The most recent articles on PolitiFact Ohio

Abuse-of-office claim in Ohio's Chabot-Pureval race raises intrigue

Did Aftab Pureval abuse his office, as a Steve Chabot ad says, or was he just a new-style serving the public?

Fact-checking the 2018 Ohio primary

We fact-checked claims in the primaries for governor and U.S. Senate about guns, immigration and other topics

PolitiFact Ohio previews the first Ohio Senate debate

They’ve weathered months of campaigning and a fusillade of attack ads. Now, the candidates for U.S. Senate in Ohio will square off face-to-face in their first debate Friday. Here’s a guide to some of Ted Strickland’s and Rob Portman's favorite talking points.

The security risks of Pokémon Go, explained

Yes, there will be Pokémons at the Republican National Convention — security concerns and all. 

Cuyahoga County budget claim leads to confusion for Ed FitzGerald's gubernatorial campaign

PolitiFact Ohio discovered an erroneous statement when we were asked to check a claim on Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald's gubernatorial campaign website. It turned out to be a mistake that was quickly corrected, but it led to further confusion about a similar statement FitzGerald made in a speech. We try to clear things up.

Do protection orders really protect? The answer isn’t clear

Is it a myth that protection orders work? PolitiFact Ohio was interested. We found several studies that suggest protection orders can be effective in deterring further violence, but we also found there are pitfalls in trying to prove whether they provide actual protection. So we’re reporting our findings here, but not making a ruling on the Truth-O-Meter.

Is Ted Cruz eligible under the Constitution to become president?

Rising Republican star Ted Cruz, the junior senator from Texas, is being looked at as a potential presidential contender. But some question whether Cruz, who was born in Canada, could become the chief executive because of the Constitution’s requirement that the president be a "natural born citizen." We look at the legal issues.

Lie of the Year: the Romney campaign's ad on Jeeps made in China

Mitt Romney's claim about Jeep moving production to China at the expense of American jobs was last-ditch effort to win the election, but it hit a roadblock: the facts. People often say that politicians don’t pay a price for deception, but this time was different: A flood of negative press coverage rained down on the Romney campaign, and he failed to turn the tide in Ohio, the most important state in the presidential election.

PolitiFact's guide to Thanksgiving dinner

Find yourself sitting beside a relative who has sent you lots of chain e-mails? Here's our annual guide on what to say. Stash it under the green bean casserole until you need it.

The value of fact checking in the 2012 campaign

Critics harrumph that fact-checking doesn't work because politicians keep lying. But we're not writing for the politicians. Our target audience is the voters.

Has 'In God We Trust' been taken off U.S. coins?

On the campaign trail recently, Mitt Romney brought up an issue that sounded familiar to us: the question of whether "In God We Trust" has been removed from U.S. coins. It's not a new claim, but now that it's emerged in the presidential campaign, we took a new look at its origins.  

A scorecard on President Obama's campaign promises

Four years ago, Barack Obama made an extraordinary array of campaign promises -- 508 pledges on everything from taxing the rich to ending the Iraq war. As Democrats convene in Charlotte, N.C., we review our Obameter to see how Obama has fared on his promises.

Checking Romney's claim on 'you didn't build that'

For more than two weeks, the Romney and Obama campaigns have argued about whether President Barack Obama insulted entrepreneurs. The dust up involves remarks Obama made at a stop in Roanoke, Va. The key phrase: "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."   A Romney video claims the president was saying success  "is the result of government," not "hard-working people." We ran that assertion through the Truth-O-Meter.

PolitiFact Ohio marks two years of the Truth-O-Meter

Observers decrying a decline in the quality of political discourse used to cite 30-second sound bites as a symptom or cause.  Thirty seconds is practically a filibuster now.   The typical statement in broadcast news stories today is closer to nine seconds. Just enough time to recite a talking point. Just enough words to fill a 140-character Tweet.    Long enough to grab our interest, to enlighten, mislead or enrage. Enough to make PolitiFact Ohio say "Really?"   PolitiFact Ohio is celebrating two years of checking these sound bites, and looking forward to more.

Debunking claims about a new home sales tax

Did you get the chain email that claims the health care law will institute a new tax on home sales?  It boldly proclaims that the health care law includes "a 3.8% sales tax" on "all real estate transactions." The claim has persistently circulated for two years, but there's just one catch: It's not true. We ran it through the Truth-O-Meter.