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The Fact Checker team checks statements made by an Iowa political candidate or officeholder or a national candidate or officeholder about Iowa, or in ads that appear in our area.
Claims must be independently verifiable.
We give statements grades from A to F based on accuracy and context.
If you spot a claim you think needs checking, email us at factchecker@thegazette.com.

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The Fact Checker team checks statements made by an Iowa political candidate or officeholder or a national candidate or officeholder about Iowa, or in ads that appear in our area.
Claims must be independently verifiable.
We give statements grades from A to F based on accuracy and context.
If you spot a claim you think needs checking, email us at factchecker@thegazette.com.

    Did Grassley take $1.4 million from the pharmaceutical industry?

    Did Grassley take $1.4 million from the pharmaceutical industry?

    Democrat senator Mike Franken said in a July 12 news release that “Since coming to Washington over 40 years ago, [Grassley] has taken nearly $1.4 million dollars from the pharmaceutical industry …” Was he correct in making those claims?
    The Fact Checker team checks statements made by an Iowa political candidate or officeholder or a national candidate/officeholder about Iowa, or in advocacy ads that appear in our market.
    Claims must be independently verifiable.
    We give statements grades from A to F based on accuracy and context.
    If you spot a claim you think needs checking, email us at factchecker@thegazette.com.
    This episode of the Fact Checker Podcast is researched and hosted by The Gazette's Elijah Decious and features Erin Jordan and Marissa Payne.
    The Fact Checker Podcast is produced by Stephen M. Colbert and the intro and outro music heard is Lobby Time by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3986-lobby-time/
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 15 min
    Did Iowa Democrat vote in ‘lock step’ with party?

    Did Iowa Democrat vote in ‘lock step’ with party?

    Iowa GOP Chair Jeff Kaufmann recently claimed “Kevin Kinney acts one way at home, but when he goes to Des Moines he votes in lock step with the liberal progressives of his party,” Kaufmann said. "As a sixth-generation farmer, mother and community leader, Sen. Dawn Driscoll has always had her constituents' backs.“
    The Fact Checker is going to check the first part of Kaufmann’s statement about Kinney voting in “lock step with liberal progressives.”
    The Fact Checker team checks statements made by an Iowa political candidate or officeholder or a national candidate/officeholder about Iowa, or in advocacy ads that appear in our market.
    Claims must be independently verifiable. We give statements grades from A to F based on accuracy and context.
    If you spot a claim you think needs checking, email us at factchecker@thegazette.com.
    This episode of the Fact Checker Podcast is hosted by The Gazette's Erin Jordan and features Elijah Decious, Marissa Payne, and the final appearance of Michaela Ramm.
    The Fact Checker Podcast is produced by Stephen M. Colbert and the intro and outro music is Lobby Time by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3986-lobby-time/
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 18 min
    Does Ashley Hinson support criminalizing abortions with no exceptions?

    Does Ashley Hinson support criminalizing abortions with no exceptions?

    Liz Mathis, a Democrat challenging GOP Rep. Ashley Hinson for her seat in the U.S. House, recently posted a tweet about Hinson’s support for a “personhood” bill introduced last year, claiming “This Iowa Supreme Court ruling is another step toward Ashley Hinson’s goal of criminalizing abortions even in cases of rape, incest, and when the life of the mother is at risk."
    Our analysis found Hinson has never publicly stated she would support legislation that includes criminal penalties for abortions. But the broad scope of the personhood law does have implications for criminalization of abortion, so we gave the claim a B.
    The Fact Checker team checks statements made by an Iowa political candidate or officeholder or a national candidate/officeholder about Iowa, or in advocacy ads that appear in our market.
    Claims must be independently verifiable. We give statements grades from A to F based on accuracy and context.
    If you spot a claim you think needs checking, email us at factchecker@thegazette.com.
    This episode of the Fact Checker Podcast is hosted by The Gazette's Michaela Ramm and features Elijah Decious, Erin Jordan, and Marissa Payne. The Fact Checker Podcast is produced by Stephen M. Colbert and the music used is Lobby Time by Kevin MacLeod.
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3986-lobby-time/
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 18 min
    Joni Ernst says U.S. spending $3M a day to guard border wall materials. Is that true?

    Joni Ernst says U.S. spending $3M a day to guard border wall materials. Is that true?

    Six U.S. Senate Republicans, including Sens. Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley of Iowa, now have proposed the BUILD IT Act, which would turn over unused border wall materials to southern states who want to continue building the wall. As justification for the bill, Ernst tweeted May 24: “American taxpayers are paying $3 million per day for contractors to guard unused Southern border wall materials.”
    The Fact Checker team checks statements made by an Iowa political candidate/officeholder or a national candidate/officeholder about Iowa, or in ads that appear in our market.
    Claims must be independently verifiable.
    We give statements grades from A to F based on accuracy and context.
    This episode of the Fact Checker Podcast was hosted by The Gazette's Erin Jordan and features Elijah Decious, Marissa Payne, and Michaela Ramm. The Fact Checker Podcast is produced by Stephen M. Colbert and music is Lobby Time by Kevin MacLeod.
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3986-lobby-time/
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 17 min
    Did Kim Reynolds Want to Jail Teachers and Librarians?

    Did Kim Reynolds Want to Jail Teachers and Librarians?

    On June 7, the Iowa Democratic Party posted an infographic meant to compare Democrat candidate for Iowa governor Deidre DeJear with Kim Reynolds, making a few bold claims. In this episode of the Fact Checker Podcast we evaluate a couple of the claims the Democratic Party made against Reynolds.
    Claim 1: Reynolds “wanted to jail teachers and librarians.” We give this claim an F.
    Claim 2: Reynolds “banned trans kids from playing sports.” We give this claim an A.
    The Fact Checker team checks statements made by an Iowa political candidate or officeholder or a national candidate/officeholder about Iowa, or in advocacy ads that appear in our market.
    Claims must be independently verifiable. We give statements grades from A to F based on accuracy and context.
    If you spot a claim you think needs checking, email us at factchecker@thegazette.com.
    This episode of the Fact Checker Podcast is hosted by The Gazette's Elijah Decious and features Erin Jordan and Marissa Payne. The Fact Checker Podcast is produced by Stephen M. Colbert and music is Lobby Time by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3986-lobby-time/
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 16 min
    Are Sen. Joni Ernst's claims about rising gas prices accurate?

    Are Sen. Joni Ernst's claims about rising gas prices accurate?

    The rising cost of gas is straining Americans’ budgets and fueling heightened criticism of President Joe Biden. Iowa’s Republican Sen. Joni Ernst is among the critics of Biden’s energy policy.
    Ernst tweeted May 26 that “within the past two weeks, gas prices have jumped 33%. Some experts are saying the prices will reach $6/gallon by mid-summer. The Biden admin must unleash U.S. energy independence.”
    The Fact Checker evaluated these two claims on this week's podcast.
    The Fact Checker team checks statements made by an Iowa political candidate/officeholder or a national candidate/officeholder about Iowa, or in ads that appear in our market.
    Claims must be independently verifiable. We give statements grades from A to F based on accuracy and context.
    If you spot a claim you think needs checking, email us at factchecker@thegazette.com.
    This episode of The Gazette's Fact Checker Podcast is hosted by Erin Jordan and features Marissa Payne and Michaela Ramm. The Fact Checker Podcast is produced by Stephen Colbert and music is https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3986-lobby-time/ (Lobby Time) by Kevin MacLeod. (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ (License))

    • 15 min

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