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PolitiFact: Texas economy ranks right up there among nations
Greg Abbott: “If Texas were a country our economy would rank # 10…in the WORLD.”

12:00 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016

In a tweet adorned with images of a rocket, a wind turbine, a steer, a factory and a microscope, Gov. Greg Abbott declared: “If Texas were a country, it would have the 10th highest GDP in the world.”If so, it’s gained ground. When we looked into a 2012 claim comparing ...
PolitiFact: Child care tops tuition costs in some states
Donna Howard: Child care costs “in some states now exceed the average price tag for college tuition.” True

5:03 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016

Touting the Democratic presidential nominee, a Texas legislator said: “Hillary Clinton would provide all working families with relief from child-care costs, which in some states now exceed the average price tag for college tuition.” State Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, floated her comparison in an August news conference called by Democratic ...
PolitiFact: U.S. can’t give up control of internet that it doesn’t have
Ted Cruz: “If Congress fails to act, the Obama administration intends to give away control of the internet to an international body akin to the United Nations.” FALSE

3:19 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, says the federal government is about to give away control of the internet.In October, contractual federal oversight of the California nonprofit that’s managed website domains since 1998 — the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers , or ICANN— is set to end in what ...
PolitiFact: Rep. Lamar Smith’s count of immigrants in prison too high
Lamar Smith: “One-third of all federal prisoners today are illegal immigrants.” MOSTLY FALSE

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016

A San Antonio congressman, already on record in support of Donald Trump for president, told Texas delegates to the Republican National Convention that Trump is on target when characterizing some immigrants as criminals.“One-third of all federal prisoners today are illegal immigrants,” U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith said. “They have committed some ...
PolitiFact: Trump’s caps made in California, not China
Celia Israel: Says Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” caps are “made in China.” PANTS ON FIRE

2:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, 2016

Not welcoming Donald Trump to the Texas capital, a legislator said she can’t wait for Hillary Clinton’s election and improved chances of comprehensive immigration reform.State Rep. Celia Israel, joining fellow Austin Democrats at a press conference before Trump’s Austin events last Tuesday, also declared that voters wouldn’t forget the Republican ...
Julián Castro: California lately enjoying greater job gains than Texas

12:00 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016

Ever-proud Texas has lately been bested in economic oomph by California, a Texas Democrat said. Julián Castro, the U.S. secretary of Housing and Urban Development, told reporters at the Texas Democratic Party’s convention in June: “Today, California is kicking our butt, creating more jobs and more economic growth than Texas. ...
Congressman says conservative believes HIV spread through sewer pipes

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016

After a conservative nonprofit won a $1.6 million state grant to deliver women’s health services, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro made a “sewer” claim about the group’s director.The San Antonio Democrat said in a tweet this month: “The group’s director believes HIV can be spread through the sewer system. Is it ...
About 70 percent of Texas adults overweight or obese
Baker Harrell

3:02 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, 2016

Something to weigh in advance of your next pile of nachos: “Seventy percent of all Texans are overweight or obese.”So said Baker Harrell, chief executive officer of Austin-based organization It’s Time Texas, which says it focuses on preventing chronic disease in an interview posted Tuesday by the Texas Tribune.A day ...
PolitiFact: Helicopter hog hunts haven’t quite gone hog wild
Sid Miller: Says that since lawmakers acted, “we have 130 new businesses across Texas doing helicopter hog hunts.” FALSE

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller keeps a mounted boar’s head on a wall outside his office. A toy helicopter looks like it’s floating above.As a Texas House member, the Stephenville Republican carried into law a 2011 measure enabling hunters to shoot at feral hogs or coyotes from helicopters, provided the ...
PolitiFact: Trump’s mentioned but didn’t defend internment camps
Joaquin Castro: Says “Donald Trump has defended” World War II internment camps. HALF TRUE

12:00 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, used his speech at the Democratic National Convention to share the story of his grandmother, an immigrant from Mexico.His grandmother didn’t always feel welcome in the United States, he said, but she believed her sacrifices would pay off with opportunity for herself and her ...
PolitiFact: There’s more to the story of Castro’s legal payment
Matt Mackowiak: “In 2009, his first year as mayor,” Julián Castro “received a seven-figure referral fee” that smells like a dirty financial gift “from notorious personal injury lawyer Mikal Watts, a major Obama donor.” MOSTLY FALSE

12:00 a.m. Saturday, July 30, 2016

Housing and Urban Development secretary and former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, who was often mentioned as a possible running mate for Hillary Clinton, drew criticism from a Republican consultant who said he was “unquestionably unqualified.”“Perhaps most seriously,” Matt Mackowiak, former vice chairman of the Travis County Republican Party, said ...
Fact-checking Hillary Clinton’s speech accepting Democratic nomination

3:43 p.m. Friday, July 29, 2016

Hillary Clinton, accepting the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday, put some oomph into questioning Republican Donald Trump’s readiness to be president.We turned the Truth-O-Meter to claims by Clinton and by a Texan who spoke on the last night of the Democratic National Convention. See fact checks from both party conventions at ...
PolitiFact: Gauging accuracy of Democrats’ convention claims

4:43 p.m. Thursday, July 28, 2016

Democrats continued to fire off claims at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, and we fired up the Truth-O-Meter. Read fact checks from both conventions at politifacttexas.com.Obama on NATOPresident Barack Obama criticized Republican nominee Donald Trump for saying he would not support the North Atlantic Treaty Organization if other countries ...
PolitiFact: Checking if White House built by slaves — and other claims
Bernie Sanders addresses the Democratic convention.

5:42 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Democrats kicked off their national convention Monday with boos and shouts from Bernie Sanders supporters disappointed in Hillary Clinton shortly becoming the party nominee.Republican nominee Donald Trump, who wasn’t there, tweeted that the Vermont senator would have bested Clinton had it not been for pro-Clinton superdelegates.That’s False, PolitiFact found. Clinton ...
Sign up: Live feed of Texas tweets from Democratic National Convention
Austin Mayor Steve Adler and a former mayor, state Sen. Kirk Watson, pause at Monday’s Texas delegation breakfast in Philadelphia.

9:27 a.m. Monday, July 25, 2016

To get the latest Texas takes on what’s happening at the Democratic National Convention, follow on-the-scene American-Statesman reporters Jonathan Tilove and Sean Walsh on Twitter.See Tilove's Twitter feed here, see Walsh's feed here.Also, for an unfiltered live feed of what Texas delegates are saying on Twitter, subscribe free to this ...
Trump right; LBJ moved to bar religious groups from aiding candidates
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks Thursday at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

1:43 p.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016

In his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump singled out “the evangelical and religious community” for assistance in getting him nominated.“They have much to contribute to our politics, yet our laws prevent you from speaking your minds from your own pulpits,” Trump said Thursday.“An amendment, pushed by ...
PolitiFact: Cruz camp denied, denounced JFK story several times
Donald Trump: Says Ted Cruz “never denied” his father was pictured with Lee Harvey Oswald. PANTS ON FIRE

4:34 p.m. Friday, July 22, 2016

Donald Trump, fresh off triumphantly accepting the Republican presidential nomination in Cleveland, surprisingly revived an explosive and unfounded tale about Sen. Ted Cruz’s father.Trump on Friday said Cruz had never denied that his father was in a 1963 photo with Lee Harvey Oswald, who went on to assassinate President John ...
What Donald Trump got right and wrong in speech accepting nomination

2:39 p.m. Friday, July 22, 2016

PolitiFact put more than a dozen statements from Donald Trump’s acceptance speech to the Truth-O-Meter. Read them all at PolitiFact.com. Here are summaries of six:Rising homicidesTrump said, “Homicides last year increased by 17 percent in America’s 50 largest cities. That’s the largest increase in 25 years.”The statement comes from calculations ...
False: Donald Trump claim holding Hillary Clinton responsible for ISIS

3:36 p.m. Thursday, July 21, 2016

Before the Republican National Convention, the party’s soon-to-be presidential nominee told CBS’s Lesley Stahl the U.S. will need to declare war to wipe out ISIS.Donald Trump also criticized the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, saying: “Hillary Clinton invented ISIS with her stupid policies. She is responsible for ISIS.”Trump was referring to ...
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