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

Searching for new wedge issue, Cruz says O’Rourke will ban barbecue
 Tofu or not tofu? That is the question U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has raised in his latest bid to create a cultural wedge issue between himself and U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke in their heated Senate race. Appearing at a packed campaign event at Schobels Restaurant in Columbus, 90 miles southeast of Austin, on Saturday, Cruz said, “When I...

Posted: 21 hours ago

Tofu or not tofu? That is the question U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has raised in his latest bid to create a cultural wedge issue between himself and U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke in their heated Senate race. Appearing at a packed campaign event at Schobels Restaurant in Columbus, 90 miles southeast of Austin, on Saturday, Cruz said, “When I...
Cruz and O’Rourke agree to three debates in U.S. Senate race
 After months of back and forth, the Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke Senate campaigns agreed Friday to hold three hourlong debates in front of live audiences — at Southern Methodist University in Dallas on Sept. 21, the University of Houston on Sept. 30 and in a San Antonio television studio to be named later on Oct. 16. The first two...

Posted: 3 days ago

After months of back and forth, the Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke Senate campaigns agreed Friday to hold three hourlong debates in front of live audiences — at Southern Methodist University in Dallas on Sept. 21, the University of Houston on Sept. 30 and in a San Antonio television studio to be named later on Oct. 16. The first two...
Cruz and O’Rourke will hold three Senate debates
 After months of back and forth, the Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke Senate campaigns agreed Friday to hold three hourlong debates in front of live audiences — at Southern Methodist University in Dallas on Sept. 21, the University of Houston on Sept. 30 and in a San Antonio television studio to be named later on Oct. 16. The first two...

Posted: 3 days ago

After months of back and forth, the Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke Senate campaigns agreed Friday to hold three hourlong debates in front of live audiences — at Southern Methodist University in Dallas on Sept. 21, the University of Houston on Sept. 30 and in a San Antonio television studio to be named later on Oct. 16. The first two...
The risks of cool: Is Beto skating on thin ice with his old DWI?
  Good Friday Austin. Forty-four years ago, at the age of 20, I drove drunk and got in a minor accident. I have no memory of what happened.  All I know is I could have killed someone. I could have killed myself. I was two years into college at Tufts University. I had moved into a house off-campus for the first time with a friend, and...

Posted: 4 days ago

Good Friday Austin. Forty-four years ago, at the age of 20, I drove drunk and got in a minor accident. I have no memory of what happened.  All I know is I could have killed someone. I could have killed myself. I was two years into college at Tufts University. I had moved into a house off-campus for the first time with a friend, and...
Remember the Alamo’s `heroic defenders,’ but also recall Texas as `a conspiracy to acquire territory out of which slave states might be formed’
   Dan chandler, from Plano, attends a State Board of Education meeting at the William B. Travis Building, Tuesday, Sept. 11,
               2018. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman) Good day Austin: Last month, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, at a bill signing to make sex trafficking a felony in his state, said, “We&rsquo...

Posted: 6 days ago

  Dan chandler, from Plano, attends a State Board of Education meeting at the William B. Travis Building, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman) Good day Austin: Last month, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, at a bill signing to make sex trafficking a felony in his state, said, “We&rsquo...
After halting start, Beto O’Rourke feeling the love in border counties
 In the Democratic primary six months ago, Beto O’Rourke lost more than 20 heavily-Hispanic South Texas counties to a little-known political novice. But the three-term El Paso congressman seeking to upend U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, seems to have found his stride in South Texas, packing big events on a recent campaign swing to the Rio...

Posted: 25 days ago

In the Democratic primary six months ago, Beto O’Rourke lost more than 20 heavily-Hispanic South Texas counties to a little-known political novice. But the three-term El Paso congressman seeking to upend U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, seems to have found his stride in South Texas, packing big events on a recent campaign swing to the Rio...
After halting start, Beto O’Rourke feeling the love in border counties
 Beto O’Rourke’s final rally on a recent three-day campaign swing to the South Texas border was a sweaty, ecstatic affair, with 500 people jammed into the no-frills Tex-Mex Nightclub. The other statewide Democratic candidates opened. Latina comedian Cristela Alonzo introduced O’Rourke — his Anglo heritage notwithstanding...

Posted: 25 days ago

Beto O’Rourke’s final rally on a recent three-day campaign swing to the South Texas border was a sweaty, ecstatic affair, with 500 people jammed into the no-frills Tex-Mex Nightclub. The other statewide Democratic candidates opened. Latina comedian Cristela Alonzo introduced O’Rourke — his Anglo heritage notwithstanding...
Lupe Valdez: Candidata demócrata y casera en Dallas
 Lupe Valdez, la candidata demócrata a la gubernatura de Texas, ha sido criticada por sus contrincantes por no haber pagado a tiempo sus impuestos de varias propiedades que tiene en Dallas. Pero para Valdez, quien antes de postularse fue la alguacila del condado de Dallas, ha dicho que para ella es mejor pagar sus impuestos a la propiedad...

Posted: 27 days ago

Lupe Valdez, la candidata demócrata a la gubernatura de Texas, ha sido criticada por sus contrincantes por no haber pagado a tiempo sus impuestos de varias propiedades que tiene en Dallas. Pero para Valdez, quien antes de postularse fue la alguacila del condado de Dallas, ha dicho que para ella es mejor pagar sus impuestos a la propiedad...