PolitiFact: Abrams’ claim on Evans, vouchers leaves information out

Georgia Democratic gubernatorial front-runners Stacey Abrams and Stacey Evans have both taken a firm stance against privatized public education and especially school vouchers. But at a recent forum featuring the two candidates, Abrams accused Evans of voting for vouchers when she was a state representative. “You voted for vouchers. You didn’t vote for it the last two times, but you voted...
Georgia Democratic gubernatorial front-runners Stacey Abrams and Stacey Evans have both taken a firm stance against privatized public education and especially school vouchers. But at a recent forum featuring...

PolitiFact: Cagle links ‘sanctuary cities,’ homicides; data doesn’t

Casey Cagle, who is running for governor, told an Atlanta news station that the City of Decatur may be in violation of a state law prohibiting sanctuary cities. “Sanctuary city” is a term commonly used for a jurisdiction that limits its cooperation with immigration authorities. “Well, they are not cooperating with (U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement), and the important feature...
Casey Cagle, who is running for governor, told an Atlanta news station that the City of Decatur may be in violation of a state law prohibiting sanctuary cities. “Sanctuary city” is a term...
PolitiFact: Schumer overstates GOP budget, tax plan link

PolitiFact: Schumer overstates GOP budget, tax plan link

The link between the proposed tax cuts and possible cuts to Medicare is more complicated than Schumer described. Schumer’s staff said the Senate Republicans’ budget proposal, unveiled Sept. 29, would increase the deficit by $1.5 trillion over the next decade. The Medicare and Medicaid cuts Schumer cited come from relatively hard-to-find numbers released by the Senate Budget Committee,...
PolitiFact: ATF under Obama said law doesn’t regulate bump stocks

PolitiFact: ATF under Obama said law doesn’t regulate bump stocks

In a rare move, the National Rifle Association issued a statement calling for regulation of the device that turned the Las Vegas shooter’s rifles more deadly, blaming Barack Obama’s administration for its approval. A bump or fire stock is a device that allows semiautomatic rifles to fire bullets as quickly as a machine gun. At least 12 of the Las Vegas shooter’s guns were outfitted...
PolitiFact: Schumer’s slant on Trump tax plan wrong

PolitiFact: Schumer’s slant on Trump tax plan wrong

Trump’s tax plan would increase the lowest tax rate and increase the number of people who don’t have to pay federal income tax. The lowest earners currently have a federal income tax rate of 10 percent. Those are single filers who earn up to $9,325 and married couples who earn up to $18,650 in 2017. Trump’s tax plan would increase that from 10 percent to 12 percent. The White House...
PolitiFact: Maternity leave, Obamacare premiums and Georgia voter roll

PolitiFact: Maternity leave, Obamacare premiums and Georgia voter roll

PolitiFact last week looked at claims by two U.S. senators, on paid maternity leave and Obamacare insurance premium increases; and a foundation’s allegation that Bryan County, Georgia, had “corrupt” voter rolls. Here are summaries of our findings. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com. “We’re the only developed nation in the world that doesn’t have paid...
PolitiFact: Cornyn correct, premiums have risen a lot

PolitiFact: Cornyn correct, premiums have risen a lot

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas told a Texas constituent that insurance premiums have increased by more than 105 percent since 2013, under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. This claim, we found, stems from a reputable report, though the percentage cited by Cornyn merits explanatory clarifications. Cornyn spokesman Drew Brandewie traced the 105 percent figure to a five-page May 2017 report from the...
PolitiFact: Group used wrong numbers to rip Ga. county’s voter rolls

PolitiFact: Group used wrong numbers to rip Ga. county’s voter rolls

An Indianapolis-based advocacy group issued a news release Sept. 25 with a stunning headline: “24 states show corrupted voter rolls.” The Public Interest Legal Foundation, which aims to keep voter rolls as up-to-date as possible, had sent letters to nearly 250 counties. Bryan County, Georgia, was among them. The group’s letter to county elections supervisor Cindy Reynolds said the...
Some states require paid maternity leave; country doesn’t

Some states require paid maternity leave; country doesn’t

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill made several bold statements during dozens of town hall meetings in August but one claim, about paid maternity leave, caught our attention. Last year, PolitiFact rated a similar statement by New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand as Mostly True, but a lot can change in year. So we decided McCaskill’s statement was worth a follow-up. The most frequently used measure of...
PolitiFact roundup: Football protests, border catapults and Kasim Reed

PolitiFact roundup: Football protests, border catapults and Kasim Reed

PolitiFact last week looked at claims by President Donald Trump about NFL ratings and catapults along the Mexican border, and Atlanta mayoral candidate John Eaves’ criticism that outgoing Mayor Kasim Reed hasn’t taken much of a part in addressing regional concerns. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com. “NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN. Boring games yes, but many...
Not much evidence backs up Eaves’ criticism of Reed

Not much evidence backs up Eaves’ criticism of Reed

At a recent candidate forum in Atlanta’s mayoral race, John Eaves touted his credentials as a force for broad economic development. The former Fulton County chairman said he understands what the job requires. “I’ve been there, done that,” Eaves said. “The current city mayor has been virtually absent in terms of regional cooperation the last eight years. As mayor of Atlanta...
Catapults do hurl drugs over border. People hit in head? Doubtful

Catapults do hurl drugs over border. People hit in head? Doubtful

A border wall with Mexico is happening, but it has to be see-through so that Americans aren’t knocked out by 100 pounds of drugs catapulted across the border, President Donald Trump told supporters. “Believe it or not, this is the kind of stuff that happens. So you need to have a great wall, but it has to be see-through,” Trump said when talking about catapults used to sling caches...
PolitiFact: Trump overstates NFL ratings, attendance declines

PolitiFact: Trump overstates NFL ratings, attendance declines

Trump seems to be overstating rating declines, and we found little evidence of a political motivation for them. The numbers for 2017 so far are inconclusive. Advertising Age media reporter Anthony Crupi told us he estimated a decline of around 9 percent in ratings since last year, although the only window to face a significant decline was for 1 p.m. regional games. But we only have full data for the...
Politifact roundup: Trump, Kemp, Cruz: false, half true, mostly false

Politifact roundup: Trump, Kemp, Cruz: false, half true, mostly false

PolitiFact last week looked at claims by the president on stagnant wages, by a Georgia gubernatorial candidate on campaigns to remove statues of some historical figures, and by a Texas senator on disaster relief previously allocated after Hurricane Sandy. Summaries of our findings are here. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com. Wages “haven’t gone up for a long time.&rdquo...
PolitiFact roundup: Trump, Pelosi on “Dreamers”; Trump on new jobs

PolitiFact roundup: Trump, Pelosi on “Dreamers”; Trump on new jobs

PolitiFact last week looked at claims by President Donald Trump and Rep. Nancy Pelosi on public sentiment about immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally when they were children, and Trump’s claim about U.S. job growth and companies returning jobs to the U.S. Summaries of our findings are here. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com. Says “92 percent of the people agree...
Companies have returned, but job growth overall has not surged

Companies have returned, but job growth overall has not surged

We found that Trump exaggerated the job growth (it’s not unprecedented), but he has a point about companies moving back to the country. The most obvious way to look at this claim is to look at recent job growth rates. So we looked up month-to-month increases in jobs since 2011, when the economy started gaining jobs consistently after the Great Recession. The monthly gains since Trump became...
Polls back Pelosi’s claim of DREAM Act popularity

Polls back Pelosi’s claim of DREAM Act popularity

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., recently announced a deal with President Trump on protecting “Dreamers,” young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children and temporarily shielded from deportation under the Obama-era DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program. This week, Pelosi claimed three-quarters of Americans support the...
Most don’t want ‘Dreamers’ deported, but Trump misstates number

Most don’t want ‘Dreamers’ deported, but Trump misstates number

President Donald Trump has questioned why undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children should be deported, a departure from the campaign when he advocated the removal of all who were violating immigration laws. Trump’s administration is phasing out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an Obama-era program that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation...
PolitiFact: Handel exaggerates Obamacare tax effect

PolitiFact: Handel exaggerates Obamacare tax effect

PolitiFact last week looked at Georgia congresswoman Karen Handel’s characterization of the tax impact of Obamacare and at the New York attorney general’s statement that no court has ruled the DACA deferred deportation program unconstitutional. Summaries of our findings are here. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com. “The Affordable Care Act is the single largest tax...
DACA constitutionality hasn’t been settled in court

DACA constitutionality hasn’t been settled in court

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is leading a lawsuit against the Trump administration over its decision to rescind a deferred deportation program, claiming the program itself has not been ruled unconstitutional. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Sept. 5 the end for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an Obama-era program that protected from deportation immigrants...
Web story about Ga. mosque, Harvey funds was all fiction

Web story about Ga. mosque, Harvey funds was all fiction

Pure fabrication lies behind a story Facebook users flagged about a Georgia mosque sending Hurricane Harvey donations to Syrian refugees. A website called As American as Apple Pie posted this headline on Sept. 7: “Georgia Mosque KEEPS Hurricane Harvey Donations, Will Send To Syrian Refugees Instead.” The item cited Imam Sharaj Alkalb of the Ramazala Mosque in Peachton who allegedly said...
Handel overstates scale of Obamacare tax impact

Handel overstates scale of Obamacare tax impact

Newly elected U.S. Rep. Karen Handel, R-Ga., stands firm on the need to repeal Obamacare. In a recent telephone town hall, a voter asked why she was not a fan of repairing the Affordable Care Act. “The issue with quote ‘repairing the Affordable Care Act’ is the fact that it has so many taxes in it,” Handel said. “In fact, the Affordable Care Act is the single largest...
Corporate tax cut Trump touts wasn’t sole factor lifting economy

Corporate tax cut Trump touts wasn’t sole factor lifting economy

President Donald Trump invoked a Republican famous for tax cutting in an opinion article for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that called on Congress to pass his tax reform bill. Some economists say Reagan’s reduction in the corporate tax rate helped boost the economy. But seven experts we spoke to were unanimous in saying a single tax cut can’t be credited for dramatic gains in an economy...
Sessions’ link of DACA, Central American influx is pretty weak

Sessions’ link of DACA, Central American influx is pretty weak

During his announcement that the Trump administration would phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, Attorney General Jeff Sessions blamed the Obama-era policy for a surge in unaccompanied minors at the southern U.S. border that spiked in 2014. Under DACA, undocumented immigrants who had been brought to the United States before turning 16 could apply for a renewable status that protected...
Web posts wrong: Pence supported Katrina relief bill

Web posts wrong: Pence supported Katrina relief bill

Left-leaning bloggers used the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey to attack Vice President Mike Pence, saying he opposed relief for Hurricane Katrina while he was a congressman. Many partisans and political groups pointed to a speech Pence gave on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2005, implying that Pence would be unwilling to help Houston residents affected by Harvey. One such example...
Cruz overstates amount of relief funds that didn’t go for Sandy

Cruz overstates amount of relief funds that didn’t go for Sandy

Hurricane Harvey’s torrential rains and flooding have revived memories of Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz’s nay vote on federal relief for victims of superstorm Sandy. Cruz said he enthusiastically backed aid for Sandy’s victims, but the problem was the particular bill. “It became a $50 billion bill that was filled with unrelated pork,” Cruz said on Aug. 28. Did two-thirds...
Kemp partly right about calls to remove Founding Father statues

Kemp partly right about calls to remove Founding Father statues

Amid the debate over Confederate statues, Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp suggested a similar controversy is brewing over the Founding Fathers. For us fact-checkers, the key question is whether there is a cry to get rid of statues of Washington and Jefferson. A few people have said that, but whether there’s much of a drive is less certain. Between emailing the Kemp campaign...

Wages not rising? Trump was wrong

The most widely noticed remark in President Donald Trump’s Trump Tower lobby question-and-answer session Aug. 15 was his comments on the unrest in Charlottesville, Va. But one economic assertion caught our attention. As Trump was leaving, a reporter asked him what he thought “needs to be done to overcome the racial divides in this country?” “I really think jobs can have a big...
Trump wrong on U.S. exporting energy

Trump wrong on U.S. exporting energy

In a 75-minute rally speech that revisited his response to the Charlottesville, Va., unrest and scolded the national media, President Donald Trump slid in a note of pride about the United States’ balance of trade in energy. Was he correct about the United States being an energy exporter? Short answer: No. But to get to the short answer, you have to wade through several possible interpretations...
Trump travel costliest ever to taxpayers? Too soon to tell

Trump travel costliest ever to taxpayers? Too soon to tell

Conservative pundit David Frum declared some costs incurred by the president unprecedented. In an interview, Frum clarified that “personal lifestyle costs” excluded work trips, such as the G20 conference in Hamburg, Germany, or presidential residences where security costs are fixed, like the presidential retreat at Camp David. Frum had in mind weekend trips like those to Trump-owned golf...
Cuomo’s ‘criminal record’ claim depends on how that’s defined

Cuomo’s ‘criminal record’ claim depends on how that’s defined

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants businesses in New York state to hire more applicants with a criminal record. They become loyal employees and bring tax benefits, he said. And, they make up a huge pool of prospective employees. People with a criminal record number too many for employers to pass over because of unsubstantiated fears of workplace violence, theft or incompetence, he said. But is the number as...
PolitiFact roundup: immigrants, crime and the opioid crisis

PolitiFact roundup: immigrants, crime and the opioid crisis

PolitiFact last week looked at a senator’s claim about how many welfare benefits go to immigrants, the president’s attribution of the opioid crisis to fewer drug prosecutions, and the attorney general’s linking Chicago crime to its ‘sanctuary city’ policing. Summaries of our findings are here. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com. “Half of all immigrant...
Drug prosecutions did drop, but opioid link not proven

Drug prosecutions did drop, but opioid link not proven

President Donald Trump took a swipe at former President Barack Obama as he renewed his pledge to tackle the opioid epidemic. Trump said, speaking after a briefing on the issue, that opioid overdose deaths have nearly quadrupled since 1999 but overall drug prosecutions declined in recent years — a trend Trump vowed to reverse. We found Trump is correct that federal drug prosecutions declined...
Numbers don’t back Sessions’ claim on Chicago ‘criminal aliens’

Numbers don’t back Sessions’ claim on Chicago ‘criminal aliens’

When Chicago filed a lawsuit Aug. 7 to block the U.S. Justice Department from withholding federal grant money for police from “sanctuary cities,” U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions reacted swiftly and fiercely. Chicago says its Police Department “will not question crime victims, witnesses and other law-abiding residents about their legal status.” It also will not use immigration status...
Perdue right, immigrants use more welfare programs

Perdue right, immigrants use more welfare programs

One argument supporters make for limiting legal immigration is that a significant share of immigrants end up on social welfare programs, as Sens. David Perdue, R-Ga., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark., wrote in a USA Today op-ed article. Research has found that about 50 percent of households headed by an immigrant (living here legally or illegally) do benefit from government assistance programs. In many of those...
PolitiFact: Mostly true claims on sanctions, prisoners and employees

PolitiFact: Mostly true claims on sanctions, prisoners and employees

PolitiFact last week looked at three claims by three politicians that were all at least mostly true, on sanctions on North Korea, the cost of housing prisoners, and the number of employees misclassified as contractors. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com. “United Nations Resolution is the single largest economic sanctions package ever on North Korea. Over one billion dollars in...
Evans right, many workers classified incorrectly

Evans right, many workers classified incorrectly

With health care policy in limbo in Washington, the politicians who would like to be Georgia’s next governor are staking out their own policy outlines. Democratic State Rep. Stacey Evans favors expanding Medicaid, but said the state could take other action as well. We decided to check Evans’ number of misclassified workers, and found she’s on safe ground. Some businesses avoid treating...
Harris correct on costs of keeping prisoners

Harris correct on costs of keeping prisoners

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris believes taxpayers aren’t “getting a good return on investment” when it comes to California’s prison system. The California Democrat told the Women Unshackled forum in Washington D.C. in July that alternatives to locking up inmates, such as drug treatment programs, are far cheaper and sometimes more effective than prison sentences. Harris made criminal...
N. Korea sanctions are biggest, but real cost depends on enforcement

N. Korea sanctions are biggest, but real cost depends on enforcement

President Donald Trump applauded a new resolution passed by the United Nations Security Council to impose sanctions against North Korea and labeled it as the largest economic punishment yet on the nation. We found Trump was largely right about the resolution’s provisions, but experts cautioned that the true financial impact of the sanctions depend on future enforcement by member nations. We...
Obamacare leaves thousands uninsured, but GOP bills would, too

Obamacare leaves thousands uninsured, but GOP bills would, too

Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., was unhappy about the Senate’s failure to pass a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. He said one consequence was the effect for thousands of poor people in Georgia. The data we found showed that he correctly stated that even with Obamacare, 300,000 Georgians below the poverty line can’t get insurance. However, Perdue glosses over the fact...
PolitiFact finds some truth in claims on economy, Obamacare

PolitiFact finds some truth in claims on economy, Obamacare

PolitiFact last week looked at claims about economic growth under President Barack Obama, corporate profits under President Donald Trump and the number of Georgians uninsured under Obamacare. Here are abbreviated versions of our fact checks. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com. In economic growth, “Obama’s best year was slower than Bill Clinton’s worst year.” &mdash...
Profit numbers back Trump’s claim but don’t tell full story

Profit numbers back Trump’s claim but don’t tell full story

In what has become a regular occurrence, Donald Trump took to Twitter this week to tout the nation’s economic performance on his watch. In a tweet Tuesday morning, Trump praised some of the commentary about the Trump-era economy on “Fox & Friends”: ” ‘Corporations have NEVER made as much money as they are making now.’ Thank you Stuart Varney @foxandfriends Jobs...
Gingrich right, more growth under Clinton than Obama

Gingrich right, more growth under Clinton than Obama

How bad was the economy under President Barack Obama? Pretty bad, argues former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. In economic growth, “Obama’s best year was slower than Bill Clinton’s worst year,” Gingrich told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on July 23, 2017. “That’s astonishing.” We’ve previously looked at why it’s so hard these days for the United...
PolitiFact: Exaggerations on red tape, gas prices and defense costs

PolitiFact: Exaggerations on red tape, gas prices and defense costs

PolitiFact last week looked at claims about government bureaucracy, gasoline prices and defense spending by the vice president, a senator and the president. Here are abbreviated versions of our fact checks. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com. President Donald Trump “has signed more laws cutting through federal red tape than any president in American history and has already saved...
Trump’s defense budget increase isn’t biggest and isn’t done

Trump’s defense budget increase isn’t biggest and isn’t done

President Donald Trump ticked off his presidential accomplishments in front of a warm crowd in Youngstown, Ohio, saying he was already keeping his promises to strengthen the military with record defense expenditures. This isn’t the first time he’s trumpeted big spending for the military. In an address to Congress in March, Trump said his budget “calls for one of the largest increases...
Schumer wrong, gas prices sometimes do go down

Schumer wrong, gas prices sometimes do go down

What goes up must come down, the old saying goes. But, according to Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., that’s not the case for oil prices. As part of a round of appearances to tout a new Democratic economic-policy agenda, Schumer took a moment on “ABC’s This Week” to promote his party’s plan to curb mergers that aren’t in the interest of consumers....
Trump signed many laws, but Pence counts savings not yet realized

Trump signed many laws, but Pence counts savings not yet realized

Vice President Mike Pence says that when it comes to deregulation, President Donald Trump’s record is historic. But it’s not so easy to quantify laws that cut red tape. Experts we spoke with said that other presidents have cut through more red tape than Trump so far, citing the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980, and the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of...
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