PolitiFact Wisconsin: Top 4 stories of July

11 days until the August primary. To help us sort through what the candidates are saying we have Tom Kertscher with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

We looked at the top four stories clicked on PolitiFact Wisconsin from July.

Let's start with number four:

It's an attack on the Republican Governor by Kelda Roys, one of the Democrats running for governor.

"Political interference" from Scott Walker's Administration has led to "gagging (DNR) Scientists so they can no longer comment on proposed legislation" and "we're letting polluters write their own permits."

Under Walker, state Department of Natural Resources scientists are permitted to share their expertise regarding proposed legislation -- without declaring a position or commenting on the legislation itself -- by invitation only. The evidence suggests this still happens frequently, though pre-Walker staffers had more latitude in what they could say.

PolitiFact Wisconsin rating: Mostly False.

Number three: Republican U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir made this attack against Senator Tammy Baldwin: "...opposed displaying the flag and reciting the pledge of allegiance or singing the national anthem in our classrooms."

Vukmir cited a Baldwin vote from more than 20 years ago. While the vote happened, the claim was presented in a way that ignored Baldwin's other votes supportive of the flag and pledge.

She also portrayed the bill Baldwin voted against as one that would get rid of displaying the flag and offering the anthem and pledge in schools, when it was about changing specific requirements around them.

PolitiFact Wisconsin rating: Mostly false.

Number two: This claim was made by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders who was campaigning in Eau Claire for U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin,"The three wealthiest people" own "more wealth than the bottom half of the American people."

The wealth of Microsoft's Bill Gates, Amazon's Jeff Bezos and investor Warren Buffett exceeded that of the 160 million Americans at the bottom of the scale, according to a 2017 study. And more recent estimates indicate the wealth of the three has since grown dramatically, widening the gap even more.

PolitiFact Wisconsin rating: True.

The most clicked on story was about guns: This statement was by Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, one of the eight Democrats running for governor "If there is a firearm available, it is 17 times more likely to be used either for suicide or for assaulting a friend, relative, an acquaintance than it is to be used in fending off an intruder."

Soglin was on point in stating a gun is much more likely to be used for a suicide, assault or homicide than used in self-defense, but was on less solid ground when it comes to stating exactly how many times more likely. That depends on the study, many of which do not differentiate between known and unknown victims. What's more, recent research is limited.

PolitiFact Wisconsin rating: Half True.

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