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PolitiFact: How do U.S. voter ID laws stack up against the world?
Barack Obama: “We’re the only advanced democracy in the world that makes it harder for people to vote.” HALF TRUE

12:00 a.m. Saturday, June 25, 2016

As Texas’ voter identification law makes its way through the federal courts, we decided to take a look at President Barack Obama’s statement, made in Austin during South by Southwest, that “we’re the only advanced democracy in the world that makes it harder for people to vote.”“It’s sad,” Obama said. ...
PolitiFact: No, governor, ISIS is not ‘running through the border’
Greg Abbott: “ISIS is running through the border made porous by Barack Obama’s policies.” PANTS ON FIRE

12:00 a.m. Saturday, June 18, 2016

At the Republican Party of Texas convention, Gov. Greg Abbott told thousands of delegates that the Islamic State group, which has ravaged parts of the Middle East, was at work along the Texas-Mexico border.“Our country better wake up. We’re facing an existential threat,” he said. “ISIS is running through the ...
PolitiFact: Is San Antonio’s majority actually Mexican-American?
Joaquin Castro: “@realDonaldTrump is coming to San Antonio, which is 60% Mexican-AMERICAN.” MOSTLY TRUE

2:50 p.m. Friday, June 17, 2016

Considering the polarization Donald Trump’s proposed border wall has created in the campaign thus far, it’s no big surprise that there was apprehension before his visit to San Antonio — the largest majority-Hispanic city in America as of the 2010 Census.U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, a longtime Clinton supporter, ...
PolitiFact: No movement on Abbott’s postpartum depression plan
When running for governor, Greg Abbott promised to fund treatment for postpartum depression for low-income mothers. So far, that hasn’t happened.

2:23 p.m. Friday, June 10, 2016

Greg Abbott campaigned for governor saying state law needs to give more mothers access to mental health services.The Republican leader framed his case for expanding insurance coverage of treatment for “postpartum depression” in his campaign’s compendium of promises — and by mentioning the 2001 drownings of five Texas children by ...
Do 80 percent of Texas students (still) flail after high school?
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11:16 a.m. Thursday, June 9, 2016

Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett recently drew a True rating from PolitiFact Texas for his statement suggesting steady gains in Texas students proving ready for college classes.But in Central Texas, college readiness rates plunged in 2016, the American-Statesman’s Melissa Taboada recently reported.Meantime, Bill Hammond, ceo of the Texas Association ...
PolitiFact: Texas school spending per student goes largely unchanged
Celia Israel: “When adjusted for inflation, (Texas) per-student spending has remained relatively flat over the past 16 years. Despite that trend, Texas schools in 2017 will receive $381 less per student than they did in 2003.” HALF TRUE

10:21 a.m. Monday, June 6, 2016

An Austin Democrat critical of the all-Republican Texas Supreme Court for upholding the legality of the Texas school finance system asserted that unless lawmakers act, per-student spending will lag behind what it totaled more than a dozen years ago.In a press release, state Rep. Celia Israel urged Gov. Greg Abbott ...
In 2015, Greg Abbott and legislators produced fewest laws since 1995
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently celebrated the 2015 Texas legislative session.

2:43 p.m. Sunday, June 5, 2016

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently celebrated the 2015 Texas legislative session, which ended last June, as the “most conservative ever.” Abbott, rousing delegates to the Republican Party of Texas convention in Dallas, said in a May address, “As just one example, we passed the fewest laws in 20 years, proving ...
PolitiFact: Equal-pay protections are on the books in Texas
Wendy Davis: “Texas is one of only a handful of states that does not have an equal pay law.”

12:01 a.m. Friday, June 3, 2016

In her unsuccessful run for Texas governor, Wendy Davis called for stepped-up attention to women’s health care access and equal pay.The Democratic former state senator is still talking up women’s issues, including her desire to revisit legislation nixed by the Republican governor when she was in the Legislature.Asked what issues ...
PolitiFact: Bill wouldn’t necessarily ‘cut up’ Big Bend
Pete Gallego: U.S. Rep. Will Hurd co-sponsored “a bill that would militarize our border and allow 200 miles of new roads to be built in the Big Bend region — cutting up our beloved park.” HALF TRUE

2:27 p.m. Sunday, May 29, 2016

U.S. Rep. Will Hurd paints himself as a defender of Big Bend National Park after penning a 2015 letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission calling for greater federal oversight in construction of the Trans-Pecos Pipeline.But former Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, doesn’t see Hurd, R-Helotes, as much of friend to ...
PolitiFact: Vietnamese is third most spoken language in Texas
John Cornyn: “Vietnamese is the third most commonly spoken language in Texas.” TRUE

12:00 a.m. Friday, May 27, 2016

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn recently stressed that Communist Vietnam, visited by President Barack Obama, needs to improve its human rights record.Cornyn opened his Senate floor remarks, though, by calling Vietnamese residents of his home state of Texas “some of the most accomplished people.” The second-term Republican added: “Many are surprised ...
Steve Adler right that Austin ranks No. 1 three ways, wrong on Twitter
Mayor Steve Adler made an accurate claim about Austin leading Texas by several innovative metrics in these April remarks outside City Hall. Later, he was incorrect about the first tweet being sent from Austin. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN STATESMAN

10:58 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Austin Mayor Steve Adler had three factual reasons to tout his city in April.But he was off target this month when he made a claim about the very first tweet.In April, Austin Mayor Steve Adler declared that Austin leads Texas in ways that underscore its innovative economy — business startups, ...
PolitiFact: Texas students faring bettering on readiness standard
Don Willett: Before 2005, “the percentage of” Texas high school “students meeting the college readiness standards of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board stood at 28% in English and 42% in math. Those figures stood at 65% and 66% in 2013.” TRUE

12:00 a.m. Sunday, May 22, 2016

Deep in the Texas Supreme Court ruling that upheld and critiqued the current school funding system, Justice Don Willett trumpeted encouraging news about Texas students.Willett wrote that, when the court told lawmakers to change the school finance system in 2005, “The percentage of students meeting the college-readiness standards of the ...
Adler: Texas tops Texas three innovative ways

Updated: 2:58 p.m. Friday, May 13, 2016

Austin Mayor Steve Adler recently declared Austin No. 1 in Texas for patents, business startups and venture capital.The Austin American-Statesman’s PolitiFact Texas fact-checking project wondered about that.By gumption, Adler was right, though there are ways to see either Houston or Dallas as running ahead in patents.Enjoy the fresh fact check ...
PolitiFact: Do 97% of us drive alone? Probably not
Sylvester Turner: “We have been focusing so much, especially the Texas Department of Transportation, on that 97 percent of people in single-occupancy vehicles.” FALSE

12:00 a.m. Sunday, May 8, 2016

When Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner named a new chairwoman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of Harris County board, he emphasized the importance of reducing Houstonians’ dependence on cars. Since Turner, a former Democratic state representative, became Houston mayor in January, he’s emphasized public transit and other ways of fighting congestion ...
PolitiFact: Taking a look at Trump’s Cruz-JFK claim
Donald Trump: Says Ted Cruz’s father “was with Lee Harvey Oswald” before the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. PANTS ON FIRE!

12:00 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2016

Straight from the grocery aisle tabloids, Donald Trump sought to link Sen. Ted Cruz’s father to the plot to assassinate President John F. Kennedy.“(Cruz’s) father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald being, you know, shot. I mean the whole thing is ridiculous. What is this, right, prior to ...
PolitiFact: Child migrants sometimes housed on military bases

5:07 p.m. Friday, May 6, 2016

U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, maintains that President Barack Obama has dangerous desires for military installations, writing in a commentary piece in the Round Rock Leader: “This is not a joke: the president wants to house illegal aliens on our nation’s military installations.”Carter, saying that such a move would ...
Ted Cruz, win or lose in Indiana, will still have the Truth-O-Meter

11:55 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016

We at PolitiFact Texas, the fact-checking team headquartered at the Austin American-Statesman, admit to having a soft spot for Texan Ted Cruz, the first-term senator who’s all but the last man standing among Republicans seeking to stop Donald Trump from winning the party’s 2016 presidential nomination.Not that we cut him ...
PolitiFact: Despite talk, Abbott hasn’t sought block grant for Medicaid
Greg Abbott said during his campaign that he’d seek a federal block grant to administer Medicaid in Texas, but the state has made no such effort. That earns a Promise Broken rating on the Abbott-O-Meter.

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

Greg Abbott campaigned for governor by saying the state should seek federal approval to receive Medicaid aid via block grants. The state, he said, could manage how such money is spent better than the federal government does.“The one-size-fits-all approach, mandated from Washington, D.C., and the Medicaid system, does not help ...
PolitiFact: About 600,000 Texans may lack proper voter ID
Tom ‘Smitty’ Smith: “Texas has 600,000 registered voters who don’t have the kind of photo ID needed to vote.” MOSTLY TRUE

1:45 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2016

Tom “Smitty” Smith, a liberal activist, says more than half a million Texans lack sufficient papers to legally turn out to vote. Smith, the longtime director of Public Citizen’s Texas office, made his claim in an April 14 commentary in the American-Statesman that mentions the law under legal challenge requiring ...
PolitiFact: Winds of change blowing toward cheaper energy
President Barack Obama says, “Right now, here in Texas, wind power is already cheaper than dirty fossil fuels.” That’s True.

2:19 p.m. Monday, April 18, 2016

Barack Obama, exhorting Dallas Democrats during a Texas swing last month, called Republican claims that the country and planet are in sorry shape a “false narrative.”“America is pretty darn great right now,” the Democratic president said.And among great things, Obama said, Democrats believe in science and that climate change is ...
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