Chief Political Writer. Austin American-Statesman
Here's @JTiloveTX with the in-depth breakdown on Alex Jones, child porn and a Sandy Hook legal case that grows uglier by the day … including "an extraordinary tirade, even by Jones’ standards." statesman.com/blogs/20190618…https://t.co/lAGxcvuO2K
Here's @JTiloveTX with the in-depth breakdown on Alex Jones, child porn and a Sandy Hook legal case that grows uglier by the day … including "an extraordinary tirade, even by Jones’ standards." statesman.com/blogs/20190618…
First Reading: In which Alex Jones blames Sandy Hook lawyer for setting him up on child porn emails he had nothing to do with and is advised by his atty citing Aristotle, "You’re so angry right now you’re just a touch unwise," and AJ apologizes, sort of. statesman.com/blogs/20190618…
RT @LeAnn_Wallace: Being the only girl in little league paid off 😋⚾️ @RRExpress #FirstPitch #StrikeLife https://t.co/OMOlPifvaN
RT @VirtualCapitol: Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez could team up to legalize over-the-counter birth control statesman.com/news/20190612/…
RT @VirtualCapitol: Fact-check: Did people lie about Texas maternal mortality rate like Abbott said? statesman.com/news/20190611/…
Yes, speaking of all Republican incumbents, @GovAbbott said "they deserve to be reelected and I support all of them, and appreciate the session they helped deliver for the people at Texas." But, unlike @RepDennisBonnen, he did not say incumbent Democrats deserve re-election. twitter.com/MorrisReports/…
Alex Jones asks Roger Stone why "they" (Democrats) promote @JoeBiden when "he admits he had the top of his head sawed off." Stone: "First of all, Alex, there is no `they.' The Obama machine will sweep him aside ... their strongest, most likely nominee would be Michelle Obama." https://t.co/mAjhaJZxMY
RT @asherprice: Really great story by @PhilJankowski -- just the kind of work you want your local journalist to do. @statesman https://t.co…
Joseph Menn, who in "Cult of the Dead Cow," revealed @BetoORourke's secret history as a teenage hacker, thinks it says something good about the way Beto's mind works that he should embrace: “Yes, I was a hacker. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing.” statesman.com/blogs/20190606…
RT @WagsPhoto: Austin was lit tonight. #Lightning #Stormy https://t.co/MsrkLgg0JQ
I turned 65 on Thursday. That’s the bad news. The good news is that I could still grow up to be president. statesman.com/news/20190607/…
In an interview with the Statesman, @GovAbbott sounds the 2020 theme for the Texas GOP as "the party of results" emerging from the 2019 session, and says all incumbent Republican state legislators deserve re-election. statesman.com/news/20190608/…
Born to be wild? On a Friday afternoon, @GovAbbott Chief of Staff @lousaenztx appears to be lookin’ for adventure. Or whatever comes his way. https://t.co/WBIU1aDL9O
RT @kherman: Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick banned a journalist over tweets statesman.com/news/20190606/…
RT @PatrickSvitek: All 12 House Dems who flipped seats last year voted more liberal than median caucus score, per @MarkPJonesTX analysis: h…
RT @madlinbmek: Emails from the Texas Department of Public Safety say Gov. Greg Abbott pushed for investigation into citizenship of Texas v…
First Reading: Asked if it was hypothetically possible he could remain speaker if the House had a narrow Democratic majority in 2021 @RepDennisBonnen says, “That wouldn’t be right for the House. I don’t think it’s possible and I wouldn’t even consider it.” statesman.com/blogs/20190527…
Truly excellent, complex and empathetic profile. twitter.com/lmcgaughy/stat…
No. That would be petulant. And the governor agrees with him on red-light cameras. But Stickland may not get a ceremonial pen. twitter.com/kherman/status…
From a distance it appears @BetoORourke gave a performance much like he has throughout the campaign, only to be dissed by the national media as a dud, on his way to being revived by doing it again on CNN in a jacket and tie and haircut, which he had risked mocking to livestream. twitter.com/politico/statu…
RT @VirtualCapitol: Abbott's priority mental health bill abruptly killed by fellow Republican in House statesman.com/news/20190521/…
RT @sbcmw: State rep by day, musician by night, @poncho_nevarez literally began his set at the Continental Club with “Mr. Speaker, members…
First criticized for being overexposed, @BetoORourke went on Maddow to offer a mea culpa for being underexposed. HIs solace? Caught in the no-man's land between lively crowds and lousy polls numbers, his ex-girlfriends still like him, and so does his wife. statesman.com/blogs/20190514…
First Reading: Will @RepStickland's success in winning passage of his first bill in the House imperil his streak on Texas Monthly's (for him) coveted Worst Legislators list? statesman.com/blogs/20190508…
It turns out that in the Texas House, red light cameras are more unpopular than @RepStickland. https://t.co/JfyQMhR1ZF
@JoaquinCastrotx's decision not to run for Senate was inglorious, coming after weeks of dithering and delay. But I see a sweeter tale of the mutually supportive relationship of twin brothers, each looking out for the other, playing itself out in public. statesman.com/blogs/20190502…
RT @JeremySWallace: Must read via ⁦@taygoldenstein⁩ in understanding GOP divisions and frustrations in Texas politics https://t.co/FcywFRt…
“What a moron,” said @DanPatrick of @BetoORourke on Fox last night, launching a diatribe, the last 2 minutes 45 of which bore a chyron: “TX LT GOVERNOR: BETO O’ROURKE IS A MORON.” Q: Did this set some record & shouldn't we be tracking such political stats? statesman.com/blogs/20190430…
“He’s so light in the loafers he floats off the ground sometimes.” @DanPatrick on @BetoORourke on the Ingraham Angle. Ingraham checks that Patrick is only referring to Beto being unsubstantial and not implying anything else. Yes, says Patrick, “he’s a lightweight.” https://t.co/c2VpIUcjSZ
“That picture you have in your program is actually my brother, Joaquin. He’d say that’s a good thing because he’s better looking.” Julián Castro. https://t.co/COduBrDtrE
RT @madlinbmek: But Patrick was talking about documented deaths and his numbers were right. We gave him a True on our Truth-O-Meter. (Ple…
RT @eramshaw: @WilsonWPA If you worked in the news biz, you’d know source-building — and in particular convincing retired law enforcement t…
RT @eramshaw: For the first time, @byjayroot has tracked down the officers at the scene of Beto O’Rourke’s 1998 DWI crash. They stand by th…
RT @rebekahallen: Republicans across Texas have been going after the Dallas District Attorney for his announcement that he'd stop prosecuti…
For ten months Kim Koo-Hyun has been singing the praises of @realDonaldTrump outside the Texas Capitol but somehow this was the first time I encountered him. A former history professor, Kim was born in Korea but lives in Austin. https://t.co/BXHZmMak5g
RT @nytimes: “Maybe it’s not a habitually lying president, but at least someone is getting called to account, under oath, for his role in t…
RT @RabbiDGerber: Here's something I learned about living in Louisiana: there is no quantity of matzah you can purchase without the checkou…
RT @PhilJankowski: BREAKING: The city of Austin will pay $460 million to buy the East Texas biomass facility the Nacogdoches Generating Fac…
First Reading: On Sunday Pete Buttigieg fed the dogs, went to church, wrote the speech of his lifetime, w/o coffee, which he gave up for Lent. And while Beto loves Homer's Odyssey, Pete digs the tougher terrain of Joyce's Ulysses. Q: Is Mayor Pete perfect? statesman.com/blogs/20190415…
Watching Julie Chismar brags on Pete Buttigieg @CSPAN c-span.org/video/?c479262…
RT @PatrickSvitek: New: Julián Castro raises $1.1 million in first quarter for his presidential bid texastribune.org/2019/04/14/jul… via @TexasTribu…
@MayorAdler, who spoke at @BetoORourke's Austin presidential rally introduces @petebuttigieg at his prez announcement as best, smartest, possessor of strongest moral compass & "my mentor, looking up to him even tho he's shorter and younger than I am. He really is that special." https://t.co/D8e0kPh4ln
RT @davidsiders: Stump challenge unlocked ... @BetoORourke https://t.co/pSHyQBuL5X
RT @Forrest4Trees: @statesman Hmmmmmmm.... "Asked whether [OK fracking billionaire Harold] Hamm is a donor to the wind energy fight it is w…
Adding this on Jones and Barnes to this thread. statesman.com/blogs/20190402…
And here is more on Alex Jones and Robert Barnes, the new chief counsel for InfoWars and a simpatico new partner, and verbal match, for Jones, both in the courtroom and on the air. statesman.com/blogs/20190402…
Robert Barnes, who has taken over Alex Jones' defense, stunned the judge and plaintiff's attorneys Wednesday by saying his motion to dismiss a Sandy Hook suit would be entirely on a point of law and not contest claims he knowingly made false statements. statesman.com/news/20190403/…
RT @lmcgaughy: Reading old @dallasnews clips and always blown away by @ChristyHoppe's writing. From April 1995. "This is the Capitol. Pop…
RT @JulieChang1: Here's the story: Texas House approves $9B school bill, adds teacher pay raise statesman.com/news/20190403/… #txlege #txed h…
@JohnCornyn tells Texas reporters that "It is really curious to me that Sen. Schumer & many of the big donors in the Democratic Party on the East and West coasts seem to be dissatisfied w/ @JoaquinCastrotx who said he's all but certain" to run against him with backing of TX Dems
On InfoWars Sunday, Alex Jones critiqued "my so-called deposition," in which he said he “almost had like a form of psychosis back in the past where I basically thought everything was staged." But he said what was truly insane were the faces (like this) made by his interrogator. https://t.co/W3O8Yn53Bg
RT @JulianCastro: Last night reading the #loteria cards at @lulac308 -- one of the many highlights of this weekend's trip through Iowa. Tha…
RT @cwarzel: for your early evening/pre-prestige tv reading: I wrote about Alex Jones' legal troubles and how it seems one way to defang a…
Der Austiner Klezmer Bund youtu.be/p14vN97fiRM via @YouTube
Der Austiner Klezmer Bund parading in East Austin #honk!tx2019 https://t.co/IVllAdsiQE
@BetoORourke “Thank you Austin.” https://t.co/ed6Dpcd1We
@BetoORourke “We truly are the last, best hope for Earth and we cannot be found wanting.” https://t.co/nVm7f4RYU9
@BetoORourke arrives at his Austin rally, after rallies in El Paso and Houston. https://t.co/pFXuGmkKOP
Julie Cordero & granddaughter Madison Chargo of Irving at @BetoORourke rally in Austin. Julie, who works Customs at DFW, was dismayed when he decided to run for President sted of Senate again b/c she thought only he could turn TX blue. But now good with Joaquin Castro for Senate. https://t.co/8ykDH7SMkO
Hiram Garcia, head of LULAC chapter at UT, talked with @BetoORourke about his desire to return to their hometown of El Paso to run for office. Surprised Beto decided to run for President and still deliberating about who he’ll back. Thinks @realDonaldTrump will be hard to beat. https://t.co/ppNaQ7ssav
@GinaForAustin tells Austin @BetoORourke rally that after the debacle of the 2016 election, Beto stopped forward to run for the Senate. "He lifted us up, he propped us up until we remembered to stand on our own two feet .. so it's time to throw down and fight with Beto."
Esmeralda Del Toro drove up from the Rio Grande Valley for the @BetoORourke rally in Austin. She also likes @JulianCastro. “They both stand for the same things but for some reason Beto stands out more.” https://t.co/USssKjv0wq
Catherine Moring and Jenna Chang of Flower Mound drove down to Austin to be front and center at @BetoORourke’s launch rally in Austin. Politics brought them together. https://t.co/RF70rQvevk
Waiting on Beto in downtown Austin. https://t.co/ZwoxKHsnMW
With a small tweak of phrase,, @BetoORourke transforms @realDonaldTrump’s nationalist promise in his Inaugural to place “America First” into embracing “We are Americans first.” https://t.co/V1d0lVVF5s
@vgescobar: “When the border sends America our people we are sending them our best in @BetoORourke.” https://t.co/Ae2hQmWqs4
Miss Border Cities 2019 sings the National Anthem at @BetoORourke launch rally in El Paso. https://t.co/yuUCXUg6NN
Beto flags and American flags fluttering in the breeze as big crowd in El Paso awaits start of @BetoORourke presidential launch rally. Rallies in Houston and Dallas to follow. https://t.co/Nb1psBgIen
"I’ve had a chance to believe that children died and it’s a tragedy; but there are still real anomalies in the attempt to basically keep it blacked out that generally, when you see that in government, something’s being covered up.”
"So long before these lawsuits I said that in the past I thought everything was a conspiracy and I would kind of get into that mass group think of the communities that were out there saying that. And so now I see that it’s more in the middle. All right? So that’s where I stand."
Alex Jones: "I’m just saying that the trauma of the media and the corporations lying so much, then everything begins, you don’t trust anything anymore, kind of like a child whose parents lie to them over and over again, well, pretty soon they don’t know what reality is."
Alex Jones In Sandy Hook deposition: "I, myself, have almost had like a form of psychosis back in the past where I basically thought everything was staged, even though I’m now learning a lot of times things aren’t staged." statesman.com/news/20190329/…
First Reading: Buttigieg is beta-tested Beto, a white male, but even younger than Beto, more compact, with fewer moving parts, calmer. He comes across as more thoughtful, with greater gravitas. And, he's married to a guy, sparing him just enough privilege. statesman.com/blogs/20190327…
First Reading: The Presidential Odyssey of Beto O’Rourke. Chapter One. The Journey Begins. statesman.com/blogs/20190325… @BetoORourke drew big crowds, big money, two-acre earth art likeness & lotsa mockery (but that "holy dirt" was from a hugely popular Catholic pilgrimage site in NM).
RT @jaspscherer: Inbox, from @JosephKopser: "After careful deliberation, I’ve resolved not to run for public office in 2020. But I am by no…
RT @VirtualCapitol: Fact check: No, the Texas Democratic Party did not give Beto O'Rourke $4.5 million statesman.com/news/20190320/…
At Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, @BetoORourke talks about the beauty of the drive there and how, for the first time (coming from El Paso), he saw signs warning of "Frost Heaves." Says if he were starting a punk band now, that's what he'd call it. https://t.co/DtqA34N55g
As @BetoORourke signed a skateboard for Tyler Baggins in Madison, Baggins asks Beto if he’s ever dropped acid. Beto says no. Baggins was prompted by Alex Jones saying that seeing as how Beto as teen wrote under handle Psychedelic Warlord, someone should ask him that question. https://t.co/7iWoejIV26
After kicking off presidential campaign with 3 days in Iowa, @BetoORourke begins road trip to states won by both Obama & Trump - Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania - racking up early miles/counties. First stop, Cargo Coffee in Madison, then onto IBEW events in Milwaukee. https://t.co/KbmiJA1aQQ
They are piping @BetoORourke’s appearance at Mount Vernon, Iowa, meet and greet at Sing-A-Long Bar and Grill outside for those who couldn’t get on. https://t.co/Xt3OEFKAJr
@BetoORourke says he is asked if he is a progressive. Recalls Republican/Progressive Teddy Roosevelt. Says “We can’t have progress without economic democracy.” In Mount Pleasant, Iowa.”” https://t.co/Pqsk2Y0q0v
@BetoORourke says his mission is to bring together “a deeply divided nation, not against anyone it anything.” https://t.co/LUgPWopYR6
Beto O’Rourke In Muscatine, Iowa youtu.be/sKwmfI0oLro via @YouTube It was the last of eight stops on his first day as a presidential candidate.
Beto: “I’m for everyone.” youtu.be/bYKJzNt7xSg via @YouTube @BetoORourke tries to stay humble in his first day as s presidential candidate.
Checking out Beto O’Rourke in Muscatine, Iowa youtu.be/oU2WB5n-H-Q via @YouTube
At #SXSW19, 2028 Democratic field begins to take shape. statesman.com/news/20190311/…
@staceyabrams "We have to talk about voter supression all the time. Republicans talk about voter fraud all the time .. we believe it's true even though there isn't a shred of evidence. Voter suppression is insidious because it looks like it's supposed to happen." #SXSW2019
@staceyabrams “I have not been good at dating.” Was rebuffed by two dating services who told her “they could not take me on until I lost weight ... they wouldn’t take my money.” Hurtful assault on her own sense of frailty. https://t.co/5DNiW9WX1r
@staceyabrams says in her spreadsheet, 2028 would be the year she would run for president. 2020 is for electing a Democratic president and Congress. 2024 is for re-electing them. And 2028 is the year she will be prepared to be president.
@staceyabrams on @realDonaldTrump "I think he's racist. I think he's xenophobic. I think he's homophobic. I think he has disdain for anything he considers different than normal and he considers himself normative. I think he does not respect people." #SXSW2019
@staceyabrams says that a singular 2020 focus on @realDonaldTrump is a mistake. "When you are focused on your enemy, then you are ignoring your allies." #SXSW2019
@staceyabrams "I’m still angry. I’m stil very bitter. I’m still sad ... I wasn’t clinically depressed, I was morally depressed ... I am goignto be angry a lot but I’m not going to be still." #SXSW2019
If AOC were of age she would be the source of considerable excitement as a potential candidate for the Democratic nomination in 2020 and her #SXSW appearance in Austin this weekend might have marked the moment when she found her running mate — Bill Nye the Science Guy. twitter.com/virtualcapitol…
Richard Linklater after #SXSW2019 premiere of Running with Beto. “Funny, the power of cinema. As I was watching that I thought, `Maybe he’ll win.′ You know the storytelling, you get pulled into a story. I said, `He might win it this time.’” https://t.co/KxQUw74IES
@BetoORourke liked the documentary prequel to his all-but-inevitable presidential run but didn’t announce. “I want to make sure I do it the right way and tell everybody at the same time.” statesman.com/news/20190309/…
After premiere of Running with Beto, @BetoORourke deflects question on whether he will run for president in 2020. Cites energy and momentum coming out of Senate race, and, “We just want to continue to be part of it.” #SXSW2019 https://t.co/jJKKfn7Xoo
 
 
 
 
 
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