Fact checks that shed light on Evers and taxes, prisons and more.
The most recent articles on PolitiFact Wisconsin
Scott Walker, who is concluding two terms as governor, was a focus.
Eight years of fact-checking the Republican Wisconsin governor.
Taking a look at statements by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, Gov. Scott Walker, President Donald Trump and more.
Also: The most-clicked fact checks of 2018.
Also: As Paul Ryan prepares to leave office, a look at his record on the Truth-O-Meter.
Paul Ryan on tax reform law, Florida school shooting, support for Trump and more.
The Scott Walker-signed bills, which have drawn national controversy, on the Truth-O-Meter and Flip-O-Meter.
An online smear machine tried to take down Parkland students after mass shooting at school.
Background checks, strengthening gun laws, preventing people with mental illness from getting guns, more.
Taking a look at fact-checks on newly re-elected U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin
Also: Watch a replay of our PolitiFact event in Milwaukee with Angie Holan, PolitiFact's national editor.
Watch the video from our Oct. 23 event.
Also: Sign up to attend our free PolitiFact event in Milwaukee.
Also: Sign up to attend our free PolitiFact event in Milwaukee.
Also: Attend our free event with PolitiFact national editor Angie Holan.
Also: A look at the cost of Medicare for All.
Reviewing references to Tomah VA, pre-existing conditions, separating families at the border, Brett Kavanaugh and more.
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
Scott Walker-Tony Evers governor's race, Tammy Baldwin-Leah Vukmir Senate race, capture the attention.
Also: Rating Walker promises on toll roads, sales tax.
Also, video discussion: How PolitiFact Wisconsin works.
Also: In the wake of another mass shooting, what we know from five recent gun fact checks.
Sorting out what happened and how Tony Evers responded.
Also: All of our Scott Walker and Tony Evers checks in the governor's race.
Also: Updated: Fact checking Scott Walker and Tony Evers, the candidates for governor.
Also: Updated: Fact checking Tammy Baldwin and Leah Vukmir, the candidates for U.S. Senate.
Also: In Context look at Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's comparing the national anthem and slavery songs.
Also: Fact checking Tony Evers and Leah Vukmir, the big winners in Wisconsin's primary elections.
The Democratic nominee for governor and the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate on the Truth-O-Meter.
Final fact-check look at GOP primary for U.S. Senate, Democratic primary for governor.
How much more wealth three people have compared to 160 million Americans also in the mix.
Was it as bad as Kevin Nicholson says in his repeated criticisms?
Prisons vs UW, rape kits, business creation and Foxconn.
Also: Fact tracking the U.S. Senate candidates.
Examining GOP claim about remarks in 2011 by Kelda Roys, Democrat for governor.
Ahead of his Wisconsin visit, a look at his latest fact checks.
And: Fact tracking the candidates for governor.
In light of new U.S. Supreme Court ruling in redistricting case, a look back at a Mostly True finding on the gerrymander claim.
Two Kevin Nicholson items round out the list.
Repealing Common Core, creating 'universal access' didn't happen.
Gun laws, background checks, mental illness and more.
Two in a row is rare. Here's a look at our other recent POF fact checks.
Reviewing our seven most recent fact checks on Wisconsin Republicans, ahead of the state GOP convention.
Some of what to know as President Trump withdraws the U.S. from the deal.
Also: In Context look at a Senate candidate's controversial remarks calling military service a conservative value.
Also: The High 5, our most-clicked last month.
A Gabrielle Giffords group attack earned the most page views.
Reviewing checks on claims made by, and about, the GOP U.S. House speaker as he announces he won't seek re-election.
Also: The High Five -- our most-clicked fact checks from March 2018.
Bernie Sanders attack on Paul Ryan also got many page views.
Election Day is April 3, 2018.
Background checks, number of school shootings this year, more guns in U.S. than people?
Also: In connection with the national school walkout, our four gun fact checks since Parkland.
With national school walkout planned, reviewing gun-related fact checks since the Florida school shooting.
Not 18 "school shootings" this year, not more guns than people in the U.S., and more.
Also: Despite the repeated claims, why 18 "school shootings" in '18 is misleading.
Misleading figure spreads in wake of Florida school shooting.
Claims on immigration, tax cuts, conservatives' spending against Baldwin drew most page views in January 2018.
Fleshing out his explosive charge and then backing down.
Via Twitter, our live look at his speech.
Speech likely to highlight claims about employment, school funding, tax cuts, more.
Juvenile car thieves 'get sent home'? Second arrest for pot a felony, but for a gun, a misdemeanor?
The fact checks with the most page-views that month featured U.S. House members
And: All the claims we rated Pants on Fire in 2017.
From the left and right.
Also: Claims we rated True in 2017 and claims we rated Pants on Fire.
Checking statements by Paul Ryan, Gwen Moore and a Democratic candidate for governor.
Also, updated: The major Democratic candidates for governor.
He pledged to freeze technical college tuition, expand tuition tax deductions.
Did he stop raids? Did he repay past raids?
Also: Fact-checking Wisconsin's $3 billion deal to land a Foxconn plant.
Recent checks on statements by and about her that have remained in the news.
Reviewing the record back to 2010.
Also many clicks for checks on GOP tax reform's treatment of middle class, "death tax."
Reviewing fact checks on the impact of opioid abuse in Wisconsin.
Reviewing our fact checks on the Wisconsinite and former White House chief of staff.
How and why state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos used that term
Wisconsin politicians made claims about the deal and terrorism, Iran's nuclear program and Hillary Clinton.
Updated: Truth-O-Meter files for leading Democrats running for governor
Statement made in wake of Cam Newton sexism controversy
A look at statements made by three Wisconsin politicians.
Our most-clicked items in September 2017.
Claims by Wisconsin politicians about assault weapons, semiautomatic rifles and more.
Statement made by Green Bay Packers players after president denounces anthem demonstrations
Examining the two Scott Walker campaign promises we've yet to rate.
Providing more insight into 2011 incidents that GOP cries are 'war on women'
Also: Foxconn facts and Hillary Clinton on Wisconsin voter suppression
And Scott Walker's 182 fact checks: His re-election run official, how he's done on the Truth-O-Meter.
Methodology in a study she relies on was panned.
Here comes 2018: Early look at three leading Democrats seeking to unseat GOP. Gov. Scott Walker.
Truth-O-Meter records for major candidates seeking to deny Scott Walker a third term.
Questions persist about Kevin Nicholson's primary vote in 2008.
Ahead of an NRA event coming to Milwaukee.
It's been nearly two years since the House speaker held a public town hall in his district.
What we know so far.
The Wisconsin Republican seemed to link McCain's condition with McCain's decisive no vote on a 'skinny repeal' of Obamacare.
Transgender people in the military also among the fact checks with the most page-views in July 2017.
President's new communications director blasted Priebus in an article the day before the Wisconsinite was replaced.
Examining Mike Pence's pledge in Milwaukee that GOP's Obamacare replacement will provide care with 'no exceptions.'
Three fact-checking takeaways from Comey's testimony and reaction to it.
Our most-clicked fact checks in May 2017 spanned the Truth-O-Meter.
CNN says plagiarism; Clarke says 'formatting error.' Related: Clarke's Truth-O-Meter file
Conservative who drew national following is moving to Trump administration.
Our most-clicked items in April 2017 included Donald Trump's attacks on Syria and David Clarke's attacks on Black Lives Matter.
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.
Intense coverage of the Republicans' attempt to replace Obamacare led to clicks on fact checks we did on both plans.
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.
Does it benefit the rich, lower premiums?
At his press conference, the president repeated an attack he made while campaigning in Wisconsin.
PolitiFact Wisconsin's most-viewed Truth-O-Meter items in January.
Examining the label given to the president's order temporarily restricting people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.
True enough: In a year in which lie telling reached new proportions, four of our 10 most-clicked items got a rating of True.
Ahead of his first Wisconsin visit as president-elect, a look at Trump fact checks since Election Day.
'Electoral landslide,' public shaming and 'outlawed' voting machines drew notice.
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
Sharp attacks on Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.
Some of the latest claims by Russ Feingold, Ron Johnson, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Cordiality has been in relatively short supply in this election rematch.
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.
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.
Whether he walked in on naked teens hasn't been established.
Each candidate makes claims we've previously examined.
Claims the candidates have made against each other have marked the U.S. Senate rematch.
Social love pushes new page-views on older fact checks, including some about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
If you hear any of these Wisconsin-related statements tonight, you'll know whether they're True, Pants on Fire or somewhere in between.
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.
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."
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.
Our five most-clicked items in May ranged from True to Pants on Fire. Not surprisingly, the latter item topped the list.
We rate the status of three Walker campaign pledges, one on toll roads and two on the state Transportation Fund.
Fleshing out the Wisconsin Republican senator's comments about Flight 93.
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.
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.
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.
As the Wisconsin primary approached, PolitiFact Wisconsin readers dialed up candidates records.
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
Incumbent Chris Abele faces state Sen. Chris Larson in the race for Milwaukee County executive.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
From national issues to a single Milwaukee house, a look at our most-clicked items for the month of February.
Barack Obama's visit to Wisconsin comes in the midst of a heated campaign for the White House.
A look at recent statements from Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton in advance of their Feb. 11 debate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Items from U.S. Reps. Sean Duffy and Reid Ribble, both Republicans from Wisconsin, were in our January High Five.
Gov. Scott Walker's annual State of the State address is a good timeto review his progress on campaign promises.
A closer look at remarks from the Wisconsin Republican that drew the ire of the Congressional Black Caucus.
A look at our most-clicked items from December, including an oldie but a goodie.
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.
Claims over campaign financing and Obamacare have marked the early stages of the 2016 U.S. Senate campaign.
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
Reviewing the five most-clicked 2015 fact checks of the politician we fact checked most in 2015.
A presidential candidate with an unprecedented record on the Truth-O-Meter earns PolitiFact's annual award.
The GOP presidential debate helped drive interest in November.
A look back at our 1,000 items shows a period of sweeping political change in Wisconsin -- and offers a glimpse at the future
We offer an In Context look at remarks by Milwaukee County's conservative African-American sheriff.
In honor of National Recycling Week, we look at oft-repeated claims.
Let's see how the candidates did in repeating claims that have been previously rated 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.
Some older items got new attention from PolitiFact readers in October.
With Paul Ryan's ascendancy to House Speaker appearing certain, we take a look at his record on the Truth-O-Meter.
Gov. Scott Walker ended his campaign for president in September, but continued to dominate the attention of PolitiFact Wisconsin readers.
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
As the Wisconsin governor ends his 2016 presidential run, a look at our Walker items that got the most page-views in 2015.
How did Scott Walker do, factcheck-wise, in the second Republican presidential go-round? We check it out.
We review recent union-related fact checks ahead of a Walker speech in which he is expected to propose abolishing unions for federal workers.
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.
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 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
Gov. Scott Walker was ridiculed for comments he made about building a wall along the Canadian border. What exactly did he say?
Items focused on Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican candidate for president, dominated the PolitiFact Wisconsin High Five of most-clicked items for August.
Articulating positions on immigration continues to hinder Gov. Scott Walker on the presidential campaign trail. A closer look at his statements on "birthright citizenship."
Seven talking points you might hear from the Wisconsin governor during the first GOP presidential debate.
Gov. Scott Walker, naturally, also made the cut.
In Monday's announcement speech, Wisconsin's Republican governor touched on several claims that we've reviewed before. Our speech preview: More Walker factchecks
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.
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.
Claims surrounding Gov. Scott Walker, a top GOP presidential contender, once again dominated the High Five for June.
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
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.
They're relatively rare. But the statements we rate True are an interesting lot. Here are 10 of them.
False, False, False, Pants on Fire. May 2015 was kind of a rough month for some folks on PolitiFact Wisconsin's Truth-O-Meter.
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 numbers for 2014 show Scott Walker fell short on his promise of 250,000 new private-sector jobs in his first term.
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
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
A look at some recent fact checks.
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.
Favorites from the month come from Gov. Scott Walker on the national campaign trail.
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.
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.
Gov. Scott Walker took pains to clarify his position on illegal immigration amid allegations of flip-flopping, but questions remain.
Favorites from last month include items examining Walker claims on his college record and UW tuition.
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?
Latest report brings us one step closer to final tally for Walker's first term.
In the wake of his surprise announcement on an abortion ban after 20 weeks, we review where Walker has been on the issue.
Gov. Scott Walker, so-called right-to-work legislation, the Green Bay Packers and Rush Limbaugh all were part of our top February items.
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.
Breaking news about fast-track legislation is sure to reignite the right to work debate.
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?
How is it that the conservative commentator linked the two?
There is almost as much interest in Gov. Scott Walker's college days as there is in what he's doing today.
We haven’t studied it, but we think there might be pent-up demand for Pants on Fire.
How we sized up claims made about the $800 million casino complex.
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.
Before the year disappears from the rear-view mirror, here’s a final PolitiFact Wisconsin look-back at 2014.
A look at the promises we'll be following.
The Republican governor's hits and misses on the Truth-O-Meter in 2014.
Like moths to a (Pants on Fire) flame, readers were drawn to (mostly) false claims about Gov. Scott Walker in 2014.
Reviewing articles we did in 2014 without the Truth-O-Meter that provided a different sort of clarity and analysis.
Can you guess how we rated these six lighter and less-serious claims from 2014?
Ranking, by clicks, our seven Pants on Fire ratings from 2014.
Welfare. Right to work. Obamacare. Texas vs. Wisconsin. Federal deficits. Our five most clicked items from December.
The focal point of Wisconsin politics in 2014 was the race for governor. But ...
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.
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 has suddenly been thrust back into the news in Wisconsin. Here's a look at past factchecks on key issues in the debate.
The Republican governor's hits and misses on the Truth-O-Meter in 2014, ranked in order of viewership on our site.
Wisconsin employers reported another strong month of hiring in October, according to the latest monthly report released by the state Department of Workforce Development.
A look back at our most-clicked work from November.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Meanwhile, here are our round-ups of claims on key topics: Taxes, education, jobs, wages and income, business growth, higher education and miscellaneous items.
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.
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.
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.
Alongside jobs, Gov. Scott Walker and his challenger, Mary Burke, have sparred over how Wisconsinites have fared in terms of wages and income.
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.
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.
Today's topic: Miscellaneous items. Previously published: Taxes, education, jobs, wages and income, business growth and higher 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.
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.
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
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.
U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore took a different tack on calls for a travel ban in the wake of the Ebola outbreak.
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.
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.
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
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
We've monitored 65 promises from Gov. Scott Walker's 2010 campaign. How did he fare on the Walk-O-Meter?
Beer, deficits, businesses, jobs, taxes. A look at our most-clicked items from September.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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"?
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.
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.
From minimums to millions, factchecks on claims about money attracted the most page-views in January 2013.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What might we hear (from both sides) when Gov. Scott Walker gives his fourth State of the State address Jan. 22, 2014.
Not that they’re ever far from mind, but taxes have been all over the news in Wisconsin in recent days.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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)
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the second of our-pre-recall backgrounders, we look at the WEA Trust and health care costs for school districts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After an overwhelming response from readers, we're changing the Truth-O-Meter. Barely True will now be called Mostly False.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.