Michigan Truth Squad

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Current investigations

Charge and counter-charge in West Michigan Congressional battlefield

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash and challenger Brian Ellis are trading blows in the 3rd District GOP primary. Both are fouling.

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Still-unbuilt bridge at center of candidate scuffle, drawing a warning

Democratic rivals are trading charges over legislation for a bridge to Canada in the 4th District State Senate primary race.

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Ads in 8th district put focus on records, and one lands foul

The race between Tom McMillin and Mike Bishop has led to some hard punches, but examination of the claims find them mostly OK.

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Distortions on health-care claims earn fouls on both sides

As two conservatives try to out-renounce Obamacare, their contentions about one another veer into foul territory.

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Proposal 1 spot toes the line on factual claims

The proposal to repeal Michigan’s personal property tax and replace it with a different tax may be confusing, but the measure’s supporters are playing fair in their advertising.

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Trott ad earns warning for contending Bentivolio won’t meet with voters

His ad says U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio “failed to stand up for conservatives” by missing a vote, but goes further and claims he’s MIA at town hall meetings.

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When does life begin? Assumptions on scientific issues gets warning

A candidate’s proposed Life at Conception Act raises tricky questions about whether such a proposal would ban common forms of birth control.

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Medicaid melee as 37th District candidates defend expansion votes

Two state representatives explain their voting records on Medicaid expansion, and one gets a foul from the Truth Squad.

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Truth Squad: More clutching than punching in governor’s race

While Gov. Rick Snyder sits on his lead with gauzy character ads, challenger Mark Schauer takes aim at Snyder’s education record, in one case going too far.

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Changes to Michigan Truth Squad

Truth Squad is streamlining standards for judging accuracy of political ads.

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Foul on ad accusing Gary Peters of supporting carbon tax

Terri Lynn Land ad in Senate campaign accurately portrays Peters’ support for environmental legislation, but goes too far on issue of carbon taxes.

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Foul on anti-Peters Senate ad hammering Obamacare

Americans for Prosperity ad says that Obamacare, which Rep. Gary Peters supports, could force 225,000 Michiganders to lose their health insurance and pay thousands of dollars more for policies. Strong charges, but they lack supporting evidence.

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Claim that Land would ban some birth control unsupported

Terri Lynn Land has espoused strong views on banning abortion, but there is no evidence she would also ban some commonly used forms of contraception.

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UPDATE: Upon further review, Land’s Obamacare ad a foul

Terri Lynn Land blames health care law for fewer jobs and vows to cut the “red tape” for Michigan workers.

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Ad accusing Terri Lynn Land of evicting families broadly true

Land’s family bought the trailer park and motel where she grew up, then told the 170 families living there to leave. Is that an “eviction?”

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Three attack ads on Schauer are foul free; but the fourth is a doozy

Most of the Republican Governors’ anti-Schauer ads are fair game. But Guv group draws flagrant foul for chiding Schauer on measure Gov. Snyder also supports.

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No foul on Dems’ questioning treatment given to Gov. Snyder’s cousin

Michigan Democratic Party cites emails showing Gov. Snyder’s cousin went to Snyder’s top aides seeking help on legislation that would harm his furniture company. Within two weeks, the legislation was changed.

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No foul on billboards chiding Gov. Snyder for higher taxes

A sarcastic billboard mocking Gov. Snyder draws controversy.

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