W. Gardner Selby

Editor, PolitiFact Texas

W. Gardner Selby edits PolitiFact Texas, which launched in 2010. His background includes reporting at the Texas Capitol for the American-Statesman and several other newspapers. He has been a Statesman reporter since 2005. Most mornings, you can find him reading the morning paper at Cisco's on East Sixth.

Latest from W. Gardner Selby

PolitiFact: Teachers don’t have college degrees? Give that an F
 Andrew White, a Democratic candidate for Texas governor who’s called for $5,000 pay raises for public school teachers, declared that half of the state’s newest teachers lack college degrees. White, a Houston investor, said, “I know this: One way to fix education is to pay teachers more, so that we can attract the best teachers...

Posted: a day ago

Andrew White, a Democratic candidate for Texas governor who’s called for $5,000 pay raises for public school teachers, declared that half of the state’s newest teachers lack college degrees. White, a Houston investor, said, “I know this: One way to fix education is to pay teachers more, so that we can attract the best teachers...
PolitiFact: Key facts (get it?) are missing in claim about car thefts
 Williamson County’s sheriff posted a warning that led us to check some key facts and find them faulty. Robert Chody, elected  in 2016, said in a Dec. 27 tweet: “65,000 vehicles stolen in Texas each year. Almost half of all vehicles stolen in Texas each year had keys left inside. That’s a lot of preventable thefts #TakeKeysWithYou...

Posted: 2 days ago

Williamson County’s sheriff posted a warning that led us to check some key facts and find them faulty. Robert Chody, elected in 2016, said in a Dec. 27 tweet: “65,000 vehicles stolen in Texas each year. Almost half of all vehicles stolen in Texas each year had keys left inside. That’s a lot of preventable thefts #TakeKeysWithYou...
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Beto O’Rourke fence about El Paso’s safety
 The fact-checking PolitiFact Texas project has previously spotted flaws in claims about El Paso’s relative safety. This week, still, a Texas Democrat hoping to fill the Senate seat held by Republican Ted Cruz brought up such rankings in rebuffing a pro-border-wall claim by President Donald Trump’s spokeswoman. As recapped by Jasper...

Posted: 6 days ago

The fact-checking PolitiFact Texas project has previously spotted flaws in claims about El Paso’s relative safety. This week, still, a Texas Democrat hoping to fill the Senate seat held by Republican Ted Cruz brought up such rankings in rebuffing a pro-border-wall claim by President Donald Trump’s spokeswoman. As recapped by Jasper...
PolitiFact: TEA-backed training fulfills Abbott’s principal promise
 Back when he was campaigning to be governor of Texas, Greg Abbott called for training school principals to be better leaders. Legislative proposals to get such training off the ground floundered, however, leading us to previously rate this Abbott vow a Promise Broken. But the Texas Education Agency has since alerted us to other efforts focused...

Posted: 8 days ago

Back when he was campaigning to be governor of Texas, Greg Abbott called for training school principals to be better leaders. Legislative proposals to get such training off the ground floundered, however, leading us to previously rate this Abbott vow a Promise Broken. But the Texas Education Agency has since alerted us to other efforts focused...
PolitiFact: O’Rourke backs off call for mandatory national service
 Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic congressman seeking the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Ted Cruz, said recently that he wants every young American to work a year for the government. And then he said something different. That prompted us to roll out the PolitiFact Texas Flip-O-Meter, which gauges shifts in position. O’Rourke...

Posted: 9 days ago

Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic congressman seeking the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Ted Cruz, said recently that he wants every young American to work a year for the government. And then he said something different. That prompted us to roll out the PolitiFact Texas Flip-O-Meter, which gauges shifts in position. O’Rourke...
PolitiFact: Abbott’s plan to train principals gets an incomplete

Posted: 15 days ago

When he was campaigning to be governor of Texas, Greg Abbott called for training school principals to be better leaders. But we’ve found that, with his first term entering its fourth year, the Republican governor has not brought this promise to fruition. “I haven’t seen that come down the pike,” Mark Terry of the Texas...
PolitiFact: Cruz to rich New Yorkers: You may not get tax cut
 The nation’s new Republican-backed tax law won’t leave everyone paying less to Uncle Sam forever, projections show, mainly because nearly all legislated individual income-tax reductions expire after 2025. But Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, stirred our curiosity when he asserted that certain rich Americans would face increased taxes off...

Posted: 16 days ago

The nation’s new Republican-backed tax law won’t leave everyone paying less to Uncle Sam forever, projections show, mainly because nearly all legislated individual income-tax reductions expire after 2025. But Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, stirred our curiosity when he asserted that certain rich Americans would face increased taxes off...
PolitiFact: Unauthorized residents do few crimes; how few hard to say
 Long before Democrat Lupe Valdez declared her candidacy for governor, she differed with Republican incumbent Greg Abbott over barring communities from limiting their cooperation with federal authorities in immigration enforcement activities. In 2017, the disagreements circled around Senate Bill 4, the ban on so-called sanctuary cities that...

Posted: 21 days ago

Long before Democrat Lupe Valdez declared her candidacy for governor, she differed with Republican incumbent Greg Abbott over barring communities from limiting their cooperation with federal authorities in immigration enforcement activities. In 2017, the disagreements circled around Senate Bill 4, the ban on so-called sanctuary cities that...
PolitiFact: Checking Jerry Patterson on homes repaired after Harvey
 Jerry Patterson says George P. Bush, who succeeded him as Texas land commissioner in 2015, has floundered since Hurricane Harvey slapped ashore in August. Patterson, who is challenging Bush in the GOP primary, told American-Statesman columnist Ken Herman in a December interview that "the land office has repaired two — two &mdash...

Posted: 22 days ago

Jerry Patterson says George P. Bush, who succeeded him as Texas land commissioner in 2015, has floundered since Hurricane Harvey slapped ashore in August. Patterson, who is challenging Bush in the GOP primary, told American-Statesman columnist Ken Herman in a December interview that "the land office has repaired two — two &mdash...
PolitiFact Texas: Bill Clinton/murder claim fed year’s No. 1 fact-check

Posted: 26 days ago

A Houston-area congressman touched off the most-clicked PolitiFact Texas fact-check of 2017 when he suggested that Bill Clinton intimidated the government’s lead lawyer into not seeking an indictment of Hillary Clinton by telling her, “We killed Vince Foster.” Rep. Pete Olson, R-Sugar Land, jawing on the air with Houston...
PolitiFact: Promise to change immigrant tuition law goes broken
 Greg Abbott ran for Texas governor signaling he’d go along with disconnecting a political tripwire for Republicans that benefits college students from Texas living in the United States without legal permission. We decided to put Abbott’s statements about in-state tuition for such Texans to the PolitiFact Texas Abbott-O-Meter,...

6:00 AM Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017

Greg Abbott ran for Texas governor signaling he’d go along with disconnecting a political tripwire for Republicans that benefits college students from Texas living in the United States without legal permission. We decided to put Abbott’s statements about in-state tuition for such Texans to the PolitiFact Texas Abbott-O-Meter,...