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PolitiFact: Bill McCollum correct that Rick Scott invested in company used by illegal immigrants

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Republican rivals for governor, Attorney General Bill McCollum and Rick Scott, have accused each other of being too helpful toward illegal immigrants — a hot topic in the wake of the Arizona immigration law. Their campaigns sent dueling press releases June 15 and 16, 2010, trying to portray their opponent’s business practices as being too friendly to illegal immigrants. The Republicans’ positions on illegal immigration will be key for primary voters. If elected, Scott has promised to bring an Arizona-style law to…

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PolitiFact takes lesson from fast-food industry as it franchises fact checking

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When PolitiFact Editor Bill Adair went to Austin to train the people who would run PolitiFact Texas, the first state-level PolitiFact operation, he handed out the “Texas Truth-O-Meter Owner’s Manual.” Inside were these “safety instructions”: Make sure you’ve done enough reporting before operating your Truth-O-Meter. Always call or e-mail the person or campaign that made the claim and ask them for the facts to back it up. Seek independent sources to verify or debunk the claim. Write clearly. Don’t take politics…

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‘Every elected official in America ought to face the Truth-O-Meter’

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American Journalism Review slurps PolitiFact: Every elected official in America ought to face the Truth-O-Meter,” says PolitiFact creator and Editor Bill Adair. On March 1, PolitiFact launched its second state spinoff in Florida as the Sunshine State’s races for governor and U.S. Senate begin to heat up. The St. Petersburg Times-owned Web site has been scrutinizing and evaluating the public pronouncements of national politicians since 2007. “It’s a really good match for Florida politics, and it’s the right time,” says…

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‘Every elected official in America ought to face the Truth-O-Meter’

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American Journalism Review slurps PolitiFact: “Every elected official in America ought to face the Truth-O-Meter,” says PolitiFact creator and Editor Bill Adair. On March 1, PolitiFact launched its second state spinoff in Florida as the Sunshine State’s races for governor and U.S. Senate begin to heat up. The St. Petersburg Times-owned Web site has been scrutinizing and evaluating the public pronouncements of national politicians since 2007. “It’s a really good match for Florida politics, and it’s the right time,” says…

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