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

Beto O’Rourke nearly triples Ted Cruz fundraising in 2018
 U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke has raised nearly three times as much money as U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018. O’Rourke, a third-term Democratic congressman from El Paso, has raised $2.3 million through Feb. 14 toward his U.S. Senate campaign. Cruz, a Houston Republican seeking his second term, raised $800,000. While O’Rourke touted...

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U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke has raised nearly three times as much money as U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018. O’Rourke, a third-term Democratic congressman from El Paso, has raised $2.3 million through Feb. 14 toward his U.S. Senate campaign. Cruz, a Houston Republican seeking his second term, raised $800,000. While O’Rourke touted...
George P. Bush absent from candidate forums as rivals gun for a runoff
 In 2014, the future belonged to George P. Bush. Elected to statewide office his first time out, out-polling even Greg Abbott, he was the scion of one of America’s great political dynasties. He was the grandson and nephew of presidents and the son of someone who, at that moment, looked like he might have been about to become president...

Posted: 4 hours ago

In 2014, the future belonged to George P. Bush. Elected to statewide office his first time out, out-polling even Greg Abbott, he was the scion of one of America’s great political dynasties. He was the grandson and nephew of presidents and the son of someone who, at that moment, looked like he might have been about to become president...
Nancy Pelosi’s `cold-blooded’ warning to Democratic primary voters: `If the person who can’t win, wins, it’s not a priority race for us anymore.’
   U.S. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, visited with members of the Statesman’s
               editorial board, a chief political writer and metro columnist Monday morning February 19, 2018 in the newspaper offices in
               Austin, TX. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN...

Posted: 3 days ago

  U.S. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, visited with members of the Statesman’s editorial board, a chief political writer and metro columnist Monday morning February 19, 2018 in the newspaper offices in Austin, TX. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN...
Abbott looks to address shootings, doesn’t mention changing gun laws
 In the wake of the Florida school shooting that killed 14 students and three staff members, Gov. Greg Abbott called for ensuring Texas schools are safe, fixing the federal background check database and addressing mental health as a cause of some shootings. Asked whether changing gun laws should be considered, Abbott did not mention it as...

Posted: 3 days ago

In the wake of the Florida school shooting that killed 14 students and three staff members, Gov. Greg Abbott called for ensuring Texas schools are safe, fixing the federal background check database and addressing mental health as a cause of some shootings. Asked whether changing gun laws should be considered, Abbott did not mention it as...
Poll: George P. Bush and Sid Miller ahead but could face runoffs
 Land Commissioner George P. Bush and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller are both facing fluid races heading into the March 6 Republican primary, raising the possibility of being forced into runoff elections, according to the results of a University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll released Monday. While poll results showed that Bush and Miller...

Posted: 5 days ago

Land Commissioner George P. Bush and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller are both facing fluid races heading into the March 6 Republican primary, raising the possibility of being forced into runoff elections, according to the results of a University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll released Monday. While poll results showed that Bush and Miller...
In crowded race to replace Lamar Smith, Cruz makes his pick plain
 When U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith announced in November that he was calling it quits after 30 years in Washington, he left Republicans with scarcely four months to throw together campaigns and figure out how to stand out in what quickly became a field of 18 candidates with no clear front-runner. State Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, unveiled...

Posted: 5 days ago

When U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith announced in November that he was calling it quits after 30 years in Washington, he left Republicans with scarcely four months to throw together campaigns and figure out how to stand out in what quickly became a field of 18 candidates with no clear front-runner. State Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, unveiled...
UT/Texas Tribune poll shows Bush, Sid Miller vulnerable for runoff
 Land Commissioner George P. Bush and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller are both facing fluid races heading into the March 6 primary and the possibility of being forced into runoffs, according to the results of a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll released Monday. While both Bush and Miller had more than the 50 percent necessary...

Posted: 5 days ago

Land Commissioner George P. Bush and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller are both facing fluid races heading into the March 6 primary and the possibility of being forced into runoffs, according to the results of a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll released Monday. While both Bush and Miller had more than the 50 percent necessary...
Amid Alamo management concerns, Bush will leave nonprofit board
 Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush plans to resign this spring from the board of the Alamo Trust, the nonprofit that manages day-to-day operations of the state’s most iconic site. The decision follows reporting last week by the American-Statesman about an unreleased draft audit report, prepared by internal auditors for the General...

Posted: 8 days ago

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush plans to resign this spring from the board of the Alamo Trust, the nonprofit that manages day-to-day operations of the state’s most iconic site. The decision follows reporting last week by the American-Statesman about an unreleased draft audit report, prepared by internal auditors for the General...
Abbott ad: You said ‘no’ to Wendy Davis, now say ‘no’ to Sarah Davis
 Gov. Greg Abbott’s campaign is escalating the air war against Republican state Rep. Sarah Davis by launching a fourth TV commercial, this one focusing on abortion policies and likening the moderate renegade to her unrelated namesake, Wendy Davis, Abbott’s Democratic rival in 2014. “You said ‘no’ to Wendy Davis...

Posted: 9 days ago

Gov. Greg Abbott’s campaign is escalating the air war against Republican state Rep. Sarah Davis by launching a fourth TV commercial, this one focusing on abortion policies and likening the moderate renegade to her unrelated namesake, Wendy Davis, Abbott’s Democratic rival in 2014. “You said ‘no’ to Wendy Davis...
George P. Bush plans to step down from nonprofit Alamo Trust board
 12:30 p.m. update Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush plans to resign this spring from the board of the Alamo Trust, the nonprofit that manages day-to-day operations of the state’s most iconic site. “Commissioner Bush continues to demonstrate his dedication to ensuring the highest level of integrity, accountability and transparency...

Posted: 9 days ago

12:30 p.m. update Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush plans to resign this spring from the board of the Alamo Trust, the nonprofit that manages day-to-day operations of the state’s most iconic site. “Commissioner Bush continues to demonstrate his dedication to ensuring the highest level of integrity, accountability and transparency...