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PolitiFact: Texas has gained jobs while U.S. lost

7:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015

Rick Perry reminded lawmakers in his last speech to them before ending more than a decade as governor that he’s proud of Texas’ job gains on his watch — while the rest of the country lost jobs in recent years.“I have been guided by a simple philosophy: That job creation, ...
PolitiFact: Poverty rate rose under Perry, but not as fast as in U.S.
Under Rick Perry’s governorship, the increase in the state’s poverty rate was not as much as the increase in the national poverty rate.

4:54 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

As Rick Perry delivered his last gubernatorial speech to state legislators, the Democratic National Committee suggested the state is worse off thanks to the Republican’s long tenure.A Jan. 15 email blast from the committee said, in part, “Since Perry took office, poverty rates in Texas increased from 15.1% to 17.5% ...
PolitiFact: Congressman’s hot-air comment not all hot air

7:39 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, 2015

U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, is not popular among environmentalists. Barton, a former chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is a staunch advocate for fossil fuels and expressed skepticism about the role of carbon emissions in climate change.Barton’s critics like to paint him as blindly supportive of Big ...
PolitiFact: Perry’s got the card to prove his union membership
Rick Perry: “I belong to the AFL-CIO.” TRUE

8:21 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015

Suggesting Republicans should reach out to traditionally resistant voters such as union members, departing Gov. Rick Perry declared himself a union member during a “policy orientation” held in Austin before the Texas legislative session.Perry, appearing with former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich at the Jan. 9 gathering hosted by the ...
Five years of truths and not-so-truths
Gov. Rick Perry ranks as the most fact-checked politician in PolitiFact Texas’ five-year history.

6:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015

Know what Marc Katz, Farouk Shami, Barbara Ann Radnofsky, Kay Bailey Hutchison and Rick Perry have in common? It’s not philosophy, and, no, it isn’t eventual obscurity, you troublemaker you. Five years ago, each then-candidate made a curious factual claim. On Jan. 12, 2010, our fact checks of those claims ...
PolitiFact: Lower gas is much like a 2% pay raise
Glenn Hegar: The “average taxpayer will see the equivalent of a 2 percent pay raise as a result of low fuel prices.”

6:50 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015

A reader noted new Comptroller Glenn Hegar’s upbeat comments about plummeting oil prices and requested a fact check.Hegar, the former state senator recently sworn in as state comptroller, told reportersJan. 2 that there are benefits to falling oil prices.“Lower fuel costs should reduce the price of importing goods, which is ...
PolitiFact: Are immigrants keeping Texas out of recession?
Chuck Todd: “There have been some estimates that if you deported everybody who is in Texas illegally,” it “would create an economic recession for the state.” HALF TRUE

8:02 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015

An NBC reporter made us wonder about the possibility of mass deportations touching off a Texas recession.Chuck Todd, who hosts the “Meet the Press” program, quizzed Gov.-elect Greg Abbott on a December edition of the program about the costs to Texas of schooling and otherwise serving individuals living in the ...
PolitiFact: Sales tax deduction adds up for Texans
U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady

5:54 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015

A declaration about how Texans have benefited from a federal tax deduction led an Austin economist to call for the Texas Truth-O-Meter. Economist Stuart Greenfield asked us about the accuracy of a statement by U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands, in a Dec. 17 press release issued after the U.S. ...
PolitiFact: Abbott’s wife will be state’s first Hispanic first lady

6:50 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014

Appearing on “Meet the Press” to discuss immigration and border security, Gov.-elect Greg Abbott responded to a question about beefing up security near the Texas-Mexico border by bringing up his wife.NBC news host Chuck Todd played a January 2005 video clip of President George W. Bush saying, “Family values do ...
PolitiFact: Hall’s tree-hanging remark is off the mark
Wallace Hall: Texas House Speaker Joe Straus said, “I do not care if Wallace Hall swings from a tree.” PANTS ON FIRE

7:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014

According to a University of Texas System regent who’s under criminal investigation, the Republican speaker of the Texas House indicated he didn’t care if the regent got strung up.The regent, Dallas businessman Wallace Hall, made the biggest splash in his Dec. 6 speech accepting the Torch of Freedom Award from ...
Perry’s chief of staff backs up accusation made by embattled UT regent
University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall

9:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

A top aide to House Speaker Joe Straus said an investigation of a university regent would “go away” if Gov. Rick Perry got the regent to resign, Perry’s chief of staff charged Tuesday. In an exclusive interview with the American-Statesman, Kathy Walt said Straus’ chief of staff, Jesse Ancira, made ...
PolitiFact: Did phony abortion petition fool UT students? Sign here
Texas Right to Life: University of Texas students “signed a petition seeking the legal right to abort newborn babies up to five-years-old.” HALF TRUE

6:54 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014

An anti-abortion group soliciting contributions to bolster its presence on Texas college campuses drew our attention by associating University of Texas students with legalizing child murder. A Dec. 5 “Murder: urgent” email blast from Jim Graham, executive director of Texas Right to Life, opened: “I received word that students at ...
PolitiFact: Obama’s move contradicted his earlier statements
Michael McCaul: President Barack Obama “said over 20 times he did not have the legal authority” to act as he did on immigration. MOSTLY TRUE

7:34 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014

Echoing the U.S. House speaker, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul of Austin charged President Barack Obama with disregarding many of his own statements by declaring the government would stop deporting millions of unauthorized residents.At a hearing last week, McCaul, the Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said to Homeland ...
PolitiFact: Cruz twists election’s message to Obama
Ted Cruz: “The American people overwhelmingly said we don’t want Obamacare … and we don’t want amnesty.” FALSE

7:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014

The night before President Barack Obama announced that he was removing the threat of deportation for many undocumented immigrants, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, launched a pre-emptive strike during an appearance on Fox News. “You know, in elections that he liked, the president was fond of saying elections have consequences,” Cruz ...
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 ...
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