Robert W. Gee

State editor

Robert W. Gee is the state editor at the Austin American-Statesman.

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Reports: Angela Paxton, Ken Paxton’s wife, mulling state Senate run
 Angela Paxton, wife of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, is considering running for the Texas Senate next year, according to multiple reports. Paxton is eyeing a North Texas district represented by state Sen. Van Taylor, R-Plano, who is expected to run for Congress. Ken Paxton represented the district for two years. Angela Paxton is a guidance...

8:27 PM Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017

Angela Paxton, wife of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, is considering running for the Texas Senate next year, according to multiple reports. Paxton is eyeing a North Texas district represented by state Sen. Van Taylor, R-Plano, who is expected to run for Congress. Ken Paxton represented the district for two years. Angela Paxton is a guidance...
Austin lawmaker blasts Dan Patrick over his immigrant deaths comment
 State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin, excoriated Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Monday after he linked “sanctuary city” policies with the deaths of 10 people in a trailer in San Antonio. “I hope that Lt. Gov. Patrick puts people first in his future public statements,” Rogriguez said in a statement. “Because when 10 people...

7:45 PM Monday, Jul. 24, 2017

State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin, excoriated Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Monday after he linked “sanctuary city” policies with the deaths of 10 people in a trailer in San Antonio. “I hope that Lt. Gov. Patrick puts people first in his future public statements,” Rogriguez said in a statement. “Because when 10 people...
Will Trump build a 2,000-mile border wall? Turns out, maybe not
 Candidate Donald Trump promised a “big, beautiful wall” on the U.S.-Mexico border. President Trump has repeated that pledge. Trump’s border security executive order signed five days after he took office calls for “a contiguous, physical wall or other similarly secure, contiguous, and impassable physical barrier.&rdquo...

4:56 PM Thursday, Mar. 30, 2017

Candidate Donald Trump promised a “big, beautiful wall” on the U.S.-Mexico border. President Trump has repeated that pledge. Trump’s border security executive order signed five days after he took office calls for “a contiguous, physical wall or other similarly secure, contiguous, and impassable physical barrier.&rdquo...
Will Trump build a 2,000-mile border wall? Turns out, maybe not
 Candidate Donald Trump promised a “big, beautiful wall” on the U.S.-Mexico border. President Trump has repeated that pledge. Trump’s border security executive order signed five days after he took office calls for “a contiguous, physical wall or other similarly secure, contiguous, and impassable physical barrier.&rdquo...

3:31 PM Thursday, Mar. 30, 2017

Candidate Donald Trump promised a “big, beautiful wall” on the U.S.-Mexico border. President Trump has repeated that pledge. Trump’s border security executive order signed five days after he took office calls for “a contiguous, physical wall or other similarly secure, contiguous, and impassable physical barrier.&rdquo...
Mexican woman sentenced to 8 years for voter fraud in Tarrant County
 A Mexican woman was sentenced by a Tarrant County jury to eight years in prison and fined $5,000 for illegally voting, according to a release from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. Rosa Maria Ortega falsely claimed U.S. citizenship on a voter registration form in Dallas County and cast ballots five times between 2004 and 2014, according...

5:53 PM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

A Mexican woman was sentenced by a Tarrant County jury to eight years in prison and fined $5,000 for illegally voting, according to a release from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. Rosa Maria Ortega falsely claimed U.S. citizenship on a voter registration form in Dallas County and cast ballots five times between 2004 and 2014, according...
Texas Republicans at odds over immigrant tuition law
 House Speaker Joe Straus said he sees no need to change a 15-year-old state law that allows some unauthorized immigrants to receive in-state tuition at the state’s public universities, drawing another contrast with the more conservative leadership of the state Senate. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has said he opposes the law that allows Texas...

3:15 PM Thursday, Jan. 05, 2017

House Speaker Joe Straus said he sees no need to change a 15-year-old state law that allows some unauthorized immigrants to receive in-state tuition at the state’s public universities, drawing another contrast with the more conservative leadership of the state Senate. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has said he opposes the law that allows Texas...
Michael McCaul: We will build a wall and Mexico will pay for it
 Since his election, Donald Trump has seemingly softened his stance on building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, saying that parts of it could be a fence. He also hasn’t spoken lately about Mexico paying for a wall, a line that drew huge applause during his campaign rallies. But U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, who is in the running...

5:54 PM Monday, Dec. 05, 2016

Since his election, Donald Trump has seemingly softened his stance on building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, saying that parts of it could be a fence. He also hasn’t spoken lately about Mexico paying for a wall, a line that drew huge applause during his campaign rallies. But U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, who is in the running...
Has Ted Cruz drawn another election opponent?
 U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, told the Texas Tribune Friday morning he’s considering running for U.S. Senate in 2018 or 2020. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz would be up for re-election in two years. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn would be up for re-election in 2020. U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro, D-San Antonio, said this summer he was considered...

4:00 PM Friday, Nov. 04, 2016

U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, told the Texas Tribune Friday morning he’s considering running for U.S. Senate in 2018 or 2020. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz would be up for re-election in two years. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn would be up for re-election in 2020. U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro, D-San Antonio, said this summer he was considered...
Michael McCaul: Hillary Clinton committed treason
 U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, said Thursday morning that Hillary Clinton had committed treason, following a Fox News report that the Democratic presidential nominee’s private e-mail server had been hacked by at least five foreign intelligence agencies, citing unnamed FBI sources. The charge follows heated rhetoric from McCaul...

3:46 PM Thursday, Nov. 03, 2016

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, said Thursday morning that Hillary Clinton had committed treason, following a Fox News report that the Democratic presidential nominee’s private e-mail server had been hacked by at least five foreign intelligence agencies, citing unnamed FBI sources. The charge follows heated rhetoric from McCaul...
Michael McCaul: Hillary Clinton committed treason
 U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, said Thursday morning that Hillary Clinton had committed treason, following a Fox News report that the Democratic presidential nominee’s private e-mail server had been hacked by at least five foreign intelligence agencies, citing unnamed FBI sources. The charge follows heated rhetoric from McCaul...

2:46 PM Thursday, Nov. 03, 2016

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, said Thursday morning that Hillary Clinton had committed treason, following a Fox News report that the Democratic presidential nominee’s private e-mail server had been hacked by at least five foreign intelligence agencies, citing unnamed FBI sources. The charge follows heated rhetoric from McCaul...
Texas congressman: ‘A lady needs to be told when she’s being nasty’
 Relatively obscure U.S. Rep. Brian Babin, R-Woodville, is obscure no more. Defending Donald Trump’s interjection at the end of Wednesday’s debate, when the Republican presidential candidate called Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, “such a nasty woman,” Babin said: “I think sometimes a lady needs to be told when...

9:33 PM Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

Relatively obscure U.S. Rep. Brian Babin, R-Woodville, is obscure no more. Defending Donald Trump’s interjection at the end of Wednesday’s debate, when the Republican presidential candidate called Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, “such a nasty woman,” Babin said: “I think sometimes a lady needs to be told when...