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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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Many members of Congress enjoy politically safe districts.  Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says their districts are too safe, adding that the average margin of victory in the U.S. House was 37 percentage points in last November's election.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols checked out whether Schwarzenegger pumped up this figure.

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Following the shooting death of a Whittier police officer in late February, Riverside County Republican state Senator Jeff Stone claimed violent crime has been on the rise in California since 2011.  Stone added that violent crime spiked 12 percent in 2015.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols checked out those claims by the state Senator from Temecula.

Republican State Assemblyman Travis Allen of Huntington Beach recently claimed the Oroville Dam emergency in Northern California was "entirely avoidable."  He added that Governor Jerry Brown failed to spend a single dollar from a recent water bond to pay for upgrades to the massive structure.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols checked out those claims by the Orange County lawmaker

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What are the chances of being killed in a terrorist attack by a refugee?  California Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu of Los Angeles County recently claimed those odds are 1 in 3.6 billion.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols checked out the numbers.

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In his State of the State Address, California Governor Jerry Brown pledged to protect the rights of all Californians, no matter where they came from.  The Governor claimed that more than one-quarter of the state's population was born in another country.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols checked out Brown's statement.

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California has the highest rate of poverty in the nation when cost-of-living expenses are factored in.  That's what State Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes recently claimed at a forum in Sacramento.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols checked out this eye-opening claim.

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California state Senate Leader Kevin de Leon says repealing Obamacare could cost California 200,000 jobs.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols checked out this claim.

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Governor Jerry Brown recently claimed California's economy - quote - "...is growing a hell of a lot faster" than the economy in Texas.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols evaluates the claim.

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Is Proposition 67 - the ballot initiative that would ban stores from giving away plastic grocery bags -- a "tax" that would provide no money toward environmental protection?  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact fact-checker Chris Nichols checks out that claim.

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Democratic Congressman Scott Peters of SanDiego recently claimed Donald Trump "rooted for the housing crisis."  That statement caught the attention of Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols, who has this fact check.

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Did former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger preserve more land than any governor in the state's history?  A top official with the USC Schwarzenegger Institute recently made this claim.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols has this fact check.

During a recent campaign stop in Sacramento, Hillary Clinton made the claim the economy does better when a Democrat is in the White House.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols checked out her statement.

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California relies on the same water infrastructure built in the early 1960s, when the state's population was less than half it's current 39 million.  That's a claim Democratic U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein has repeated in recent months, as she's pushed to modernize the state's water shortage and conveyance systems.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols examined Feinstein's statement in this fact check.

California Governor Jerry Brown is not pleased with this week's visit by Florida Governor Rick Scott to the golden State.  Scott's second trip in two years has been described as another job-poaching tour.  But when Brown defended California's job gains, did he go too far?  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols checked out a claim by the California governor.

GOP presidential hopefuls made some big claims about themselves and their rivals at the California Republican Party Convention this past weekend.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols checked out several claims, including one each from Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

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Donald Trump is expected to speak Friday (April 29) at the California Republican Party Convention in San Francisco.  Ahead of this visit, Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact California reporter Chris Nichols examined Trump's record with the truth.

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Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are facing off in today's closely-watched presidential primary in New York.  But Clinton and Sanders are also keeping an eye on California, having each campaigned in the Golden State in recent weeks.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact California reporter Chris Nichols examined how the two have fared with the truth, as part of our series on Presidential candidates' PolitiFact 'Report Cards.'

A recent claim by the group, "Californians for Lower Drug Prices" says big pharma has piled up more cash to defeat a November ballot measure than all other state initiative campaigns have raised -- combined.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols has crunched the numbers.

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Does California Republican Congressman Jeff Denham hold the same hard-line views on immigration as Donald Trump?  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols checked out a Democratic campaign group's claim that makes this comparison. 

California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and state Senator Richard Pan made some big claims recently about the number of mass shootings in the United States.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols says the politicians used a loose definition of mass shooting and stretched the truth.

Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz is no fan of California Senator Dianne Feinstein's gun control efforts.  But in both a CNN interview and in Thursday's GOP debate, Cruz missed the mark about what Feinstein said about firearms.  That's according to our PolitiFact California reporter Chris Nichols, who has this fact check.

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More than half-a-million undocumented Californians are now licensed to drive on the state's roadways, thanks to the new law, AB 60.  The measure's author claims the law has reduced the number of uninsured drivers in the state to zero.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols puts that claim to the test in this fact-check.