Chief Political Writer. Austin American-Statesman
RT @cd_hooks: vice has a new series on politics flashbacks – I wrote about John Kerry’s infamous 2003 cheesesteak, which haunts my dreams t…
RT @JinATX: The border is where statistics go to die. This reminds me of Texas DPS juking the value of its drug seizures when it was seeki…
@VoteMattMcCall calls for eliminating Interior Department - let states do it - get rid of Department of Energy - give nuke responsibility to Navy, allow members of Congress to vote remotely from their districts, and “crash DC real estate market” by decentralizing government. https://t.co/YQi2dHu0Ir
In @LamarSmithTX21 tradition, both @VoteMattMcCall and @chiproytx say they are not believers in global warming/climate change. https://t.co/Hk29CbDMUL
@chiproytx says he supports enacting term limits - whether it’s 3, 4, 5 or 6 - but until it’s made law, “I don’t believe in universal disarmament.” @VoteMattMcCall has pledged to serve only three terms. https://t.co/jI2hCs3ZLo
What do you disagree with @realDonaldTrump on? @VoteMattMcCall: talking about amnesty for DACA Dreamers the only thing he can think of. https://t.co/YYd4kYEUYR
Asked how he can be effective as an outsider in DC, @VoteMattMcCall cites the examples of @DonnaCampbellTX and @realDonaldTrump. #cd21 https://t.co/SH1UlPp0hJ
@chiproytx warns of threat of socialism strangling freedom, but says, amid warnings of blue wave in November, the good news is that, “In the last 15 months we have fundamentally changed the direction of this country.” Comal County #CD21 Republican forum. https://t.co/YTjd62AtZZ
@VoteMattMcCall: “There should be no new path to citizenship. Period. If the Dreamers want to become citizens, they should join the military.” At Comal County GOP #CD21 forum. https://t.co/i181NpNoDL
Explaining the Biblical and physical basis for Congressional term limits, @VoteMattMcCall says you can’t serve more than six years without being burned out and . Satan didn’t start to tempt Jesus until he was really tired. At Comal Republican Club #CD21 forum. https://t.co/jB4O0jiSFi
@VoteMattMcCall on @chiproytx push poll he says insinuates he's not w/ Trump. "They're calling up 80-yr-old people and distorting the truth. They know what they're doing. it's sleeve." Says Roy, "You can't put the whole story in a question that you ask." youtube.com/watch?v=2syyes…
@chiproytx tells Hill Country Tea Party Patriots they should send someone with battle scars of fighting in DC alongside @tedcruz and @SenMikeLee to Congress. "I think it’s a bunch of rubbish," says @VoteMattMcCall "I can hire staffers like you, Chip." youtube.com/watch?v=35yajb…
At last night's Hill Country Tea Party Patriots #cd21 debate, @chiproytx defends push polling. But @VoteMattMcCall calls it "sleaze." youtube.com/watch?v=2syyes… First Reading: I went to the Chip Roy-Matt McCall debate, and then the debate came to me. politics.blog.mystatesman.com/2018/04/24/i-w…
Asked whether to regulate Facebook b/c of its liberal bias, @chiproytx says conservative leaders should go around MSM. @VoteMattMcCall thinks alternative will present itself, and it would be good to get off FB, but for the time being his campaign uses it because it’s effective https://t.co/Cpu44yGlPM
@chiproytx says it is essential to send a conservative leader to Congress from #CD21 in the mode of @tedcruz, @MikeLeeforUtah, @replouiegohmert, all of whom have endorsed him. At Tea Party Patriots forum in New Braunfels. https://t.co/yEIiWxWbvj
@VoteMattMcCall at Hill Country Tea Party Patriot #CD21 forum says, since New Deal, US has been on socialist incrementalist path & America becoming the “home of the safe and land of the equal.” Libertarianism is the answer but Libertarians are too purist. Up to GOP to step up. https://t.co/MaSdQpVLOo
AT #CD21 forum, @JosephKopser keeps drumming on need for Democrats to nominate someone who can beat @chiproytx, but Mary Wilson, surprise winner in Dem primary, says that @VoteMattMcCall "might actually win (GOP primary) We need to prepare for him."
@JosephKopser recalls for Johnson City #cd21 forum meeting Gonzo, a Vietnam vet at nearby coffee shop, who told him, “I fought for my country. Now I’m trying to find my country.” Kopser: We have more in common. We need to pull together. https://t.co/jOgenjYfFq
@JosephKopser says among the reasons to support immigration is to shore up Social Security. Mary Wilson replies, "I don't look at immigration as a transactional piece. I look at immigrants as human beings." People should be able to come here to pursue their dreams. #CD21 forum.
@josephkopser says he supports fracking for now to lower natural gas prices and kill coal, which is environmentally worse. "When we kill coal then we can kill fracking and I will be at the funeral delivering the eulogy." Mary Wilson says fracking is "poison" and unacceptable.
"Whoa, whoa, whoa," says Mary Wilson, interrupting @JosephKopser when it sounds like he is saying Derrick Crowe, who finished third in the primary, had endorsed him. Kopser said he was saying that groups like Circle C Dems, who endorsed Crowe, now support him. Crowe backs Wilson.
Mary Wilson reminds Blanco County #CD21 forum that she won the primary even though @JosephKopser outspent her 20-1, and says Congress needs more women (offering an aside to Kopser, “Sorry Joseph you can’t be a woman, well maybe you can”) Wilson: “This is my time, my season.” https://t.co/iN9cNUkSJp
Mary Wilson says her brother is a right-wing Republican who asks her why she is such a bleeding-heart liberal. But she says they agree on feeding the hungry and housing the homeless. She just thinks government has more of a role in that. https://t.co/e9gi4xgx8J
@JosephKopser says that CD 21 is 60-40 Republican/Democrat and that a candidate must win over some independents and “orphan Republicans.” https://t.co/T2JQ52kc9y
CD21 Democratic runoff rivals offer sources of their politics of love and caring. Mary Wilson, a minister, says it’s the gospel of social justice. @JosephKopser says it’s his 20 years in the U.S. Army and its ethic of leaving no person behind. https://t.co/Hg5b5BM27K
@JosephKopser and Mary Wilson at Blanco County CD 21 Democratic forum at 290 Vinery in Johnson City. https://t.co/Av5mVkOtWe
RT @JinATX: "For many journalists who covered the Waco siege, the episode represented a low point in their professional lives: corralled in…
RT @Reshma416: In 1993, a 51-day standoff between federal agencies and Branch Davidians resulted in the death of 76 people, including pregn…
First Reading: "President Trump is a flash-bang grenade thrown into Washington by the forgotten men and women of America." On the incendiary political rhetoric of @tedcruz. politics.blog.mystatesman.com/2018/04/20/fla… https://t.co/JPzXvWTMsr
The Day in Stone: Roger promotes medical marijuana for veterans, asks for contributions to stonedefensefund.com after being named in Democratic Party suit charging he conspired with Trump campaign, Russians and Assange to sway the election, and models his Cuba-wear. https://t.co/ZrJnALbgmQ
RT @daveymontgomery: I was so fortunate to be able to cover Barbara Bush during her years in Washington and afterward. She was unfailingly…
RT @kherman: The passing of an unelected Texas political icon mystatesman.com/news/opinion/h…
Yes. But credit goes to @JohnathanSilver for this excellent piece. twitter.com/JackCraver/sta…
I’ve been holed up in my compound the last couple weeks trying to understand what happened outside Waco 25 years ago. mystatesman.com/news/state--re…
Last commenter at @BetoORourke Southwestern U Town Hll is an older man who says he's voted D, R and I, says "Thank God Almighty we finally have a candidate who doesn't begin every incomplete sentence with "I'" and doesn't tell us what to think but asks us what we think. https://t.co/n3ehNOrXit
The personal is political. In answering Q about over-testing, @BetoORourke (lit degree) says, "we named our son Ulysses because we didn't have the guts to name him Odysseus," and how schools in Texas are reading abridged version of The Odyssey because they have to do test prep. https://t.co/6xtv1L9ea6
@BetoORourke Racial gerrymandering is racism, intended to depress turnout and deny representation. https://t.co/5lVu8FkmDU
"Lets get off the defensive, off the back foot," @BetoORourke tells town hall at Southwestern University in Georgetown, saying it's not enough to simply not deport Dreamers - they must be able to become citizens, and their parents should not be deported either. https://t.co/dOzHweZx5I
@lupevaldez staffer noted that she had already said that, “l’m open to any kind of debates but my staff are the ones who are going to take care of all that.” Then folo - “There are only certain decisions they’ll let me make ... so they’re taking care of that.” As per details. twitter.com/lgm14/status/9…
@lupevaldez staffer noted that she had already said that, “l’m open to any kind of debates but my staff are the ones who are going to take care of all that.” Then folo - “There are only certain decisions they’ll let me make ... so they’re taking care of that.” As per details. twitter.com/jtilovetx/stat…
@lupevaldez staffer noted that she had already said that, “l’m open to any kind of debates but my staff are the ones who are going to take care of all that.” Then folo - “There are only certain decisions they’ll let me make ... so they’re taking care of that.” As per details. twitter.com/jtilovetx/stat…
@LupeValdez staffer KieferOdell says that she said details about a debate with @randrewwhite are up to staff, not decision on whether to debate. That’s her call. twitter.com/jtilovetx/stat…
Oops. Too quick with the Lupe trigger. That’s @LupeValdez twitter.com/jtilovetx/stat…
Asked about debating @randrewwhite, @lupevaldez says that’s a decision for her staff to make and they’ll let her know when they decide. https://t.co/sbTBSDTQcp
@LupeValdez gets animated talking about common-sense gun laws to keep them out of the wrong hands, but “I believe in the 2nd Amendment. I believe in all the amendments.” https://t.co/8atLlqYeWC
@lupedavis introduces her tracker from the @GovAbbott campaign to supporters at Black Star Coop. Not giving him much to work with so far tonight. https://t.co/HR8o1iKqu8
@lupevaldez meets Austin mayoral candidate Travis Duncan at her stop at Black Star Coop. “I like to listen,” says Duncan, who I last saw at a @tedcruz event. https://t.co/XCwwPHjgLc
RT @andreeball: Quite a story by Sean Collins Walsh... Sid Miller put ex-doctor with 2 revoked licenses on rural health panel https://t.co…
RT @taygoldenstein: As it has since at least 1998, Texas GOP once again denies booth at state convention to conservative LGBT group Log Cab…
“Run to the hills. Run for your life” singalong at #HONK!TX2018. Followed by, “Fat, religious, greedy white people rule the world. ... they might be lizards from outer space, doesn’t matter, they rule the place.” The Legion of Monkeys from Vancouver. https://t.co/NXgqyAkSgX
Moontower Brass Band. #HONK!TX2018 Austin. https://t.co/2l959TgHRa
Moontower Brass Band, #HONK!TX2018 in Austin. https://t.co/fKL6OmbTRP
Biohazard Brass Band and fan. #honk!tx2018. Mueller tonight, Spider House environs tomorrow. https://t.co/ir2EvRELJQ
Austin Klezmer about to perform at #honk!tx2018. Mueller. https://t.co/CRt8EbvMcm
@KarinaKling inside, and @TXTylerNorris outside, the @tedcruz bus before it departs for Austin-Bergstrom airport Tuesday night at the end of Cruz’s second of three days of barnstorming to kick off his general election campaign. https://t.co/TY3vtFXCMo
For Travis Duncan, running for mayor of Austin means showing up everywhere to listen. Tuesday night it was a Ted Cruz event at the Texas Mailhouse. https://t.co/fgEp68LBbf
@tedcruz in Austin listens to man with British accent who tells him that universal health care does work. Cruz - “You’re entitled to your opinion. Man - “It’s not my opinion, it’s the data.” https://t.co/VMwixIHsY5
@tedcruz “We are at a strange time in politics. The far left is angry and energized. But in Texas, there are more conservatives ... and there are 50 states, but only one Texas.” https://t.co/Oe7ggTIuOi
@tedcruz in Austin. “We want our cities to be sanctuaries, but sanctuaries for American citizens and for those like my father who came here legally.” https://t.co/pDisWagg8K
At campaign stop at the Texas Mailhouse in Austin @tedcruz begins by talking about how concerned and prayerful the state and nation were for Austin through the bombings and salutes the heroic efforts of law enforcement. https://t.co/lMpSy51iyU
RT @RobertTGarrett: A lot of us have moved on but @lmcgaughy hasn't. Here's her latest on victims of the #SutherlandSprings #Texas @ChurchS…
First Reading: Cruz kicks off campaign at the Redneck Country Club, but is Ted really a redneck? politics.blog.mystatesman.com/2018/04/03/cru… https://t.co/8CFgRYZJjG
And on @realDonaldTrump, @BetoORourke says, "We have to be the 51st vote in the Senate to stop this president in his tracks." https://t.co/cg6lJLZLG9
@evanasmith asks if there is anything voters should be angry about. @BetoORourke "We are the defining immigration state and on the immigration debate there was one senator and one senator alone that voted against proceeding and that was our junior senator." https://t.co/x0f7WmPEIU
@evanasmith Name something you agree with @realDonaldTrump on. @BetoORourke His commitment to veterans and work being done by VA Secretary David Shulkin, while recognizing that example doesn't end well with Trump firing Shulkin. https://t.co/be7qiknU0r
@evanasmith Aren't people too angry for you to be running a campaign on bipartisanship, eating Ding Dongs cross-country with @HurdOnTheHill? @BetoORourke defends meeting with folks in most Republican parts of Texas as good for him and them and how he'll work for TX as a senator. https://t.co/44Y8cMwMSc
@BetoORourke at Waco Texas Tribune interview. "The border has never been safer or more secure in the lifetime of anyone in this room," But, we can always do better. https://t.co/Zx1FjCsQuw
@evanasmith Do you want to repeal the 2nd Amendment and do you want to take away our guns. @BetoORourke No I don't want repeal the 2nd Amendment and I don't want to take anyone's guns. Not a gun-owner himself. https://t.co/3ci8zP7OrT
@evanasmith Do you want to raise taxes? @RepBetoORourke Yes, for the wealthiest and for corporations. Don't have to be as high as they once were, but higher than they are now to make investments. The wealthy have never been so wealthy and the poor have never been so poor. https://t.co/DC1zYQ0kXK
@evanasmith "Are you running against Cruz or are you running against Trump?" @BetoORourke "Neither. I'm not running against anybody. That's not what energizes me. That's not what gets me going ... Being against is not a strategy." https://t.co/JHQGk9NhY0
Asked to compare his race to @wendydavis 2014 race for governor, @BetoORourke salutes her courage but, "she did not have the benefit of this year. We have never seen this level of urgency." And he is going more places and answering more questions. https://t.co/GYP0bv42Ro
@BetoORourke, in interview with @evanasmith in Waco, on his big fundraising haul of $6.7 million in the fist quarter of the year - the average donation is $40 and about 70 percent is from Texas. https://t.co/NKvdBRew3V
@tedcruz announces his candidacy for the United States Senate at the Redneck Country Club in Texas. Good thing. He's the Republican nominee. https://t.co/76XQAEEsqz
@tedcruz: "The story of Sutherland Springs was not the loss, not the horror, not the evil we saw. it was how the community came together and rose as one in the face of that disaster." And how Stephen Willeford w/ an AR-15 (applause) intervened. "That's Texas. That's who we are" https://t.co/bExAPxDDjK
Recalling his previous event at Stafford's Redneck Country Club on Super Tuesday 2016 election night, @tedcruz says that reporters were "terrified" when they learned that they would have to go to a place so-named. Cruz describes how delicious it is to so terrify journalists. https://t.co/a5bf0lL94M
@MichaelBerrySho introducing @tedcruz at Red Neck Country Club in Stafford, TX, recalling anti-Obamacare "filibuster" (really just an epic speech): "He stood athwart history and said `Stop.'" https://t.co/QwuaD0Fvvb
RT @sbcmw: "Ocelot! Ocelot! Where have you gone? Morning is over and noon slouches on. Your stripes could all fade in the poisonous day…
First Reading: Alex Jones turns to his 15-year-old son to defend him from `bullying’ by David Hogg. In grooming his successor, Jones appears to make a mockery of the judge's insistence at custody trial that his day job had nothing to do with his parenting .politics.blog.mystatesman.com/2018/03/30/ale… https://t.co/PmWQbr7mK0
Yes, and @DonaldJTrumpJr attacks @JebBush for saying that, unlike @realDonaldTrump, his kids (incl. @georgepbush, who flaunted his support from Trumps, father and son, to win renomination) love him. Best, tho, is Yale DN correction noting 8 of 9 in audience say they got it right. twitter.com/evanasmith/sta…
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats at UT says that the post-911 threat is new and harder to contend with because "you can't really turn your weapons on a theology and defeat an enemy ... I don't think we can overcome this problem by kinetic means." https://t.co/8tMZDoDnTJ
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats describes his concern about "fake news," but not in the usual Trump sense. He worries about plethora of outlets, w/o more deliberate speed of disappearing newspapers of old, that rush to get stories on-line before they are fully vetted https://t.co/Fg6JsSZ7yL
At UT, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said he doesn't consider Russian meddling in the 2016 election a Cyber 911 b/c 3,000 lives weren't lost. "My fear is we might have a Cyber 911 that might equal or exceed that." https://t.co/10XeqNUVaL
On Russian interference in our elections, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats at UT says "we haven't seen the kind of robust effort they made in the 2016 election," but we are working to make sure there is not a repeat in 2018. https://t.co/clxR2bM2C3
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats says that the two things that keep him up at night are a nuclear exchange and a "Cyber 911 that would finally wake up the American people and Congress. The warning signs are there." https://t.co/T4LSxjrWzb
At UT, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats sounds recruiting theme. "We're reaching out to young people to inspire them to do this. We need them. These new technologies ... many in my generation, including me, don't have a clue ... I can barely get my phone going." https://t.co/1l4anzIIZm
At UT, Diretor of National Sec Clear eye and very sober about this stiion 11;40 https://t.co/RV4EE8JsvC
At UT, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats says security threats include not just foreign actors and terrorists, but also, "kids in their dorm rooms who have the ability to hack into networks that provide for our security." https://t.co/0HklFM1UJ8
At UT, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats says ATX bombing investgation "serves as an example of the kind of information-sharing that we need ... a surge here of federal, state and local police that resulted in a fairly quick resolving of this ... how we need to coordinate. https://t.co/i8hO6HDOxw
First Reading: @tedcruz crows credit for census citizenship count that could cost Texas clout politics.blog.mystatesman.com/2018/03/28/cru… https://t.co/CwtWXTp2M0
Take a 33-year-old Mexican-American Bernie disciple with the same name as a popular country singer, a reverence for LBJ and Noam Chomsky, an adversary in the DCCC, a dash of Quixote, and you've got yourself Rick Treviño's perhaps not impossible CD-23 dream.politics.blog.mystatesman.com/2018/03/26/to-… https://t.co/JIJVAKFqoz
First Reading: To `catch some lightning.’ On Rick Treviño’s perhaps not entirely impossible CD-23 dream. politics.blog.mystatesman.com/2018/03/26/to-… https://t.co/uBfoPytoqw
RT @taygoldenstein: Student-led March For Our Lives draws 20,000 to the Capitol (P.S. Kudos to @marymhuber for unbelievable stamina after a…
RT @davidmcswane: Exactly what so many of us in Austin were thinking. Kudos to the @statesman for pounding the pavement (100 stories - WOW)…
RT @JinATX: Three fearful weeks: bombing suspect is killed, but motive remains murky: mystatesman.com/news/three-fea…
RT @daddyrobot: #correction: @andersoncooper told me on air that explosion at goodwill store behind my house was incendiary device, not bom…
RT @evanasmith: The world needs more @pamelacolloff threads twitter.com/pamelacolloff/…
RT @James_Barragan: @daddyrobot Oh my gosh! Thank goodness you’re safe. Thinking of you
RT @JulieChang1: The @statesman's coverage of the Austin bombings is so comprehensive that we're even covering (debunking) accusations that…
 
 
 
 
 
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