Texas Tribune reporter / Wellesley alum / 7th generation Texan / Grackle enthusiast
We now have a landing page for all things #Harvey — bookmark it! texastribune.org/series/in-harv…
Tan= 14K Houston homes built in reservoirs. Blue= #Harvey floodwaters. apps.texastribune.org/harvey-reservo… https://t.co/SMCllkfV1s
How much has been raised for #Harvey relief — and how's it being spent? texastribune.org/2017/10/06/how…
Pretty crazy that Harris County hasn’t had a jury trial since #Harvey hit. texastribune.org/2017/10/06/aft…
A @brandonformby/@MorganSmith joint: Fed $ for #Harvey rebuild is far off. And it falls way short of need texastribune.org/2017/10/05/tex… #TxLege
Federal relief $ could take years to reach communities battered by #Harvey: texastribune.org/2017/10/02/hur… #txlege
While agency has lost institutional knowledge, HHSC says that did not impact the agency’s response to the hurricane. #TxLege
@ewaltersTX’s story this AM on mass staff departure @ HHSC comes up in #Harvey appropriations hearing. texastribune.org/2017/10/02/tex… #TxLege
HHSC chief say hiring freeze meant reduced #s but did not impact “quality or timeliness of work” in response to #Harvey #TxLege
HHSC chief Charles Smith now before House approps panel #TxLege #Harvey
RT @amanbatheja: Coca-Cola buying Topo Chico, which counts 70% of its US sales from Texas foodbev.com/news/coca-cola…
In testimony earlier today, @SylvesterTurner called on state officials to waive that fee. #txlege #Harvey
FEMA allocates 3.34% on top of $ for state oversight, Sharp says, it does not come out of $ going to locals #harvey #TxLege
“There is no administrative fee from the state, I don’t know where that came from,” John Sharp says #TxLege #Harvey
RT @JohnnieMo: #Harvey czar John Sharp tells lawmakers Texas got use of four C-130 military cargo planes to spray mosquitoes from the sky.…
“Every mayor, every county judge has my cell phone,” says Sharp, adds he’s there to advise, but all decisions made at local level #TxLege
RT @brandonformby: .@georgepbush says earliest @HUDgov funds will reach Texans whose homes sustained worst damage is 7 months. Could be as…
#Harvey recovery czar John Sharp now up before House approps. #TxLege
Fort Bend Judge Bob Hebert: Congress shld “make whole” communities that flooded bc of Barker. Avg home value $360K. #txlege #Harvey
Fort Bend officials have asked feds to buy out 3k homes above Barker Reservoir, flooding there “unique manmade disaster” #txlege #Harvey
@EdEmmett reminds lawmakers more than 1/2 Harris Co pop lives outside Hou. Same needs as city, incl $110m debris removal #Harvey #TxLege
Turner’s example: Fed HUD $ goes to GLO, then to county, then finally to city. Then state can take 3.34% admin fee… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
RT @viaAlana: Follow @MorganSmith, @brandonformby for updates on #txlege hrgs. Watch our full interview w/ @SylvesterTurner here | https://…
Big talking pt from @SylvesterTurner: state officials shld cut path fed $ takes to reach locals, waive admin fees on that $ #TxLege #Harvey
RT @brandonformby: Background on massive task of removing debris from Harvey's floods here: texastribune.org/2017/09/22/aft…
RT @brandonformby: Houstonians can track where debris removal trucks are here: houstonrecovers.org/numbers/
@SylvesterTurner says post #Harvey debris removal in Houston estimated to cost $260 million. Feds will match 90%. #txlege
#TxLege appropriations mtg on #Harvey funding now underway, watch live here: uh.edu/infotech/servi…
Dispatch from SE Texas, featuring photos from Michael Stravato: trib.it/2wVAJ3x #Harvey https://t.co/GoKUKDvpgY
And that’s a wrap folks. Thanks for following along. #tribfest17
Interest in being prez? @governorbullock: Just got thru an election for gov, focused on that…but interested in future of party #tribfest17
@GovernorBullock: There is an attempt to nationalize all political races, & we need to localize. #tribfest17
@GovernorBullock hopes Ds get past “candidate or the party” Q of 2016, talk ab how to let ppl kno Ds are looking out for them #Tribfest17
@GovernorBullock: 20% of my voters were Trump voters. Montanans thought Trump wld fight for them & I’d fight for them. #tribfest17
@danbalz: what’s dif btw red state D & blue state D? SB: way I govern is not that different than how I would in blue state #tribfest2017
@GovernorBullock admits he’s pretended to be former Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock’s son to get a table at restaurants in Austin. #tribfest17
Here we go w/ @danbalz & Montana’s @GovernorBullock. #tribfest17
#TTF17 is upon us, & so is a good discussion on college sexual assault w @KirkPWatson @RepJMLozano @pinepaula, Wanda Mercer, & Sierra Smith
Vidor, Texas: Home security by George & Barbara Bush / "Looters beware! We may look old but we don't miss"… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
Lost your handgun license in #Harvey flooding? @GregAbbott_TX has waived $25 fee to replace it. trib.it/2wUTwuF
RT @TexasMonthly: "If it wasn’t for @HEB, we wouldn’t have water in the city of Beaumont for Friday." texasmonthly.com/the-daily-post…
Do ANY hot air balloon operators plan to allow ppl to hunt feral hogs under new Tx law? trib.it/2xP9vZ6twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
RT @eramshaw: Whoa -- @nytopinion on @TexasTribune @ProPublica Hell & High Water project: "Houston, you were warned" https://t.co/zvcGvXL4g…
RT @MWatkinsTrib: Awesome video explaining all the floating hordes of fire ants you've been seeing. vox.com/videos/2017/7/…
Harvey victims must file claims by Fri to avoid new Texas law reducing penalty fees for insurance companies trib.it/2wckmgR #Txlege
The complicated decision-making behind evacuation orders #Harvey2017 texastribune.org/2017/08/27/why…
What 2 ft of rain can do // Photo 1: Memorial Pkwy on Sat. Photo 2: Memorial Pkwy on Sun. Via @TexasTribune photog… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
@alexazura’s 2015 profile of Houston mayor @SylvesterTurner, who spent 25 years in the Texas House trib.it/1Ef9adH #txlege #Harvey
RT @OmarVillafranca: Louisiana has the Cajun Navy. Texas has the Bayou Boys. God Bless 'Em twitter.com/mrkmully/statu…
RT @amanbatheja: That pic of a Texas dog with a bag of dog food not only has a happy ending but maybe the best quote about a dog ever https…
RT @brandonformby: Officials struggle w/ Houston floods as Texans inundate 911, issue social media pleas for rescue texastribune.org/2017/08/27/har…
RT @OmarVillafranca: Fire ants form a protective island as they float out the #Houston flood https://t.co/UBORwAzA4R
RT @amyfiscus: NWS' famous Katrina warning, "human suffering incredible by modern standards," earned a place in a museum. https://t.co/el8f…
RT @brandonformby: Follow my colleagues @KiahCollier & @neenareports, who are in the heart of the deadly #Houston flooding from Hurricane #…
RT @brandonformby: Should Texans flee #Harvey or wait him out? @GovAbbott, @SylvesterTurner send mixed messages. texastribune.org/2017/08/25/off… w/…
Looking for Hurricane #Harvey news? Check out our list of the best accounts to follow: twitter.com/TexasTribune/l…
RT @PatrickSvitek: .@GovAbbott tells @ChrisSalcedoTX property tax bill #SB1 with House changes "really wouldn't have provided any meaningfu…
@DanPatrick doesn’t say whether he’ll ask @GovAbbott for second special session, says it’s gov’s decision to make. #TxLege
“The speaker said it was horse manure and he treated it like horse manure” @danpatrick says of @GovAbbott’s special session agenda #txlege
“It was the speaker’s personal politics” in almost every case that stopped special session priorities from passing @DanPatrick says #TxLege
@DanPatrick: what I’m most upset about is the House quit tonight… w 27 hours to go they walked off the job. #TxLege
“We accomplished a lot in this special session,” @DanPatrick says in post-adjournment presser. #TxLege
RT @PatrickSvitek: but is expected to do so once the special's over! #TX03 twitter.com/PatrickSvitek/…
Texas Senate gavels out Sine Die. #TxLege
RT @pfikac: 'It was literally a decision made on the fly' -- @SpeakerStraus re House sine die expressnews.com/news/local/art… @expressnews w/@Morr…
Bettencourt urges @GovAbbott to call a special session as soon as possible to address property taxes. #txlege twitter.com/MorganSmith/st…
@TeamBettencourt: we aren’t going to accept take it or leave it proposal from House, & we are going to live to fight another day #TxLege
RT @brandonformby: If #txlege falls apart over prop taxes, worth noting: House passed bills that actually would have lowered tax payments f…
RT @brandonformby: INBOX: Ahead of Senate returning to work tonight, @DonHuffines says property tax bills dead, asks @GovAbbott for 2nd spe…
House Sine Dies, tells Senate like it or lump it on property taxes: trib.it/2wNF0lR #TxLege
BAM — with that, @danhuberty motions that the House adjourns SINE DIE #TxLege
if we appointed conferees now, it would kill the bill bc there is not enough time #txlege twitter.com/MorganSmith/st…
Bonnen update on SB1 conferees: I'm not declining a conference committee, I'm trying to keep the bill alive #TxLege
@moodyforelpaso has inquiry on removing confederate monuments on Capitol grounds. Told to speak w/ preservation board, House admin #TxLege
With disappointment, resignation, House votes 94-46 to concur w/ Senate on school finance #txlege #txed twitter.com/MorganSmith/st…
@DanHuberty: This is it. I’ve been trying for 7 mo. And I’m standing here today asking you to please support this bill. #TxLege #TxEd
RT @PatrickSvitek: Friendly reminder that the House hasn't appointed conferees yet for key property tax bill #SB1. #txlege
@DonnaHowardTX: “What we have now is not even a bandaid. This is a pretend school finance fix” #txlege #TxEd
Rare quiet in the chamber as Ms. T speaks. “I will tell the Senate take back this crap and FIX IT.” #TxLege
Dutton: Senate keeps telling House to either "like it or lump it" on #txed... when are we going to tell Senate...to… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
House members pretty upset about Senate changes to school finance. Phillips: bill came back “$1.5b skinny” pointing to stripped $ #txlege
@DanHuberty: The system is broken, we know it's broken. Clearly Senate does not have the appetite for bill that ca… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
@DanHuberty on school fin: To say I’m disappointed is an understatement…I feel like I let you down…we’re going to move to concur #txlege
Rep. Harold Dutton’s prayer to open Tx House: “Dear God, let the devil find out about this meeting 30 minutes after it’s over” #TxLege
What #txlege did last night: 1. school finance compromise? trib.it/2fGcmyR 2. tree bill compromise? trib.it/2wLiAlh
RT @Cary_Cheshire: House Republican Caucus meeting is being moved to Wed at 8:30am #txlege
RT @RobertTGarrett: .@joanhuffman's amdt on grants for dyslexic and autistic students - same as @DanHuberty's HB 23- accepted by Sen on voi…
RT @AliyyaSwaby: .@SpeakerStraus rep: "The House will consider the [health care] deferral if the Senate will do something meaningful to hel…
RT @AliyyaSwaby: .@SenLarryTaylor accepts @joanhuffman to put $212M into TRS-CARE, in HB 21 on school finance. #txlege #txed
RT @AliyyaSwaby: .@joanhuffman wants to add TRS-CARE funding bill to HB21. Tues, House will consider SB 19, using Rainy Day Fund. #txlege #…
RT @AliyyaSwaby: I think math should be $563M for this bill. $212M for TRS-CARE, 40M for dyslexia/autism, $311 for ASATR/facilities. #txleg…
RT @PatrickSvitek: "I think I just broke some news there," Taylor said. #HB21 #txlege twitter.com/roberttgarrett…
RT @AliyyaSwaby: Senate taking up HB 21 on school finance now. #txlege #txed
RT @JohnnieMo: Meet in @GovAbbott is over but nobody's telling us nothing that moves the ball downfield #txlege
RT @JohnnieMo: Am told @SpeakerStraus and Dan Huberty are in with @GovAbbott, LtGov & Larry Taylor #txlege https://t.co/QxZT4JnRE5
@RaneyForTexas: Sharp cancelled bc of "hate messages" on Facebook "& people who’ve said they were coming & bringin… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
Announcement on House floor: per voicemail from @tamu’s John Sharp, nationalist rally on 9/11 has been cancelled. #TxLege
RT @JohnnieMo: Asked @SenLarryTaylor if there'll be a vote on #HB21, school finance. Replied: "Today's the day. But I don't know what time.…
SB 16, school finance study bill, loaded up w/ amendments, get initial passage in Tx House #TxLege
 
 
 
 
 
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