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

Texas AFL-CIO takes a pass on endorsing Beto O’Rourke for Senate
 Miffed that they were being taken for granted, delegates at the Texas AFL-CIO COPE Convention voted Sunday not to endorse U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, a no-show at their weekend gathering in Austin, in his bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. “Our members are increasingly feeling like, just because somebody has a...

Posted: 2 days ago

Miffed that they were being taken for granted, delegates at the Texas AFL-CIO COPE Convention voted Sunday not to endorse U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, a no-show at their weekend gathering in Austin, in his bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. “Our members are increasingly feeling like, just because somebody has a...
White says with Straus out as speaker, Texas will be a ‘runaway truck’
 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew White said Saturday that it is imperative for Democrats to take the Governor’s Mansion in 2018 because otherwise, with the departure of Joe Straus as speaker of the House, Texas government will be a “runaway truck without anyone able to hit the brakes.” “Over and over, Speaker...

Posted: 3 days ago

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew White said Saturday that it is imperative for Democrats to take the Governor’s Mansion in 2018 because otherwise, with the departure of Joe Straus as speaker of the House, Texas government will be a “runaway truck without anyone able to hit the brakes.” “Over and over, Speaker...
A year later, Austin women’s march organizers focus on winning office
 Melissa Fiero, the lead organizer of last year’s Women’s March in Austin, didn’t realize the magnitude of that event until it lay before her. “I walked out on the steps of the Capitol and was just blown away — people were as far as you could see them. They were wrapped around the Capitol along both sides,&rdquo...

Posted: 4 days ago

Melissa Fiero, the lead organizer of last year’s Women’s March in Austin, didn’t realize the magnitude of that event until it lay before her. “I walked out on the steps of the Capitol and was just blown away — people were as far as you could see them. They were wrapped around the Capitol along both sides,&rdquo...
Andrew White outpaces Lupe Valdez in Democrats’ money race for governor
 Houston businessman Andrew White, making his first run for elective office, far outpaced former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez in the first few weeks of fundraising in their late-starting campaigns to become the Democratic nominee to challenge Gov. Greg Abbott, who has set a Texas fundraising record in his bid for a second term. White...

Posted: 7 days ago

Houston businessman Andrew White, making his first run for elective office, far outpaced former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez in the first few weeks of fundraising in their late-starting campaigns to become the Democratic nominee to challenge Gov. Greg Abbott, who has set a Texas fundraising record in his bid for a second term. White...
Gov. Abbott unveils property tax plan with a 2.5 percent revenue cap
 Gov. Greg Abbott unveiled a property tax reform plan Tuesday that would cap revenue increases for local taxing entities at 2.5 percent a year. It promises to be the centerpiece of his re-election campaign and, if he wins a second term, his top priority in the next session of the Legislature. The plan also would prohibit the Legislature from...

Posted: 7 days ago

Gov. Greg Abbott unveiled a property tax reform plan Tuesday that would cap revenue increases for local taxing entities at 2.5 percent a year. It promises to be the centerpiece of his re-election campaign and, if he wins a second term, his top priority in the next session of the Legislature. The plan also would prohibit the Legislature from...
Gov. Abbott unveils property tax plan with a 2.5 percent revenue cap
 Gov. Greg Abbott unveiled a property tax reform plan Tuesday that would cap revenue increases for local taxing entities at 2.5 percent a year. It promises to be the centerpiece of his re-election campaign and, if he wins a second term, his top priority in the next session of the Legislature. The plan also would prohibit the Legislature from...

Posted: 7 days ago

Gov. Greg Abbott unveiled a property tax reform plan Tuesday that would cap revenue increases for local taxing entities at 2.5 percent a year. It promises to be the centerpiece of his re-election campaign and, if he wins a second term, his top priority in the next session of the Legislature. The plan also would prohibit the Legislature from...
Greg Abbott has a thousand times more campaign cash than Lupe Valdez
 UPDATED AT 12:25: Gov. Greg Abbott heads into his 2018 re-election campaign with more than 1,000 times as much money in the bank as Lupe Valdez, who stepped down as Dallas County sheriff in December to seek the Democratic nomination and oppose the governor’s bid for a second term. Valdez raised $46,498 in the waning days of 2017 for...

Posted: 7 days ago

UPDATED AT 12:25: Gov. Greg Abbott heads into his 2018 re-election campaign with more than 1,000 times as much money in the bank as Lupe Valdez, who stepped down as Dallas County sheriff in December to seek the Democratic nomination and oppose the governor’s bid for a second term. Valdez raised $46,498 in the waning days of 2017 for...
Democrat raises more than $900,000 in bid for Texas attorney general
 Austin attorney Justin Nelson, the Democratic candidate for Texas attorney general, announced Thursday that he had received more than $900,000 in contributions and pledges, including $500,000 of his own money, in the weeks following his announcement that was seeking to unseat incumbent Republican Ken Paxton. The $911,778 total will be reported...

Posted: 12 days ago

Austin attorney Justin Nelson, the Democratic candidate for Texas attorney general, announced Thursday that he had received more than $900,000 in contributions and pledges, including $500,000 of his own money, in the weeks following his announcement that was seeking to unseat incumbent Republican Ken Paxton. The $911,778 total will be reported...
Gov. Abbott sets campaign cash record going into re-election bid
 Gov. Greg Abbott’s gubernatorial campaign raised $9 million the last half of 2017, providing his re-election effort with $43.3 million in cash on hand going into his bid for a second term this year. “I am honored and grateful for the continued support of so many throughout this great state,”Abbott said in a statement issued...

Posted: 12 days ago

Gov. Greg Abbott’s gubernatorial campaign raised $9 million the last half of 2017, providing his re-election effort with $43.3 million in cash on hand going into his bid for a second term this year. “I am honored and grateful for the continued support of so many throughout this great state,”Abbott said in a statement issued...