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Factchecking The Governor With PolitiFact California

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

A pride flag hangs at the California capitol in June 2019 for Pride Month.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Gov. Gavin Newsom has claimed his administration raised the rainbow flag, a symbol of LGBTQ pride, at the state Capitol "for the first time in our state’s history" this week. But a front page newspaper photo and article from 1990 show otherwise.

To clear this up, we set out to fact check this with PolitiFact California’s Chris Nichols. He says this is not the first time the flag has flown atop the Capitol. The San Francisco-based Bay Area Reporter, which serves the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities, published the article on October 18, 1990. It shows the rainbow Pride flag flying over the Capitol on National Coming Out Day, on the main pole below the national and state flags, on October. 11, 1990.

Nichols also fact checks a campaign promise the governor made to create universal preschool. This fact check is part of the Newsom-Meter project, which tracks if Newsom is keeping these promises, breaking them or compromising.

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