsequent criticism from conservatives -- create a space for In Context, an occasional feature that tells more of the story about statements that get widespread attention.

Turning it over to readers

We hear regularly from PolitiFact Wisconsin readers, so we decided it's time to give them some space. Here's the debut of our Mailbag.

Public vs. Private: Sorting out the truth in the debate over school choice

Wisconsin was a national pioneer in sending Milwaukee children to private schools with publicly funded vouchers. Now, with the Legislature debating Gov. Scott Walker's plan to expand choice to additional cities, we shed light on some of the key disputes over the choice program.

The UW System's "slush fund" -- $1 billion, $207 million or what?

The amount of excess cash in the University of Wisconsin System’s bank account is: A) "Nearly $1 billion" B) $648 million C) $207 million Everyone has a different view on how much extra money the UW System has. We dig into the various numbers being tossed about.

In Context: Lawmaker explains food stamps, junk food plan

When Wisconsin state Rep. Dean Kaufert, R-Neenah, proposed restricting the use of food stamps for junk food, 84 percent of more than 700 people answering an online poll expressed support and more than 200 people liked it on a Facebook page. Critics of the proposal, which made news from Atlanta to San Francisco, lit up Kaufert on Twitter.

The Chief and The Sheriff: Two views of Milwaukee's homicide picture

Milwaukee saw an increase in homicide in 2012. But how does the city stack up to other communities? Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn and Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. offered starkly different answers in a recent 24-hour period. We dig into the numbers.

Are Sensenbrenner and Moore in agreement on Voting Rights Act?

As the Supreme Court mulls over the fate of the Voting Rights Act, House Democrat Gwen Moore cites House Republican Jim Sensenbrenner's backing of the landmark law as she advocates for saving it. But do the pair really agree on what constitutes a threat to voting rights? We take a look.

Would expanding Medicaid be good for jobs?

Gov. Scott Walker announced Feb. 13, 2013 that he would reject an expansion of Medicaid offered as part of Obamacare, saying he has a better idea for helping more people get health insurance. Some advocates of making more people eligible for Medicaid say the expansion would create jobs. Is the picture that clear?

Fact checking Gov. Scott Walker's budget address and Democratic attacks

After -- even during -- Gov. Scott Walker's 2013 budget address, Democrats tried to poke holes in his rosy picture of the state's finances and economy. We get behind the back-and-forth by reviewing Truth-O-Meter rulings and other sources.

In Context: Gov. Scott Walker's "from dependence to independence" speech

When Gov. Scott Walker proposed reforming Medicaid, food stamps and unemployment compensation, all in one speech, the howls from the left were sharp. But what did Walker, who increasingly is viewed as a presidential candidate in 2016, actually say? We explore with our In Context feature.

Rounding up claims from the 2013 State of the State

During his 2013 State of the State speech, Republican Gov. Scott Walker made a few familiar claims. So did Democratic leaders in response. Here’s a look at how those past statements fared when we first looked at them.

As State of the State approaches, take our quiz on Walker ratings

On Jan. 15, 2013, Gov. Scott Walker will give the annual State of the State speech. Based on what the first-time Republican executive has said in recent months, we have an idea of what some of the themes likely will be. So, if Walker does make some familiar claims, will you know how they were rated on the Truth-O-Meter? Test yourself with our brief quiz.

In context: Johnson's analysis of state's conflicting Senate votes

Political observers on both sides puzzled over the fact Wisconsin elected Madison Democrat Tammy Baldwin to the U.S. Senate just two years after voting in conservative Republican Ron Johnson. Johnson's own take -- voters bought into demagoguery and misinformation from the left -- has generated some attention.

Reviewing the key claims in the U.S. Senate race

We've tested dozens of statements by Republican Tommy Thompson and Democrat Tammy Baldwin in the race for an open U.S. Senate seat in Wisconsin. With the Nov. 6, 2012 election approaching, here's our guide to some of the key claims and how they fared on the Truth-O-Meter and Flip-O-Meter.

Tommy vs. Tammy III: Our US Senate debate roundup

With the election for a critical open U.S. Senate seat just over a week away, Republican Tommy Thompson and Democrat Tammy Baldwin squared off Oct. 26, 2012 in their final debate. Here's our roundup of repeat claims and how they fared on the Truth-O-Meter.

Tommy v. Tammy II: Senate debate roundup

The second U.S. Senate debate between Republican Tommy Thompson and Democrat Tammy Baldwin covered a lot of familiar ground on taxes, Medicare, health care, Iran and budget deficits as the race entered its final weeks. Here's a look at how the candidates fared on the Truth-O-Meter.  

Biden vs. Ryan: Our VP debate roundup

Vice President Joe Biden and Republican challenger Paul Ryan relied on a mix of accurate and exaggerated claims while politely exchanging 90 minutes of attacks and counterattacks in the vice presidential debate. Here’s a look at how we have rated some of the claims that were repeated.

Biden vs. Ryan: Previewing the VP debate

Will a single quip turn the Danville debate in favor of Vice President Joe Biden or challenger Paul Ryan? If facts win the night, what is the best ammunition for the two men? Maybe one of these 12 PolitiFact-tested claims from our Truth-O-Meter files will play a role.

In Context: That testy Paul Ryan interview

Less than a week after Vice President Joe Biden created political buzz with a remark about how the middle class had been "buried the last four years," Republican presidential candidate Paul Ryan made some buzz of his own. We take a look at the context of the Ryan interview with a Michigan TV station.

In Context: Biden on 'buried' middle class

On Oct. 2, 2012, Vice President Joe Biden said something at a campaign speech in North Carolina that ended up as fodder for "The Tonight Show" later that evening. We take a look at the context of the vice president's comment that the middle class has been "buried" for the past four years.

In context: Baldwin's "damn right" statement

With our occasional "In context" feature, we look at the context of a quote that is getting attention in the political world. In this case, we look at a snippet from a 2011 speech by Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin. Her "You're damn right" has already been used to amplify points in two attack ads.

Tommy vs. Tammy: A US Senate debate primer

With polls showing his lead evaporating, Tommy Thompson will meet Tammy Baldwin on Friday for the first of three debates in the race for an open Wisconsin U.S. Senate. Using past Truth-O-Meter ratings, here's a look at past claims by and about the former Republican governor and the Democratic congresswoman.

GOP convention: Fact checking the Ryan speech

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan earned high marks for style and tone, but tripped up on the facts while hammering President Obama on several familiar campaign issues. Here's our roundup of Ryan speech fact checks.

Roundup: Our Republican U.S. Senate primary primer

With voters going to the polls Tuesday for Wisconsin's fall primary, here is a look at how the four Republican U.S. Senate candidates fared on the Truth-O-Meter during their contentious race.

How Paul Ryan has fared on the Truth-O-Meter

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has picked U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., as his vice presidential candidate. Here's how Ryan has fared on the Truth-O-Meter.

Behind the rhetoric: Does Wisconsin or Illinois have the higher tax rate on businesses?

Wisconsin vs. Illinois conjures images of Bears-Packers, Badgers-Illini and competition for summer cottages. But Gov. Scott Walker has introduced a new wrinkle, budget-bashing, as his administration tries siphoning business from the state to the south. We take a look at one aspect of the border war: corporate income taxes.

In context: Hovde and the "sob stories" quote

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Eric Hovde of Wisconsin made national headlines in June 2012 for saying he "prayed" that reporters would stop writing "sob" stories about people who, in an example he used, "couldn't get their food stamps or this or that." In our new "In Context" feature, we provide a full transcript.

Debate rewind: A look at our past recall-related ratings

The final recall debate between Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Tom Barrett covered some familiar ground. Here's a round up of some of the repeat claims and how we rated them the first time they came around.

Our roundup of recent Wisconsin recall ratings

The partisan passion on both sides of Wisconsin’s gubernatorial recall as taken a toll on truth-telling. We take a look at recent ratings, as the June 5 election approaches.

Behind the Rhetoric: School budgets in the years ahead

In our fourth "Behind the Rhetoric" article, we look at how school districts are situated for the coming academic year after the cuts made in the state budget.

Behind the rhetoric: The in-state, out-of-state campaign money debate

Both sides say the other is relying on out-of-state contributions in the 2012 gubernatorial recall. We dig into the numbers in the third in our series of background stories on key questions in the race.

Behind the rhetoric: The WEA Trust and school health care costs

In the second of our-pre-recall backgrounders, we look at the WEA Trust and health care costs for school districts.

Behind the rhetoric: How Walker's union limits affected school budgets

Education funding is a major battleground in the 2012 Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election. We take an in-depth tour of Milwaukee-area school districts to see how they fared under Gov. Scott Walker's budget cuts and the limits he put on collective bargaining.

Right to Work: A look at its impact in other states

Gov. Scott Walker's view on extending right-to-work laws to private sector unions in Wisconsin has emerged as a major issue in the June 5 gubernatorial recall election. Here's a quick look at right-to-work's impact in other states, based on Truth-O-Meter rulings past.

Behind the rhetoric: Why Scott Walker was able to raise unlimited funds

Democrats and their recall allies decry the law that has helped Gov. Scott Walker out-raise his opponents combined by $11 million dollars without regard to normal campaign contribution limits. We take a look at how the provision came about. The answers may surprise you.

A round up of recall charges, counter-charges

The pace of claims and counter-claims is accelerating as Wisconsin’s recall election for governor sprints to its June 5, 2012 conclusion. The primary is May 8. We’ve been tracking many of the statements, and will continue to do so in the coming weeks. Here’s a look at the some of the major emerging issues in the early campaign ads.

At end of one-year term, a final score on Abele-O-Meter

The end of Chris Abele’s one-year term as Milwaukee County executive means it’s time for a final look at how the political newcomer did in keeping promises he made as a candidate.

A look at some familiar attacks from recycled ads

As the Republican presidential campaign moved to Wisconsin, the attack ads followed. Two national political action committees have been airing a pair of television ads -- one from the Red, White and Blue Fund attacks front-runner Mitt Romney, and a second, from Restore Our Future, goes after Rick Santorum.   We take a look at some already-evaluated claims.

A primary primer: A look inside the Gingrich file

As the Wisconsin primary election approaches, we’re taking a look at how the four candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination have fared on PolitiFact’s Truth-O-Meter. Today: Newt Gingrich

A primary primer: A look inside the Romney file

As the Wisconsin primary election approaches, we’re taking a look at how the four candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination have fared on PolitiFact’s Truth-O-Meter. Today: Mitt Romney.

A primary primer: A look inside the Paul file

As the Wisconsin primary election approaches, we’re taking a look at how the four candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination have fared on PolitiFact’s Truth-O-Meter. Today: Ron Paul

A primary primer: A look inside the Santorum file

As the Wisconsin primary election approaches, we’re taking a look at how the four candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination have fared on PolitiFact’s Truth-O-Meter. First up: Rick Santorum.

Digging into the claims in new Walker ad

Gov. Scott Walker has a new campaign TV ad, "Promises Kept," but much of the ground it covers is familiar to PolitiFact Wisconsin readers. The ad is the first since Walker declined to challenge recall petitions against him. With an eye on past Truth-O-Meter ratings (and some from the Walk-O-Meter), we take a look at a series of claims made in the ad.

A look at Walker's tax, business-related promises

Gov. Scott Walker scored more victories than defeats in 2011 on promises related to creating a more favorable tax climate that he hopes will attract and keep business in Wisconsin.

Inside the Walker tax debate: Was budget an increase or a cut?

Did Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, the target of a campaign to remove him from office, raise taxes or didn’t he? Seems like a simple question. As competing claims surface, we take a look. It does kinda feel like we've already tackled this topic before ...

A look at our Walker and recall-related statements

As Democrats launch their drive to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, here's a look at some of the claims -- from both sides -- you're likely to see repeated. And repeated.

A look at the Fitzgerald file

With Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, R-Horicon, entering the 2012 race for an open U.S. Senate seat in Wisconsin, we take a look at how he has fared so far on the Truth-O-Meter.

A look at the Thompson file

Republican Tommy Thompson is making his U.S. Senate bid official -- even if it seems like he's been running for months. Here's a look at how he has fared so far on the Truth-O-Meter.

Ponzi puzzle: A closer look at Ryan and claims he agreed with Perry that Social Security is a Ponzi scheme

When House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., was asked whether he agreed with Rick Perry about Social Security being a Ponzi scheme, it created a firestorm.  We took a closer look at what was said.

Inside the SC Johnson vs. David Cay Johnston dispute on corporate taxes

When Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston bumped heads with S.C. Johnson, one of the nation’s largest private companies, the collision renewed a longstanding tax-fairness debate. And we decided to sort out some of the confusion.

Opening up our mailbag ... er, email account

When we marked our one-year anniversary, we asked readers for their thoughts on our first year. It was an open invitation -- repeated on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere -- to weigh in on our work. Take a look at what they had to say.

Getting out our matches, this time to light a candle

We’re taking a short break from setting pants on fire to use our matches to light up a birthday candle. It has been a year since the launch of PolitiFact Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s fact-checking operation. A look back at a busy first year.

A change in the meter: Barely True is now Mostly False

After an overwhelming response from readers, we're changing the Truth-O-Meter. Barely True will now be called Mostly False.

With the budget done, a look at Walker's tax-related promises

Striving to win over fiscally conservative voters in a contested Republican gubernatorial primary, Gov. Scott Walker pledged in 2010 not only to avoid tax increases, but to cut a multitude of taxes for various groups. It was a bold move. But in promising to achieve them in his first budget, Walker he left himself little room to maneuver -- especially when the sluggish economy was leaving a major budget gap for 2011-13. A look at key promises and how Walker fared.

'Safeguards' in Wisconsin's concealed carry bill put it in mainstream

When concealed carry passed the Wisconsin Legislature on June 21, 2011, one aspect of the legislation was cited by both supporters and critics of the measure as a reason for their votes: Safeguards. We give the Truth-O-Meter a day off as we look at how Wisconsin's safeguards compare to others around the nation.

Does Wisconsin’s new voter ID law ‘disenfranchise’ voters?

The debate over a photo ID law for Wisconsin elections has uncorked round after round of dramatic rhetoric from both sides. PolitiFact Wisconsin takes a look at how Wisconsin's law compares to others enacted around the country. And we probe whether the term "disenfranchised" has been used accurately in the debate.

With a one-year window, Abele aims to keep his campaign promises

In sketching out what he would do if elected Milwaukee County executive, Chris Abele drew at least one bright line. "As county executive," he declared in a campaign video, "I will not raise taxes." That’s a promise we can track. And we will, through the new Abele-O-Meter.

About the Abele-O-Meter

In January, as Gov. Scott Walker took office, we launched the Walk-O-Meter, which measures the status of 60-plus promises made by the governor on the campaign trail. At the time, many readers wondered where all the other promise meters are.  Now that the spring election is over, we are launching the Abele-O-Meter to monitor the promises of the new Milwaukee County executive. -- More about Abele's outlook

Check out our pre-election roundup of rulings

In Wisconsin, the 2011 spring elections have attracted heightened interest as the fallout from the Madison budget battle continues. PolitiFact Wisconsin has been in high gear, too. Here's our round up of recent rulings in the hotly-contested races for state Supreme Court and Milwaukee County executive.

Fact-checking the Wisconsin budget battle

The Wisconsin budget controversy has generated sharp rhetorical clashes over ideology, budget priorities and tactics -- and the largest sustained protests in Madison since the Vietnam War, The main event: An argument over collective bargaining rights and compensation for state and local government employees that has spurred national interest. Check out some of our hottest items.

Responding to Rachel Maddow

The MSNBC host criticized PolitiFact for a False rating we gave her and our decision not to issue a correction. We explain our reasoning and post our e-mails to Maddow's producer.

Political vitriol is bad these days, but experts say it’s been worse

The day after an Arizona congresswoman and 18 other people were shot in Tucson, former Wisconsin congressman Dave Obey spoke out on the state of public discourse in America. "We are now reaping the whirlwind after years of wild anti-government, anti-politician, simplistic political vitriol," Obey said in a statement issued Jan. 9, 2011. A look at the state of political discourse.

Introducing the Walk-O-Meter

When Scott Walker was elected Milwaukee County executive in 2002, he put together a notecard that listed a series of promises and encouraged voters to put it on their refrigerator and hold him accountable for them. The Walk-O-Meter will help you keep track of gubernatorial promises. A closer look at Walker's campaign promises.

A look at Scott Walker's campaign promises

Republican Scott Walker made stopping the train to Madison, cutting taxes and creating 250,000 jobs the cornerstone promises of his successful bid for governor. But he also made dozens of less-noticed pledges of high interest to hunters, gun owners, school parents, teachers, tourists, veterans and even ex-Wisconsinites. PolitiFact Wisconsin's new feature, the Walk-O-Meter, will track Walker"s progress on 60 promises over his four-year term in office.

Help us monitor promises made by Scott Walker

Let's see, there's the Truth-O-Meter. And the Flip-O-Meter. Yes, here at PolitiFact Wisconsin we like our meters. So, we're in the process of building a new one — and we need your help.

Our Truth-O-Meter will stay plugged in

The election is over, but politics goes on. We'll be turning to statements by elected officials, promises made by the winning candidates and that upcoming Milwaukee County Executive's race. Plus we'll roll out the Flip-O-Meter. To the pols, parties and pundits: We're not going anywhere. To our readers: Stay tuned.

Our procrastinator's guide to the 2010 race for governor

For those just getting focused on Tuesday's gubernatorial election, we've rounded up the key charges and counter charges -- and our past rulings on them -- from Friday night's final debate.