Podcast: Politifact Archives
PolitiFact Florida Dissects 'Algae Adam' Claim; And Was CIA Director Really A Communist?
Was a former CIA director really a card-carrying member of the Communist Party? And is state agriculture commissioner and candidate for governor Adam Putnam partly resposible for all that green algae oozing out of Lake Okeechobee and fouling the coastline? Democrats are claiming "Algae Adam" backed a water bill in 2016 that gutted water quality regulations. WUSF's Steve Newborn gets to the bottom of these claims with Allison Graves of PolitiFact Florida.
Did Sen. Nelson Vote For Tax Hikes 349 Times? PolitiFact Florida Weighs In With A Ruling
Did Florida U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson really vote to hike taxes nearly 350 times while in Washington D.C.? And did he really stop oil drilling off Florida's Gulf coast? WUSF's Steve Newborn gets to the bottom of these claims with Allison Graves of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Florida On Levine's Guns and Minimum Wage Claims; Putnam on 'Illegal Aliens'
We check out two claims from candidates for governor with Allison Graves of PolitiFact Florida: Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum said fellow Democratic candidate Philip Levine passed resolutions during his time as mayor of Miami Beach banning assault weapons and raising the minimum wage -- even though both never had any chance of being enforced. And Republican candidate Adam Putnam claims that Florida taxpayers “pay tens of millions of dollars a year to feed and house criminal Illegal aliens."
PolitiFact Florida: There Really Have Been More School Students Killed This Year Than U.S. Troops
Has there really been more students killed in schools this year than U.S. troops killed in war zones overseas? And just how "independent" is Florida's Democratic Senator, Bill Nelson? WUSF's Steve Newborn looks into these claims with Allison Graves of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Florida: Adam Putnam On Vo-Tech Pay, Border Troops
Agriculture Commissioner - and candidate for governor - Adam Putnam is claiming in his push for vocational-technical training that welders come out of tech schools making $28 an hour. And his main challenger for the Republican nomination claims when Putnam was in Congress, he opposed putting troops on the country's southern border. WUSF's Steve Newborn takes a closer look at those claims with Allison Graves of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Florida On Privatization Of Florida's Beaches; Bill Nelson's Voting Record
Will a bill recently signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott result in making more of Florida's beaches off-limits? And does U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson really have an anemic record of getting bills passed in Congress, as his opponents allege? WUSF's Steve Newborn gets the lowdown on those claims with Allison Graves of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Fl Pierces Claim State Has Record Level Of Education Funding
Is Florida really going through its sixth straight year of record education funding, as Gov. Rick Scott claims? And we also look into how an attack ad is crafted, with Allison Graves of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Florida On Post-Parkland Gun Claims
Do just one percent of licensed gun dealers supply more than half the guns recovered in crimes? And is Florida one of the only states that prohibits a gun registry? WUSF's Steve Newborn gets the answers from PolitiFact Florida's Allison Graves.
PolitiFact Fl On School Marshals; Assault Weapons And Mass Shootings
Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran says the state’s pending school marshal program is the “first-of-its kind” in the nation. And the Congressman representing Parkland said mass shootings went up 200 percent in the decade after the national assault weapons ban expired. WUSF's Steve Newborn gets to the bottom of these claims with Allison Graves of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Florida: Mental Health Funding; 'Crisis Actors'
In the wake of the shootings at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, accusations are going around at a fast clip. Did Florida Gov. Rick Scott really cut mental health funding by $20 million? And are there really "crisis actors" who play a role in front of the television cameras during events like the shooting? WUSF's Steve Newborn separates the facts from fiction with Allison Graves of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Florida On A 'Sanctuary State', And Did Slaves Build The State Capitol?
Do Florida politicians really want to create a "sanctuary state," as the speaker of the state House claims? And did slaves really help build the "old" state Capitol in Tallahassee? WUSF's Steve Newborn answers those claims with Allison Graves of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Fl Gives 'Full Flop' To Gov. Scott On Offshore Oil Drilling
One of the most sensitive topics in Florida politics has to do with oil rigs creeping closer to our shores. Recently, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke took Florida off the table when it comes to offshore oil drilling. That was lauded by Gov. Rick Scott - but it led to charges he flip-flopped.
PolitiFact's Lie Of The Year: Russian Election Interference 'Made-Up'
It's that time of the year again for PolitiFact's Lie of the Year. And this year's whopper goes to... drum roll please... President Donald Trump. That may not be such a surprise, given the president's propensity for - shall we say - stretching the boundaries of the truth. But the big one goes for comments he made like this, to NBC's Lester Holt, earlier this year. "This Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story. It's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should've won."
PolitiFact Florida On Rick Scott's Tax, Jobs Claims; Hispanic Entrepreneurs
Has Gov. Rick Scott really cut taxes 75 times in office, cutting $7.5 billion dollars from the tax rolls? And has that resulted in over a million new jobs being created in Florida? WUSF's Steve Newborn and PolitiFact Florida's Allison Graves look at that claim and another from candidate for Gov. Chris King, who says Hispanics have started three times as many businesses as white men.
PolitiFact Florida On The State's Low Wages; Nursing Shortage
Did Gov. Rick Scott really brag about the state's low wages during business trips? And is there a critical shortage of nurses in Florida? WUSF's Steve Newborn gets to the bottom of these claims with Allison Graves of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Florida Takes On Opioid Abuse Claim; Rubio On Child Tax Credits
Did Obamacare exacerbate the opioid crisis in America? And is expanding the child tax credit the only way the middle class will get a break from the GOP's proposed tax plan? We tackle those claims with Allison Graves of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Florida Checks Claims On Beaches, Stormwater - And Testing
Are Florida's beaches and stormwater systems up to the test in the face of perhaps more - and more intense - hurricanes because of global warming? And is it really illegal for a public school student to talk about what's on their standardized tests with the parents? WUSF's Steve Newborn gets to the root of those questions with Josh Gillin of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Florida On Andrew Gillum's Carbon Claims; St. Petersburg Borrowing
Now that the election season is in full swing, the claims are coming fast and furious from political aspirants. We look at a claim from Tallahassee mayor and candidate for governor Andrew Gillum that carbon emissions in his town nosedived during his time in office; and whether St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman dipped into reserves to pay for water and sewer projects.
PolitiFact Florida On Immigrant Crime; Rubio's Big Oil Dalliance
The subject of illegal immigration is never far from the front burner of politics, especially in the wake of President Trump's recent decision to look at resciding, DACA. That could revoke the legal status of children brought illegally into the country.
Bill Nelson Supports 'Murderers?' PolitiFact Florida Gives That A Pants On Fire
Did U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson really align himself with "communists and dictators" and support "murderers?" WUSF's Steve Newborn talks with Allison Graves of PolitiFact Florida about that claim, as well as whether St. Petersburg's mayor didn't refute a comment during a recent debate that blacks should "go back to Africa."
PolitiFact On Adam Putnam's Immigration Stance; Bill Nelson On Single-Payer Health Care
State Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam of Bartow comes from a long line of citrus farmers, so it's no surprise he's in favor of a continued flow of migrant labor to help pick that fruit. But is he in favor of "amnesty" for all people in the country illegally? WUSF's Steve Newborn talks about this with Josh Gillin of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Florida Dissects Claims on Medicaid; 'Stand Your Ground' Judge
We check out claims by Sen. Marco Rubio saying that Floridians will be kicked off of Medicaid under the pending Senate health care bill are missing the mark, (mostly false); and House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s claim that the Miami-Dade judge who ruled the state’s stand your ground law unconstitutional is “constantly overturned.” (false)
PolitiFact On St. Petersburg Poverty Rate; Climate Agreement Jobs
Is the poverty rate really plummeting for African-Americans in St. Petersburg? And would the country really lose 2 1/2 million jobs if we stick with the Paris Climate Agreement? WUSF's Steve Newborn looks at these claims with Amy Hollyfield of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Fl: Can You Lose Your Right To Vote For Driving Without A License?
We check with the fact-checkers on two claims: "You could lose your rights for life over something as simple as driving with a suspended license" in Florida. And "In Florida felonies can be things like buying weed, tampering with an odometer or disturbing a lobster trap. So basically spring break."
PolitiFact Florida Finds Tallahassee 'Transparency' Rather Opaque
House Speaker Richard Corcoran has claimed this has been the most "transparent" legislative session in Tallahassee. But WUSF's Steve Newborn reports when it comes to the massive education budget, PolitiFact Florida's Josh Gillin says it's more like opaque.
PolitiFact Florida Gives Lesson On Charter School Profits
The Florida legislature is poised to pass a program that would encourage charter schools to set up near academically troubled traditional schools. The bill creates what Republicans call the “Schools of Hope” program, funneling hundreds of millions of dollars toward charter schools. But would all these schools be non-profits? WUSF’s Steve Newborn poses this question to Josh Gillin of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Florida On Blacks 'Grossly Overrepresented' On State’s Death Row
The swirl of controversy after the decision by Orlando state attorney Air-a-miss Aye-al-ah not to apply the death penalty in cases assigned to her has filtered down to a discussion of cases on Florida's death row. Coming to her defense, Orlando State Senator Randolph Bracy said, "The state has the second-largest number of death row inmates in the country, after California, and African-Americans are grossly overrepresented on Florida’s death row." WUSF's Steve Newborn talks about that with Amy Sherman of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Florida Looks Into Undocumented Immigrant's Rights
Would a bill that would penalize Florida cities and counties for offering sanctuary cities be the toughest in the nation? And do undocumented immigrants have Constitutional rights? WUSF's Steve Newborn poses these questions to Josh Gillin of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Fl Sets Its Sights On Stand Your Ground Claim; Gun Sales
Even though violent crime has been steadily decreasing, can that be attributed to Florida's decade-old Stand Your Ground Law? WUSF's Steve Newborn poses that question - and another - if nearly half of all gun sales aren't registered - to Katie Sanders of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Fl Pokes Holes Into Gov. Scott's Enterprise Florida Claim
Florida's legislative session is just beginning, but the battle over Governor Rick Scott's most prized programs has been going on for a while. He claims the program that lures out-of-state businesses helps poor communities. WUSF's Steve Newborn checks out that claim with Josh Gillin of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Florida Examines Rick Scott's Claims On Visit Fl, Enterprise Fl
Gov. Rick Scott has been on a very visible tour of the state recently, painting efforts to pare back on some of his programs as potential job-killers. WUSF's Steve Newborn looks at those claims with Allison Graves of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Florida On Visit Florida Claims
The speaker of the Florida House is trying to end funding for Visit Florida. He's claiming that the state's tourism marketing effort isn't having any noticeable impact on the number of visitors to the state. But is it? WUSF's Steve Newborn runs the numbers by Allison Graves of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Fl Vets Politicians' Immigration Claims
Build the wall? Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio says it wouldn't make much of a difference. WUSF's Steve Newborn looks at that claim and another comment on immigration from Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart with Josh Gillin of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact FL On State Mental Health Funding; Miami The 1st Zika-Free Zone
Is Florida really at the bottom of the pack of states when it comes to paying for mental health care? And was Miami-Dade the first place to declare itself free of the Zika virus? WUSF's gets to the bottom of those claims with Allison Graves of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Fl Delves Into Trump's Inaugural Speech; CIA Claims
Donald Trump has been president for less than a week, but fact-checkers are already busy. WUSF's Steve Newborn talks with Katie Sanders of PolitiFact Florida about one claim the new president made during his inauguration, and another two days later at the CIA.
PolitiFact Fl. Checks Out Claims On Driverless Cars; Rubio Backing Embassy Security Cuts
Can you really "drive" a driverless car in Florida without a permit? And is the foreign policy hawk Senator Marco Rubio really pushing for a bill to cut security at embassies overseas by half? WUSF's Steve Newborn mulls over those claims with Josh Gillin of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Florida's Top 5 Claims Of 2016
The sometimes raucous presidential debates gave plenty of fodder to fact-checkers in 2016. So it's no surprise that the Top Five most-viewed rulings from PolitiFact Florida revolve around claims made by the candidates. WUSF's Steve Newborn takes a look at them with PolitiFact's Josh Gillin.
PolitiFact Florida Probes Federal Zika Funding
Florida Gov. Rick Scott is saying the federal government is shortchanging the state when it comes to doling out money to fight the transmission of the Zika virus. WUSF's Steve Newborn talks with Katie Sanders of PolitiFact Florida to see if it's true.
PolitiFact Looks At The 'Obameter' As Term Ends
As President Obama's second term ends, it's time to take a look back at some of the promises he's made. WUSF's Steve Newborn talks with Katie Sanders of PolitiFact Florida about the "Obameter," and whether he kept his promises - or broke them.
PolitiFact's Lie Of The Year: Fake News
It's not over yet, but 2016 has already been one of the "newsiest" years in recent memory. But a lot of the news turned out to be fake. WUSF's Steve Newborn talks with Katie Sanders of PolitiFact Florida to talk about their Lie of the Year.
PolitiFact FL Looks At 'Liberal' Obamacare; Cuban Repression
Is Obamacare really a creation of the "liberal elite?" And have things gotten worse in Cuba for dissidents since Fidel Castro stepped down from office? WUSF's Steve Newborn digs into those claims with Allison Graves of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact FL On Offshore Oil Drilling; FL Sharia Law?
When Donald Trump takes office in January, does that mean oil derricks could soon be sprouting off Florida's beaches? And did state senators really vote to impose Islamic Sharia law in Florida? WUSF's Steve Newborn digs deeper into those claims with Josh Gillin of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Florida On One Way To Change The Electoral College
A lot of criticism has been aired about the Electoral College since Donald Trump won the presidency - even though he got fewer votes than Hillary Clinton. There have been moves to abolish the College. WUSF's Steve Newborn talks with PolitiFact Florida's Katie Sanders about one way that could happen
PolitiFact Florida Dissects Obamacare Premium Hike Claims
Incoming President Donald Trump has been on the stump attacking Obamacare, vowing to repeal the Affordable Care Act. One of the claims he's made is that Floridians will see a double-digit increase in their premiums next year. To dissect that claim, WUSF's Steve Newborn talks with Josh Gillen of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Takes On The FBI-Hillary Clinton Email Saga
Hillary Clinton has called on the FBI director to divulge any more information on his announcement he is continuing the agency’s investigation into her emails. But does the timing of his move violate federal policy? WUSF's Steve Newborn talks about that with Josh Gillin of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Florida Shines A Light On Solar Energy Amendment 1
Several amendments to the state constitution will be on the ballot on election day, including one that would regulate solar energy. The wording of Amendment One has created some confusion, so WUSF's Steve Newborn shines a little light on that with PolitiFact Florida's Josh Gillin.
PolitiFact Florida Provides Clarity On First Rubio-Murphy Senate Debate
After a campaign that seemingly has lasted years, the two main candidates for U.S. Senate finally met for a debate. Monday night's match in Orlando between incumbent Republican Marco Rubio and Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy revolved around a lot of allegations - and mostly about how little each other has accomplished while in office.To check on the veracity of these claims, we do a lightning round of fact-checking with Josh Gillin of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Fl Takes On Claims About Fracking, Marijuana Candy
Fracking in Florida and marijuana-laced candy have become campaign fodder during this political season. So PolitiFact Florida's Josh Gillin has dug into these claims, and talks about these "half-truths" with WUSF's Steve Newborn.
PolitiFact Fl. Checks Up On The Presidential Debate
The claims came fast and furious during Monday night's first presidential debate. But how true were some of those statements? WUSF's Steve Newborn takes a closer look at what Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump said, with the help of PolitiFact Florida's Josh Gillen.
PolitiFact Florida Checks Up On "Chain Gang Charlie"
Sparks were flying during Monday's debate between Congressman David Jolly and Charlie Crist for the Congressional District 13 seat. Jolly brought up Crist's former nickname, "Chain Gang Charlie," from 20 years ago and accused the former governor of looming over black prisoners in chains and calling it "a great sight." But did he? WUSF's Steve Newborn asks that question to Katie Sanders of PolitiFact Florida.