Chief Political Writer. Austin American-Statesman
RT @JinATX: What kind of place do we want the Hill Country to be in the coming decades? Fantastic reporting from @tplohetski and brilliant…
RT @asherprice: Confidential documents I pored over in the University of Texas archives reveal how officials once plotted to stymie federal…
RT @robertwgee1: Fascinating glimpse at the subtle ways University of Texas administrators kept out black students by @asherprice https://t…
RT @VirtualCapitol: After shootings, House lawmakers deliberate response statesman.com/news/20190917/…
@JohnCornyn: Beto's "thrown gasoline on a discussion which had been proceeding on a pretty calm, rational, logical path by suggesting even law-abiding citizens would see their AR-15s & AK-47s confiscated" & "set back the debate a lot, maybe not just by years but by decades."
State Sen. Royce West boasts at Waco Democratic dinner of endorsements from McLennan County Commissioner Patricia Miller, Waco City Councilwoman Andrea Barfield and former McLennan County Commissioner Lester Gibson in his U.S. Sen. campaign.
Cutting to the chase. When Crisitina Tzintzún Ramirez, one of nine Democratic candidates seeking the party's 2020 Senate nomination, refers to "my opponent" at Waco Democratic dinner, she is referring to @JohnCornyn
Adrian Ocegueda, a candidate for Democratic nomination for Senate, tells Waco dinner GOP will cast Dems as socialists but, “I think we have to talk about socialism in terms of who is actually causing the demand for socialism.” He says it’s Republicans for failure to deploy govt. https://t.co/1g7cvmgjDj
Most bang for the buck. At Waco Democratic dinner, Senate candidate Sema Hernandez recalls that she got 245,000 votes, nearly a quarter of the vote, in Dem primary vs ⁦@BetoORourke⁩ in 2018 on $4,000. https://t.co/eeyburynVX
At Waco Dem dinner, MJ Hegar predicts Dems will take @JohnCornyn’s Senate seat, flip the Texas House “and we are going to deliver 38 electoral votes to our (presidential) nominee, because there is no path to victory for the Trumpster fire in DC, if he doesn't take Texas.” https://t.co/yqugsyjKHH
Michael Cooper of Beaumont asks attendees at Richards/Jackson Dinner in Waco to go to his Senate campaign website and donate: “The brother needs gas money.” https://t.co/vc2Vs3e3YQ
2nd Dem Senate candidate Michael Cooper, who finished a strong second to Mike Collier for the Dem nomination for Lt. Gov. in 2018, says (shouts) that his mission is to “can Cornyn,” who he says is “stagnant.” https://t.co/0YSYDRC2gq
They are going alphabetically at Waco Dem dinner, so Chris Bell is up first. Says the large Senate field is a healthy sign, though when ⁦@BetoORourke⁩ was in his pre-presidential campaign funk Bell had written him suggesting a run against Cornyn to snap out of it. https://t.co/yKi2qy59oO
Seven of the nine Democratic candidates for ⁦@JohnCornyn⁩’s Senate seat are at the 2nd Annual Richards/Jackson Dinner in Waco. The backs of at least 4 of their heads are in this photo. https://t.co/BLGWOkgiuE
TX Dem Chair Gilberto Hinojosa @ Waco dinner "Beto lost because the Republicans ran up the numbers in West Texas and East Texas. We now can ran up the numbers in Harris County and Travis county and Dallas County and even in Fort Worth. We have the ability to pull this thing off."
RT @nicolecobler: Beto O’Rourke and Julián Castro each had a debate moment, but will their campaigns benefit? statesman.com/news/20190913/… via @…
During the Texas legislative session, ⁦@BriscoeCain⁩ has one of his several AR-15s mounted on the wall of his Capitol office, locking it up at night. statesman.com/news/20190913/… https://t.co/l8yDI39cR3
RT @PhilPrazan: .@AndrewYang danced for a solid 2-3 minutes after his speech at the post-debate rally. @KXAN_News #txlege https://t.co/VHgk…
RT @nicolecobler: “I have no idea where an assault weapons buyback polls because it does not matter,” @BetoORourke tells supporters after H…
RT @PatrickSvitek: .@JCisnerosTX, the @RepCuellar primary challenger who @EWarren endorsed Monday, will introduce Warren at her town hall t…
First Reading: Even as @BetoORourke was promising NH Dems a national gun registry and buyback of "every single" AR-15 & AK-47, @chiproytx was telling Young Americans for Liberty in Austin, "I will not register my firearms with the federal government." statesman.com/blogs/20190910…
RT @jamesrhenson: Professor friends from LA & Massachusetts have texted & emailed me about @cd_hooks @nytimes piece. Come for the swing st…
T-shirt for those departing Young Americans for Liberty Convention in Austin. https://t.co/toDnkATshT
⁦@RonPaul⁩ “The power of ideas is something. It can't be stopped. No army can stop it.” #YALCON Austin. https://t.co/efb6pBTaMa
@ronpaul said he’s always approached by people after he speaks saying, “Well why don't you tell us exactly what we have to do.” And I say, “Well, do whatever you want to do.” #yalcon Austin. https://t.co/WtLR0fWJsb
⁦@RonPaul⁩ “I must confess I am for some gun regulation. I think we should take all of guns away from all the federal bureaucrats.” #yalcon Austin. https://t.co/QzqzbmwM8S
⁦⁦@RonPaul⁩ “You know I've come to the conclusion, and it’s a very firm conclusion. If you want a true Republic, you don't have a CIA.“ https://t.co/yVdnXZLJMR
@RonPaul Recalling Vietnam War. “Johnson said, ‘Well, I do not want to be the president that is, you know, involved with the first war we lost.’ Well, he didn't care about how many people were dying for useless reasons.” https://t.co/fgOOSkAsTG
⁦@RonPaul⁩ classic. End the Fed! At YALCON Austin. https://t.co/XphAvf2rRZ
@chiproytx: "Even right here in Texas, people in the Republican Party are going wobbly on the Second Amendment and your right to defend your families and this country. Red flag laws are the camel's nose under the tent to confiscate our weapons." At YAL Convention in Austin.
⁦@chiproytx⁩ “I can tell you. I will not register my firearms with the federal government.” At Young Americans for Liberty Convention in Austin. https://t.co/1wYrW4Ovvs
Beto & Co. should focus not on buying back assault weapons, but on buying assault weapons for every brown and black person in Texas lawfully able to own one ... and see if that doesn’t yield a changed frame of mind about God’s plans for guns in Texas. statesman.com/news/20190906/…
RT @RonBrownstein: The wave of congressional retirements among Texas Republicans shows how quickly politics are changing in the nation’s se…
Texas Lyceum Poll, taken before Odessa-Midland shooting rampage, found @GovAbbott with very positive rating from Texas adults - 67 to 33% - including 48 to 51% approval rating from Democrats. But Texans' still positive views of state economy dipped for the third year in a row.
Texas Lyceum Poll: 48 % of Texas adults believe President Trump is doing a good job, while 51% feel that he is doing a poor job. Overall, 58% of Texans - 51% of Anglos - believe the country is on the wrong track.
Texas Lyceum poll: Biden leads among likely Democratic primary voters in Texas with 24% to @BetoORourke's 18%, Warren's 15%, Sanders' 13% and Kamala Harris and @JulianCastro at 4% each.
First Reading: Even before Beto O'Rourke's campaign store started selling "This is F*cked Up - End Gun Violence Now" tees on Sunday I was worried that his ostentatious use of the f-word was a bit too calculated, self-involved, gimmicky and ... adolescent. statesman.com/blogs/20190902…
⁦.⁦@JulianCastro⁩ fan at campaign event at San Salvador Restaurant on 100-degree Las Vegas Tuesday night. https://t.co/PNPo8gsj17
⁦@JulianCastro⁩ is graying at the temples. Another distinguish(ed)ing feature to differentiate him from ⁦@JoaquinCastrotx⁩? https://t.co/19uU6tpdW9
⁦@JulianCastro⁩ in Las Vegas. “I’ve been getting stronger and stronger and stronger along the way, because all across the country, people are starting to learn about our grassroots movement to make sure that everybody can prosper and change their country for the better.” https://t.co/eaDCkGmEhL
Murmurs of assent at MLK Senior Center in Las Vegas when @JulianCastro says he had been blessed with opportunity but, “what I see out there today is a president that is so focused only on opportunity for people that look like him.” https://t.co/kisRMm8MOz
⁦@JulianCastro⁩ inspects the kitchen at the Martin Luther King Senior Center in Las Vegas with center director Byron Goynes. https://t.co/JaGZ4AuuCO
Johnny DeVault is planning an event for @TulsiGabbard in his hometown of Las Vegas. https://t.co/zu5WfdGJPm
Danny Kean and Piano Dog Mo provide lush accompaniment for Monday night feeding program for the homeless on Las Vegas’ Westside. https://t.co/0eaK8EDSgD
⁦@JulianCastro⁩ helps feed the homeless at Monday night program on Las Vegas’ Westside. https://t.co/h9W7lgjhJX
Julián Castro on having the confidence to run for president youtu.be/wTR6FAcTz7Y via @YouTube
⁦@JulianCastro⁩ reads “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” To children at Nevada Youth Network program in Las Vegas. ”Step with care and great tact and remember that Life's a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot & left.” https://t.co/kJhpueJ1Mq
RT @Redistrict: Texodus in a nutshell: suburban GOP members getting the heck out before Trump renders their rapidly diversifying districts…
@USCISCuccinelli says 30 percent of illegal border crossing families are "fake families ... the federal government has been the final link in human trafficking ... we are helping them pull this off."
@USCISCuccinelli says with revision in Flores regulation there will be consistent licensing of facilities holding children, and keep a sanctuary state from using that regulation to undermine federal policy.
@USCISCuccinelli says he is working to create bilingual communications team to better articulate Trump's immigration policies in Spanish-language media, but meanwhile, says debate can be rough & "I do not believe in unilateral disarmament. I am going to give better than I get."
@USCISCuccinelli says those corporations who think social engineering is part of their mission ought to help improve conditions in Latin American nations that are sending their poor to America by opening factories in those countries.
@USCISCuccinelli says he is impressed by the new president of El Salvador, who immediately indicated crackdown on gangs. "He has said this is our problem to solve."
@USCISCuccinelli predicts Supreme Court will end DACA 5-4, probably January or February. Says @realDonaldTrump has indicated he is willing to negotiate, but, under new circumstances, Dems are in a position "to get a lot less."
@RepRWilliams DACA clearly an "emotional issue" and a "lot of these kids do good things ... I even know a few," but "you can't continue to have a steady stream of people coming the wrong way."
@USCISCuccinelli says of people resisting Trump's solutions on the border because they don't want to give @realDonaldTrump a win, that the remedy is for Trump to run on those policies and be re-elected in 2020.
@USCISCuccinelli says by rescinding the Flores settlement, and allowing indefinite detention of families who illegally cross the border, "we have taken out one of the catalysts to the crisis at the border," as will become clear as it is implemented.
At TPPF @RepRWilliams says he doesn't understand "the love fest for illegal immigrants when there are homeless veterans out there."
@USCISCuccinelli says the China tariffs are relevant to immigration policy because it demonstrates @realDonaldTrump’s threats aren’t hollow, where others “threatened these things and never imposed them.”
At TPPF in Austin, @USCISCuccinelli says of @realDonaldTrump on immigration. “He's doing things and using tactics” that previous administration’s were not willing to use “Republican or Democrat, and lo and behold, many of them are working.”
First Reading: Beto didn't study political science at Columbia. He got a degree in literature. He is a master of narrative. And looking at the coverage over the weekend, it would appear going full Tom Joad, with a dash of RFK. is going pretty well for him. statesman.com/blogs/20190819…
RT @PatrickSvitek: .@DanPatrick continues to express concern about keeping the House GOP majority — and puts it in context of Bonnen drama.…
RT @PatrickSvitek: News: On @MarkDavis show, @DanPatrick calls for release of Bonnen-MQS tape. "Transparency, I think, is the key all the w…
RT @matt_zdun: Beto O'Rourke calls for gun buyback program, national gun licensing statesman.com/news/20190816/…
@BetoORourke on MSNBC's Last Word "Let me make your show the place where I tell ya and tell the country that I will not in any scenario run for the United States Senate. I am running for president. I'm running for this country. I'm taking this fight directly to Donald Trump."
Asked about high-speed rail to relieve congestion, @GovAbbott says road load should peak in about a decade with technological innovation - including flying vehicles - coming the rescue after that. https://t.co/Hgy3w50Tpx
Yo Freedom Caucus. In recounting legislative successes, @GovAbbott cites ban on red light cameras (FC alum Jonathan Stickland) and protecting the right of children to have lemonade stands (Matt Krause). https://t.co/4e2xKD2leG
Incoming freshman at UT Tyler asks @GovAbbott about meaning of Texodus of GOP congressmen. "There is a time for all of us to go. People can't stay in office forever." But, "Texas is a red state and it's going to remain a red state." https://t.co/hUhuPPoi3t
On Texas Rangers investigation into Bonnen-Sullivan meeting. "What is taking place right now is the best thing that could happen, and that is getting the Texas Rangers involved ... We need to get to the bottom of his and get to the bottom of it quickly." Premature to judge. https://t.co/bPZrXJjsKa
@GovAbbott on El Paso shooter: "He said in that manifesto that the reason why he made this attack is because of racism, because of hate, because of his desire to eliminate people from the face of the earth ... We need to get at the root of that." https://t.co/2p1AlQByA3
@GovAbbott "El Pasoans are unbelievable. The compassion they have, the unity they have, the compassion they have." https://t.co/ktkmmz0NWS
@GovAbbott "I want you to know that even though I'm in Tyler tonight, my heart is still in El Paso." https://t.co/UxUce0e1lZ
Delighted to see Joshua "In-Depth" Blank on KXAN's pre-Great Abbott Town Hall show. Tough act to follow. https://t.co/634KALHIB4
RT @James_Barragan: Former state rep. Ron Simmons says he won't run for re-election in #HD65 or for congress in #CD24 #txlege #txpolitics h…
@BetoORourke on returning to the campaign trail after the El Paso massacre. “We must take the fight directly to the source of this problem, that person who has caused this pain in this country in this moment of peril. And that is Donald Trump.” statesman.com/news/20190815/…
Shades of Tom Joad. Resuming his campaign for the presidency, @BetoORourke says, "And so, to those places where Donald Trump has been terrorizing and terrifying and demeaning our fellow Americans, that's where you will find me in this campaign." youtu.be/i2JR3FmvVAw
@GovernorPerry 'I'm really glad I said yes when President Trump asked me to be secretary of energy." #ALECinATX
@GovernorPerry says that being governor of Texas was the "greatest job in the world,"but that being secretary of energy is the "coolest job in the world." At ALEC annual meeting in Austin. #ALECinATX
Definitely a cool signature. At the ALEC annual meeting in Austin. #ALECinATX https://t.co/LhoLY52Egm
The ALEC universe. At the 46th ALEC annual meeting in Austin. #ALECinATX https://t.co/e76HtyNMQg
RT @jaspscherer: So, @SiegelForTexas and @SriPKulkarni narrowly lost their bids for #TX10 and #TX22 last cycle, respecively, and are in com…
RT @JinATX: From two awesome former @statesman reporters who are doing brilliant things at the @BostonGlobe and @cnn. 2 beautiful essays f…
State Rep. Morgan Meyer motion to have Texas Rangers' Public Integrity Unit investigate Bonnen-Sullivan June 12 meeting and report back with its findings, unanimously approved.
The House General Investigating Committee looking into the June 12 meeting between Speaker Bonnen and Empower Texans' Michael Quinn Sullivan, convenes, offers a moment of silence for El Paso says there will be no testifying witnesses today and goes into executive session.
Texas Citizens: "We'll Be Watching You" youtu.be/lnDRaEaKXOo via @YouTube
RT @matt_zdun: Just in: Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez running for U.S. Senate, hoping to unseat @JohnCornyn statesman.com/news/20190812/…
RT @Brian_Sweany: I had the pleasure to read an early version of this, and it’s terrific. Congratulations to @asherprice for a book that’s…
First Reading: There is audio of the Bonnen-Sullivan meeting, but why no video? Recalling Empower Texans' 2015 music video, "We'll be watching you." statesman.com/blogs/20190808…
RT @alexazura: I’m not looking for anyone’s pity, but I am asking for understanding. That you try to understand that brown reporters are…
RT @LolaGomezC: Monday night, I set out to take some photos of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez from this famous site. I found something really sp…
RT @matt_zdun: Someone left some signs outside Del Sol Medical Center: “No hate can ruin our great El Paso City” and “El Paso, TX doctors a…
RT @LolaGomezC: Texas State Troopers standing guard over one of the Walmart entrances where a mass shooting occurred leaving at least 20 pe…
RT @matt_zdun: @BetoORourke: “It takes something so foreign to El Paso to do something like this in El Paso. There’s a real mortal conseque…
 
 
 
 
 
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