politifact http://kut.org en PolitiFact: How Well Do Food Stamps Work? http://kut.org/post/politifact-how-well-do-food-stamps-work <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F101330095%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-AI8aT&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;secret_url=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p></p><p>U.S. <a href="http://gallego.house.gov/">Rep. Pete&nbsp;Gallego</a>, D-Alpine, recently said 97 percent of all&nbsp;<a href="http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap">food stamp benefits</a>&nbsp;reach those in need – meaning the benefit program, which caters to those at or below the federal poverty level, has an error rate of only three percent.</p><p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 11:05:00 +0000 Emily Donahue 8368 at http://kut.org PolitiFact: How Well Do Food Stamps Work? PolitiFact: Is Abortion the Second Most Common Surgery? http://kut.org/post/politifact-abortion-second-most-common-surgery <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F100360494%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-syzcp&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;color=ff0800" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Last week, Gov. Rick Perry said <a href="http://www.bennettroundtable.com/category/radio-show/page/2/">on a radio program</a> that abortion was the second most common surgical procedure performed in the United States.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 11:20:00 +0000 Emily Donahue 8323 at http://kut.org PolitiFact: Is Abortion the Second Most Common Surgery? PolitiFact: Do the Majority of Texans Support the Abortion Bill? http://kut.org/post/politifact-do-majority-texans-support-abortion-bill <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="146" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F99428631" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>As Lawmakers take up a abortion measure this week – we review comments made by State <a href="http://www.glo.texas.gov/">Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson</a> aboutabortion measure&nbsp;<a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=831&amp;Bill=SB5">Senate Bill 5</a>&nbsp;after it died at midnight at the end of the last special session.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:46:32 +0000 Emily Donahue 8271 at http://kut.org PolitiFact: Do the Majority of Texans Support the Abortion Bill? PolitiFact: 'Pants on Fire' for Texas Rep's Rape Kit Claim http://kut.org/post/politifact-pants-fire-texas-reps-rape-kit-claim <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F98591475&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Do so-called rape kits in Texas include an internal surgical procedure similar to abortion? That’s what a Republican legislator recently &nbsp;suggested in a House debate.</p><p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 13:42:46 +0000 Emily Donahue 8233 at http://kut.org PolitiFact: 'Pants on Fire' for Texas Rep's Rape Kit Claim PolitiFact: Sure, Americans Invented Pong - But What About Space Invaders? http://kut.org/post/politifact-sure-americans-invented-pong-what-about-space-invaders <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F97466416&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;color=00afff" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>U.S. Senator Ted Cruz recently praised American ingenuity at a college graduation in Michigan, saying “Americans were the first to walk on the moon. We invented ‘Pong,’ ‘Space Invaders’ and the iPhone.”</p><p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 10:43:00 +0000 Nathan Bernier 8159 at http://kut.org PolitiFact: Sure, Americans Invented Pong - But What About Space Invaders? PolitiFact: How Democratic is Austin's Redistricting Council? http://kut.org/post/politifact-how-democratic-austins-redistricting-council <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F96493866&amp;color=00b2ff&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>For the first time, the City of Austin is adopting an electoral system that will assign council members to specific geographic regions of the city. The process of creating those boundaries is, of course, political, and a Republican consultant claimed <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/first-8-members-chosen-austin-redistricting-commission">the first eight people chosen</a> to draw new council districts are overwhelmingly Democrats.</p><p>Derek Ryan <a href="https://twitter.com/longhornderek/status/337313898480934912">Tweeted</a>, "Seven are D primary voters, only one has voted in an R primary." Is that true? Gardner Selby with the <em>Austin American-Statesman's </em>fact-checking project, <a href="http://www.politifact.com/texas/">PolitiFact Texas</a>, came by to tell us what they found out. You can listen to our conversation with the player above and <a href="http://www.politifact.com/texas/statements/2013/jun/04/derek-ryan/derek-ryan-says-first-8-chosen-draw-austin-city-co/">read the fact-check online.</a></p><p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:32:00 +0000 Nathan Bernier 8087 at http://kut.org PolitiFact: How Democratic is Austin's Redistricting Council? PolitiFact: How Many Schools Offer $10,000 Degrees? http://kut.org/post/politifact-how-many-schools-offer-10000-degrees <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F95453739&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;color=1ab9ff" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Since 2011, Governor Rick Perry challenged lawmakers to provide “a bold, Texas-style solution” to the challenge of affordable higher education: a $10,000 degree for Texas students.</p><p>In a recent press release challenging Texas schools to initiate the low-cost degree, Perry said that <a href="http://governor.state.tx.us/news/press-release/18529/">13 schools in Texas</a> already offer or are planning to offer such a degree.</p><p>We talked to Gardner Selby of the<em> Austin American-Statesman</em>’s PolitiFact Texas to check the accuracy of the claim. Listen to our conversation using the player above and <a href="http://www.politifact.com/texas/article/2013/jun/04/rick-perrys-count-10000-college-degrees/">read the fact check online.</a></p><p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 10:45:00 +0000 Nathan Bernier 7991 at http://kut.org PolitiFact: How Many Schools Offer $10,000 Degrees? Politifact TX on KUT is Two Years Old! (And a Fact Check, Too) http://kut.org/post/politifact-tx-kut-two-years-old-and-fact-check-too <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In today’s </span><a href="http://www.politifact.com/texas/" style="line-height: 1.5;">PolitiFact Texas</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> segment, we celebrate the two-year anniversary of the partnership between </span>KUT’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Emily Donahue and the </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Austin American-Statesman</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">’s Gardner Selby!</span></p><p> Wed, 29 May 2013 10:22:00 +0000 Emily Donahue 7913 at http://kut.org Politifact TX on KUT is Two Years Old! (And a Fact Check, Too) PolitiFact: How Many Times Did Greg Abbott Sue the Federal Government? http://kut.org/post/politifact-how-many-times-did-greg-abbott-sue-federal-government <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Attorney General of Texas recently said he’s sued the Obama administration 25 times.</span></p><p>KUT's Emily Donahue checks that statement with Gardner Selby of the <a href="http://www.politifact.com/texas/">Austin American-Statesman’s Politifact Texas</a> project.</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Emily Donahue 7732 at http://kut.org PolitiFact: How Many Times Did Greg Abbott Sue the Federal Government? PolitiFact: Rep Claims Global Warming Not a Problem http://kut.org/post/politifact-rep-claims-global-warming-not-problem <p><strong>Update</strong>: PolitiFact Texas received a barrage of emails accusing the fact-checkers of being misleading in their fact check of Rep. Wayne Smith.</p><p><a href="http://www.politifact.com/texas/article/2013/may/13/mailbag-politifact-texass-pants-are-fire/">Readers asserted that Rep. Smith’s claim was not untrue</a> because there has yet to be a scientific consensus on the correlation of carbon emissions and climate change. Because the representative’s claim was not false, readers claim that labeling Smith with the “Pants on Fire” ranking and urge that PolitiFact Texas’s pants are aflame.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Original Post</strong>: A state representative recently claimed that science has yet to confirm that greenhouse gasses, like carbon dioxide, have a hazardous effect on the environment.</span></p><p>In an<em> </em><a href="http://www.statesman.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/lawmakers-to-hear-proposal-on-greenhouse-gas-power/nXPhw/"><em>Austin</em></a><a href="http://www.statesman.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/lawmakers-to-hear-proposal-on-greenhouse-gas-power/nXPhw/"><em> American-</em></a><a href="http://www.statesman.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/lawmakers-to-hear-proposal-on-greenhouse-gas-power/nXPhw/"><em>S</em></a><a href="http://www.statesman.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/lawmakers-to-hear-proposal-on-greenhouse-gas-power/nXPhw/"><em>tatesman</em> article last month</a> Rep. Wayne Smith of Baytown said that “science has not shown greenhouse gases to be a problem,” which <a href="http://www.politifact.com/texas/statements/2013/may/02/wayne-smith/wayne-smith-says-science-has-not-shown-greenhouse-/">caught the eye of Gardner Selby</a> and the PolitiFact Texas fact checkers. Click the player above to hear our conversation about it.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 08 May 2013 10:27:00 +0000 Nathan Bernier & Nathan Bernier 7653 at http://kut.org PolitiFact: Rep Claims Global Warming Not a Problem PolitiFact: Most State Employees Still Waiting for Raise http://kut.org/post/politifact-most-state-employees-still-waiting-raise <p>As the legislative session comes to a close, no one knows yet if the next state budget will include across-the-board pay raises, but a <a href="http://www.politifact.com/texas/statements/2013/apr/29/texas-state-employees-union/employee-group-says-most-state-workers-did-not-fie/">workers groups claims</a> state workers haven't seen a raise in years.</p><p>The Texas State Employees Union <a href="http://www.cwa-tseu.org/?page_id=206">said on their website</a> that most state workers haven't seen an uptick in wages since 2009.</p> Wed, 01 May 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Emily Donahue 7566 at http://kut.org PolitiFact: Most State Employees Still Waiting for Raise PolitiFact: How Many Texas School Days Are Lost from Tests? http://kut.org/post/politifact-how-many-texas-school-days-are-lost-tests <p>Some public school students are taking state mandated tests this week.&nbsp;Do Texas schools lose 45 days a year to that testing, as one politico claims?</p><p>KUT News' Emily Donahue discussed that question is the <em>Austin American-Statesman</em>’s political fact checker, Gardner Selby.</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 11:01:00 +0000 Emily Donahue 7466 at http://kut.org PolitiFact: How Many Texas School Days Are Lost from Tests? PolitiFact: Americans Support Background Checks for Gun Buyers http://kut.org/post/politifact-americans-support-background-checks-gun-buyers <p>While campaigning for background checks with gun purchases,&nbsp;Austin Mayor Lee&nbsp;Leffingwell&nbsp;referenced polls showing public support for the policy.</p><p>Mayor&nbsp;Leffingwell&nbsp;joined a press conference supporting background checks in March – and said 90 percent of Americans and 74 percent of National Rifle Association members support universal background checks.</p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 22:10:31 +0000 Emily Donahue 7379 at http://kut.org PolitiFact: Americans Support Background Checks for Gun Buyers PolitiFact: Carbon Monoxide Still Used in Animals Shelters http://kut.org/post/politifact-carbon-monoxide-still-used-animals-shelters <p><a href="http://www.politifact.com/texas/statements/2013/apr/03/kirk-watson/kirk-watson-says-29-texas-cities-use-carbon-monoxi/" style="line-height: 1.5;">A Travis County state lawmaker says</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> dogs and cats are still being euthanized by carbon monoxide poisoning.</span></p><p>KUT’s Emily Donahue checked that claim with Gardner Selby of the<a href="http://www.politifact.com/texas/"> <em>Austin American-Statesman</em>’s Politifact Texas</a> reporting project.</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 10:10:00 +0000 Emily Donahue 7285 at http://kut.org PolitiFact: Carbon Monoxide Still Used in Animals Shelters PolitiFact: Texas Has Highest Percentage of Uninsured http://kut.org/post/politifact-texas-has-highest-percentage-uninsured <p>Gov. Rick Perry is holding firm to his decision to rebuff any Medicaid expansion under the federal health care law. One lawmaker says expansion is necessary – because Texas has six million uninsured residents– and that makes the state No. 1 in the nation.</p><p>How true is that statement?</p><p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 10:45:00 +0000 Emily Donahue 7006 at http://kut.org PolitiFact: Texas Has Highest Percentage of Uninsured PolitiFact: Texas (Almost) Never Passed Redistricting http://kut.org/post/politifact-texas-almost-never-passed-redistricting <p></p><p>In this week’s <a href="http://www.politifact.com/texas/">PolitiFact Texas</a> check-in, KUT’s Emily Donahue speaks with the <em>Austin American-Statesman</em>’s Gardner Selby about a comment by State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, a Democrat from San Antonio and chairman of the <a href="http://www.malc.org/">Mexican American Legislative Caucus</a>.</p><p>He was talking up the need for the United States Supreme Court to uphold Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, the civil rights legislation that originated in 1965. 

</p><p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 14:20:04 +0000 Emily Donahue 6833 at http://kut.org PolitiFact: Texas (Almost) Never Passed Redistricting PolitiFact: Austin Not the Biggest City Missing European Flights http://kut.org/post/politifact-austin-not-biggest-city-missing-european-flights <p>In this week’s Politifact: a fact check that started with a KUT News report.</p><p>Emily Donahue with KUT News spoke with Gardner Selby of the Austin American-Statesman’s PolitFact Texas team. It all started with a <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/pushing-nonstop-flights-europe"><u>KUT</u><u> News report</u></a> on Mayor Lee Leffingwell’s push for non-stop flights from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to Europe. We quoted Austin lawyer Pete Winstead, who said Austin is the biggest city in the country without a nonstop flight to a European capital. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 11:45:00 +0000 Emily Donahue 6657 at http://kut.org PolitiFact: Austin Not the Biggest City Missing European Flights Perry: Texas Education Spending Had 'Phenomenal' Growth http://kut.org/post/perry-texas-education-spending-had-phenomenal-growth <p>By the state’s own reckoning, Texas’ population increased four percent&nbsp; increase from 2011 to 2013.&nbsp; And Lawmakers cut education spending by more than $5 billion last session. But Gov. Rick Perry says education spending has outpaced statewide enrollment growth, and by a wide margin.</p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 22:57:51 +0000 Emily Donahue 6299 at http://kut.org Perry: Texas Education Spending Had 'Phenomenal' Growth Does Texas Rank Last in Mental Health Spending? http://kut.org/post/does-texas-rank-last-mental-health-spending <p></p><p>Today President Obama is expected to release details of proposals from a gun violence task force convened in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings.</p><p>In the days following Sandy Hook, many experts and pundits spoke of the need for better mental health care and screening.</p><p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 11:15:00 +0000 Emily Donahue 6198 at http://kut.org Does Texas Rank Last in Mental Health Spending? Spike That Email About Welfare and Work; Fact-Checkers Say It's Not True http://kut.org/post/spike-email-about-welfare-and-work-fact-checkers-say-its-not-true If you've gotten the "Death Spiral" email that's apparently been arriving in many inboxes, here's the verdict from two major, nonpartisan fact checkers:<p>It is NOT true, as the email claims, that in 11 states there are more people on welfare than there are working.<p>The debunkers: both <a href="http://www.politifact.com/texas/statements/2013/jan/11/chain-email/chain-email-says-11-states-have-more-people-welfar/" target="_blank">PolitiFact.com</a> and <a href="http://factcheck.org/2013/01/death-spiral-states/" target="_blank">FactCheck.org</a>.<p>First, some background:<p><blockquote><p>A <a Fri, 11 Jan 2013 20:43:50 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 6156 at http://kut.org Spike That Email About Welfare and Work; Fact-Checkers Say It's Not True