Some statements in the 2022 Condition of the State address drew cheers, while others might have angered listeners. The Gazette Fact Checker checked 10 claims for accuracy.
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U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson criticizes Biden administration for reported $450,000 payments to some immigrants separated from family members at the U.S. border in 2018. Were her claims accurate?
Fact Checker: Sen. Chuck Grassley, who has received campaign contributions from the NRA, blocked a gun control measure days after the deadly Oxford High School shooting, offering an alternative he co-sponsored. Would the provisions of the blocked bill have saved lives?
Republicans have been eager to blame rising prices on President Joe Biden and a new animated video Sen. Joni Ernst tweeted Nov. 23 does just that.
A technology advocacy coalition called Chamber of Progress takes aim at Sen. Chuck Grassley in online targeted ads for a new bill that would regulate Big Tech companies like Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Google. The ad claims the bill would block Amazon from selling its brand name products and end free shipping for customers.
Just before Halloween, the National Republican Congressional Committee released an ad saying “What’s scarier than Halloween? Democrats spending billions to hire an army of IRS agents to spy on your bank account.”
On Sept. 27, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley stated a number of individuals making less than $400,000 a year could see tax increases under the Build Back Better Act. Is he correct?
An ad by advocacy group Tax March began airing last month in Iowa. One of the ad’s claims can be measured. But another is, at this point, speculation.
“We know that 80 percent of our growth in Cedar Rapids comes from existing businesses,” Cedar Rapids mayoral candidate Tiffany O’Donnell said. Is she correct?
Iowa GOP Chair Jeff Kaufmann says Democrat Liz Mathis voted against ‘largest tax cut in Iowa history.’
In a TV ad airing in Cedar Rapids and across the U.S., a pharmaceutical trade organization claims that proposed legislation to allow the federal government to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies on the cost of drugs would mean Medicare patients won’t be able to access the medications they need. But is that true?
State and local governments across the nation are contemplating how to spend their shares of funding allocated through the federal American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 aid bill intended to support the public health response and lay a foundation for an equitable economic recovery.
Gov. Kim Reynolds said she’s concerned that migrants crossing the border were unvaccinated and traveling throughout the U.S. at a time when new COVID-19 cases are on the rise nationwide.
U.S. Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks says no.
Gov. Kim Reynolds’s statements on Fox News were focused on how quickly Iowa’s agricultural production returned to normal after the COVID-19 outbreaks at meatpacking plants. But is she glossing over impact on workers?