Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Louis Jacobson, Politifact senior correspondent

Louis Jacobson, Politifact senior correspondent

Louis Jacobson is the senior correspondent for PolitiFact and a staff writer for the Tampa Bay Times. He has served as deputy editor of Roll Call and as founding editor of its legislative wire service, CongressNow. Earlier, he spent more than a decade covering politics, policy and lobbying for National Journal magazine. Since 2002, he has handicapped political races, including state legislatures, governors, congressional seats, state attorneys general and the electoral college, currently for Governing. He is senior author of The Almanac of American Politics 2016 and The Almanac of American Politics 2018 and also contributed to the 2000 and 2004 editions. In 2004, Jacobson originated the “Out There” column on politics in the states, which ran in Roll Call and later in and which won five annual awards from Capitolbeat, the association of state capitol reporters and editors. He received the Weidenbaum Center Award for Evidence-Based Journalism from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014, and in 2017, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers gave him a Best in Business award for his economics coverage.

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2017, file photo, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke speaks about the Trump Administration's energy policy at the Heritage Foundation in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File) WX126

PolitiFact: Ryan Zinke wrong that gas prices are down 40 percent under Trump

The statement"Under the previous administration it was Ö $100 to fill a car. American energy has delivered. Now itís $60. Thatís $40 you have in your pocket Ö that you wouldnít have."Interior Secretary Ryan...
Updated one month ago
Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, walks away from a meeting with House GOP members, on Capitol Hill on Jan. 30 in Washington, D.C.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

PolitiFact: Why weíre living in the age of cherry-picking

hese days, it isnít just that Republicans are from Mars and Democrats are from Venus. Increasingly, politicians on either side are cherry-picking evidence to support their version of reality.What is cherry-picking? Itís the tactic of harnessing...
Updated one month ago
President Donald Trump waits outside the West Wing of the White House for the arrival of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in Washington. ESPN distanced itself from anchor Jemele Hill's tweets one day after she called Trump

PolitiFact: Donald Trump is partly correct about black unemployment

The statement"Because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!"President Donald Trump, Jan. 28 in a tweetThe...
Updated: 2 months ago
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

By the numbers, a story of the federal worker and the size of government

Politicians have often painted the federal workforce as a drag on the budget and burden for the taxpayer. Look no further than President Ronald Reagan, who famously said, "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ĎIím from the...
Updated: 2 months ago

PolitiFact: DNC offers one-sided view on who gets tax billís benefits

The statementThe Republicans and President Donald Trump "passed a tax bill that gave 80 percent of its benefits to the top 1 percent."Democratic National Committee, Tuesday, in a Medium postThe rulingThe Democratic National...
Updated: 2 months ago
Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump looks on during the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on Oct. 19, 2016, in Las Vegas.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

PolitiFact: How trustworthy are the polls, more than a year after the 2016 election?

Over the past year, political professionals have been picking over the pre-election polling data to figure out whether the polls failed to predict Donald Trumpís upset victory over Hillary Clinton.In many peopleís minds, the polls were flat...
Updated: 2 months ago
President Donald Trump holds up a copy of legislation he signed before before signing the tax reform bill into law in the Oval Office on Dec. 22 in Washington, DC. Trump praised Republican leaders in Congress for all their work on the biggest tax overhaul in decades.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

PolitiFact: How closely did the tax bill resemble Trump’s campaign promises?

The tax bill that President Donald Trump signed into law on Dec. 22 was a large and consequential piece of legislation. It was also the culmination of no fewer than nine of Trump’s campaign promises. So how did he do?
Updated: 3 months ago
FILE - Harvard University Law Professor Alan Dershowitz gestures while addressing a symposium at the university's Criminal Justice Institute in Cambridge, Mass., Nov. 14, 1995. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)  NY126

Do Jefferson and Lincoln prove Trump can tell Justice Department what to do?

Can the president tell the Justice Department what to do? And if so, to what extent?These constitutional questions exploded in the worlds of social media and punditry as soon as President Donald Trump took to Twitter to tout an appearance by...
Updated: 3 months ago
Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., right, and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., meet reporters on Capitol Hill Wednesday, April 20, 2005, in Washington, to discuss the findings and status of the Veterans Affairs Inspector General's investigation of the Veterans Benefits system for rating disability claims. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) ORG XMIT: WX104

PolitiFact: Dick Durbin wrong that GOP tax bill hasnít had independent vetting

The statementThe Republican tax bill is "not being scored by the Congressional Budget Office, as it is traditionally."U.S. Rep. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., Nov. 12 on CNNís State of the UnionThe rulingThe CBO is Congressí...
Updated: 4 months ago
Ralph Northam takes the stage at his victory rally at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., on Tuesday. Many are looking at the Virginia race as a harbinger of the 2018 midterm elections. (Washington Post photo by Michael Robinson Chavez)

PolitiFact: Explaining the Virginia election results

As late as a few hours before the polls closed on Tuesday night, pundits were thinking Republican Ed Gillespie could pull off an upset in Virginiaís open-seat gubernatorial race.When the votes were tallied, however, they showed that Gillespieís...
Updated: 4 months ago