Chief Political Writer. Austin American-Statesman
When asked during the course of a three-hour Thanksgiving week deposition about his sources for years of claims that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a hoax, Alex Jones answered “I don’t remember,” 44 times and “I don’t know,” 51 times. statesman.com/news/20191212/…
RT @VirtualCapitol: ’I am not running for Senate’: Beto says he hasn’t had a change of heart as filing deadline approaches https://t.co/1jZ…
RT @PhilJankowski: Did the the Austin Chamber of Commerce influence AISD school closures? Nice reporting from @JulieChang1 https://t.co/9Y…
RT @kherman: The Rockys (father and son) who would be president statesman.com/news/20191206/…
RT @nicolecobler: On a call with reporters, @JulianCastro says he's hit the donor threshold for the December debate but still needs to secu…
RT @nicolecobler: @JulianCastro .@JulianCastro says there's "a renewed sense that our primaries need better representation." He says he's…
RT @robertwgee1: Today is Rick Perry's first day as a former Trump Cabinet member. Why, despite his impeachment entanglements, his stock is…
“This is not a Democrat issue or Republican issue.” Aha. @TulsiGabbard uses the contentious GOP formulation “Democrat” instead of “Democratic.”
@PeteButtigieg: “We need somebody who can go toe to toe who actually comes from the kinds of communities that he has been appealing to.” As goes South Bend, so goes Bloomington?
Brooklyn Bernie: "Barack Oabamer."
RT @nicolecobler: FBI spokeswoman tells me agency "was not involved in any operational activity" at state lawmakers' offices. https://t.co/…
RT @nicolecobler: Breaking: @realDonaldTrump will head to Austin on Wednesday to tour an Apple manufacturing facility https://t.co/Or9YMhze…
RT @nicolecobler: Breaking: State Rep. Poncho Nevárez tells me he has turned himself in to authorities. Story👇 statesman.com/news/20191115/… via…
RT @nicolecobler: State Rep. Poncho Nevárez, D-Eagle Pass, has been charged with a third-degree felony for possessing between 1 and 4 grams…
RT @lmcgaughy: Read this @PolitiFactTexas on what the law says about children and sex reassignment surgery. It's one of the most thorough a…
A `Need for Chaos' measure found that 40% of U.S. respondents did not reject the statement, “When I think about our political and social institutions, I cannot help thinking `just let them all burn,'" and they were the freest to spread fake news on-line. statesman.com/news/20191112/…
A Need for Chaos measure found that 40% of U.S. respondents did not reject the statement, “When I think about our political and social institutions, I cannot help thinking `just let them all burn,'" and they were the freest to spread fake news on-line. statesman.com/news/20191112/…
In the audio book “a historic” would sound like its opposite - “ahistoric.” twitter.com/jenmercieca/st…
@BetoORourke on call: "Everyone can get by, let me make sure I'm saying her name right, Eliz Markowitz, who is running for the state House, one of these important candidates who just made it to a runoff against a Republican in Texas" and could help end "racist gerrymandering." https://t.co/rRRBVP3AL7
In a 45-minute conference call with supporters, @BetoORourke and his wife, Amy, make it clear that in the aftermath of his presidential campaign, dealing with gun violence remains the issue closest to their hearts. https://t.co/50XMHBJbR7
Beared @BetoORourke tells supporters on conference call that while after this kind of experience, "some part of you wants to go deep into a cave and never come out again .., I don't think you get that pass in a democracy. We are all in to do our part, as I know each of you are." https://t.co/jWqBZEatpH
RT @MLKStreet: Kansas City voters choose to remove Martin Luther King Jr.'s name from a historic street. Thanks @CNN for the opportunity to…
Democrat Eliz Markowitz appears to be headed to a runoff with Republican Gary Gates in the special election in HD28 if early vote results hold up. Markowitz is at 37.7% and Gates at 29.9%. Tricia Krenek is running third at 18.8% https://t.co/eGYN5sFid7
“A beloved underground act puts out a couple of well-received singles, quickly builds some buzz, then fumbles in the spotlight; there’s certainly precedent for this sort of thing, like short-lived Pitchfork darlings Black Kids, or Howard Dean.” twitter.com/jamesrhenson/s…
Anatomy of a hug: There is a special election in HD 28. On the 1st day of early voting Democrat Eliz Markowitz hugged her 3 top GOP rivals. Here it’s Tricia Krenek as Gary Gates, who like Dr. Anna Allred, also got hugs, watches. The sequence: Approach. Embrace.Release.Afterglow. https://t.co/4KB773cu2g
"All the noodles are going to have to be thrown at the wall to see what sticks and what works and what’s going to make the heavy lifting happen next year,” Cari Marshall on Eliz Markowitz's HD 28 campaign as a test for TXDEM efforts to flip the House. statesman.com/news/20191103/…
“Be on the lookout for a new chant...” twitter.com/katieglueck/st…
“I have heard from people I trust, Trey Martinez Fischer is totally turned in a knot because he isn’t sure what to do because I blew his plans up.” Speaker Bonnen at 6/12 meeting with @MQSullivan. TMF says he was not in a knot, gave $100,000 last cycle and is doing so again. twitter.com/chucklindell/s…
RT @nicolecobler: @GovAbbott @MQSullivan Here's a list of speakers calling for a special session #txlege https://t.co/KUYVdbwzDf
RT @VirtualCapitol: Deceit doomed Bonnen as House speaker statesman.com/news/20191026/…
RT @VirtualCapitol: No criminal charges for Bonnen from recording; Dems float conspiracy statesman.com/news/20191024/…
@RepDennisBonnen spokeswoman Cait Meisenheimer reaction to decision by Brazoria County DA not to seek criminal prosecuting following Texas Rangers' investigation into meeting with @MQSullivan dropbox.com/s/nz3jxkxv4q7l… https://t.co/NZyV3jhlk3
RT @AutulloAAS: Although she won't charge Dennis Bonnen, Brazoria County DA absolutely unloaded on Bonnen for his inappropriate conversatio…
RT @AutulloAAS: BREAKING: Speaker Dennis Bonnen will not be prosecuted for statements in taped conversation, per Brazoria County DA Jeri Ye…
Brazoria County District Attorney Jeri Yenne says Texas Rangers Public Integrity Unit delivered its report Tuesday on Speaker Dennis Bonnen's meeting with MQS and she's reviewing it to see if there are grounds to prosecute. "I will make a determination by the end of the week."
RT @nicolecobler: Breaking: House Speaker Dennis Bonnen won't seek re-election statesman.com/news/20191022/… via @statesman
RT @nicolecobler: @realDonaldTrump @JTiloveTX @kherman @BetoORourke @JohnCornyn "You made a fortune on the hurricane," @realDonaldTrump tel…
RT @thehill: Secretary Rick Perry: "It is with profound emotion and gratitude that I'm announcing my resignation, effective later this year…
RT @atensnut: What a blast. My first Trump Rally. https://t.co/ZxtF9Owi3N
@realDonaldTrump Reminiscing about 2016 debates. Hired debate coach. Lasted ten minutes. Told me you can’t interrupt. You can’t beat Ted Cruz if you don’t interrupt him.
@realDonaldTrump “Texas is not in play.”
RT @davidmcswane: Here is Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s resignation letter to President Donald Trump, from a DOE source: https://t.co/OIZ9b…
Phoenix, Kid Reporter, at Trump rally. Has been in the biz for three years. https://t.co/oMoVHMVkfe
@realDonaldTrump credits his “tough love” with getting Turks and Kurds to each budge.”Like pulling kids apart in a schoolyard”
Throwback Thursday. @realDonaldTrump “33,000 emails on a wedding and workouts.”
⁦@realDonaldTrump⁩: “Rick Perry, he did a tremendous job. Thank you Rick.” https://t.co/tQy8aeiomy
@realDonaldTrump says no one can beat @JohnCornyn. “Maybe Beto will jump in because he’s at zero. No religion and no guns. That’s not good. And I think he’s pretty light on oil production too.”
“It was vicious and now we love each other again.” (@realDonaldTrump on his relationship with @tedcruz)
A boo for the media. “The only thing they will understand is a crushing defeat.” https://t.co/RRkXciXr2d
“Ivanka Trump is here someplace.” https://t.co/cGFbuyWSzp
“It’s going to be a landslide.” https://t.co/N82lMQTNg7
Brad Parscale in his glory at Dallas Trump rally. https://t.co/48KpbbTMG6
@DanPatrick leads the crowd at Dallas Trump rally in some lusty boos for @BetoORourke, who is having a counter rally about 30 miles away in Grand Prairie that he is certain will have an anemic turnout. "We'll have more people in our Porta Potties."
⁦@DanPatrick⁩ takes a selfie with what he says before the night is over will be the largest Trump rally ever (but he wasn’t at Howdy Modi a Houston Texans’ stadium) https://t.co/VEuFimQTFy
"I'm the only guy who released anything up here." Joe Biden.
RT @daveweigel: tbh Klobuchar's joke clean-up is pretty funny. I've seen her tell a clanger, survey the room as there's just a little appla…
RT @RobertTGarrett: ‘I expect my fellow Americans to obey the law,’ @BetoORourke says, responding to question about how he would enforce hi…
RT @daveweigel: The CW on impeachment was that it would cloud coverage of the Dem primary. In this debate, however, the impeachment/Syria q…
Tight line from @JulianCastro "This president is caging kids on the border and letting ISIS prisoners run free."
Elizabeth Warren is simply a skilled debater.
I'd like to see some reaction or at least broader stage shots.
Does SNL have someone who does Amy Klobuchar? They better get on it.
From Chevy Cavalier to Chevy Cruze. The Pete Butttigieg story in song by Don McLean.
The podiums have a game show look to them. Should be a lightning round with buzzers. Give the younger candidates a chance to answer a few questions.
RT @joshtpm: I really recommend this Times dude goes back to editing.
OK, @JulianCastro finally gets a question but it's to respond to @SenWarren saying claims about automation taking jobs are popular but not true.
@CoryBooker "I'm glad to get in finally." Still to be heard from since, it seems like, way back to the first question are @BetoORourke and @JulianCastro and @TulsiGabbard The rich get richer. Oh, and @TomSteyer
Gotta say Bernie Sanders is offering the finest performance by a 78-year-old presidential candidate within weeks of a heart attack I have ever seen. My feeling is if he stopped running, he would age overnight.
"I do get a little bit tired.... " says Bernie Sanders "of people defending a system which is dysfunctional - 87 million uninsured, 30,000 people ding every single year, 50,000 people going bankrupt."
@amyklobuchar looks like her heart is beating fast as she confronts Elizabeth Warren on unrealistic plans, noting there is a "difference between a plan and a pipe dream."
@JoeBiden's insistence that his son did nothing wrong and his statement speaks for itself presumes that you know what Hunter Biden's statement was. A quick Google search reveals he said he did nothing wrong, but showed poor judgment. Wasn't this Job 1 at debate prep?
RT @RachelBitecofer: A reporter asked me to watch the debate and give him real time commentary and since I was busy when he asked I agreed…
First Reading: "When good Democratic logic takes you to 10, Beto goes to 11." statesman.com/blogs/20191015…
With secret recording of @RepDennisBonnen's 6/12 meeting with @MQSullivan about to be released, Bonnen's lawyer says nothing on it broke any Texas law or House rule and the Texas Rangers will wrap up its investigation this week w/o drawing conclusions. statesman.com/news/20191015/…
@MQSullivan says he will be live on the air with WBAP radio host Chris Salcedo 9:15 a.m. Tuesday playing clips and talking about his recording of the 6/12 meeting with @RepDennisBonnen and at about the same time, the audio recording will go live on TexasScorecard.com.
@MQSullivan says he will release the audio of his surreptitious recording of his June 12 meeting with @RepDennisBonnen and @Burrows4TX next week ahead of House Republican Caucus retreat at Omni Barton Creek resort. "I have been given the green-light to do so by my legal team."
@tomperez savors the next opportunity for Democratic pickup in Texas is Eliz Markowitz in HD 28 in Fort Bend County in what was not so long ago Tom DeLay’s impregnable home turf. https://t.co/P859I97K7Q
@TomPerez said the Democratic Party will be quick to debunk GOP falsehoods, beginning with @realDonaldTrump allegations about @joebiden and Ukraine, which he said had been "debunked, repeatedly, repeatedly and repeatedly."
@tomperez "I get asked, is this politically prudent to pursue potential articles of impeachment? I would respectfully submit that we can't afford not too ... This president is the most dangerous president in American history."
@tomperez: "The party of Lincoln is dead and buried. And the party of Lincoln has been replaced by the party of Trump."
@tomperez of @realDonaldTrump: "His North Star is himself. Me, myself and I. The difference between the two parties now is pronouns. We're the part of we. he's the party me." At Texas Democratic dinner in Austin.
@tomperez at TX Dem dinner. “It’s undeniable our democracy is on fire and it’s a five-alarm blaze. And this a gathering of first responders.”
@CeliaIsrael notes at Tx Dem Dinner that down the road Childish Gambino, the Cure, Billie Eilish are performing at ACL. "Here's my point. We are not normal." Carol Alvorado, head of Sen. Dem Caucus, offers own testimony. Says she passed on Astros playoff tickets to be here.
@CeliaIsrael, who is leading the effort to flip the Texas House, said that with redistricting, "the House must have a Democratic majority to be the counterweight to that dark place called the Texas Senate." At TX Dem dinner in Austin.
Princeton's Eddie Glaude Jr. warns Texas Democrats on the cusp of gaining power, "If you act like Republicans it will seal your fate. Please stand on a knife's edge. Sides must be taken. Choices have to be made. We have to be imagine a new America." TXDems Johnson-Jordan Dinner
@MayorAdler jokes that if @GovAbbott intends to blockade Austin, he trusts that Austin's sister cities will provide air lifts. (Ich bin ein Austiner?) At Texas Democrats dinner in Austin
@MayorAdler at Texas Dems' Johnson-Jordan dinner on letter from @GovAbbott warning that the state will step in if Austin doesn't act on homelessness. "Maybe the governor actually wants to help. Probably not ... We are not going to hide homelessness. We are going to end it."
First Reading: As we descend into a year to come obsessed with impeachment and the 2020 election, we can expect that Alex Jones will be crafting the pro-Trump talking points that will burble their way into the president’s head and the national discourse. statesman.com/blogs/20191003…
Stop humoring him Matt. I don’t know what his game is but he’s playing some angle. Took me fives years to stumble upon Nasha on Rosh Hoshanah. Had the chicken soup from Xian Noodles last night. The only place he’s gonna like is someplace he discovers on his own. twitter.com/odam/status/11…
RT @Castro4Congress: Hi @nbcsnl, I’m available next time you need someone to play Julian Castro. I get mistaken for that guy all the time…
Listen to me type as @RepBillFlores tells me his district is “blessed with a deep bench of local leadership” and “it’s insulting to them” that @PeteSessions would “tell them to stand aside while he attempts to jump to the front of the line.” omny.fm/shows/from-the…
RT @PaulCobler: Sen. @JohnCornyn has retweeted or directly tweeted criticism of the impeachment inquiry into @realDonaldTrump more than 50…
 
 
 
 
 
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