NC Fact-Checking Project

In politics, there are a lot of accusations, claims and misinformation dressed up as fact. Politifact has made a name for assessing these on the national level — and assigning them labels like true, half-true and pants on fire. 

A group of reporters is doing the same for North Carolina politics. It’s a collaboration between Politifact, Duke University’s Reporters’ Lab and the Raleigh News and Observer.

News and Observer reporter Paul Specht will be joining WFAE’s Morning Edition every Wednesday to FactCheck North Carolina news. If you have any claims you want the PolitiFact team to check out, you can email them at factcheck@newsobserver.com.

News & Observer

Republican lawmakers want to expand eligibility for North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship Program. Under the voucher program, the state pays private schools up to $4,200 a year on behalf of each low-income student.

PolitiFact North Carolina

Early voting has started in the Republican primary for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional seat, and that field is packed. In this week’s fact check of North Carolina politics, we take a look at a claim made by candidate Stony Rushing.

In a field of 10 candidates, Stony Rushing has gone to creative lengths to stand out.

Rushing, a Union County commissioner, must beat out nine other Republicans to be the party's candidate in a special election for North Carolina's 9th Congressional District.

On this week's fact check of North Carolina politics, we're looking at a bill that would penalize doctors and nurses who don't provide care to babies born during failed abortions. It's called the "Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act."

Fact Check: Are Abortion Survivors Covered By Existing Laws?

Apr 21, 2019

Some of the rhetoric surrounding a new North Carolina bill gives the impression that laws don't already protect newborns who survive an abortion.

The "Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act," or Senate Bill 359, instructs physicians and nurses to care specifically for newborns who survive an abortion.

Meadows Wrongly Claims Obama Removed Census Citizenship Question In 2010

Apr 7, 2019

The fate of the Trump administration's census citizenship question rests in the hands of the Supreme Court, but debate over the issue has been swirling in Congress.

During Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross' March 14 testimony before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C. and a leader of the House Freedom Caucus, said asking about citizenship is nothing out of the ordinary.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

A move by several newly-elected North Carolina sheriffs to no longer honor requests from immigration agents to detain suspects has drawn the ire of Republican lawmakers. In February, Buncombe County Sheriff Quentin Miller announced the change saying it’s vital that immigrants can call the sheriff’s office without fear. 

North Carolina U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis spoke during a visit to U.S. Army Reserve Command headquarters, Fort Bragg, N.C., April 8, 2015.
Brian Godette / U.S. Army Reserve

U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis took a stand in February. He said he would vote against President Trump’s emergency declaration to fund a border wall – and he made that statement very publicly – writing an op-ed in The Washington Post. But less than a month later he was not among a dozen Senate Republicans to join Democrats in voting against the declaration.

For this weekly fact check of North Carolina politics, we're returning to the 9th Congressional District and the upcoming special election there.

The News & Observer

On this week’s fact check of current politics, we’re not looking at statements made by a North Carolina politician, but by U.S. Senate leader Mitch McConnell. Ballot fraud in the state’s 9th Congressional Race made an impression on him. He spoke about it on the Senate floor last month.

On WFAE’s weekly fact check of North Carolina politics – we look at facts spread not by politicians, but by media outlets. It involves the grading scale used to assess how schools, not students, are performing.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper talked up expanding Medicaid, curbing workplace discrimination and his efforts to improve education and job training in his second State of the State speech this week. Listening to all that and doing some quick fact-checking was The News & Observer’s Paul Specht.

In politics, there are a lot of accusations, claims and misinformation dressed up as fact. Politifact has made a name for assessing these on the national level – and assigning them labels like true, half-true and pants on fire. A group of reporters is doing the same for North Carolina politics. It’s a collaboration between Politifact, Duke University’s Reporters’ Lab and the Raleigh News and Observer.

This week the News and Observer’s Paul Specht has been digging into numbers.

In politics, there are a lot of accusations, claims and misinformation dressed up as fact. Politifact has made a name for assessing these on the national level – and assigning them labels like true, half-true and pants on fire. A group of reporters is doing the same for North Carolina politics. It’s a collaboration between Politifact, Duke University’s Reporters’ Lab and the Raleigh News and Observer.