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

On-duty police pack court as jury sentences man who shot APD officer
 Uniformed Austin police officers irked the defense and some court watchers Thursday by flooding the courtroom for the sentencing of a suspected drug dealer who shot a SWAT officer in 2016. Tyler Harrell, who fired 23 times from an AK-47-style rifle during a police raid of his family’s home, received 13½ years in prison. The 18...

Posted: 10 days ago

Uniformed Austin police officers irked the defense and some court watchers Thursday by flooding the courtroom for the sentencing of a suspected drug dealer who shot a SWAT officer in 2016. Tyler Harrell, who fired 23 times from an AK-47-style rifle during a police raid of his family’s home, received 13½ years in prison. The 18...
On-duty police pack court as jury sentences man who shot SWAT officer
 Uniformed Austin police officers irked the defense and some court watchers Thursday by flooding the courtroom for the sentencing of a suspected drug dealer who shot a SWAT officer in 2016. Tyler Harrell, who fired 23 times from an AK-47-style rifle during a police raid of his family’s home, received 13½ years in prison. The 18...

Posted: 10 days ago

Uniformed Austin police officers irked the defense and some court watchers Thursday by flooding the courtroom for the sentencing of a suspected drug dealer who shot a SWAT officer in 2016. Tyler Harrell, who fired 23 times from an AK-47-style rifle during a police raid of his family’s home, received 13½ years in prison. The 18...
Inside the Austin bomber’s life: Questions of friends, faith, sexuality
 Several years before embarking on a bombing spree that terrorized Austin, Mark Conditt had turned against his family’s devout Christianity and declared himself an atheist. It was the first of many steps that separated the 23-year-old from his oldest friends and set him on a course of increasing isolation. He lost his job in the tech...

Posted: 10 days ago

Several years before embarking on a bombing spree that terrorized Austin, Mark Conditt had turned against his family’s devout Christianity and declared himself an atheist. It was the first of many steps that separated the 23-year-old from his oldest friends and set him on a course of increasing isolation. He lost his job in the tech...
Inside the Austin bomber’s life: Questions of friends, faith, sexuality
 Several years before embarking on a bombing spree that terrorized Austin, Mark Conditt had turned against his family’s devout Christianity and declared himself an atheist. It was the first of many steps that separated the 23-year-old from his oldest friends and set him on a course of increasing isolation. He lost his job in the tech...

Posted: 10 days ago

Several years before embarking on a bombing spree that terrorized Austin, Mark Conditt had turned against his family’s devout Christianity and declared himself an atheist. It was the first of many steps that separated the 23-year-old from his oldest friends and set him on a course of increasing isolation. He lost his job in the tech...
Deportations of traffic offenders skyrocketed under Trump, study says
 In pushing for increased coordination between federal immigration agencies and local law enforcement, the Trump administration has contended that those types of partnerships are key to ridding the country of unauthorized immigrants who are also violent criminals. But in President Donald Trump’s first year in office, the largest increase...

Posted: 23 days ago

In pushing for increased coordination between federal immigration agencies and local law enforcement, the Trump administration has contended that those types of partnerships are key to ridding the country of unauthorized immigrants who are also violent criminals. But in President Donald Trump’s first year in office, the largest increase...
Deportations of traffic offenders skyrocketed under Trump, study says
 In pushing for increased coordination between federal immigration agencies and local law enforcement, the Trump administration has contended that those types of partnerships are key to ridding the country of unauthorized immigrants who are violent criminals. But in President Donald Trump’s first year in office, the largest increase...

Posted: 24 days ago

In pushing for increased coordination between federal immigration agencies and local law enforcement, the Trump administration has contended that those types of partnerships are key to ridding the country of unauthorized immigrants who are violent criminals. But in President Donald Trump’s first year in office, the largest increase...
Sid Miller’s political consultant hit up campaign donor for $29K loan
 A San Antonio businessman says Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller’s top political consultant, Todd M. Smith, told him he could get appointed to an advisory role on health care policy in return for contributing to Miller’s campaign. Then Smith hit the businessman up for a personal loan of $29,000, according to a promissory...

Posted: 27 days ago

A San Antonio businessman says Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller’s top political consultant, Todd M. Smith, told him he could get appointed to an advisory role on health care policy in return for contributing to Miller’s campaign. Then Smith hit the businessman up for a personal loan of $29,000, according to a promissory...
Sid Miller put ex-doctor with 2 revoked licenses on rural health panel
 Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller in late 2016 appointed to the state’s Rural Health Task Force a former physician and Miller campaign donor who had his medical license revoked or suspended in three states. In Iowa, Rick Ray Redalen’s medical license was first suspended when he was convicted of perjury in a case involving...

1:44 AM Saturday, Apr. 07, 2018

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller in late 2016 appointed to the state’s Rural Health Task Force a former physician and Miller campaign donor who had his medical license revoked or suspended in three states. In Iowa, Rick Ray Redalen’s medical license was first suspended when he was convicted of perjury in a case involving...
Sid Miller put ex-doctor with 2 revoked licenses on rural health panel
 Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller in late 2016 appointed to the state’s Rural Health Task Force a former physician and Miller campaign donor who had his medical license revoked or suspended in three states. In Iowa, Rick Ray Redalen’s medical license was first suspended when he was convicted of perjury in a case involving...

1:37 AM Saturday, Apr. 07, 2018

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller in late 2016 appointed to the state’s Rural Health Task Force a former physician and Miller campaign donor who had his medical license revoked or suspended in three states. In Iowa, Rick Ray Redalen’s medical license was first suspended when he was convicted of perjury in a case involving...
Austin’s only historically black legislative seat at risk in run-off
 As a half-dozen pastors of black churches picked at eggs and sausage in a small back room at Denny’s, Sheryl Cole told them that she might lose the Democratic run-off for Texas House District 46 to Jose “Chito” Vela III. The ministers didn’t need to be reminded of the stakes, but Cole and her campaign team drove it...

6:55 PM Thursday, Apr. 05, 2018

As a half-dozen pastors of black churches picked at eggs and sausage in a small back room at Denny’s, Sheryl Cole told them that she might lose the Democratic run-off for Texas House District 46 to Jose “Chito” Vela III. The ministers didn’t need to be reminded of the stakes, but Cole and her campaign team drove it...
Austin’s only historically black legislative seat at risk in run-off
 As a half-dozen pastors of African-American churches picked at eggs and sausage in a small back room at Denny’s, Sheryl Cole told them that she might lose the Democratic run-off for Texas House District 46 to Jose “Chito” Vela III. The ministers didn’t need to be reminded of the stakes, but Cole and her campaign team...

6:53 PM Thursday, Apr. 05, 2018

As a half-dozen pastors of African-American churches picked at eggs and sausage in a small back room at Denny’s, Sheryl Cole told them that she might lose the Democratic run-off for Texas House District 46 to Jose “Chito” Vela III. The ministers didn’t need to be reminded of the stakes, but Cole and her campaign team...