Sean Collins Walsh

State Capitol reporter

Sean Collins Walsh reports on state government and politics, including the Texas House of Representatives, the state budget, border and immigration issues, the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Agriculture and the Texas Facilities Commission. 

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Playing to an audience of one, Dan Patrick doesn’t need your approval
 Dan Patrick has been a salesman of Paper Mate products and class rings, a local TV sportscaster and weatherman, a restaurant and nightclub owner, a conservative radio personality, an author, a filmmaker and a politician. He has attended Lutheran, Catholic and Baptist churches. He has gone by Dannie Scott Goeb, Danny Scott and Dan Patrick...

Posted: a day ago

Dan Patrick has been a salesman of Paper Mate products and class rings, a local TV sportscaster and weatherman, a restaurant and nightclub owner, a conservative radio personality, an author, a filmmaker and a politician. He has attended Lutheran, Catholic and Baptist churches. He has gone by Dannie Scott Goeb, Danny Scott and Dan Patrick...
After standing up biz group, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick lobs bombs their way
 In a speech to the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank in line with his brand of GOP politics, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Thursday quoted the Bible, accused liberals of trying to turn Texas into California and joked that environmentalists have got Republicans all wrong. “Republicans and conservatives love the environment...

Posted: 9 days ago

In a speech to the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank in line with his brand of GOP politics, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Thursday quoted the Bible, accused liberals of trying to turn Texas into California and joked that environmentalists have got Republicans all wrong. “Republicans and conservatives love the environment...
Dan Patrick: Sandra Bullock film ‘Let Her Speak’ can’t be shot in Senate
 Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Thursday said that, if he can help it, the planned movie on former state Sen. Wendy Davis’ 2013 filibuster won’t be shot in the Texas Senate chamber. “If I have anything to do with that, I’m not going to let them use the Senate chamber to shoot because they have already disgraced...

Posted: 9 days ago

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Thursday said that, if he can help it, the planned movie on former state Sen. Wendy Davis’ 2013 filibuster won’t be shot in the Texas Senate chamber. “If I have anything to do with that, I’m not going to let them use the Senate chamber to shoot because they have already disgraced...
Dan Patrick: Sandra Bullock & Co. can’t shoot Wendy Davis film in Senate
 Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Thursday said that, if he can help it, the planned movie on former state Sen. Wendy Davis’ 2013 filibuster won’t be shot in the Texas Senate chamber. “If I have anything to do with that, I’m not going to let them use the Senate chamber to shoot because they have already disgraced...

Posted: 9 days ago

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Thursday said that, if he can help it, the planned movie on former state Sen. Wendy Davis’ 2013 filibuster won’t be shot in the Texas Senate chamber. “If I have anything to do with that, I’m not going to let them use the Senate chamber to shoot because they have already disgraced...
George P. Bush reaped $111,000 from contractors at the agency he leads
 Since George P. Bush took over the Texas General Land Office in 2015, the agency has awarded about $164 million worth of state contracts to 12 companies with employees or political committees that have donated to Bush’s campaign, public records show. Together, the 12 companies and their employees have given at least $111,175 to Bush&rsquo...

Posted: 10 days ago

Since George P. Bush took over the Texas General Land Office in 2015, the agency has awarded about $164 million worth of state contracts to 12 companies with employees or political committees that have donated to Bush’s campaign, public records show. Together, the 12 companies and their employees have given at least $111,175 to Bush&rsquo...
George P. Bush reaped $129,000 from contractors at the agency he leads
 Since George P. Bush took over the Texas General Land Office in 2015, the agency has awarded about $164 million worth of state contracts to 12 companies with employees or political committees that have donated to Bush’s campaign, public records show. Together, the 12 companies and their employees have given at least $129,000 to Bush&rsquo...

Posted: 10 days ago

Since George P. Bush took over the Texas General Land Office in 2015, the agency has awarded about $164 million worth of state contracts to 12 companies with employees or political committees that have donated to Bush’s campaign, public records show. Together, the 12 companies and their employees have given at least $129,000 to Bush&rsquo...
Running for governor, Andrew White steps back into his father’s shadow
 After a stream of politicians past and present filed in, after eight Texas state troopers solemnly escorted the flag-draped coffin to the front of the church and after the singer Rhonda Williams’ “Holy Ground” shook the walls, the late Gov. Mark White Jr.’s three children read from the Bible. Mark White III and Elizabeth...

Posted: 16 days ago

After a stream of politicians past and present filed in, after eight Texas state troopers solemnly escorted the flag-draped coffin to the front of the church and after the singer Rhonda Williams’ “Holy Ground” shook the walls, the late Gov. Mark White Jr.’s three children read from the Bible. Mark White III and Elizabeth...
Dawnna Dukes campaign racks up $730,000 in debt as challengers rise
 State Rep. Dawnna Dukes’ re-election campaign is off to a rocky start, as the veteran Democrat has accrued more than $730,000 in outstanding loans, raised just $2,250 in recent months and has lost two dozen past supporters who have flipped their allegiance to former Austin City Council Member Sheryl Cole, one of Dukes’ six primary...

Posted: 30 days ago

State Rep. Dawnna Dukes’ re-election campaign is off to a rocky start, as the veteran Democrat has accrued more than $730,000 in outstanding loans, raised just $2,250 in recent months and has lost two dozen past supporters who have flipped their allegiance to former Austin City Council Member Sheryl Cole, one of Dukes’ six primary...
Dawnna Dukes’ campaign racks up $730,000 in debt as challengers rise
 State Rep. Dawnna Dukes’ re-election campaign is off to a rocky start, as the veteran Austin Democrat has accrued more than $730,000 in outstanding loans, raised just $2,250 in recent months and has lost two dozen past supporters who have flipped their allegiance to former Austin City Council Member Sheryl Cole, one of Dukes’...

Posted: 30 days ago

State Rep. Dawnna Dukes’ re-election campaign is off to a rocky start, as the veteran Austin Democrat has accrued more than $730,000 in outstanding loans, raised just $2,250 in recent months and has lost two dozen past supporters who have flipped their allegiance to former Austin City Council Member Sheryl Cole, one of Dukes’...
Trump immigration crackdown targets Central Americans seeking asylum
 In its crackdown on illegal immigration, President Donald Trump’s administration has made a series of policy changes that lawyers and advocates say are trampling the rights of a group of immigrants who did not cross the border illegally: asylum-seekers. The results so far this year have been dramatic: Immigration judges, who are employed...

5:41 PM Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

In its crackdown on illegal immigration, President Donald Trump’s administration has made a series of policy changes that lawyers and advocates say are trampling the rights of a group of immigrants who did not cross the border illegally: asylum-seekers. The results so far this year have been dramatic: Immigration judges, who are employed...
‘100-year floods’ every year? New Texas rain data is redefining storms
 Onion Creek on Halloween 2013. Wimberley on Memorial Day weekend 2015. Houston’s Tax Day flood in 2016. Hurricane Harvey. If you feel like Texas has had a constant stream of 100- or 500-year floods in the past few years, you’re not wrong. Texas rainfall estimates, the federal data used to describe flooding, were last updated in...

5:55 PM Friday, Dec. 08, 2017

Onion Creek on Halloween 2013. Wimberley on Memorial Day weekend 2015. Houston’s Tax Day flood in 2016. Hurricane Harvey. If you feel like Texas has had a constant stream of 100- or 500-year floods in the past few years, you’re not wrong. Texas rainfall estimates, the federal data used to describe flooding, were last updated in...