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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says it's "absurd" to firmly link football and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. Is that true? KUT's Nathan Bernier asks Gardner Selby of PolitiFact Texas


Tom "Smitty" Smith of Public Citizen says 600,000 Texas registered voters lack valid photo IDs to go to polls. Is it true? KUT's Nathan Bernier asks Gardner Selby of PolitiFact Texas.


Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller posted a photo on Facebook of President Obama grinning and holding a Che Guevara T-shirt. Was it real? KUT's Nathan Bernier asks Gardner Selby of PolitiFact Texas.


Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, speaking in Florida, said, "In Houston, Texas, today, there are no homeless veterans." For real? KUT's Nathan Bernier asks PolitiFact Texas reporter Gardner Selby.

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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said on Meet the Press that states where people carry guns have less crime. Was he right? KUT's Nathan Bernier asks Gardner Selby of PolitiFact Texas.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott says traffic congestion "costs rush hour drivers in Austin and Dallas more than $1,000 a year. And in Houston, it’s even more -- almost $1,500 a year." Is that a fact? KUT's Nathan Bernier asks Gardner Selby of PolitiFact Texas.


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Did everyone pray in U.S. public schools prior to 1962 and was the Bible the principle textbook? Yes, according to Sen. Ted Cruz's father, Rafael Cruz, in an interview with the Austin American-Statesman. KUT's Nathan Bernier asks PolitiFact Texas reporter Gardner Selby what the Truth-O-Meter says

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U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, recently said 97 percent of all food stamp benefits 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.

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Last week, Gov. Rick Perry said on a radio program that abortion was the second most common surgical procedure performed in the United States.

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As Lawmakers take up a abortion measure this week – we review comments made by State Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson aboutabortion measure Senate Bill 5 after it died at midnight at the end of the last special session. 

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Do so-called rape kits in Texas include an internal surgical procedure similar to abortion? That’s what a Republican legislator recently  suggested in a House debate.

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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.”

Filipa Rodrigues, KUT News

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 the first eight people chosen to draw new council districts are overwhelmingly Democrats.

Derek Ryan Tweeted, "Seven are D primary voters, only one has voted in an R primary." Is that true? Gardner Selby with the Austin American-Statesman's fact-checking project, PolitiFact Texas, came by to tell us what they found out. You can listen to our conversation with the player above and read the fact-check online.

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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.

In a recent press release challenging Texas schools to initiate the low-cost degree, Perry said that 13 schools in Texas already offer or are planning to offer such a degree.

We talked to Gardner Selby of the Austin American-Statesman’s PolitiFact Texas to check the accuracy of the claim. Listen to our conversation using the player above and read the fact check online.

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In today’s PolitiFact Texas segment, we celebrate the two-year anniversary of the partnership between KUT’s Emily Donahue and the Austin American-Statesman’s Gardner Selby!

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The Attorney General of Texas recently said he’s sued the Obama administration 25 times.

KUT's Emily Donahue checks that statement with Gardner Selby of the Austin American-Statesman’s Politifact Texas project.

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Update: PolitiFact Texas received a barrage of emails accusing the fact-checkers of being misleading in their fact check of Rep. Wayne Smith.

Readers asserted that Rep. Smith’s claim was not untrue 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.

Original Post: A state representative recently claimed that science has yet to confirm that greenhouse gasses, like carbon dioxide, have a hazardous effect on the environment.

In an Austin American-Statesman article last month Rep. Wayne Smith of Baytown said that “science has not shown greenhouse gases to be a problem,” which caught the eye of Gardner Selby and the PolitiFact Texas fact checkers. Click the player above to hear our conversation about it. 

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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 workers groups claims state workers haven't seen a raise in years.

The Texas State Employees Union said on their website that most state workers haven't seen an uptick in wages since 2009.

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Some public school students are taking state mandated tests this week. Do Texas schools lose 45 days a year to that testing, as one politico claims?

KUT News' Emily Donahue discussed that question is the Austin American-Statesman’s political fact checker, Gardner Selby.

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While campaigning for background checks with gun purchases, Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell referenced polls showing public support for the policy.

Mayor Leffingwell 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.

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