Are there any adults left at the Republic? If you fit that category, please read the last couple Republic fact checks and then call the editor and ask what the heck is going on.
Consider this "Fact Check" of a statement made by Senator Kelli Ward. Here's the statement:
THE COMMENT: "Almost 1 in 4 of every Arizonan receives some sort of state aid - how do we deal with the crowd out this mandated #spending causes?"
Now check out these facts that reporter Julia Shumway presents as part of her analysis:
In September 2014, more than 1.5 million Arizonans were enrolled in Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program...Using the U.S. Census Bureau's 2013 Arizona population estimate of 6.6 million, enrollment in those programs represents about 23 percent of the state's population.
Okay. So 23% of Arizonans are covered by those two programs alone. Remember, we are trying to verify the statement "almost 1 in 4".
Ward continues by pointing out that there are a lot of other programs, and the reporter counters that those programs aren't mutually exclusive....i.e. someone on AHCCCS can also receive foodstamps. Fair enough, but if there's 100% overlap--which seems unlikely--then at a minimum, 23% of Arizonans receive some sort of aid.
So here's a question for the Republic Grown ups: If Ward said "Almost 1 in 4" and if we conceed that the number is at least 23% and may be much higher, then how many stars does Ward get?
Her statement is obviously true...unless you are going to quibble that 23% isn't the same as "almost 1 in 4" And even then, if you are going to insist that the number is only 23% then you are going to have to assume that the hundreds of thousands of Arizonans who receive other types of aid are merely a subset of the ones who are on AHCCCS. That would, of course, be an absurd assumption.
So with those facts in mind, what did Reporter Julia Shumway conclude about Ward's statement?
THE FINDING:No stars, unsupported.