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

Flash-bang grenades: On Ted Cruz’s incendiary political rhetoric.
 Poster by SABO   Good Friday Austin: The 
            TIME 100 is supposed to be a list of the 100 most influential people of 2018. Each of the hundred gets a little write-up by some other pretty influential person. And so our own Texas Sen. Ted Cruz did the blurb for President Trump. Here is what Cruz wrote: President Trump is a flash-bang...

Posted: 3 days ago

Poster by SABO   Good Friday Austin: The TIME 100 is supposed to be a list of the 100 most influential people of 2018. Each of the hundred gets a little write-up by some other pretty influential person. And so our own Texas Sen. Ted Cruz did the blurb for President Trump. Here is what Cruz wrote: President Trump is a flash-bang...
Twenty-five years later, Waco survivor is keeper of the Davidian flame
 On April 19, 1993, Clive Doyle was one of nine Branch Davidians to emerge from the fire that consumed Mount Carmel, the small religious sect’s communal home a few miles outside of Waco. He was burned, but alive. “Twenty-five years, a quarter-century, it’s hard to believe,” an emotionally exhausted Doyle, 77, said at...

Posted: 4 days ago

On April 19, 1993, Clive Doyle was one of nine Branch Davidians to emerge from the fire that consumed Mount Carmel, the small religious sect’s communal home a few miles outside of Waco. He was burned, but alive. “Twenty-five years, a quarter-century, it’s hard to believe,” an emotionally exhausted Doyle, 77, said at...
Clive Doyle, voice of Davidian survivors, leads memorial service
 It is 25 years since fire consumed Mount Carmel, the communal home of the Branch Davidians a few miles outside of Waco, ending a 51-day FBI siege with the death of 76 of the members of the small religious community, more than a quarter of them children. On this quarter-century anniversary, the deaths of those 76 people, as well as the six...

Posted: 4 days ago

It is 25 years since fire consumed Mount Carmel, the communal home of the Branch Davidians a few miles outside of Waco, ending a 51-day FBI siege with the death of 76 of the members of the small religious community, more than a quarter of them children. On this quarter-century anniversary, the deaths of those 76 people, as well as the six...
Alex Jones facing four lawsuits calling him to account for “fake news”
 The parents of children killed in the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn., have filed suit against Alex Jones and InfoWars for suggesting the death of their children was a “hoax,” setting the stage for what could be a landmark Austin trial on where to draw the line between free speech and libel in the...

Posted: 6 days ago

The parents of children killed in the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn., have filed suit against Alex Jones and InfoWars for suggesting the death of their children was a “hoax,” setting the stage for what could be a landmark Austin trial on where to draw the line between free speech and libel in the...
Pressure builds for Lupe Valdez to agree to debate Andrew White
 GEORGETOWN — Pressure was mounting over the weekend for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez to agree to debate her runoff rival, Andrew White. The two candidates have appeared together multiple times at campaign events in recent weeks, but they haven’t interacted. White, son of the late Democratic Gov. Mark White, has...

Posted: 8 days ago

GEORGETOWN — Pressure was mounting over the weekend for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez to agree to debate her runoff rival, Andrew White. The two candidates have appeared together multiple times at campaign events in recent weeks, but they haven’t interacted. White, son of the late Democratic Gov. Mark White, has...
Pressure builds for Lupe Valdez to agree to debate Andrew White
 Pressure was mounting over the weekend for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez to agree to debate her runoff rival, Andrew White. The two candidates have appeared together multiple times at campaign events in recent weeks, but they haven’t interacted. White, son of the late Democratic Gov. Mark White, has never held office...

Posted: 8 days ago

Pressure was mounting over the weekend for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez to agree to debate her runoff rival, Andrew White. The two candidates have appeared together multiple times at campaign events in recent weeks, but they haven’t interacted. White, son of the late Democratic Gov. Mark White, has never held office...
A quarter-century later, 'dark theories' still hover over Waco siege
 It was called Operation Trojan Horse, a raid by agents of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in search of what they said were illegal weapons being made by a religious sect outside Waco. The gun battle that ensued left six members of the Branch Davidians — a breakaway Seventh Day Adventist sect — and four ATF...

Posted: 8 days ago

It was called Operation Trojan Horse, a raid by agents of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in search of what they said were illegal weapons being made by a religious sect outside Waco. The gun battle that ensued left six members of the Branch Davidians — a breakaway Seventh Day Adventist sect — and four ATF...
A quarter-century later, ‘dark theories’ still hover over Waco siege
 It was called Operation Trojan Horse, a raid by agents of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in search of what they said were illegal weapons being made by a religious sect outside Waco. The gun battle that ensued left six members of the Branch Davidians — a breakaway Seventh Day Adventist sect — and four ATF...

Posted: 9 days ago

It was called Operation Trojan Horse, a raid by agents of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in search of what they said were illegal weapons being made by a religious sect outside Waco. The gun battle that ensued left six members of the Branch Davidians — a breakaway Seventh Day Adventist sect — and four ATF...
A quarter-century later, ‘dark theories’ still hover over Waco siege
 It was called Operation Trojan Horse, a raid by agents of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in search of what they said were illegal weapons being made by a religious sect outside Waco. The gun battle that ensued left six members of the Branch Davidians — a breakaway Seventh Day Adventist sect — and four ATF...

Posted: 9 days ago

It was called Operation Trojan Horse, a raid by agents of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in search of what they said were illegal weapons being made by a religious sect outside Waco. The gun battle that ensued left six members of the Branch Davidians — a breakaway Seventh Day Adventist sect — and four ATF...
Beto O’Rourke doubles Ted Cruz fundraising in first quarter of 2018

Posted: 10 days ago

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has raised $3.2 million for his re-election campaign in the first three months of the year, less than half of the $6.7 million Democratic rival Beto O’Rourke raised during the same period. The fundraising totals mean that Cruz and O’Rourke, a third-term congressman from El Paso who is still not all...
U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold quits his seat in Congress
 U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, the embattled Republican congressman from Corpus Christi who is not seeking re-election amid sexual harassment allegations, resigned from Congress Friday. “While I planned on serving out the remainder of my term in Congress, I know in my heart it’s time for me to move along and look for new ways to...

Posted: 17 days ago

U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, the embattled Republican congressman from Corpus Christi who is not seeking re-election amid sexual harassment allegations, resigned from Congress Friday. “While I planned on serving out the remainder of my term in Congress, I know in my heart it’s time for me to move along and look for new ways to...