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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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Al Franken: No regrets on devoting chapter to his loathing of Ted Cruz
 Sen. Al Franken devotes two chapters in his book, “Al Franken: Giant of the Senate,” to Texas politicians. The first, Chapter 34, “I Meet George W. Bush,” describes how the Minnesota Democrat and “Saturday Night Live” alumnus met the man who he had relentlessly mocked as a “terrible president,&rdquo...

Posted: 9 hours ago

Sen. Al Franken devotes two chapters in his book, “Al Franken: Giant of the Senate,” to Texas politicians. The first, Chapter 34, “I Meet George W. Bush,” describes how the Minnesota Democrat and “Saturday Night Live” alumnus met the man who he had relentlessly mocked as a “terrible president,&rdquo...
With no Democratic governor candidate, questions trail Joaquín Castro
 Exiting a summit on citizen diplomacy Tuesday at the Texas Capitol, U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro, D-San Antonio, was trailed by a handful of reporters. “Something tells me you didn’t come to hear a speech about international affairs,” Castro said. He was right. The reporters were there to once again ask whether he would...

Posted: a day ago

Exiting a summit on citizen diplomacy Tuesday at the Texas Capitol, U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro, D-San Antonio, was trailed by a handful of reporters. “Something tells me you didn’t come to hear a speech about international affairs,” Castro said. He was right. The reporters were there to once again ask whether he would...
In familiar ritual, Joaquín Castro fields questions about governor run
 Exiting a summit on citizen diplomacy Tuesday at the Texas Capitol, U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro, D-San Antonio, was trailed by a handful of reporters. “Something tells me you didn’t come to hear a speech about international affairs,” Castro said. He was right. The reporters were there to once again ask whether he would...

Posted: a day ago

Exiting a summit on citizen diplomacy Tuesday at the Texas Capitol, U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro, D-San Antonio, was trailed by a handful of reporters. “Something tells me you didn’t come to hear a speech about international affairs,” Castro said. He was right. The reporters were there to once again ask whether he would...
Abbott remakes top staff ahead of re-election campaign
 With two regular legislative sessions and a special session behind him and what looks to be an easy run for a second term in 2018, Gov. Greg Abbott refreshed his administration Monday with a mostly new team at the top that seems crafted to play a more hands-on role when the Legislature returns in 2019. Luis Saenz, a low-key former top aide...

Posted: 2 days ago

With two regular legislative sessions and a special session behind him and what looks to be an easy run for a second term in 2018, Gov. Greg Abbott refreshed his administration Monday with a mostly new team at the top that seems crafted to play a more hands-on role when the Legislature returns in 2019. Luis Saenz, a low-key former top aide...
Luis Saenz replacing Daniel Hodge as Gov. Abbott’s chief of staff
 3:35 update Gov. Greg Abbott Monday named Luis Saenz, a familiar face in Texas politics and government, to replace Daniel Hodge, who has been by Abbott’s side for 16 years, as the governor’s chief of staff. At an afternoon press conference in the reception area of the governor’s Capitol office, Abbott also named former state...

Posted: 2 days ago

3:35 update Gov. Greg Abbott Monday named Luis Saenz, a familiar face in Texas politics and government, to replace Daniel Hodge, who has been by Abbott’s side for 16 years, as the governor’s chief of staff. At an afternoon press conference in the reception area of the governor’s Capitol office, Abbott also named former state...
Gov. Abbott expects three more federal disaster aid bills this year
 Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday that Congress might pass as many as three additional federal disaster aid packages before the end of the year in addition to the $15.3 billion in recovery money, including $7.4 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, approved by Congress last week in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. At a nearly...

Posted: 6 days ago

Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday that Congress might pass as many as three additional federal disaster aid packages before the end of the year in addition to the $15.3 billion in recovery money, including $7.4 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, approved by Congress last week in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. At a nearly...
Democratic Party chief: Joaquín Castro hasn’t shut door on governor run
 Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said Thursday that U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro never slammed the door shut on running for governor against Republican Greg Abbott in 2018, and he is one of a number of candidates who could emerge as the party’s nominee. “He’s never ruled it out,” Hinojosa said of...

Posted: 6 days ago

Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said Thursday that U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro never slammed the door shut on running for governor against Republican Greg Abbott in 2018, and he is one of a number of candidates who could emerge as the party’s nominee. “He’s never ruled it out,” Hinojosa said of...
Rep. Doggett files tax relief bill for workers who lost jobs in storms
 U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, the top Democrat on the Ways & Means Tax Policy Subcommittee, was joined by more than 30 colleagues Thursday in introducing legislation to provide tax relief to working families adversely affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. This bill would ensure that qualifying individuals and families in Hurricane...

Posted: 6 days ago

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, the top Democrat on the Ways & Means Tax Policy Subcommittee, was joined by more than 30 colleagues Thursday in introducing legislation to provide tax relief to working families adversely affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. This bill would ensure that qualifying individuals and families in Hurricane...
Democratic Party chief: Joaquín Castro hasn’t nixed run for governor
 Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said Thursday that U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro never slammed the door shut on running for governor against Republican Greg Abbott in 2018, and he is one of a number of candidates who could emerge as the party’s nominee. “He’s never ruled it out,” Hinojosa said of...

Posted: 6 days ago

Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said Thursday that U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro never slammed the door shut on running for governor against Republican Greg Abbott in 2018, and he is one of a number of candidates who could emerge as the party’s nominee. “He’s never ruled it out,” Hinojosa said of...