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Jonathan Tilove

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.

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Poll: Greg Abbott most popular of the Big Five in Texas politics
 Gov. Greg Abbott is the most popular of Texas’ top political figures, according to the University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll out this week. Forty-five percent of Texans approve of Abbott’s performance while 33 percent don’t. The governor’s standing is pretty much where it was in the UT/Texas Tribune June 2015 poll...

Posted: 9 hours ago

Gov. Greg Abbott is the most popular of Texas’ top political figures, according to the University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll out this week. Forty-five percent of Texans approve of Abbott’s performance while 33 percent don’t. The governor’s standing is pretty much where it was in the UT/Texas Tribune June 2015 poll...
Rove to Trump: Lose the pettiness, stop whining, think big
 For an hour Monday night, Karl Rove regaled some 450 people at the Williamson County Republican Party Reagan Dinner at the Sheraton Georgetown with tales of William McKinley and his extraordinary but little-remembered success as a Republican candidate for president and occupant of the White House. And then Rove brought the lessons of the...

Posted: 2 days ago

For an hour Monday night, Karl Rove regaled some 450 people at the Williamson County Republican Party Reagan Dinner at the Sheraton Georgetown with tales of William McKinley and his extraordinary but little-remembered success as a Republican candidate for president and occupant of the White House. And then Rove brought the lessons of the...
Texans see no urgent need for bathroom bill or Convention of States
 Most Texas voters don’t think it’s important for the Texas Legislature to regulate transgender access to public restrooms or that it would be wise to reopen the U.S. Constitution for amending at a Convention of States, according to a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll. The results suggest that, on those issues, the public...

Posted: 2 days ago

Most Texas voters don’t think it’s important for the Texas Legislature to regulate transgender access to public restrooms or that it would be wise to reopen the U.S. Constitution for amending at a Convention of States, according to a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll. The results suggest that, on those issues, the public...
Texas Republicans think Trump will make the presidency great again
 Texas Republicans are more likely to think Donald Trump could make the presidency great — or at the very least good again — than they were before he was elected, according to a University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll released Monday. The internet survey of 1,200 registered voters, conducted Feb. 3-10, found that the percentage...

Posted: 3 days ago

Texas Republicans are more likely to think Donald Trump could make the presidency great — or at the very least good again — than they were before he was elected, according to a University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll released Monday. The internet survey of 1,200 registered voters, conducted Feb. 3-10, found that the percentage...
Texas Republicans believe Trump can make the presidency great again
 Texans’ expectations for how good a president Donald Trump could be have soared since his election, according to the University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll released Monday. The result was driven by Texas Republicans’ unabashed enthusiasm for the new president. In the poll’s October survey, just before the election, 52 percent...

Posted: 3 days ago

Texans’ expectations for how good a president Donald Trump could be have soared since his election, according to the University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll released Monday. The result was driven by Texas Republicans’ unabashed enthusiasm for the new president. In the poll’s October survey, just before the election, 52 percent...
Explaining why Anglo Texas women are married to the GOP

Posted: 6 days ago

Good day Austin, and Happy New Year. It has been since 24 days since my last First Reading. Much to catch up on, but let me begin today by taking a little deeper look into a story I wrote for Sunday’s Statesman, about the influence of marriage on politics, and of politics on marraige. It began: The 2014 election in Texas has the makings...
Central Texas Republicans sidestep calls for town hall meetings
 Frustrated by U.S. Rep. John Carter’s failure to schedule a town hall meeting with his constituents during next week’s President’s Day “district work period,” Felicia Miyakawa of Round Rock took matters into her own hands, scheduling a town hall meeting for Carter for next Wednesday, whether he shows up or not...

Posted: 6 days ago

Frustrated by U.S. Rep. John Carter’s failure to schedule a town hall meeting with his constituents during next week’s President’s Day “district work period,” Felicia Miyakawa of Round Rock took matters into her own hands, scheduling a town hall meeting for Carter for next Wednesday, whether he shows up or not...
Abbott call for Convention of States clears first hurdle in the Senate
 Gov. Greg Abbott’s emergency item, calling for a national Convention of States to amend the U.S. Constitution, cleared its first hurdle Thursday, with the Senate State Affairs Committee sending the resolution to the floor on a 6-2 party-line vote. “We are on the precipice of history we have not seen before,” said Sen. Brian...

Posted: 7 days ago

Gov. Greg Abbott’s emergency item, calling for a national Convention of States to amend the U.S. Constitution, cleared its first hurdle Thursday, with the Senate State Affairs Committee sending the resolution to the floor on a 6-2 party-line vote. “We are on the precipice of history we have not seen before,” said Sen. Brian...
State Affairs sends Abbott call for Convention of States to the floor
 The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 6-2 to send Gov. Greg Abbott’s emergency item, calling for a Convention of States to amend the Constitution, to the Senate floor. The committee’s two Democrats — state Sens. Judith Zaffarini, D-Laredo, and Eddie Lucio, D-Brownsville voted “no.” Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower...

Posted: 7 days ago

The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 6-2 to send Gov. Greg Abbott’s emergency item, calling for a Convention of States to amend the Constitution, to the Senate floor. The committee’s two Democrats — state Sens. Judith Zaffarini, D-Laredo, and Eddie Lucio, D-Brownsville voted “no.” Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower...