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Texas Digest: Investigators looking at suspicious fires in Waco

7:11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014

WACO Investigators looking at suspicious fires Officials are investigating a series of about a dozen fires that have taken place over the last three weeks in downtown Waco. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports that mattresses, a vehicle and trash cans have been targeted in the blazes. No injuries have been reported ...
Payday lenders back Abbott, whose aide saw no legal cap on loan fees

5:43 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014

In a September debate, Democrat Wendy Davis revisited what she calls an unethical action by her Republican opponent for governor, state Attorney General Greg Abbott.Davis, a Fort Worth state senator, referred to “payday lenders who have given” Abbott’s campaign “$300,000 and then received a ruling from him that they can ...
PolitiFact: Did vote seek to stop removal of felons from schools? No

6:40 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

A TV ad from Republican Dan Patrick says his Democratic opponent for lieutenant governor, Leticia Van de Putte, “actually voted to stop schools from removing teachers convicted of a felony.”We were unaware of any lawmakers voting to keep schools from firing felons, so we decided to check this claim.Patrick spokesman ...
PolitiFact: Did budget vote let rapists walk free? Nope

4:55 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

A commercial for Democratic lieutenant governor nominee Leticia Van de Putte presents Republican nominee Dan Patrick as too extreme on public safety issues.The ad’s narrator initially says Patrick “would deny victims of rape any options at all,” a claim rooted in Patrick’s statement in a January 2014 debate that he ...
PolitiFact: Abbott received donation, played role in hospital case

4:20 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

In a TV ad, Wendy Davis said that state Attorney General Greg Abbott took a hefty campaign donation before siding with a hospital against patients injured and killed by a drug-taking surgeon.The narrator of the ad says: “He was a Texas surgeon, performing operations while reportedly using cocaine. Two people ...
PolitiFact: Prayer rugs on the border? Show us

7:18 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has twice declared the discovery of “prayer rugs” on the Texas side of the border with Mexico and suggested that members of the Islamic State group have possibly sneaked in.At the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., Dewhurst described suspicions of an impending invasion of terrorists ...
Appeals court poised to act quickly in Texas voter ID case

8:31 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Saturday told the U.S. Department of Justice and other plaintiffs suing to overturn Texas’ voter identification law that they have a day to respond to an emergency motion by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.Abbott’s filing Friday with the federal appeals court — ...
PolitiFact: Islamic State has crossed our border? Not true
Duncan Hunter, U.S. representative from California

5:49 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014

U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter says terrorists have been crossing the Rio Grande.The California Republican, speaking on Fox News last week, said he’d learned from the U.S. Border Patrol that Islamic State fighters had been nabbed trying to enter the country from Mexico.“ISIS is coming across the Southern border,” Hunter said, ...
PolitiFact: Abbott’s ISIS claim lacks support

4:48 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, 2014

Republican Greg Abbott let fly a statement of seeming international significance during a gubernatorial debate in the Rio Grande Valley. Abbott, the state attorney general, defended his decision not to ease public knowledge of where explosive fuels are stored before saying: “We’ve seen the rise of terrorism. I’ve been involved ...
PolitiFact: Patrick hits, misses on border statements

7:37 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014

Sen. Dan Patrick, vowing to make border security his priority, says his Democratic opponent for lieutenant governor has been hiding her “failed record on illegal immigration.”In a commercial released by Patrick on Wednesday, a narrator says: “Leticia Van de Putte opposed putting National Guard troops on the border, would send ...
PolitiFact: Tests graded by Craigslist workers? Not so fast

6:16 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014

In a debate of lieutenant governor candidates, Democrat Leticia Van de Putte revisited her desire to battle the “high stakes” state-mandated exams imposed by law before students qualify to graduate from high school. The San Antonio state senator caught our ear by indicating the company that manages the tests in ...
PolitiFact: Gubernatorial debate repeated past claims, true and false

9:49 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014

In their second and last gubernatorial debate, Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis occasionally lofted claims PolitiFact Texas has explored before.Asked about Republican-steered Texas choosing to not expand Medicaid access in accord with the Obamacare, Davis, the Democratic nominee and a Fort Worth state senator, said such intransigence is shuttling related ...
PolitiFact: FBI looking into cocaine-for-votes allegations

7:45 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014

In a debate with his Democratic rival, Republican gubernatorial nominee and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said Texas’ voter-identification law is needed because voter fraud does occur. Cocaine might have even been traded for votes, he said.Abbott said during the Sept. 19 debate against state Sen. Wendy Davis: “Voter fraud ...
PolitiFact: Cruz cites Christian crucifixions in Iraq but no proof

5:57 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

We were unaware of a horrible turn against Christians in Iraq until U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz brought it up.The Texas Republican, a possible 2016 presidential candidate, told a reporter for WFAA-TV in Dallas that the Islamic State group, in the news for numerous acts including killings of two U.S. journalists, ...
PolitiFact: Faulty use of statistics leads to false border claim

7:09 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, backing Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to direct National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border, expressed concern about stopping criminals from entering the country.As quoted in a story on, Dewhurst said there is a huge “criminal element” at the border that includes significant gang activity. “We’ve ...
PolitiFact: Charting growth of women-owned businesses

8:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

In an email blast, Greg Abbott’s campaign said Texas businesses owned by women have flourished with Barack Obama in the White House. But Abbott, the attorney general and Republican gubernatorial nominee, wasn’t saluting the Democratic president.In the email, Kim Snyder, Abbott’s deputy campaign manager, called Texas the “land of opportunity ...
PolitiFact: More political diversity in Russia than Texas? Not really

4:56 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014

A Democratic Texas legislator said Republican Gov. Rick Perry has no basis for characterizing his indictments by a Travis County grand jury as a partisan attack.State Rep. Lon Burnam of Fort Worth called Perry a “master of disinformation” on a conference call with reporters hosted by the Democratic National Committee, ...
PolitiFact: Palin accurately sums up DA’s vodka purchases

8:05 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin singled out the Democratic district attorney of Travis County after a special grand jury indicted Republican Gov. Rick Perry.In a commentary on the Fox News website, Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, noted that District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg previously “was busted for drunk driving ...
PolitiFact: Human smuggling and the digital age

6:33 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014

In a “did-you-know?” moment, a Laredo congressman said drug cartels offer rebates for children from Central America to lure other kids to make the overland journey to the United States.In an interview with ABC News and Yahoo News, Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar talked up legislation he and Sen. John Cornyn, ...
PolitiFact: Sarah Palin wrong about DA’s involvement in Rick Perry case

4:55 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, 2014

In an online commentary, former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin suggested this as a sign of Democratic corruption: The Travis County district attorney whose resignation was sought by Republican Gov. Rick Perry convened the grand jury that indicted him.We can’t judge Palin’s corruption opinion. But her claim about the ...
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