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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.

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In its 85th session, the Texas Legislature marched farther right
 When state Rep. Jason Villalba was first elected to the Legislature in 2012, he was described as the future of the Texas Republican Party. Five years later, representing an affluent North Dallas district that Hillary Clinton carried and whose constituents include former President George W. Bush, Villalba is one of only three Hispanic Republicans...

Posted: 3 hours ago

When state Rep. Jason Villalba was first elected to the Legislature in 2012, he was described as the future of the Texas Republican Party. Five years later, representing an affluent North Dallas district that Hillary Clinton carried and whose constituents include former President George W. Bush, Villalba is one of only three Hispanic Republicans...
In its 85th session, the Texas Legislature marched farther right
 When state Rep. Jason Villalba was first elected to the Legislature in 2012, he was described as the future of the Texas Republican Party. Five years later, representing an affluent North Dallas district that Hillary Clinton carried and whose constituents include former President George W. Bush, Villalba is one of only three Hispanic Republicans...

Posted: 21 hours ago

When state Rep. Jason Villalba was first elected to the Legislature in 2012, he was described as the future of the Texas Republican Party. Five years later, representing an affluent North Dallas district that Hillary Clinton carried and whose constituents include former President George W. Bush, Villalba is one of only three Hispanic Republicans...
Joe Straus, Dan Patrick snipe on bathroom bill, special session

Posted: a day ago

Speaker Joe Straus said the House will budge no further on transgender bathroom legislation and that the Senate can take the measure the House passed Sunday, which Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick did not feel went far enough, or leave it. “The House approved language last Sunday night that required schools to make private accommodations for students...
Joe Straus, Dan Patrick snipe on bathroom bill, special session
 Speaker Joe Straus said the House will budge no further on transgender bathroom legislation and that the Senate can take the measure the House passed Sunday, which Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick did not feel went far enough, or leave it. “The House approved language last Sunday night that required schools to make private accommodations for students...

Posted: a day ago

Speaker Joe Straus said the House will budge no further on transgender bathroom legislation and that the Senate can take the measure the House passed Sunday, which Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick did not feel went far enough, or leave it. “The House approved language last Sunday night that required schools to make private accommodations for students...
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott jokes he’ll carry riddled target ‘in case I see any reporters’
 After signing into law Senate Bill 16, which reduces the fee for a handgun license in Texas, at The Range, an indoor shooting range in South Austin, Abbott did some target shooting with a SIG Sauer P320 pistol. Abbott proved a good shot and, proudly displaying the target showing his marksmanship, the governor joked, according to the Texas...

Posted: 2 days ago

After signing into law Senate Bill 16, which reduces the fee for a handgun license in Texas, at The Range, an indoor shooting range in South Austin, Abbott did some target shooting with a SIG Sauer P320 pistol. Abbott proved a good shot and, proudly displaying the target showing his marksmanship, the governor joked, according to the Texas...
Gov. Abbott predicts agreement on tax and bathroom issues Saturday
 Gov. Greg Abbott predicted Friday that House and Senate negotiators will reach agreement on property tax reform and transgender bathroom legislation Saturday. “As you may have heard, conference committees have been assigned for those two issues,” Abbott told reporters. “That’s positive. It means the House and the Senate...

Posted: 2 days ago

Gov. Greg Abbott predicted Friday that House and Senate negotiators will reach agreement on property tax reform and transgender bathroom legislation Saturday. “As you may have heard, conference committees have been assigned for those two issues,” Abbott told reporters. “That’s positive. It means the House and the Senate...
John Kasich can be prickly. The winner of one Texas electoral vote appears at BookPeople
     Good day Austin: John Kasich can be prickly.   At BookPeople,Evan Smith asks John Kasich, "Do you regret not endorsing Donald Trump for president?"Evan, that's a really dumb question." — jonathantilove (@JTiloveTX) May 23, 2017  From an April 30, 2015 Molly Ball profile of Kasich in the Atlantic: The...

Posted: 5 days ago

    Good day Austin: John Kasich can be prickly. At BookPeople,Evan Smith asks John Kasich, "Do you regret not endorsing Donald Trump for president?"Evan, that's a really dumb question." — jonathantilove (@JTiloveTX) May 23, 2017 From an April 30, 2015 Molly Ball profile of Kasich in the Atlantic: The...
At Gov. Abbott’s insistence, House will debate voter ID law Tuesday
 The perennially contentious issue of voter ID will be back before the Texas House on Tuesday thanks to Gov. Greg Abbott’s insistence in a message to the House and Senate just before Sunday’s deadline that they take it up as “an emergency matter for consideration” in time to enact a new law before session’s end...

Posted: 5 days ago

The perennially contentious issue of voter ID will be back before the Texas House on Tuesday thanks to Gov. Greg Abbott’s insistence in a message to the House and Senate just before Sunday’s deadline that they take it up as “an emergency matter for consideration” in time to enact a new law before session’s end...
That didn’t escalate quickly. On the oddly subdued denouement of the bathroom bill debate
  (State Rep. Chris Paddie, R-Marshall, discusses his amendment to SB 2078, which would ban transgender-friendly bathroom policies in public schools, on the House floor on Sunday (TAMIR KALIFA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN) Good Monday Austin: The Texas House last night gave preliminary approval to the bathroom bill, or at any rate a bathroom...

Posted: 6 days ago

  (State Rep. Chris Paddie, R-Marshall, discusses his amendment to SB 2078, which would ban transgender-friendly bathroom policies in public schools, on the House floor on Sunday (TAMIR KALIFA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN) Good Monday Austin: The Texas House last night gave preliminary approval to the bathroom bill, or at any rate a bathroom...