Sr. Editor for @KUT. Covering Texas Politics and policy. @UofAlabama grad "Woke News Dad" according to @AKMcGlinchy
RT @nachoaguilar: Pride of lions eat suspected 'rhino poachers' on South African game reserve usat.ly/2KCbcTJ via @usatoday
RT @ZekeJMiller: AP NewsBreak: US Army quietly discharging immigrant recruits (from @AP) apnews.com/38334c4d061e49…
RT @DaLyahJ: I'm Southern... honestly, I just say whatever. twitter.com/AshLopezRadio/…
@BenPhilpottKUT I am drinking heavily at this point #yankees
 
I hope you’ve got another bottle for tonight.
RT @NPR: Capital Gazette Keeps Working, And Publishing, After 5 Die In Newsroom Shooting n.pr/2Kv9ZcE
RT @postlocal: At least five fatalities confirmed after shooting at Capital Gazette newsroom in Md. A suspect is in police custody, officia…
RT @NPR: Breaking: Multiple people have been shot at Maryland's Capital Gazette newspaper, according to reports from the staff. https://t.c…
RT @AshLopezRadio: Important point here --> twitter.com/mcpli/status/1…
RT @NPR: Saudi Arabia allowed women to drive for the first time on Sunday, ending its widely-criticized ban on women drivers. https://t.co…
RT @AKMcGlinchy: I'm waiting to hear from the city about what this means for Austin's bag ban twitter.com/BenPhilpottKUT…
RT @NPR: The ruling was 5-4 with Chief Justice Roberts joining the court’s four liberals. In a rare move, the court’s other conservatives e…
Texas Supreme Court affirms ruling against the City of Laredo's plastic bag ban. Concurring opinion by Justice Guzman says Legislature and/or solid-waste management companies should do something to reduce plastic waste. Saying, standing idle will invite a day of reckoning. https://t.co/AASO2EN7OX
RT @NBCNews: BREAKING: After declaring this week that "now is the best opportunity ever for Congress to change" immigration laws, President…
I assume being “strong on borders” in Florida has something to do with stopping @AlabamaFTBL from stealing high school recruits. twitter.com/realdonaldtrum…
RT @markknoller: At Governors lunch with @POTUS, Gov Rosello of Puerto Rico made a pitch for statehood: “We don’t want to be a territory a…
RT @nprpolitics: #Breaking: The House has voted down a hard-line, conservative immigration bill, the first of two immigration bills lawmake…
Great work by @steph_federico, @England_Weber and @KUT’s multimedia team that provides amazing pictures and videos. twitter.com/mattlargey/sta…
RT @PatrickSvitek: Here's @GovAbbott answering questions about family separation on @gromerjeffers/@JulieFineNBC5 show yesterday: https://t…
RT @AntonioArellano: BREAKING: Border Patrol releases video of the detention facility in McAllen, Texas. This is US government video. htt…
RT @NPRKelly: Secretary Nielsen to @NPR on May 10: "Operationally what that means is we will have to separate your family." The full inter…
RT @NPRinskeep: TX GOP Rep. Will Hurd, @HurdOnTheHill: Told DHS claim "we do not have a policy of separating families," Hurd laughs. "Kids…
RT @NPRinskeep: On GOP legislation advertised as stopping family separation, GOP Rep. Hurd: "There is nothing that I've read in either of t…
RT @PolitiFact: .@realDonaldTrump said a "horrible law" requires that children be separated from their parents "once they cross the Border…
RT @BillKristol: Trump: The Democrats made us do it. Stephen Miller: It's our policy to do it. Sec. Nielsen: We're not doing it.
RT @NPRinskeep: Too late: Sessions, Kelly, Miller already affirmed this policy. Nielsen’s false claim here rests, at best, on a technicalit…
RT @jaketapper: To be precise, the new Trump policy, which started in April, is “zero tolerance” for illegal border crossings (including by…
RT @josie_huang: Cases arising where parents are being deported without their kids. One mom got sent back in Guatemala. 8-y.o. son is still…
RT @TexasMonthly: Republican congressman @HurdOnTheHill criticized the Trump administration's family separation policy as unnecessarily cru…
A statement from @SpeakerStraus on Lt. Gov @DanPatrick's calls to pass a bill restricting transgender bathroom access in the 2019 legislative session: https://t.co/CgmoC7lGRr
RT @nprpolitics: President Trump Injects Fresh Chaos Into Immigration Debate n.pr/2yc2LZC
"We're very blessed, we're very blessed." - @DanPatrick on having @realDonaldTrump as President.
School safety will be the top issue for the Texas Senate says @DanPatrick He points to "Kicking God" out of school, along with video games and broken families as a reason for school violence.
@DanPatrick turns his speech to the Senate's relationship with the House and @SpeakerStraus. “Sadly all the bills that you wanted that we passed in the senate, House leadership killed. I thank him for his service, but the winds of change are coming to the House.”
Now @DanPatrick up at the @texasGOP convention. He says if Democrats win in November they will raise taxes, support amnesty, support sanctuary cities and, "...force boys and girls to take showers together and allow men in the ladies room"
"We are gong to keep Texas red, we are going to keep Texas free and we are going to keep Texas the greatest state in the United States of America." - @GovAbbott wraps up his speech at @TexasGOP convention.
@GovAbbott tells delegates he will never infringe on 2nd amendment rights. His call for red flag laws, which allow courts to remove guns from people deemed a danger, are rebuked in the draft report of the state party platform.
A proposed @TexasGOP platform plank on secession narrowly missed out on being added to this years document. You can hear its supporters cheer when @GovAbbott says, "....if Texas was its own country."
After a 30 minute delay, @GovAbbott takes the stage to fireworks and a standing ovation at the @TexasGOP convention. He's going down his list of accomplishments as governor the last 3 1/2 years.
Here's the report from the @TexasGOP platform committee. This doc will be debated over the next two days by delegates, with amendments expected to be offered. Some may even be adopted. Final vote on the party platform comes Saturday. texasgop.org/wp-content/upl… https://t.co/Oi9Imkqgq1
There's a booth in the @TexasGOP convention vendor hall promoting the idea of Texas becoming it's own country. Just had a person up on language for that in the party platform.
First push back this afternoon on efforts to remove anti-LGBTQ language in the GOP party plank. A man came up clearly frustrated with talk of removing the language. Angry that the party would, "...have the gall to ignore God....Don't destroy our party."
The party platform public comment period has unfiltered/unedited statements from GOP delegates. So you can get something out of left field. A white man just compared himself to Blacks in the segregated South because dads don't get the same parental rights as moms in a divorce.
There's been a push to censure a handful of sitting GOP lawmakers at the @TexasGOP convention. A formal motion was voted down. But a couple of speakers today are asking for it to come back up on the convention floor.
Listening to Party Platform discussion at the @TexasGOP convention. Early topics: school vouchers vs should tax dollars go to school vouchers - a few speakers calling on the state to remove its "homosexual behavior" plank - and a push to decriminalize pot.
Correction: vote for chair and vice-chair is on FRIDAY, not Saturday. twitter.com/BenPhilpottKUT…
RT @lmcgaughy: HUGE break already from 2016, when top Texas Republicans didn’t mention Trump’s name. “I’ve been proud to stand with Presid…
And @CindyCAsche brings up this weeks meeting between @realDonaldTrump and Kim Jong-un. Says the President was elected at this time in our history to save the country.
Now we’re on to speeches for vice-chair and chair of the @TexasGOP. Current chairman @jamesdickey is being challenged by @CindyCAsche. Vote comes Saturday.
RT @AP: New York's attorney general says President Trump's foundation served as a personal piggy bank for his businesses, legal bills and p…
Opening speeches at @TexasGOP convention include list of accomplishments, calls for unity, a quick mention of efforts to be an inclusive party and several birthday wishes for @realDonaldTrump https://t.co/f0soOS4VjN
Almost time to start the @TexasGOP convention. First speakers begin around 9. https://t.co/KF0yqERLLM
Thank you @espn! The extra time you took with Henry Aaron tonight during the @Braves game has been so wonderful. I was worried it might just be an inning. Having him in the booth that long, listening to him talk baseball, was such a gift.
RT @MoseBuchele: Sounds like Trump and Perry's plan to subsidize coal and nuclear plants is getting a ton of push back at today's meeting o…
A group of Republicans at this week's TX state convention want to censure @JohnCornyn for, "violation of Republican Party Principles" and undercutting @realDonaldTrump. twitter.com/JohnCornyn/sta…
Getting ready for the latest meeting of the @KUT book club. https://t.co/SFkEvKiLlu
RT @NPR: By a 5-4 margin, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Ohio's "use-it-or-lose-it" law, the most aggressive voter-purge system in the count…
RT @rebeccaballhaus: Trump says he‘s considering pardoning Muhammad Ali, whose conviction the Supreme Court overturned in 1971. Ali’s law…
RT @NPRmelissablock: Dave Chappelle, making himself right at home at the #tinydesk, proclaims “I AM LAKSHMI SINGH.” 🤣 #nprlife https://t.co…
RT @nlbmprez: J.R. Richard never lost a game he started in high school prompting then @Cubs scout, Buck O'Neil, to call Richard "the most d…
RT @dabeard: "A piece of trash." That's what an EPA flack called a @washingtonpost journo for asking a legit question. What's the worst you…
@AKMcGlinchy said a "there is a storm coming" in the newsroom, and I spent 5 minutes looking up weather and radar reports in hopes that rain was on the way. Nope, she was making fun of an email with the subject line: "There is a storm coming."
RT @AKMcGlinchy: Seems relevant to Austin. Last year, @GovAbbott withdrew grant funding from Travis County because of the Sherrif’s policy…
Plus a win for the @Braves....a pretty good night. twitter.com/NBCSports/stat…
RT @PoliticsReid: Almost half of the 87 Republicans who won House seats for the first time in 2010 are already gone - https://t.co/hgUPXP64…
RT @JasonIsbell: Brilliant game tonight by @Folty25. A joy to behold.
RT @PatrickSvitek: - Do you agree with Trump’s latest tariffs? - @tedcruz: “No. I think tariffs are a mistake. I think they hurt Texas busi…
I wonder what real news they're going to miss today because they're obsessing over this meaningless garbage? twitter.com/oliverdarcy/st…
 
MATT, did you hear about the twitter war between Drake and Kanye?
 
Um, I thought it was Drake and Pusha T
 
Well it started there but then quickly expanded to the charity named after Kanye's mom that he doesn't fund. Rhymefest suggested Kanye send the money for the invoice Drake sent for giving Pusha T publicity to that charity. And THEN - Kim got involved.....
Another poll today from @QuinnipiacPoll. This one on gun laws. 49 percent of Texans support stricter gun laws - 45 percent oppose. https://t.co/4JxyRUoWEM
Same poll from @QuinnipiacPoll includes good news for @GovAbbott. According to the poll of registered voters he leads @LupeValdez 53-34 https://t.co/UojpCPh1bs
New poll from @QuinnipiacPoll has @tedcruz with a 50-39 lead over @BetoORourke https://t.co/8JGTMVYg1j
Increasing the number of armed teachers a top idea in this plan. @GovAbbott says his plan will train additional school marshals this summer at no cost to schools. He also uses about $62 million in federal academic enrichment funds to help pay for additional police patrols.
The school safety plan laid out by @GovAbbott includes $120 million in "funding strategies" that can be funded immediately. He says it will need more money from Legislature and/or Federal government in the future.
RT @NPR: Matthew Charles got out of prison in 2016 after the Obama administration changed sentencing guidelines for crack-related crimes. H…
RT @DaLyahJ: "Where are you from" "TX" "Where in TX?" "Lufkin" "Where's that?" "In East Texas." "What's that near?" "Nacogdoches."…
RT @politico: George H.W. Bush hospitalized in Maine politi.co/2INHNot
RT @JohnCornyn: Elected officials naturally have a love/hate relationship with the press. On balance, that is a good thing for preserving…
This has been an interesting argument since @realDonaldTrump became President. His own press offices said his tweets should be considered official statements. So can you block public access to official statements? A Federal Judge says no. twitter.com/davidjoachim/s…
A close race throughout the night but @LupeValdez has now grown to 18,000 votes. twitter.com/KUT/status/999…
Gotta say - I didn't see this one coming. With 100% of precincts reporting @ErinForYall beats @voterebecca in the Democratic runoff for HD 45. https://t.co/2uCosenQcB
@SpeakerStraus doing a small victory lap tonight over the GOP runoff results. https://t.co/UFazHHLK1u
You're the one who told me to tweet results tonight! @mattlargey leads the rest of the @KUT Newsroom 54-46. twitter.com/mattlargey/sta…
RT @lmcgaughy: Candidates backed by @EmpowerTexans, @TXRightToLife losing in almost all races elections.dallasnews.com/2018-runoff/#s… #ElectionNight via @d…
About a 3,500 vote lead for @LupeValdez over @randrewwhite with 37% of the precincts reporting. https://t.co/P2PuB5XWRn
The lead for @LupeValdez is up to almost 4,000 votes over @randrewwhite. https://t.co/TRwU5IWUn9
Still lots of votes to count, but now @LupeValdez has an almost 3,000 vote lead over @randrewwhite https://t.co/EaLdJ8BmuR
This could go back and forth all night: @LupeValdez now up over @randrewwhite. https://t.co/fFwiOSKQiE
Closest Congressional races in Central Texas tonight are in Dems race for CD 25 and GOP race for CD 21. https://t.co/KpdRQPdVn0
Oops...missed a final race that includes Central Texas: CD 10 Dems: @SiegelForTexas up big over @Cadien4Congress early in the night 72-28. Winner faces @RepMcCaul and Libertarian Mike Ryan.
Really close now: @randrewwhite up by 5 votes over @LupeValdez
Basically 50-50 in the race for Democratic nomination for Governor between @LupeValdez and @randrewwhite https://t.co/eTjUJqxRCP
One final central Texas race to watch tonight between @voterebecca and @ErinForYall for the Democratic nomination for State House district 45. https://t.co/79WAwdgR2m
Could be a close race all night between @randrewwhite and @LupeValdez https://t.co/RM7HW5NUmp
And in the Democratic runoff for CD 31: @mjhegar leads @DrMann4Congress 62-38
in CD 25 Dems: @ChrisPerriTX leads 51-49 over @JulieForTX25 In CD 27 GOP: @MichaelJCloud leads @bechforcongress 59-41. CD 27 Dems: @EricHolguinTX leads @RaulRoyBarrera 58-42
In local congressional races: CD 21 GOP: @chiproytx leads @VoteMattMcCall 54-46 CD 21 Dems: @JosephKopser leads @mwilson8 60-40 Still very early
 
 
 
 
 
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