Texas Tribune reporter / Wellesley alum / 7th generation Texan / Grackle enthusiast
Oh hey, the @TexasTribune site’s got a new look! Check it out, & give us feedback, here: texastribune.org/2017/12/12/t-s…
TX GOP primaries just got more interesting. Long critical of @georgepbush’s handling of GLO, @Patterson4TX now also attacking #HurricaneHarvey response #TxLege twitter.com/TexasTribune/s…
Both Sens. Uresti & Miles have now issued statements responding to sexual harassment reports saying they can't address anonymous accusations. Also, they've both pledged to help develop new #txlege sexual harassment policies.
RT @OliviaMesser: I’d like to point out that although Borris Miles denied the allegations in my first piece, he declined to respond to mult…
In case you haven't heard: sadly this event has been canceled b/c of bad winter weather in Corpus. twitter.com/MorganSmith/st…
I’ll be at TX A&M Corpus Christi tomorrow talking what’s next for the Texas coastline post-#HurricaneHarvey — there's still time to join us! texastribune.org/2017/12/05/joi…
TX Sens Borris Miles & @CarlosUresti star in @OliviaMesser’s latest on sexual harassment in #txlege thedailybeast.com/you-want-to-fc…
 
@AnniesListTX now calling on Borris Miles & @CarlosUresti to resign following accusations in latest @dailybeast sexual harassment story. "Enough is enough" #txlege https://t.co/X9wTD5wbBX
 
on calls for Sens. Uresti & Miles to resign after sexual harassment reports: "These are serious allegations that have been denied by the senators" has asked @loiskolkhorst "determine if there are additional steps we should take.” texastribune.org/2017/12/07/pol… #txlege
Can HUD #Harvey $ be used for 10% local match of FEMA reimbursement? “We would love that,” @georgepbush says. Fed r… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
@georgepbush tells Tx lawmakers 8702 Txns displaced after #Harvey need some form of temporary housing. That number… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
RT @DonnaHowardTX: Bipartisan group of women House members at suggestion of @CeliaIsrael collectively reviewed, expressed concerns, and off…
Meanwhile, in Congress: TX Rep. @farenthold used 84K in taxpayer $ to settle sexual harassment suit.… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
RT @amanbatheja: Yes, a fight over hurricane funding may just lead to government shutdown. twitter.com/TexasTribune/s…
Texas House revises sexual harassment policy texastribune.org/2017/12/01/tex… #TxLege
First pg of new Tx House sexual harassment policy #txlege https://t.co/OaBQYehPgt
Tx House adopts updated sexual harassment policy including stronger protections for victims, vows to continue worki… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
House lawyer says records — subject to pubic info laws — will be kept of which lawmakers attend anti-harassment tra… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
 
says he has asked Speaker to appt working group to further review & make add’l recs ahead of 2019… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
Tx House panel set to discuss updating #TxLege sexual harassment policy at 10am; watch live here: tlchouse.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.ph…
 
says new harassment policy includes stronger protections against retaliation and to protect privacy… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
RT @CheriPreston: .@jimrutenberg to ABC on #mattlauer "There's a generational shift, there's a shift in the reporting ranks. Our stories h…
How much money has been spent so far on #HurricaneHarvey recovery? #txlege texastribune.org/2017/11/28/how…
ICYM this story in pre-Thanksgiving chaos: don’t expect an official tally of #Harvey related housing damage texastribune.org/2017/11/22/tex…
"Mostyn didn’t just spend money behind the scenes. He often made his opposition to Republican leaders and policies… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
Texas Democratic mega donor and trial lawyer Steve Mostyn has died, per statement from his wife. #TxLege https://t.co/ficHDNDiBu
RT @alexazura: Until today, sexual harassment policy in Texas House personnel manual referenced state agency that hasn't existed since 2015…
RT @jsmccullou: House has fixed its sexual harassment policy in its personnel manual to refer to the correct reporting agency, per memo to…
RT @TomOliverson: Looking forward to it. #EnoughIsEnough #txlege twitter.com/morgansmith/st…
A day later: @SpeakerStraus & @DanPatrick both call for review of #txlege sexual harassment policies… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
@SpeakerStraus spox says House will review & make revisions “where necessary” to sexual harassment policy. #TxLege https://t.co/sbaqqZZYrq
 
also asking House to develop sexual harassment training program for all staff, ASAP, no later than… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
 
“will strongly encourage” all House members to take part in sexual harassment training program… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
RT @alexazura: While reporting on sexual harassment at #txlege, I learned that apparently only men serve as House members. From the House p…
GOP TX rep @LindaKoopHD102 calls on governor, #txlege to develop new protocol for handling sexual harassment: texastribune.org/2017/11/14/gop…
RT @GinaForAustin: @lmcgaughy @forrestmilburn @alexazura @ewaltersTX @jsmccullou @MorganSmith That’s disturbing. I can’t say that I’ve seen…
RT @mwhitsett: Truer words were never spoken: “The sexual harassment at the Capitol is not just, ‘Hey, you’re cute’ — it’s about power. And…
RT @lmcgaughy: Story on sexual harassment and assault at the #txlege has me sick to my stomach, especially this part. “A lawmaker...shot h…
RT @eramshaw: Well, this is one way to respond to a @TexasTribune reporter’s question about your sexual harassment policy #txlege https://t…
At #txlege, victims of sexual harassment must fend for themselves: texastribune.org/2017/11/13/tex…
RT @caraNYT: Louis CK Sept 2017: "They're rumors, that's all that is." Louis CK Nov 2017: "These stories are true." https://t.co/DfnvZrzEMo
RT @brandonformby: Stressed and fatigued, Texas leaders criticize federal response to Harvey as thousands remain displaced https://t.co/CUb…
Here's some context for housing v. infrastructure #harvey recovery discussion #txlege texastribune.org/2017/11/03/ten…twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
Folo @brandonformby for lots of #Harvey recovery updates from House $ hearing. #txlege twitter.com/brandonformby/…
Apparently it’s easier for Russians to buy political ads on @facebook than for my mom to get her acct enabled so sh… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
RT @Jmalewitz: Sutherland Springs, population 643. twitter.com/texastribune/s…
Happy 8th birthday to the @TexasTribune! You’ve grown up oh so much since then but I still love this story:… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
Will post #Harvey disaster relief spending shortchange housing for infrastructure? The latest w/ @brandonformby texastribune.org/2017/11/03/ten…
"I know there are several strong female candidates waiting on the sidelines, and for that reason, I have decided to… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
RT @RobertTGarrett: .@SenLarryTaylor said much the same thing ... twitter.com/MorganSmith/st…
@loiskolkhorst: finding longer term housing for folks displaced after #harvey is going to get “tough and tight” #TxLege
 
@loiskolkhorst says “reality of I’m going to…be homeless or a nomad for maybe a year plus is starti… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
RT @DeLunaEva: Already approved: $10 m to Tarleton State (SB 1 rider); $50 m to Houston; $30 m for TX Military Dept (Nat'l Guard). #txlege…
End of year is earliest HUD likely to publish rules for Texas’s share of $7.4 billion in #Harvey relief funds, @georgepbush says. #TxLege
As of Oct. 23, there are still about 200 people displaced by #Harvey in shelters, & 60K in FEMA-paid hotel rooms, per TDEM. #TxLege
RT @JohnnieMo: #Harvey-related factoid: Still 37 days left in hurricane season, and there's a little storm brewing in the Caribbean, Senate…
John Sharp just blew senators’ minds w/ description of smokeless #harvey debris burning. “It burns at 2K degrees…there is no smoke” #TxLege
RT @Max_Gorden: .@loiskolkhorst questions if giving Houston a $50M check while leaving out other cities "rewarded bad behavior" when it com…
Whitmire adds on to West’s qs: Why did just Houston get state $? … have other cities been offered the $ that city of Houston got?#TxLege
Gov’s office rep says they haven’t received requests for #Harvey funds from cities besides Houston. @SenRoyceWest seems surprised. #TxLege
Lots of qs for Abbott’s office on $50 mil payment in state funds to city of Houston, and what other cities can expect #TxLege
@SenLarryTaylor on fed #Harvey $: State pays a lot of fed taxes, we’re asking for some of $ we paid to be spent where it’s raised #txlege
There are 30 million cubic yards of #Harvey debris — per John Sharp, enough to fill @TAMU’s Kyle Field to the lights 77 times. #TxLege
@SenJaneNelson: #Harvey aftermath is “going to affect our entire budget. “ Sen Finance mtg underway here: tlcsenate.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.ph… #txlege
TX gets $57.8 m in #Harvey HUD $ (this is on top of state’s share of $7.4 b Congress appropriated in Sept) texastribune.org/2017/10/20/578…
TX AG opens investigation into #Harvey debris removal companies “overpromising and underdelivering” texastribune.org/2017/10/20/tex…
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
 
 
 
 
 
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