Jonathan Tilove

Chief political writer

Jonathan Tilove is the Statesman's chief political writer. He was a Washington correspondent for the New Orleans Times-Picayune from 2008 to 2012. Before that he covered race and immigration issues for Newhouse News Service for 18 years.

Latest from Jonathan Tilove

Steve Bannon steps aside, but Ted Cruz picks up 2 primary rivals
 In October, Steve Bannon, who had left his post as President Donald Trump’s chief strategist to return to the command of Breitbart News, announced that he was declaring war on all Republicans in the Senate who are up for re-election in 2018, with the exception of Ted Cruz, to create a Senate more amenable to Trump’s agenda. But...

Posted: 2 days ago

In October, Steve Bannon, who had left his post as President Donald Trump’s chief strategist to return to the command of Breitbart News, announced that he was declaring war on all Republicans in the Senate who are up for re-election in 2018, with the exception of Ted Cruz, to create a Senate more amenable to Trump’s agenda. But...
Without tweets or tumult, Vice President Pence touts Trump’s record
 Vice President Mike Pence, the calm amid the storm that is the Trump administration, came to Austin on Wednesday to lay out for his party’s record-tying number of Republican governors what the GOP message will be in 2018 stripped of tweets and tumult and the outsized personality of the man — his boss — who dominates American...

Posted: 4 days ago

Vice President Mike Pence, the calm amid the storm that is the Trump administration, came to Austin on Wednesday to lay out for his party’s record-tying number of Republican governors what the GOP message will be in 2018 stripped of tweets and tumult and the outsized personality of the man — his boss — who dominates American...
Leaders of Republican Governors Association want Roy Moore out
 Vice President Mike Pence, the calm amid the storm that is the Trump administration, came to Austin Wednesday to lay out for his party’s record-tying number of Republican governors, what the party’s message will be in 2018 stripped of tweets and tumult and the outsized personalty of the man — his boss — who dominates...

Posted: 4 days ago

Vice President Mike Pence, the calm amid the storm that is the Trump administration, came to Austin Wednesday to lay out for his party’s record-tying number of Republican governors, what the party’s message will be in 2018 stripped of tweets and tumult and the outsized personalty of the man — his boss — who dominates...
Vice President Pence says he’s committed to Texas’ Harvey recovery
 Update 3 p.m.: Vice President Mike Pence, in Austin to receive a briefing from Federal Emergency Management Agency officials on Hurricane Harvey response, praised state and federal leaders for the way they have handled the disaster recovery. “President Trump asked me to be here today not only for an update but also as continuing our...

Posted: 5 days ago

Update 3 p.m.: Vice President Mike Pence, in Austin to receive a briefing from Federal Emergency Management Agency officials on Hurricane Harvey response, praised state and federal leaders for the way they have handled the disaster recovery. “President Trump asked me to be here today not only for an update but also as continuing our...
Will screenplay remake how we remember Wendy Davis?
 The title page on the screenplay for “Let Her Speak,” about Wendy Davis’ 2013 filibuster on the floor of the Texas Senate against regulations that would have dramatically reduced access to abortion in Texas, describes it as “based on a true story.” But if the film that Sandra Bullock wants to star in, if she...

Posted: 6 days ago

The title page on the screenplay for “Let Her Speak,” about Wendy Davis’ 2013 filibuster on the floor of the Texas Senate against regulations that would have dramatically reduced access to abortion in Texas, describes it as “based on a true story.” But if the film that Sandra Bullock wants to star in, if she...
`Let Her Speak:’ Inside the screenplay of the Wendy Davis (Sandra Bullock) biopic
  Good Monday Austin: That, above, would be from the title page of the 133-page screenplay by Mario Correa, an accomplished Chilean-born, Brooklyn-based
            playwright and television and film writer, about Wendy Davis and the abortion filibuster that made her famous, a script that
            came into my possession Friday and which...

Posted: 7 days ago

Good Monday Austin: That, above, would be from the title page of the 133-page screenplay by Mario Correa, an accomplished Chilean-born, Brooklyn-based playwright and television and film writer, about Wendy Davis and the abortion filibuster that made her famous, a script that came into my possession Friday and which...
As Abbott files for re-election, Democrats in disarray
 Gov. Greg Abbott filed paperwork Saturday to place his name on the March primary ballot for governor as the monthlong filing period began. The filing, before a large crowd in West Austin, had been expected since Abbott announced four months ago he was running for re-election. What was less known then, as now, is Abbott’s Democratic...

Posted: 7 days ago

Gov. Greg Abbott filed paperwork Saturday to place his name on the March primary ballot for governor as the monthlong filing period began. The filing, before a large crowd in West Austin, had been expected since Abbott announced four months ago he was running for re-election. What was less known then, as now, is Abbott’s Democratic...
Abbott unveils plan to boost health care, opportunities for veterans
 In a Veterans Day appearance at the American Legion-Charles Johnson House in West Austin, Gov. Greg Abbott Saturday unveiled a series of proposals to boost economic opportunities and health care outcomes for Texas veterans. “Our veterans, those who have fought on the front lines deserve to go to the front of the line when it comes to...

Posted: 8 days ago

In a Veterans Day appearance at the American Legion-Charles Johnson House in West Austin, Gov. Greg Abbott Saturday unveiled a series of proposals to boost economic opportunities and health care outcomes for Texas veterans. “Our veterans, those who have fought on the front lines deserve to go to the front of the line when it comes to...
As Abbott files for re-election, Democrats in disarray
 Gov. Greg Abbott filed paperwork Saturday to place his name on the March primary ballot for governor as the monthlong filing period began. The filing, before a large crowd in West Austin, had been expected since Abbott announced four months ago he was running for re-election. What was less known then, as now, is Abbott’s Democratic...

Posted: 8 days ago

Gov. Greg Abbott filed paperwork Saturday to place his name on the March primary ballot for governor as the monthlong filing period began. The filing, before a large crowd in West Austin, had been expected since Abbott announced four months ago he was running for re-election. What was less known then, as now, is Abbott’s Democratic...
Gov. Abbott endorses Rep. Paul Workman of Austin for re-election
 Gov. Greg Abbott Thursday endorsed state Rep. Paul Workman, R-Austin, for re-election. It was the first of what the governor has promised to be a number of endorsements in contested GOP primary races on behalf of legislative allies, and perhaps also, in support of challengers who he finds to be more in sync with his agenda. Workman is being...

Posted: 11 days ago

Gov. Greg Abbott Thursday endorsed state Rep. Paul Workman, R-Austin, for re-election. It was the first of what the governor has promised to be a number of endorsements in contested GOP primary races on behalf of legislative allies, and perhaps also, in support of challengers who he finds to be more in sync with his agenda. Workman is being...
Austin Democrat Justin Nelson is running for attorney general
 Declaring that “Texans can do better than our indicted attorney general who is charged with criminal fraud,” Austin attorney Justin Nelson Wednesday announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican incumbent Ken Paxton in 2018. “Justice is for all,” Nelson said in a statement released...

Posted: 11 days ago

Declaring that “Texans can do better than our indicted attorney general who is charged with criminal fraud,” Austin attorney Justin Nelson Wednesday announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican incumbent Ken Paxton in 2018. “Justice is for all,” Nelson said in a statement released...