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Jonathan Tilove

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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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Travis judge: Woman can tape Capitol hearings
 A Texas House committee chairman, sued by a woman who was forcibly removed from a March hearing at the Capitol, cannot bar her from videotaping future committee meetings, a Travis County judge ordered. District Judge Lora Livingston’s temporary injunction bars Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, from following his longstanding policy of limiting...

Posted: 14 hours ago

A Texas House committee chairman, sued by a woman who was forcibly removed from a March hearing at the Capitol, cannot bar her from videotaping future committee meetings, a Travis County judge ordered. District Judge Lora Livingston’s temporary injunction bars Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, from following his longstanding policy of limiting...
Summer session: On bathrooms, Boy Scouts, Trump, Abbott, Patrick, Straus and McRaven
  Good day Austin: Since he launched his candidacy for re-election on July 14, and the start of the special session four days later, Gov. Greg
            Abbott has been doing a lot of radio and TV interviews from Austin with stations across the state. I’ve listened in to a number of them. It’s a good way to hear what the governor...

Posted: 16 hours ago

Good day Austin: Since he launched his candidacy for re-election on July 14, and the start of the special session four days later, Gov. Greg Abbott has been doing a lot of radio and TV interviews from Austin with stations across the state. I’ve listened in to a number of them. It’s a good way to hear what the governor...
Gov. Abbott upbeat on prospects for special session agenda in House
 A week ago, as the Legislature prepared to convene in special session, Gov. Greg Abbott warned that he would be naming names of those lawmakers who back his agenda and those who don’t. “No one gets to hide,” Abbott told the audience at the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation on July 17. But on Monday, the governor...

Posted: a day ago

A week ago, as the Legislature prepared to convene in special session, Gov. Greg Abbott warned that he would be naming names of those lawmakers who back his agenda and those who don’t. “No one gets to hide,” Abbott told the audience at the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation on July 17. But on Monday, the governor...
Gov. Abbott predicts the House will 'outperform’ in special session’
 Gov. Greg Abbott expressed confidence in a pair of radio interviews Monday that the Texas House will deliver on much of his special session agenda. “The impression I get is that the House is taking my agenda very, very seriously and that they will be passing out a lot of the pieces of legislation I have offered up,” Abbott told...

Posted: a day ago

Gov. Greg Abbott expressed confidence in a pair of radio interviews Monday that the Texas House will deliver on much of his special session agenda. “The impression I get is that the House is taking my agenda very, very seriously and that they will be passing out a lot of the pieces of legislation I have offered up,” Abbott told...
Inside the race to be certified most conservative in the Texas House
 For a tea party Republican in the Texas House, being certified as having the most conservative voting record of any member is like Olympic gold. It is a feat that demands single-minded ambition, a firm grasp of conservative constitutional and free-market principles, and the cool discipline to apply those precepts with relentless consistency...

Posted: 3 days ago

For a tea party Republican in the Texas House, being certified as having the most conservative voting record of any member is like Olympic gold. It is a feat that demands single-minded ambition, a firm grasp of conservative constitutional and free-market principles, and the cool discipline to apply those precepts with relentless consistency...
Who’s the far-rightest of them all? On acing the Mark Jones lib-con score.
 (Texas House seating chart by lib-con score. The deeper the color, the more liberal or conservative the person in that seat.
               Olivia Krauth. Data and Online Projects Intern. Austin American-Statesman) Good Friday Austin: Among the very first stories I wrote as political writer for 
            the Statesman was a January...

Posted: 4 days ago

(Texas House seating chart by lib-con score. The deeper the color, the more liberal or conservative the person in that seat. Olivia Krauth. Data and Online Projects Intern. Austin American-Statesman) Good Friday Austin: Among the very first stories I wrote as political writer for the Statesman was a January...
Gillespie County couple gives Abbott campaign $1 million
 Michael and Mary Porter, a retired couple from Gillespie County, contributed $1 million to Gov. Greg Abbott’s campaign at the end of June, an unusually large donation even for a high-profile statewide campaign. Reached by telephone, Michael Porter said he was a humble rancher, that he and his wife are “very, very, very private...

Posted: 5 days ago

Michael and Mary Porter, a retired couple from Gillespie County, contributed $1 million to Gov. Greg Abbott’s campaign at the end of June, an unusually large donation even for a high-profile statewide campaign. Reached by telephone, Michael Porter said he was a humble rancher, that he and his wife are “very, very, very private...
Case closed? Judge Naranjo issues final orders in Alex/Kelly Jones child custody case
   Kelly Jones and attorney Robert Hoffman after Wednesday’s court hearing. Good day Austin: I am not quite prepared to credit state District Judge Orlinda Naranjo with the wisdom of Solomon. But she did manage yesterday to orally render a permanent order in the child custody case of Alex Jones, his ex-wife Kelly
            Jones...

Posted: 5 days ago

  Kelly Jones and attorney Robert Hoffman after Wednesday’s court hearing. Good day Austin: I am not quite prepared to credit state District Judge Orlinda Naranjo with the wisdom of Solomon. But she did manage yesterday to orally render a permanent order in the child custody case of Alex Jones, his ex-wife Kelly Jones...
Gov. Abbott launches media blitz to ride herd on special session
 Gov. Greg Abbott Wednesday launched a blitz of some 60 radio and TV appearances planned through next week to promote his bid for a second term, which he announced Friday, and to ride herd on the special legislative session that got underway Tuesday. Abbott has promised a running public accounting of who’s with him and who’s against...

Posted: 6 days ago

Gov. Greg Abbott Wednesday launched a blitz of some 60 radio and TV appearances planned through next week to promote his bid for a second term, which he announced Friday, and to ride herd on the special legislative session that got underway Tuesday. Abbott has promised a running public accounting of who’s with him and who’s against...
Gillespie County couple gives Abbott campaign $1 million
 Michael and Mary Porter, a retired couple from the Hill Country hamlet of Doss, contributed $1 million to Gov. Greg Abbott’s campaign at the end of June. Reached by phone Wednesday, Michael Porter said he was a humble rancher, that he and his wife are “very, very, very private people,” that they just like and support Abbott...

Posted: 6 days ago

Michael and Mary Porter, a retired couple from the Hill Country hamlet of Doss, contributed $1 million to Gov. Greg Abbott’s campaign at the end of June. Reached by phone Wednesday, Michael Porter said he was a humble rancher, that he and his wife are “very, very, very private people,” that they just like and support Abbott...