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PolitiFact California Reporter Chris Nichols discusses his latest fact-checks on Insight with Beth Ruyak. PolitiFact California examines claims by elected officials, candidates, groups and individuals who speak on matters of public importance.

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PolitiFact California Reporter Chris Nichols discusses his latest fact-checks on Insight with Beth Ruyak. PolitiFact California examines claims by elected officials, candidates, groups and individuals who speak on matters of public importance.

    PolitiFact: Voter, Ballot & Election Misinformation

    PolitiFact: Voter, Ballot & Election Misinformation

    Fact checking has become an important tool for citizens to determine if what they are reading and watching is true, false or somewhere in the middle.

    There is more than enough to fact check this election year. In this edition of PolitiFact on Insight, Chris Nichols looks at confusion and misinformation about California's Prop. 13. No, not Prop. 13, but that has contributed to the confusion.

    Daniel Burke, from the national arm of Politifact, looks at a range of fact checked stories, from voter fraud in Iowa to where coronavirus comes from, from which Facebook pages disseminate the most false information to how to fact check satire.

    Guests


    PolitiFact California Reporter Chris Nichols
    PolitiFact National Reporter Daniel Funke


    California Voter Resources


    Register to vote here. The last day you can register to vote in California's March 3 primary election is Feb. 18.
    Have questions about how your party preference affects how you can vote in the primary? You can find answers here.
    Need to get in touch with your county elections office? You can find the office's contact information here.

    Fact Checking Claims About Prop. 13 And Bernie Sanders’ Ballot Placement

    Fact Checking Claims About Prop. 13 And Bernie Sanders’ Ballot Placement

    As the 2020 election campaign continues to heat up, there are lots of claims about lots of things in lots of places, leading to lots of material for fact checkers. In this week’s fact check, Politifact California Reporter Chris Nichols looks at two recent issues.

    The first is information circulating on social media suggesting an upcoming ballot measure will alter or even repeal Prop 13. The second is some concern about why Bernie Sanders’ name is listed last on the California primary ballot.

    Guests


    PolitiFact California Reporter Chris Nichols

    PolitiFact California Rates Claims On Senate Bill 50

    PolitiFact California Rates Claims On Senate Bill 50

    Senate Bill 50 is one the most debated California housing bills in years. It resurfaced this month at the State Capitol and so did some exaggerated claims about how it would affect the state’s affordable housing crisis, including claims it could make the crisis worse. 

    PolitiFact California examined some of those arguments to determine what’s true and what’s not in this controversial bill.

    Guests


    PolitiFact California Reporter Chris Nichols

    PolitiFact California Checks Statement By Schwarzenegger And Looks Toward 2020

    PolitiFact California Checks Statement By Schwarzenegger And Looks Toward 2020

    Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was on NBC’s Meet the Press earlier this month. He talked about climate change and promoted World War Zero, a bipartisan coalition he has joined to respond to the climate crisis. He made some claims about California's embrace of renewable and clean energy. PolitiFact California reporter Chris Nichols will fact check his statement. 

    On another of the Sunday morning talk shows, CBS’ Face the Nation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently claimed President Donald Trump isn’t serious about building the wall at the US’ southern border. We’ll fact check that, too. 

    Also joining Insight for this segment is PolitiFact Executive Director, Aaron Sharockman. He discusses the what's next for Politifact and how reporters are preparing for the upcoming election.

    Why Does It Cost So Much To Build Housing In California?

    Why Does It Cost So Much To Build Housing In California?

    Building a new house or an apartment in California can take years, even decades. So, why does it cost so much to build a home in California? It’s more than just the land, labor and materials. PolitiFact California found the lengthy development process itself, complete with delays, strict environmental reviews and expensive impact fees, can add tens of thousands of dollars to the overall cost of new homes in the state. 

    Reporter Chris Nichols and the PolitiFact California team has looked closer at the fees, what those fees are and why they are so much higher than in many other states. Nichols talked with contractors, developers and an academic to get a full picture.

    Sacramento Explores Tiny Homes As A Partial Solution to Homelessness

    Sacramento Explores Tiny Homes As A Partial Solution to Homelessness

    Mayor Steinberg proposed this idea not just for Sacramento, but for the entire state. Earlier this year, Governor Gavin Newsom named Steinberg to lead the Statewide Commission on Homelessness & Supportive Housing. 

    Steinberg believes the solution to California’s housing and homeless problem is a partnership between the public and private sectors. This includes a rapid expansion of tiny home construction. Steinberg wants Sacramento to invest $30 million dollars to jump-start this effort.

    California has been facing an expanding homeless and home affordability problem, particularly in the state’s major metropolitan areas.  

    Politifact Reporter Chris Nichols joins Insight to share his reporting in this area.

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