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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Valdez sets conditions, and chances of debating Abbott fade
 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez on Wednesday announced her acceptance of a second debate with Republican Gov. Greg Abbott but also identified conditions for the first, or any, debate, reducing the likelihood the two candidates will face each other on a debate stage. Among the conditions: Some questions must be in Spanish, and...

Posted: 7 hours ago

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez on Wednesday announced her acceptance of a second debate with Republican Gov. Greg Abbott but also identified conditions for the first, or any, debate, reducing the likelihood the two candidates will face each other on a debate stage. Among the conditions: Some questions must be in Spanish, and...
Valdez demands debates with Abbott include questions in Spanish
 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez on Wednesday announced her acceptance of a second debate with Republican Gov. Greg Abbott but also identified conditions for the first, or any, debate, reducing the likelihood the two candidates will face each other on a debate stage. Among the conditions: Some questions must be in Spanish, and...

Posted: 10 hours ago

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez on Wednesday announced her acceptance of a second debate with Republican Gov. Greg Abbott but also identified conditions for the first, or any, debate, reducing the likelihood the two candidates will face each other on a debate stage. Among the conditions: Some questions must be in Spanish, and...
Texas Democrats far behind in money race for statewide office
 The newly released state and federal campaign finance reports bore some good news for Texas Democrats. Senate candidate U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, continued to outraise U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. Seven Democratic congressional candidates raised more money in the last quarter in Republican-held districts than their GOP opponents. But...

Posted: a day ago

The newly released state and federal campaign finance reports bore some good news for Texas Democrats. Senate candidate U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, continued to outraise U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. Seven Democratic congressional candidates raised more money in the last quarter in Republican-held districts than their GOP opponents. But...
Valdez on her humble fundraising: ‘This election will not be bought’
 Democrat Lupe Valdez’s gubernatorial campaign reported raising $335,765 between May 13 and June 20 and had $222,050 in cash on hand as of June 30. Gov. Greg Abbott’s re-election campaign reported raising $10.9 million between Feb. 25 and June 30, and had $28.9 million in cash on hand, according to its filing Monday with the Texas...

Posted: a day ago

Democrat Lupe Valdez’s gubernatorial campaign reported raising $335,765 between May 13 and June 20 and had $222,050 in cash on hand as of June 30. Gov. Greg Abbott’s re-election campaign reported raising $10.9 million between Feb. 25 and June 30, and had $28.9 million in cash on hand, according to its filing Monday with the Texas...
Democrats outraise Republicans in seven GOP-held U.S. House districts
 Seven Texas Democratic congressional candidates outraised their rivals in Republican-held districts in the second quarter of the year, including four Democrats who amassed more than $1 million, according to campaign finance reports filed over the weekend, with most becoming available Monday. “I don’t think that’s happened...

Posted: 2 days ago

Seven Texas Democratic congressional candidates outraised their rivals in Republican-held districts in the second quarter of the year, including four Democrats who amassed more than $1 million, according to campaign finance reports filed over the weekend, with most becoming available Monday. “I don’t think that’s happened...
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...

Posted: 2 days ago

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...

Posted: 2 days ago

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...

Posted: 2 days ago

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...

Posted: 4 days ago

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...

Posted: 6 days ago

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...

Posted: 6 days ago

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...