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In April, Californians who obtain or renew a driver;s license will automatically be registered to vote.  Several conservative websites seized on this new program to claim the state will be registering undocumented immigrants as well.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked that claim in this report.

In April 2018, a new law will allow Californians to automatically register to vote when they renew their driver’s license.

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President Trump recently claimed California Democratic U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein said, "There is no collusion" between Russia and the Trump campaign.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols examined the president's faulty assertion.

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Claims about California's record poverty, plus a controversial statement by Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, made PolitiFact California's most popular fact checks of 2017.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols has this review.

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Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi recently claimed the GOP tax bill "sabotages" the health care of 13 million Americans.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked this statement, which top Democrats have repeated frequently in recent weeks.

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Capital Public Radio's Chris Nichols checks on the accuracy of recent statements made about the cost of roadbuilding in California by San Diego businessman and GOP candidate for governor John Cox.

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Candidate for California Governor Delaine Eastin recently claimed Millennials have only a 50-50 chance of doing better financially than their parents.  That marks a big drop in upward mobility compared with the past.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked the Democratic candidate's statement.

Sonoma County sheriff's officials are blaming the far-right website Breitbart for spreading false information about an arson arrest tied to Norther California's deadly wildfires.  Capital Public radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols checked out the website's inflammatory claims.

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Democratic candidate for governor Antonio Villaraigosa has repeatedly claimed Los Angeles saw a nearly 50 percent decline in violent crime during his time as the city's mayor.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked the candidate's statement.

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Hillary Clinton made claims about mass shootings, her record with white women, and the media in a wide-ranging speech at UC Davis this week to promote her new book.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact Check reporter Chris Nichols examined Clinton's statements in this fact check.

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Conservative groups have repeatedly attacked a California bill that aims to protect LGBT seniors in nursing homes, saying it would send people to jail for using the wrong transgender pronoun.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols examined this inflammatory claim.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently claimed three-quarters of Americans support the DREAM Act, a bill that would offer protections to young immigrants brought to the country illegally.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked this statement by the California Democrat.

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Republican Member of Congress Dana Rohrabacher recently repeated a debunked claim that Democrats orchestrated the political violence in Charlottesville last month.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked the comments by the conservative Orange County congressman.

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Democratic State Treasurer John Chiang recently claimed that affordable housing construction has surged in California by 80 percent since he took office.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked his claim as part of our Tracking The Truth series, which examines statements in the 2018 governor's race.

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Modesto-area Republican Member of Congress Jeff Denham recently said Democrats Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Chuck Schumer all voted for a border wall as senators.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked Denham's claim.

California state Senate Leader Kevin de Leon recently made some bold claims about radical right-wing terrorism.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked the Democratic senator's statements.

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Orange County Republican state Senator John Moorlach recently claimed crime in California 'has been getting worse' since Jerry Brown was elected governor.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked Moorlach, who represents a district right next door to the Inland Empire.

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Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom recently made some claims touting what he called San Francisco's universal health care system.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked Newsom's statements as part of our Tracking The Truth series, which examines claims in the 2018 governor's race.

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom recently claimed that the Inland Empire is the second fastest growing region for jobs in the Golden State.  Politifact reporter Chris Nichols check out the claim for our Tracking the Truth series as the 2018 governor's race heats up.

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Congressman Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield - the 2nd-highest ranking Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives - recently said California hasn't built a single major water storage project since the 1970s.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked the claim by the Republican House Majority Leader.

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Republican candidate for governor Travis Allen - an assemblyman from Huntington Beach - recently claimed California's taxes "are among the highest in the nation."  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked Allen's statement as part of our Tracking The Truth series, which examines claims in the 2018 governor's race.

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In a video announcing his run for California governor, Orange County conservative Republican Travis Allen made some bold claims about crime in the Golden State.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked Allen's statements as part of our "Tracking The Truth" series, which examines claims in the 2018 governor's race.

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San Joaquin Valley Republican Congressman Devin Nunes said last week that President Trump had signed more bills than any other president at this early point in office.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked the congressman's claim, and found it outdated at best.

Candidate for California governor Gavin Newsom recently said Americans are 25 times more likely to be shot and killed than others in developed countries.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked this claim as part of our Tracking The Truth series, which examines statements in the 2018 governor's race.

Candidate for governor Antonio Villaraigosa said California is home to 77 of the nation's 300 poorest cities.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked this claim as part of our Tracking The Truth series, which examines statements in the 2018 governor's race. 

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California State Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez of Lake Elsinore recently claimed Governor Jerry Brown's budget is diverting 30 percent of the state's new gas tax money for non-road projects, such as building state parks and job training for felons.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols checked out those comments made by the Riverside County Republican.

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Congressman Jeff Denham's use of the word "bipartisan" in response to a question about the recent House GOP health care bill sparked criticism last week.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporty Chris Nichols checked out the comments from the Central Valley Republican and found misleading claims on all sides of this story.

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Democratic candidate for governor and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa recently claimed he played a key role in improving graduation rates at the LA Unified School District.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols examined that claim, as part of our series fact-checking the 2018 California governor's race.

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California State Treasurer and Democratic candidate for governor John Chiang recently claimed he has saved taxpayers more than five billion dollars over the past two years.  That caught the attention of Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols, who is checking claims by candidates in the 2018 California governor's race.

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As part of his ongoing clash against Congress, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently claimed Congress is less popular than herpes.  Yes, he said herpes.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols wanted to know if Congress's popularity is really that pitiful.

Following the California Legislature's passage of hikes in gasoline and diesel taxes for road repairs, Republican State Assemblyman  Jim Patterson recently claimed California would soon have the "highest gas tax in the nation."  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols checked out that statement by the Fresno lawmaker.

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