Chief Political Writer. Austin American-Statesman
First Reading: Double Standard? On Ted Cruz rebuking Steve King but not Donald Trump on race. statesman.com/blogs/20190117…
First Reading: Double Standard? On @tedcruz rebuking Steve King but not @realDonaldTrump on race. statesman.com/blogs/20190117…
RT @JulieChang1: In case there were any doubts, these budget docs pretty much cement #txed as a huge part of #txlege priorities | TX lawmak…
First Reading: `Amarillo by Morning' always makes me cry. On George Strait and my Inaugural bawl. statesman.com/blogs/20190115…
@JohnCornyn "As Ted's campaign demonstrates, we are going to have a monumental battle again in 2020.If we lose Texas, we will never elect a conservative president again. Texas is going to be that battleground in 2020."
After citing some quick legislative victories in the Senate, @tedcruz, citing the Godfather distinction between wartime and peacetime consigliere, says Dems in DC are led by wartime consiglieri so there will be few victories to come.
@tedcruz on Kavanaugh confirmation "It is an absolute miracle that Senate Republicans held firm." Credits the president and @senatemajldr. Predicts another "circus" with upcoming confirmation hearing on AG Pick Bob Barr - esp. with all those Dems on Judiciary running for POTUS.
On shutdown showdown, @tedcruz thanks @realDonaldTrump for "infusing some spinal fortitude in Washington."
At @TPPF Policy Orientation @tedcruz says that the federal shutdown will end when either @realDonaldTrump or @chuckschumer blinks. The two are staring at each other. Somebody's got to blink. The president's position is more reasonable. Willing to negotiate, Dems are "Hell No!"
RT @PatrickSvitek: As @TPPF event starts w/ some banter, @tedcruz notes American Dental Association thanked @BetoORourke for Instagramming…
@RepDennisBonnen “Let’s be sure when we adjourn, sine die, we leave this state better than we found it.” Standing ovation .
RT @sbcmw: “He was entering public service just when I was entering the world.” The third Republican #txlege House speaker since Reconstruc…
@RepDennisBonnen, the new speaker, opens by saying his wife is destined for sainthood.
RT @RepStickland: Congrats to our new speaker, @RepDennisBonnen ! #recordvote #txlege
The range of nominators for @RepDennisBonnen for speaker, and the depth of their testimonials, is really quite extraordinary - @Burrows4TX. @Senfronia4Texas, @RepMattKrause, @RepMaryGonzalez, @RepLyleLarson and @EddieLucioIII.
RT @JasonWhitely: .@Senfronia4Texas on @RepDennisBonnen Speaker’s nomination: “Dennis is a man who keeps his word. When Dennis says he want…
RT @JohnathanSilver: .@RepSenfronia/@RepSenfronia (who's been a member of the House for 45 years) gives seconding speech for @RepDennisBonn…
RT @sbcmw: “Texas needs the House to lead this session. We need a speaker with the tenacity” to make that happen. @Burrows4TX nominating @…
RT @sbcmw: House members are officially sworn in #txlege https://t.co/QSfK2dDdRN
Asbury United Methodist Methodist Church. Austin, Texas. https://t.co/fUtb1CtdpF
RT @gardnerselby: Hey Austin pals, listen up. @dhiott is the incoming general manager of @KUT after a spectacular run at @statesman . Cue a…
Illuminating yes, but by the terrific @JohnathanSilver twitter.com/michaelcoleman…
RT @MLKStreet: .@JessicaMoulite @JTiloveTX Portion of Loop 463 in Victoria TX to be dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr., more than three de…
RT @BeschlossDC: Nancy Pelosi with JFK: https://t.co/Pg81RPTtrg
@BetoORourke joins Michael Cohen, Steve Bannon and @Lena Dunham on consummate multitasker Roger Stone’s worst-dressed list: “Dweeby, washed-out & always swimming in whatever he lands on. Beto doesn’t take chances, couldn’t find proper necktie or belt ...” dailycaller.com/2019/01/01/sto…
Monarch Novelties. 14th Street. WDC. https://t.co/JiLBtQ4S3i
RT @daveymontgomery: We're part of a dwindling number, but some of us old-school Texas reporters had a front-row seat to covering President…
RT @sbcmw: If you haven't already, check out our yearlong @statesman investigation into daycare safety and regulation (or lack thereof) in…
RT @jkatzenstein: Teddy Bridgewater at the 28 second mark of this has me dying. twitter.com/AllSaintsBlog/…
@GovAbbott says his re-election disproves the TX Dem taunt, "Texas isn’t a red state, it’s a nonvoting state ... In fact, there were a record number of people who voted, and I received a record amount of votes in a midterm election." From my interview ”statesman.com/news/20181208/… https://t.co/ezmZ81Xzu9
RT @dhiott: .@andreeball is a great example of an investigative reporter who follows her curiosity, isn’t content with ‘well, that’s just t…
RT @by_jmiller: When it came to pulling off the largest GOTV effort in TX history, Beto looked to Bernie. My final 2018 piece: https://t.co…
RT @medenix: Flip side of George Bush's flexibility: ideology took back seat to survival dallasnews.com/news/politics/…
@SenatorBurr, Intelligence Committee chair, at joint appearance with @markwarner vice chair, at UT National Security Forum, says of their Russia investigation, "We don’t do anything that the two of us don’t agree on and that’s the way the committee should be set up."
RT @jenmercieca: Next I'll be writing about how Trump used reification (treating people as objects) and infestation rhetoric against immigr…
RT @NateSilver538: If he runs, Beto O'Rourke might hit that sweet spot where he gets a frontrunner's amount of media coverage—certainly a p…
In conference call with Texas reporters, @JohnCornyn shuts down rumors that he might not run again in 2020. "I'm running for re-election and I intend to run hard and win."
RT @bjrottinghaus: Such a great article about @DeLunaEva! Eva DeLuna Castro's uphill Texas budget battle to start anew https://t.co/LzM80m…
RT @PatrickSvitek: New committee registered with the FEC today: "Draft Beto" docquery.fec.gov/cgi-bin/forms/…
RT @BeschlossDC: Kennedys arrive Love Field, Dallas, this morning 1963: https://t.co/LdQrEKC9aw
RT @Noahpinion: 1/Here is a thread about TEXAS, my home state - its politics, its economy, its future, and what it says about America as a…
RT @PaulBegala: This, boys and girls, is feature writing. @DraperRobert profiles one of the most famous women in America, @TeamPelosi, and…
RT @johnmsides: Every campaign logo from the 2018 congressional candidates. Very cool. politicsanddesign.com
RT @jamesrhenson: In which @JTiloveTX invites folks to join the bandwagon, and some oblige. Why Beto O'Rourke may be headed toward run for…
RT @maxabelson: One of my favorite reporters covering money and power, @AlecMacGillis, has a knockout story on Ohio's Taylor Sappington (ak…
RT @JamilSmith: “Is there a way to celebrate a place without the possibility of destroying it?” @KAlexander03’s essay is one of the better…
RT @taygoldenstein: I wrote about a similar issue when Travis County GOP this February was torn over whether LGBT party members should hold…
RT @gardnerselby: By @JulieChang1 @statesman Board of Education reverses course: statesman.com/news/20181112/…
RT @ssteven2: My letter in today’s Wall Street Journal. @BetoORourke @JTiloveTX https://t.co/60YMNcTiKC
Hey, @ssteven2, thanks to you I got a lede in the @WSJ Very cool. twitter.com/ssteven2/statu…
As Jerome Corsi, who was InfoWars DC bureau chief, predicts his indictment in Russia probe, here's the 10/4/16 First Reading when Alex Jones turned on Julian Assange as `a Hillary butt plug" for not releasing HRC info on schedule promised by Roger Stone. politics.blog.mystatesman.com/2016/10/04/ale… https://t.co/A3hpdhlt3N
RT @politico: Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are the only two prospective Democratic candidates to garner double-digit support in a 2020 run…
RT @pewresearch: Share of voters in each age group who favored the... 𝙍𝙚𝙥𝙪𝙗𝙡𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙘𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙞𝙙𝙖𝙩𝙚: 🔴 18 - 29: 32% 🔴 30 - 44: 39% 🔴 45 - 64: 50% 🔴…
RT @KenPaxtonTX: It’s an honor to be named Chairman of @RepublicanAGs. We will continue our fight to protect the rule of law! https://t.co/…
RT @mcpli: A look at Democratic vote share in Texas since 2010. In the big 30 counties, a decisive move toward Ds over the last couple of…
RT @cd_hooks: i wrote a bit more about why i think what happened in tx in 2018 mattered. one reason is that it showed people's perceptions…
Thor (and Friends) at the Parish. In Austin. https://t.co/Ajps7rQ7pN
@BetoORourke and his wife Amy leave El Paso ball park where he thanked supporters to exit music of John Lennon's Imagine, cries of "thank you Beto," "Beto 2020" and the like. https://t.co/kFpnbGAbXa
@BetoORourke ,after professing his love for El Paso, tells supporters, "I'm so f#$%in' proud of you guys. Confetti flies. https://t.co/eJZTuxUx4A
@BetoORourke in El Paso, before stadium of supporters: "Tonight's loss does nothing to diminish how I feel about Texas or this country." Says he spoke with @tedcruz, congratulated him and pledged to work with him to diminish divisions. https://t.co/xR4uoIC7EY
On AP calling the Senate race for @tedcruz, @SenCreighton takes the stage at Cruz victory party in Houston. Says @BetoORourke wasted a lot of time and California money, and Cruz "took the hardest punch that $70 million can throw."
@BetoORourke exceeds expectations in Lipscomb Co., home of Booker debate anecdote about deported salutatorian that wasn't quite right. “I’d be surprised if he gets 20 votes in the county,” said GOP chair who invited Beto to dinner. He got 116, Cruz, 941. politics.blog.mystatesman.com/2018/09/28/bet…
RT @TexasTribAbby: Calling this race from Washington - laughing at it or using the past tense to describe it - which dozens of reporters di…
In my January profile of @LupeValdez I wrote about her love of dancing at the Round-Up in Dallas.“I would dance a lot. I did it basically to release stress and to keep my weight down. I would dance five hours a night.” So why did she wait until Election Day to bust these moves? twitter.com/LupeValdez/sta…
RT @kherman: Beto O'Rourke greets supporter heading into El Paso polling place where he had just voted. #TXSen #BetoForTexas #BetoForSenate…
RT @NewYorker: For the final month of the campaign, Beto O’Rourke’s field organization has channelled its get-out-the-vote efforts into mor…
@tedcruz concludes the last rally of the campaign at the Redneck Country Club in Stafford with his Gonzales peroration, leading the crowd in unison with, "Come and take it." https://t.co/yJIX211jL6
RT @toddgillman: At Redneck Country Club rally capping the @tedcruz campaign, Lt. Gov. @DanPatrick asserts -- falsely -- that @BetoORourke…
RT @madlinbmek: During gaggle, @BetoORourke says he has no regrets about the way he ran his campaign against @tedcruz. #TxSen https://t.co…
"I am more hopeful than I have ever been ... El Paso, I love you more than I can say." @BetoORourke holds his last rally of the campaign at the University of Texas/El Paso. https://t.co/BLD56Lz5R6
RT @TheOnion: Quantum Political Scientists Hypothesize Country Headed In Both Right And Wrong Directions Simultaneously https://t.co/8TAxWE…
RT @TexasObserver: @by_jmiller 16/ “If you’re a voter, you’re gonna be voting and enthusiastic. If you’re not, then it’s harder.” — Gerry…
True to form, @BetoORourke live-streams last 40 minutes of drive from Houston to Dallas, ending w/ Neil Young: Blue, blue windows behind the stars Yellow moon on the rise Big birds flying across the sky Throwing shadows on our eyes Leave us Helpless, helpless, helpless, helpless https://t.co/nP7u8Rd8J9
@BetoORourke finishes with an ad set to supporter @WillieNelson's On the Road Again. youtu.be/9GRt9GYKuZ0
RT @JinATX: Anti-Semitic vandalism comes to South Congress Avenue: twitter.com/statesman/stat…
RT @tarheel_texas: Beto, Austin is already socialist. #ChooseCruz #WalkAway twitter.com/wagsphoto/stat…
“This Cruz Voted for Beto” at Pan American Neighborhood Park in Austin. https://t.co/Hh0Enfc2VS
Waiting on @BetoORourke’s last pre-election rally in Austin at Pan American Neighborhood Park. https://t.co/ZLkl7TWjFw
They stood to welcome @tedcruz on his arrival at the Brazos County Expo Center, and they’re remaining standing for his speech. https://t.co/V9UObVe6RB
@BetoORourke in Plano. “With four days to go it sure feels like we’re gonna win this.” https://t.co/6BCw42tiOx
@BetoORourke in Lewisville. “Let’s not be scared of one another.” https://t.co/eVrZTa9XaM
RT @toddgillman: Just tried to ask @tedcruz about this after his Amarillo rally. He ignored question about whether he had in fact reassured…
RT @toddgillman: .@tedcruz on threat to @BetoORourke calls #pipebomber "a deranged individual who was committing acts of terrorism. ...I ho…
RT @toddgillman: The Lubbock crowd is really loose. People shout "socialist" and "communist" at @tedcruz's mention of rival @BetoORourke. S…
RT @toddgillman: “When you’ve got over 10,000 people marching north, declaring their intention to violate the law, to illegally cross into…
RT @toddgillman: .@tedcruz stops short of condemning @SteveKingIA as racist for retweeting neo-Nazi and endorsing white supremacist #TXsen…
RT @jenmercieca: "When Joshua Johnson was challenging you on whether...using the word demagogue is "helpful" in this divisive political cli…
RT @toddgillman: .@tedcruz again invokes "Hippie Hollow" nude beach in Austin as a font of Democratic votes and again jokes that "you ever…
4 and 20, like blackbirds baked in a pie. twitter.com/evanasmith/sta…
RT @TexasObserver: Beto O’Rourke has assembled perhaps the most impressive ground game of any statewide Democrat in a generation — and the…
Yesterday @LupeValdez touted she was "closing the gap" with Quinnipiac showing her only 14 points down - a 6-pt. gain. But not in fundraising. In their reports for the last month, @GovAbbott raised $3.6 m with $19.7 m COH. Valdez raised $361,252 and had $60,237 in the bank. https://t.co/6Pb0rh2TR2
RT @RobertTGarrett: Crowd gathers at Six Car Pub in downtown Amarillo to hear ⁦@BetoORourke⁩. About four people picketing on sidewalk, appa…
RT @kherman: Quinnipiac Poll has Abbott up 54-40 over Valdez in gov race. #txgov
RT @kherman: New Quinnipiac poll has Cruz up 51-46 over O'Rourke. Says O'Rourke "within striking distance, but time is running out." #txsen
 
 
 
 
 
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