Sean Collins Walsh

State Capitol reporter

Sean Collins Walsh reports on state government and politics, including the Texas House of Representatives, the state budget, border and immigration issues, the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Agriculture and the Texas Facilities Commission. 

Latest from Sean Collins Walsh

‘100-year floods’ every year? New Texas rain data is redefining storms
 Onion Creek on Halloween 2013. Wimberley on Memorial Day weekend 2015. Houston’s Tax Day flood in 2016. Hurricane Harvey. If you feel like Texas has had a constant stream of 100- or 500-year floods in the past few years, you’re not wrong. Texas rainfall estimates, the federal data used to describe flooding, were last updated in...

Posted: 7 days ago

Onion Creek on Halloween 2013. Wimberley on Memorial Day weekend 2015. Houston’s Tax Day flood in 2016. Hurricane Harvey. If you feel like Texas has had a constant stream of 100- or 500-year floods in the past few years, you’re not wrong. Texas rainfall estimates, the federal data used to describe flooding, were last updated in...
Questions remain on Border Patrol agent’s death in West Texas
 Questions are emerging about whether a Saturday night incident in West Texas that left a Border Patrol agent dead and another injured was an attack — as Republican politicians and Border Patrol union officials have said — or an accident. A federal official told The Associated Press that the agents might have accidentally...

Posted: 24 days ago

Questions are emerging about whether a Saturday night incident in West Texas that left a Border Patrol agent dead and another injured was an attack — as Republican politicians and Border Patrol union officials have said — or an accident. A federal official told The Associated Press that the agents might have accidentally...
Accident or attack? Questions emerge about Border Patrol death
 After a Border Patrol agent died and another was injured on Saturday in West Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott offered a $20,000 reward for tips about the “murder,” U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz bemoaned the “ongoing threat that an unsecure border poses,” and President Donald Trump took to Twitter to push for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico...

Posted: 24 days ago

After a Border Patrol agent died and another was injured on Saturday in West Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott offered a $20,000 reward for tips about the “murder,” U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz bemoaned the “ongoing threat that an unsecure border poses,” and President Donald Trump took to Twitter to push for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico...
How loopholes, lapses and politics stymie gun-buyer background checks
 The massacre at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs has focused national attention on the Air Force’s failure to report to the FBI a 2012 military court conviction that should have prevented the shooter from buying an assault-style weapon he used to kill 26 people and injure 20 more. But gun experts say problems with the...

11:34 PM Friday, Nov. 10, 2017

The massacre at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs has focused national attention on the Air Force’s failure to report to the FBI a 2012 military court conviction that should have prevented the shooter from buying an assault-style weapon he used to kill 26 people and injure 20 more. But gun experts say problems with the...
Report: ICE overstates effectiveness of policy at heart of SB 4 debate
 This article has been updated with comment from ICE. In the first four months of the Trump administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement greatly overstated the effectiveness of a program in which local law enforcement agencies partner with the federal government to facilitate the deportation of county jail inmates suspected of...

11:14 PM Wednesday, Nov. 08, 2017

This article has been updated with comment from ICE. In the first four months of the Trump administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement greatly overstated the effectiveness of a program in which local law enforcement agencies partner with the federal government to facilitate the deportation of county jail inmates suspected of...
Report: ICE exaggerates success of program ‘sanctuary cities’ resist
 In the first four months of the Trump administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has greatly overstated the effectiveness of a program in which local law enforcement agencies partner with the federal government to facilitate the deportation of county jail inmates suspected of being unauthorized immigrants, according to a new...

5:45 PM Wednesday, Nov. 08, 2017

In the first four months of the Trump administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has greatly overstated the effectiveness of a program in which local law enforcement agencies partner with the federal government to facilitate the deportation of county jail inmates suspected of being unauthorized immigrants, according to a new...
As shooter’s past emerges, lawmakers push to boost background checks
 As revelations continue to emerge about the criminal and mental health history of the man who shot and killed 26 people in a Sutherland Springs church, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn on Tuesday announced he will push for legislation aimed at strengthening the federal background check system for gun purchasers. The Air Force on Monday said that it...

12:30 AM Wednesday, Nov. 08, 2017

As revelations continue to emerge about the criminal and mental health history of the man who shot and killed 26 people in a Sutherland Springs church, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn on Tuesday announced he will push for legislation aimed at strengthening the federal background check system for gun purchasers. The Air Force on Monday said that it...
Devin Patrick Kelley’s violent history didn’t stop him from buying guns
 Devin Patrick Kelley — the 26-year-old New Braunfels resident who on Sunday perpetrated the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history — should not have been able to buy the assault-style rifle he used to kill 26 people at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, according to gun and military experts. In 2012, a military...

1:02 AM Tuesday, Nov. 07, 2017

Devin Patrick Kelley — the 26-year-old New Braunfels resident who on Sunday perpetrated the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history — should not have been able to buy the assault-style rifle he used to kill 26 people at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, according to gun and military experts. In 2012, a military...
Why federal law should have stopped Devin Kelley from buying guns
 Devin Patrick Kelley shot and killed at least 26 people Sunday at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs near San Antonio. His history of violent crime should have prevented him from being able to purchase an assault-style rifle. Here’s what we know about how the 26-year-old New Braunfels resident was able to purchase the rifle...

12:52 AM Tuesday, Nov. 07, 2017

Devin Patrick Kelley shot and killed at least 26 people Sunday at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs near San Antonio. His history of violent crime should have prevented him from being able to purchase an assault-style rifle. Here’s what we know about how the 26-year-old New Braunfels resident was able to purchase the rifle...
What to know about Devin Patrick Kelley and gun laws
 On Sunday, Devin Patrick Kelley, a 26-year-old New Braunfels resident, shot and killed at least 26 people during a service at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs near San Antonio. Here’s what we know about Kelley and how he was able to purchase the assault rifle used in the attack: 1.) The family of one of Kelley’s...

4:24 PM Monday, Nov. 06, 2017

On Sunday, Devin Patrick Kelley, a 26-year-old New Braunfels resident, shot and killed at least 26 people during a service at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs near San Antonio. Here’s what we know about Kelley and how he was able to purchase the assault rifle used in the attack: 1.) The family of one of Kelley’s...
Gov. Abbott asks Congress for $61 billion for Harvey damage
 Fifteen million dollars to repair and replace damaged Port Aransas schools. About $12 billion to build a storm surge barrier in Galveston Bay. More than $21 million to replace 170 trailer homes destroyed in La Grange. Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday delivered a $61 billion, 282-project wish list to congressional leaders, asking for federal aid...

11:57 PM Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017

Fifteen million dollars to repair and replace damaged Port Aransas schools. About $12 billion to build a storm surge barrier in Galveston Bay. More than $21 million to replace 170 trailer homes destroyed in La Grange. Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday delivered a $61 billion, 282-project wish list to congressional leaders, asking for federal aid...