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Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - ByW. Gard­ner Selby wgselby@states­man.com Poli­tiFact B

Find out which Poli­tiFact Texas factchecks were most read, and see which mem­ber of the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives ap­pears most of­ten in our roundup of the most pop­u­lar posts.

The Texan who lasted long­est run­ning for pres­i­dent fig­ured in three of the most read Poli­tiFact Texas fact-checks of 2012.

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Lake Jack­son ac­counted for the sixth-, sev­enth- and 10th-most pop­u­lar ar­ti­cles at Poli­tiFact- Texas.com, the Amer­i­canS­tates­man’s po­lit­i­cal factcheck­ing project, which is com­plet­ing its third year.

Oth­ers with claims draw­ing the high­est in­ter­est in­cluded a former Texas rail­road com­mis­sioner, a coun­try singer, two U.S. Se­nate can­di­dates, an MSNBC host and the mayor of San An­to­nio.

But Paul, who sought the pres­i­dency while not pur­su­ing an­other House term, proved dom­i­nant.

At a Jan­uary de­bate, the GOP pres­i­den­tial hope­fuls were asked what the high­est fed­eral in­come tax rate should be. Paul, one-up­ping his op­po­nents, set in mo­tion our No. 6 fa­vorite fact-check, re­ply­ing: “We should have the low­est tax that we’ve ever had, and up un­til 1913, it was zero per­cent.”

Zero per­cent from the 1780s to 1913? Not quite, we found.

Paul’s ref­er­ence to 1913 re­flected the 20th-cen­tury con­sti­tu­tional change en­abling the cur­rent in­come tax. But his claim dis­re­garded two pre-1913 ef­forts to im­pose an in­come tax — one of which held in place for a decade. We rated his claim Half True.

A flawed poll claim touched off the ar­ti­cle that landed No. 7. Af­ter fin­ish­ing third in the Iowa cau­cuses, Paul told sup­port­ers that “the ma­jor­ity of the Amer­i­can peo­ple be­lieve we should have a gold stan­dard and not a pa­per stan­dard” for U.S. cur­rency.

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