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.

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Abbott has $29 million in campaign cash heading into fall
 Gov. Greg Abbott’s re-election campaign raised $10.9 million and spent $22 million between Feb. 25 and June 30, and it had $28.9 million in cash on hand, according to its filing Monday with the Texas Ethics Commission. Abbott’s expenditures include $16.1 million for TV time across the state for a fall ad campaign. “This...

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Gov. Greg Abbott’s re-election campaign raised $10.9 million and spent $22 million between Feb. 25 and June 30, and it had $28.9 million in cash on hand, according to its filing Monday with the Texas Ethics Commission. Abbott’s expenditures include $16.1 million for TV time across the state for a fall ad campaign. “This...
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has huge fundraising advantage over Mike Collier
 Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has 233 times as much cash on hand as his Democratic rival, Mike Collier, heading into the fall campaign. Texans for Dan Patrick will report that it has raised almost $4.5 million between Feb. 25 and June 30 and has nearly $14 million in the bank. The report will be filed by Monday’s deadline with the Texas Ethics...

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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has 233 times as much cash on hand as his Democratic rival, Mike Collier, heading into the fall campaign. Texans for Dan Patrick will report that it has raised almost $4.5 million between Feb. 25 and June 30 and has nearly $14 million in the bank. The report will be filed by Monday’s deadline with the Texas Ethics...
Abbott has $29 million cash plus $16 million ad buy heading into fall
 Gov. Greg Abbott’s re-election campaign raised $10.9 million and spent $22 million between Feb. 25 and June 30, and had $28.9 million in cash on hand, according to its filing Monday with the Texas Ethics Commission. Abbott’s expenditures include $16.1 million for TV time across the state for a fall ad campaign. “This is...

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Gov. Greg Abbott’s re-election campaign raised $10.9 million and spent $22 million between Feb. 25 and June 30, and had $28.9 million in cash on hand, according to its filing Monday with the Texas Ethics Commission. Abbott’s expenditures include $16.1 million for TV time across the state for a fall ad campaign. “This is...
Landlady Lupe Valdez: Better to offer low rent than pay taxes on time
 Colin Howell and Jayme Thompson have a dream to start a mobile food truck — the Flying Pineapple Baking Company — selling retro desserts in Dallas-Fort Worth. What’s made the numbers work on their ambition is their phenomenal rent — $700 a month for a piece of a fourplex on the outskirts of Oak Cliff’s trendy...

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Colin Howell and Jayme Thompson have a dream to start a mobile food truck — the Flying Pineapple Baking Company — selling retro desserts in Dallas-Fort Worth. What’s made the numbers work on their ambition is their phenomenal rent — $700 a month for a piece of a fourplex on the outskirts of Oak Cliff’s trendy...
O’Rourke maintains blistering fundraising pace in race against Cruz
 Maintaining his blistering fundraising pace in his Senate bid, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke raised more than $10.4 million in the second quarter of the year, more than twice as much as U.S. Sen Ted Cruz, the Republican incumbent he is seeking to unseat. O’Rourke had $14 million cash on hand as of the end of June, compared with $10...

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Maintaining his blistering fundraising pace in his Senate bid, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke raised more than $10.4 million in the second quarter of the year, more than twice as much as U.S. Sen Ted Cruz, the Republican incumbent he is seeking to unseat. O’Rourke had $14 million cash on hand as of the end of June, compared with $10...
Abbott and Valdez to debate amid Friday night lights
 There will be at least one debate between Gov. Greg Abbott and his Democratic rival, former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, to be held in Austin, and broadcast statewide, at the end of September. The Abbott campaign effectively unveiled the debate plan Wednesday when it announced it had accepted an invitation from Nexstar Media Group to...

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There will be at least one debate between Gov. Greg Abbott and his Democratic rival, former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, to be held in Austin, and broadcast statewide, at the end of September. The Abbott campaign effectively unveiled the debate plan Wednesday when it announced it had accepted an invitation from Nexstar Media Group to...
O’Rourke maintains torrid fundraising pace in Senate bid
 Maintaining his torrid fundraising pace, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke announced Wednesday that he had raised more than $10.4 million in the second quarter of the year in his bid to unseat Republican rival U.S. Sen Ted Cruz. O’Rourke also said he had $14 million cash on hand as of the end of June. Cruz, who has trailed O’Rourke...

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Maintaining his torrid fundraising pace, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke announced Wednesday that he had raised more than $10.4 million in the second quarter of the year in his bid to unseat Republican rival U.S. Sen Ted Cruz. O’Rourke also said he had $14 million cash on hand as of the end of June. Cruz, who has trailed O’Rourke...
Abbott accepts invitation to debate Valdez amid Friday night lights
 Gov. Greg Abbott Wednesday accepted an invitation from Nexstar Media Group to debate Democratic rival Lupe Valdez. The debate will be broadcast statewide on television and online. It will be held in Austin and is scheduled for 7 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 28, a Friday night during high school football season. Valdez offered her qualified acceptance...

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Gov. Greg Abbott Wednesday accepted an invitation from Nexstar Media Group to debate Democratic rival Lupe Valdez. The debate will be broadcast statewide on television and online. It will be held in Austin and is scheduled for 7 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 28, a Friday night during high school football season. Valdez offered her qualified acceptance...
MJ Hegar’s viral video does big box office in campaign cash
 It appears that Democratic congressional candidate MJ Hegar’s investment in a compelling biographical campaign video that went viral has paid off. Hegar’s long-shot campaign announced Monday that it raised $1.1 million in the second quarter of 2018 — including $750,000 in the 10 days after releasing her video, “Doors...

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It appears that Democratic congressional candidate MJ Hegar’s investment in a compelling biographical campaign video that went viral has paid off. Hegar’s long-shot campaign announced Monday that it raised $1.1 million in the second quarter of 2018 — including $750,000 in the 10 days after releasing her video, “Doors...
MJ Hegar’s viral video does big box office in campaign cash
 It appears that Democratic congressional candidate MJ Hegar’s investment in a compelling 3-minute, 28-second biographical campaign video that went viral has paid off. Hegar’s long-shot campaign to upend U.S. Rep. John Carter, a Republican seeking his ninth term, announced Monday that it raised $1.1 million in the second quarter...

Posted: 6 days ago

It appears that Democratic congressional candidate MJ Hegar’s investment in a compelling 3-minute, 28-second biographical campaign video that went viral has paid off. Hegar’s long-shot campaign to upend U.S. Rep. John Carter, a Republican seeking his ninth term, announced Monday that it raised $1.1 million in the second quarter...