Fact Checker grades an ad opposing the Credit Card Competition Act, which would require large banks to provide merchants a choice of payment networks besides Visa or Mastercard in an attempt to reduce swipe fees merchants pay for credit card transactions.
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The Fact Checker checked seven claims Gov. Kim Reynolds made during her televised speech Tuesday night.
An Iowa GOP election bill from 2021 moved 294,000 Iowans to inactive status for not voting in the 2020 general election. Linn County Auditor Joel Miller, now running for Iowa Secretary of State, says 80 percent of Linn County’s deactivated voters still are inactive, which is “one step closer” to being canceled. We’ll check those claims.
The Fact Checker is going to check a statement from Iowa GOP Chair Jeff Kaufmann about whether Sen. Kevin Kinney, an Oxford Democrat, voted in “lock step with liberal progressives.” Kinney has been endorsed by retiring Republican Rep. Jarad Klein.
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.
Gazette’s Fact Checker team looks at claim by U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst that the federal government is spending $3 million a day to guard steel and other materials left over when President Joe Biden ended border wall construction.
The Fact Checker Team checks two claims from the Iowa Democratic Party as the gubernatorial race between Gov. Kim Reynolds and Deidre DeJear heats up.
In a campaign email last week as the U.S. Senate prepared to vote on legislation that would codify Roe v. Wade into law, Sen. Chuck Grassley’s team claimed Democratic challenger Abby Finkenauer supports abortion “from conception to birth.” But Republican talking points may be misconstruing Democrats’ stance.
Gov. Kim Reynolds distributed a flier in Marion to promote private school scholarships. The Fact Checker is looking at claims about education spending and academic performance in other states that have implemented private school scholarships.
State Sen. Liz Mathis, a Democrat running to unseat Rep. Ashley Hinson in Iowa’s new 2nd District, is correct on claims about a GOP-backed bill to divert taxpayer funds toward private school tuition assistance.
Limiting drug price hikes should be a “top priority” for Congress, according to recent poll. But members of the U.S. House and Senate have different plans for reducing costs for patients. How did Iowa’s House delegates vote?
Iowa environmental groups have claimed MidAmerican Energy Company, which has touted its goal to reach 100 percent renewable energy, is “secretly operating one of the largest coal fleets in the country” in a new ad airing in the state.
Abby Finkenauer, a Democrat hoping to claim Republican Chuck Grassley’s seat in the U.S. Senate, says the long-serving senator tried to roll back the Affordable Care Act at least 12 times since the law was enacted in 2010.
Iowa U.S. Rep. Marianette Miller-Meeks criticized the recent extension of mask mandates in airports and other transportation hubs, saying there’s “no science” to support such a move given air filtration systems and CDC guidance. But is that true?
The Gazette’s Fact Checker Team investigates claims made by Democratic state Sen. Joe Bolkcom on “the top 15 things Gov. Kim Reynolds will not tell Americans.”