Michigan Truth Squad

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Current investigations

Ad portraying Gary Peters as cozy with criminals gets Flagrant Foul

This Super PAC ad suggests that the Democratic Senate candidate knowingly accepted campaign contributions from convicted felons. He did not.

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Foul on ad pinning government shutdowns solely on Mike Bishop

Mike Bishop drew plenty of flack for his role in two government shutdowns when he was state Senate Majority Leader. But this ad for Eric Schertzing, Bishop’s Democratic opponent in a race for Congress, ignores the roles of then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm and House leader Andy Dillon in the standoffs.

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Schauer gets two Truth Squad warnings and a TBD in guv town hall

Mark Schauer aggressively attacked Gov. Rick Snyder as a putting-business-before-common-folks fat cat. A couple attacks pushed the factual limits.

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Snyder gets a Truth Squad warning and fracking foul in town hall event

Gov. Snyder spent much of Sunday’s debate defending his commitment to education and the middle class during his first term in office.

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Truth Squad calls foul on pandering Supreme Court ad

Justices Zahra and Viviano try to reconcile being fair, “rule-of-law” judges with their determination to uphold convictions in sex cases. Isn’t it a justice’s duty to ensure a criminal defendant was properly convicted?

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Flagrant foul on state GOP for printing phone number for Dem’s ailing mother

State Republicans sent out a flyer urging the public to call Democratic House candidate John Fisher to complain about his vote for Obamacare. It turns out, the number was for the bedside phone of Fisher’s 91-year-old mother, who is getting hospice care.

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Warning to state GOP for accusation on Schauer campaign probe

Two weeks after the state dismissed GOP’s complaint, Republican website continues to say the complaint is being investigated.

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The wedding dress is fetching, but the claims are crepe

“Brittany” has been one busy bride-to-be, endorsing Republican gubernatorial candidates, including Rick Snyder, because they fit her so well.

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Foul on Snyder ad for portrayal of Schauer school vote

A veteran teacher defends Gov. Snyder’s commitment to properly funding K-12 education, but goes awry in saying challenger Schauer voted to cut school budget.

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Foul on anti-Schauer ad tying Obamacare to higher taxes

A Republican Governors Association ad claims Obamacare, which Schauer supported, has raised costs and lessened coverage for Michigan seniors.

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Fake news site attacking Dem congressional candidate earns flagrant foul

The “South Michigan Update” nails the spending record of Democrat Pam Byrnes. But it turns out this “publication” is fake, and so is the journalism.

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Anti-Walberg ad receives flagrant foul for evidence-free claim about flights

If voters don’t like Congress members’ pay and perks, should they vote out the incumbent? That’s the message of an attack ad on Tim Walberg.

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Anti-Schauer ad overplays his ‘rock star’ status

The Democratic gubernatorial nominee played a part in raising taxes under Gov. Jennifer Granholm, but he did not cast deciding vote. And hanging the state’s economic recession on the pair is not supported by the evidence.

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Foul for anti-Snyder ad linking pay raises to schools

The governor is facing heat for giving huge raises to treasury executives and government contracts to his cousin’s company. But this ad goes overboard in suggesting those payments shortchanged the state’s public schools.

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Flagrant foul to teachers group for video bashing Snyder

The MEA attacks governor for education cuts that it says led to slashed programs and big bonuses for CEOs.

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Truth Squad gives warning in Snyder ‘Numbers’ ad

Gov. Snyder gives himself a low-key pat on the back for economic improvements he says he has made as governor, and we run the numbers.

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Truth Squad calls foul on Snyder attack ad

There is no question that many Michigan seniors are taking a tax hit on pensions and property taxes under the governor’s tax reforms. Dems attack this vulnerability but go too far.

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Truth Squad foul for saying Schauer “nearly destroyed” Michigan

GOP guvs offer grim portrait of state’s financial decline under Granholm, when Mark Schauer was in the Senate. But ad ignores auto crisis in assigning blame.

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