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Weeks after vote, 13 fake fraud claims persist in Michigan. Here’s the truth.

Weeks after vote, 13 fake fraud claims persist in Michigan. Here’s the truth.

December 1, 2020 | Madeline Halpert, Jonathan Oosting, Mansur Shaheen

President Trump and his supporters continue to spread falsehoods. What you need to know about voting equipment, software glitches, ballot dumps and whether there are more voters than residents in Detroit (not by a long-shot)

Fact Squad | Audit wouldn’t change outcome of Biden win in Michigan

Fact Squad | Audit wouldn’t change outcome of Biden win in Michigan

November 22, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan Republicans want to investigate “imbalanced” precincts in Wayne County. But those precincts likely involve fewer than 500 votes in a state Donald Trump lost by 154,000. Waiting for an audit can only serve to delay, not alter the outcome.

Fact Squad | Junge ad hits Slotkin on immigrants, taxes, omits a few details

Fact Squad | Junge ad hits Slotkin on immigrants, taxes, omits a few details

October 26, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

A new ad from the Paul Junge campaign attacks U.S. Rep.  Elissa Slotkin’s record on stimulus and payroll tax. It’s built on two indisputable facts but could give viewers the false impression the Holly Democrat did little to help the state during the COVID-19 crisis.

Fact Squad | GOP ad smears Scholten legal work, claiming she helped ‘evade law’

Fact Squad | GOP ad smears Scholten legal work, claiming she helped ‘evade law’

October 20, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

A new TV ad claims Hillary Scholten’s work as an immigrations attorney made west Michigan unsafe. The ad twists some facts to reach reckless conclusions.

Biden touts ACA, makes murky claims on economy in metro Detroit stop

Biden touts ACA, makes murky claims on economy in metro Detroit stop

October 16, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

The Democratic nominee touted accomplishments on health care while critiquing Trump’s policies on the economy and COVID-19.

Fact Squad | Ad ties John James’ environment record to Koch Brothers donations

Fact Squad | Ad ties John James’ environment record to Koch Brothers donations

October 15, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

A new ad is mostly accurate, pointing out that John James has taken $650K from the oil and gas industry and groups tied to the conservatives whose company polluted southwest Detroit with pet coke. But the ad doesn’t tell the whole story.

Fact Squad | Trump gets a lot wrong in Twitter beef with Michigan Gov. Whitmer

Fact Squad | Trump gets a lot wrong in Twitter beef with Michigan Gov. Whitmer

October 7, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan never closed churches and schools are open, contrary to President Trump’s tweet to Whitmer on Wednesday. But Trump didn’t get everything wrong: Auto manufacturers are expanding.

Fact Squad | GOP uses Haley Stevens’ words against her in new TV ad

Fact Squad | GOP uses Haley Stevens’ words against her in new TV ad

October 1, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

A Republican super PAC is using a speech from the first-term representative to claim she is ‘just embarrassing.’ Stevens made national news for the speech about the coronavirus pandemic.

Fact Squad | Trump, Biden swap falsehoods about Michigan, autos at messy debate

Fact Squad | Trump, Biden swap falsehoods about Michigan, autos at messy debate

September 29, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

Amid all the shouting and interrupting, there were a few factual claims about Michigan and the auto industry during the first debate between Trump and Biden. Spoiler alert: The pursuit of truth was not a debate winner.

Fact Squad | Meijer hits and misses with ad on Scholten health care plan

Fact Squad | Meijer hits and misses with ad on Scholten health care plan

September 23, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

In a new TV ad, Peter Meijer says hospitals will close with Hillary Scholten’s health care plan. Studies suggest that may be true. But Meijer also fudges his own stance.

Fact Squad | Meijer goes low, misleads with ad tying Scholten to ‘extremists’

Fact Squad | Meijer goes low, misleads with ad tying Scholten to ‘extremists’

September 17, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

In the 3rd Congressional District, a Peter Meijer ad links Hillary Scholten to riot sympathizers. A mix of thin facts and insinuation, it’s inflammatory and misleading.

Fact Squad | Gary Peters ad highlights attendance, hits back at John James

Fact Squad | Gary Peters ad highlights attendance, hits back at John James

September 16, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

Gary Peters points to near-perfect attendance on votes and record of passing bills to rebut arguments from John James that he skips work. The claims are true but fail to mention most senators have sterling attendance records.

Fact Squad | Trump slams Biden son for buying Michigan auto firm with Chinese

Fact Squad | Trump slams Biden son for buying Michigan auto firm with Chinese

September 14, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

One day after Joe Biden touted his Made in America plan, President Trump notes that the Democrat’s son teamed with a Chinese defense contractor to buy a Michigan firm that created jobs overseas.

News or ads? Liberal sites in Michigan spend big to hype Slotkin, Democrats

News or ads? Liberal sites in Michigan spend big to hype Slotkin, Democrats

August 31, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Simon D. Schuster

Progressives are taking a cue from conservatives and founding ‘news’ sites like Courier Newsroom, which spends big money on election-year social media ads to benefit Democratic in swing districts such as U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Holly.

Will Postal Service botch election in Michigan? It’s unlikely, experts say.

Will Postal Service botch election in Michigan? It’s unlikely, experts say.

August 28, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

Despite fears that absentee ballots would be delayed and uncounted, few are complaining about local mail delivery, officials say. In fact, the U.S. Postal Service acquitted itself fairly well in a test set by Bridge to mimic mail-in ballots.

Fact Squad | Ad falsely claims John James would deny millions health insurance

Fact Squad | Ad falsely claims John James would deny millions health insurance

August 27, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A Democratic super PAC targeting Senate hopeful John James gets the math right, but uses a hypothetical argument to come to faulty conclusions. But the Republican also is vague about exactly what he’d do about health care.

Fact Squad | Truth blurred in John James ad claiming Peters is ‘invisible’

Fact Squad | Truth blurred in John James ad claiming Peters is ‘invisible’

August 24, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The latest TV attack ad from Republican challenger John James blends a few facts (some of which are quite old) to reach a questionable conclusion that Sen. Gary Peters has done little but double his wealth while in Washington, D.C.

Fact Squad | Misleading GOP ad smears Gary Peters’ record on coronavirus

Fact Squad | Misleading GOP ad smears Gary Peters’ record on coronavirus

August 19, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

A new TV attack ad from a Republican group accuses Michigan Democratic Sen. Gary Peters of blocking emergency aid for small businesses in the United States and praising China’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. But the commercial misleads on several fronts.

Fact Squad | Peters ad accurately touts work for farmers, omits lack of success

Fact Squad | Peters ad accurately touts work for farmers, omits lack of success

August 13, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

A new campaign ad from Democratic U.S. Sen. Gary Peters highlights his work alongside Michigan cherry farmers fighting a flood of cheap Turkish imports. The ad is factual but glosses over that the fight hasn’t been successful.

Fact Squad | John James skips details in ad claiming Peters ‘downplayed’ COVID

Fact Squad | John James skips details in ad claiming Peters ‘downplayed’ COVID

August 11, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

An attack ad from Republican challenger John James uses a 2-second clip and old attendance records to argue Sen. Gary Peters should have done a better job safeguarding against the coronavirus. In making the case, the ad omits some key facts.

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