Podcast: Politifact Archives
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.
PolitiFact Fl Checks Up On Patrick Murphy's Resume; Social Security Stance
The battle of the airwaves is heating up in the race for Florida's U.S. Senate seat. So WUSF's Steve Newborn talks with PolitiFact Florida's Josh Gillen to look at two claims lobbed by a Republican lobbying committee against Democrat Patrick Murphy.
PolitiFact Florida Clears The Haze On Competing Medical Marijuana Claims
Battling claims about the upcoming referendum on medical marijuana are creating a cloud of confusion. So WUSF's Steve Newborn attempts to clear the air on Amendment 2 with Josh Gillen of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Fl. On Gov. Scott And Mosquitoes; Is Carlos Beruff A 'Charlie Crist Republican?'
What's the buzz on claims that Gov. Scott somehow abetted the Zika crisis by cutting back on funding to combat mosquitoes? And how much of a "Charlie Crist Republican" is U.S. Senate candidate Carlos Beruff? WUSF's Steve Newborn digs down to the truth with Amy Hollyfield of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Florida On Low Wages; High Clinton Worth
Does Florida really offer wages way below the national average? And are the Clintons really worth $100 million? We take a look at these claims with PolitiFact Florida's Josh Gillen.
PolitiFact Checks Out Hillary Clinton's Top 10 Campaign Promises
There's a lot of talking going on in Philadelphia this week, as Democrats host their national convention. So with a lot of promises being bandied about, we check in with PolitiFact editor Angie Holan to do some on-site fact-checking.
PolitiFact Dissects Donald Trump's Top 10 Campaign Promises
With all the hoopla going on during the Republican National Convention, it can be difficult to figure out how true some of those speeches are. So WUSF's talks with Angie Holan, the editor of PolitiFact, who's in Cleveland to dissect Donald Trump's top 10 campaign promises.
PolitiFact Fl. On Americans Killed By Guns; Patrick Murphy's Wall Street Connections
Do two out of five Americans really know someone who has been killed by a gun? And is the leading Democratic contender for Florida's U.S. Senate seat really beholden to Wall Street financiers? WUSF's Steve Newborn takes aim at these claims with Katie Sanders of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Florida On Jolly's Oil Drilling Stance; Puerto Rico Zika Funding
Does Pinellas Congressman David Jolly favor offshore drilling? PolitiFact Florida digs deep into that charge by his rival for Congress, former Governor Charlie Crist. And WUSF's Steve Newborn looks at the politics of funding to fight the Zika virus, with PolitiFact's Katie Sanders.
PolitiFact Fl On Gov. Scott And Washington Money; Rubio On Free Speech For Radicals
Governor Rick Scott Tuesday continued to push for more federal funding to combat the spread of the Zika virus. But the governor has a bad track record in prying dollars from Washington. That's the word from PolitiFact Florida, which says he's only gotten half of his requests for declarations of "major disasters." WUSF's Steve Newborn talks about that with PolitiFact's Josh Gillen.
PolitiFact Checks State Education Property Taxes; Trump's 'Earned Media'
Did Florida lawmakers really cut property taxes by more than $400 million dollars? And why is presidential campaigner John Kasich complaining about free media coverage by one of his opponents? WUSF's Steve Newborn tackles these claims with Josh Gillen of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Florida Checks Sanders Youth Jobless Claim; Trump's Israel Credibility
Are nearly half of all African-American high school graduates unable to land a job? And just how neutral is Donald Trump in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians? WUSF's Steve Newborn takes a closer look at these issues with Josh Gillen of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Florida On Gamblers Lose $6 For Every $1 Florida Gets; Romney On Trump
Expanding gambling throughout Florida seems to be a lost bet this year in Tallahassee. But does the state really get six times the money that people lose gambling? And was Mitt Romney's recent attacks on Donald Trump in keeping what he said during the last presidential campaign? WUSF's Steve Newborn gets the facts with Josh Gillen of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Florida On Rising Sea Levels; Trump University Rating
Is the Tampa Bay area really one of the 10 areas most threatened by sea level rise in the world? And what's up with Trump University? To find out about these issues, WUSF's Steve Newborn talks with Josh Gillen of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Fl. On Charter Vs. Traditional School Funding; Cruz-Rubio Univision Spat
Do traditional public schools get more money for construction and maintenance of facilities than charter schools? And just what did Marco Rubio say - in Spanish - to a Spanish-language TV network about what he'd do about a controversial immigration program? Find out as WUSF's Steve Newborn talks with Josh Gillen of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Fl. Checks Out Gambling Stakes; Late-Term Supreme Court Appointments
Does the proposed compact with the Seminole Tribe to expand gambling in Florida give the state the largest guaranteed cut of any state in the country? And do presidents stop nominating judges in their last year in office? WUSF's Steve Newborn poses these questions to Josh Gillen of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Fl.: Jeb On National Debt; Marco And China Aiming At Our Satellites
National debt may not be the most fascinating topic for politicians to ponder, but does former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's claim that it's never asked about in the presidential debates ring up true? To find out about that and Sen. Marco Rubio's claim that the Chinese want to blow up American satellites, WUSF's Steve Newborn checks in with Katie Sanders of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Fl. On Marco Rubio's Stance On Cap And Trade; And Fatal Dentistry?
What's Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's stance on cap and trade - and has it changed over the years? Rubio says no, but some of his opponents aren't so sure. To do some fact-checking on that claim - and whether a lack of dentistry can prove fatal - WUSF's Steve Newborn talks with Katie Sanders of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Fl. Checks Out Whether Democratic Debates Falter; Rubio's Boots
While the boisterous Republican presidential debates have captured headlines with the candidates trading accusations and charges, there hasn't been that kind of buzz from the Democrats. So when the chair of the Democratic National Committee said their debates are getting maximum exposure for their candidates, that raised the eyebrows of PolitiFact Florida. WUSF's Steve Newborn talks about that - and Marco Rubio's boots - with fact-checker Josh Gillen.
PolitiFact Florida On Rubio And Iran Hostages; Jeb And Heroin Use
The issue of Iranian hostages was back in the news recently - the hostages from way back in 1980. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., brought up Ronald Reagan's role in their release. WUSF's Steve Newborn talks about that and Jeb Bush's claim that he reduced the number of teens using heroin with Amy Hollyfield of PolitiFact Florida.
Dissecting the State of the State with PolitiFact Florida
Gov. Rick Scott kicked off the 2016 legislative session by touting his familiar goals for growing jobs, the economy and education funding. But he also made one over-arching claim: he has "completely turned our economy around." To check on that, WUSF's Steve Newborn talks with Katie Sanders of the PolitiFact Florida team.
PolitiFact's Lie of the Year - Guess Who?
It's that time of year to once again cast our gaze on some of the most outrageous comments made by politicians. WUSF talks with PolitiFact Florida's Amy Hollyfield about their latest stocking stuffer - The Lie of the Year.
PolitiFact Fl: Buying Guns while on the Terror Watch List; Trump's Moroccan Border Problem
Can people on the FBI's terror watch list buy guns with impunity? And what's up with Donald Trump's first TV ad showing a border that's not what it appears to be? WUSF checks on the facts with Josh Gillen of PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Florida on State's Rights on Marriage; Marco Rubio's Comments on Muslims
Does the fact that people getting married in Las Vegas by an Elvis impersonator mean that states have the power to regulate marriage? And did Sen. Marco Rubio really compare Muslims to Nazis (not really...) To get the answers to those questions, we ask Katie Sanders of PolitiFact Florida.
Do Fish Swim in Miami's Streets? 700,000 Americans on a Terrorist Watch List?
Fish swimming in Miami? And hundreds of thousands of Americans on the FBI's terrorist watch list? To get to the bottom of these allegations, WUSF talks with Katie Sanders from PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Florida on the U.S. Borrowing Military Helicopters, Trump's Racial Claim
Is the U.S. really borrowing helicopters to conduct NATO exercises in Europe? And what's with that tweet from Donald Trump saying most whites are killed by African-Americans? To get past the sound bites and discover the truth, WUSF checks in with the researchers from PolitiFact Florida.
PolitiFact Fl. On Immigration Comments by Jeb, Trump, and Rubio's Tax Proposal
Comments about the refugee crisis from Syria, illegal immigration and new tax policies have been coming from some of Florida's candidates for president. So we check the Truth-o-Meter on these with PolitiFact Florida.