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: Bush’s military career didn’t reach ‘retirement’ level
 George P. Bush, seeking a second term as Texas land commissioner, touts his time in the Navy in a campaign mailer brought to our attention by his predecessor. “Did you know there are 1.7 million veterans in Texas alone?” Bush’s mailer opens. His message continues: “Retired U.S. Navy officer George P. Bush is committed...

Posted: 4 days ago

George P. Bush, seeking a second term as Texas land commissioner, touts his time in the Navy in a campaign mailer brought to our attention by his predecessor. “Did you know there are 1.7 million veterans in Texas alone?” Bush’s mailer opens. His message continues: “Retired U.S. Navy officer George P. Bush is committed...
PolitiFact: State share of education spending declines
 A candidate for lieutenant governor says state government has whoppingly slashed its share of spending on public schools since the 1980s. Scott Milder, a former Rockwall City Council member challenging Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in the Republican primary, poses and answers questions on his campaign website including: “Does Texas spend enough...

Posted: 5 days ago

A candidate for lieutenant governor says state government has whoppingly slashed its share of spending on public schools since the 1980s. Scott Milder, a former Rockwall City Council member challenging Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in the Republican primary, poses and answers questions on his campaign website including: “Does Texas spend enough...
PolitiFact: Do Texas school districts offer sex education?
 Houston businessman Andrew White, a Democratic aspirant for governor, said that when he’s elected, he’ll step up sex education in schools. White, speaking on Texas Public Radio, declared: “There is a large number of schools in Texas that don’t even offer sex education. Now that, to me, it’s bizarre. So we have...

Posted: 6 days ago

Houston businessman Andrew White, a Democratic aspirant for governor, said that when he’s elected, he’ll step up sex education in schools. White, speaking on Texas Public Radio, declared: “There is a large number of schools in Texas that don’t even offer sex education. Now that, to me, it’s bizarre. So we have...
PolitiFact: Texas tops in feral pig population
 A publication aimed at farmers and ranchers says Texas is home to most of the nation’s feral pigs. Southwest Farm Press declared in a January news story that while 39 states have reported wild pig problems, “Texas is home to more feral pigs than any other state — an estimated 50 percent to 75 percent of all feral swine in...

Posted: 10 days ago

A publication aimed at farmers and ranchers says Texas is home to most of the nation’s feral pigs. Southwest Farm Press declared in a January news story that while 39 states have reported wild pig problems, “Texas is home to more feral pigs than any other state — an estimated 50 percent to 75 percent of all feral swine in...
PolitiFact: Abbott’s vow to cut tests is unfulfilled
 Through Gov. Greg Abbott’s term, we’ve been tracking and updating progress on his campaign promises through the PolitiFact Texas Abbott-O-Meter. One promise came as Abbott told delegates to the Republican Party of Texas convention: “Teachers and parents know far better how to educate our children than do a bunch of bureaucrats...

Posted: 17 days ago

Through Gov. Greg Abbott’s term, we’ve been tracking and updating progress on his campaign promises through the PolitiFact Texas Abbott-O-Meter. One promise came as Abbott told delegates to the Republican Party of Texas convention: “Teachers and parents know far better how to educate our children than do a bunch of bureaucrats...
PolitiFact: Did state wait too long to warn of hack?
 An activist challenging Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller in this spring’s Republican primary says Miller’s office erred by not alerting child victims of a personally exploitative computer hack for more than a month. Trey Blocker, a lawyer and former legislative aide who’s worked as a lobbyist, said in a January commentary...

Posted: 18 days ago

An activist challenging Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller in this spring’s Republican primary says Miller’s office erred by not alerting child victims of a personally exploitative computer hack for more than a month. Trey Blocker, a lawyer and former legislative aide who’s worked as a lobbyist, said in a January commentary...
PolitiFact: Texas schools’ ranking? 40th of the 50 states
 Andrew White, the Houston investor who is one of the Democrats hoping to deny Greg Abbott a second term as Texas governor, says the state’s public schools rank poorly. White specified at his campaign kickoff in December: “For schools, we’re 43rd in the nation. Let me say that again. We’re 43rd in the nation. How can...

Posted: 25 days ago

Andrew White, the Houston investor who is one of the Democrats hoping to deny Greg Abbott a second term as Texas governor, says the state’s public schools rank poorly. White specified at his campaign kickoff in December: “For schools, we’re 43rd in the nation. Let me say that again. We’re 43rd in the nation. How can...
PolitiFact: Facts don’t back up Dan Patrick’s ‘criminal alien’ stat
 Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, seeking re-election, entered 2018 by warning on his campaign’s Facebook page that “criminal aliens” committed more than 500,000 Texas crimes in recent years. We wondered about Patrick’s declaration in part because we’d just found scant data about Texas crimes committed by individuals living...

Posted: 26 days ago

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, seeking re-election, entered 2018 by warning on his campaign’s Facebook page that “criminal aliens” committed more than 500,000 Texas crimes in recent years. We wondered about Patrick’s declaration in part because we’d just found scant data about Texas crimes committed by individuals living...
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...

6:00 AM Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018

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...

6:00 AM Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018

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...

11:53 PM Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018

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...