Patrick Svitek, Houston Public Media

Patrick Svitek

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San Antonio, TX, United States

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Recent articles by Patrick:

Greg Abbott agrees to one debate with Beto O’Rourke, but O’Rourke wants more

The governor said Tuesday he has agreed to debate O’Rourke, his Democratic opponent, on Sept. 30 in the Rio Grande Valley. → Read More

Republicans, Democrats prioritize legislative races targeting Collin County and South Texas seats

The Republican majority in the Texas House appears safe in November — and the battlefield is smaller than it was in 2020 — but both sides says the races have high stakes. → Read More

With rural Texas watching, Greg Abbott and Beto O’Rourke dig in on school vouchers fight

O’Rourke is hammering Abbott over vouchers on the campaign trail in rural Texas, where Democrats know they need to do better and where vouchers are a political hot potato for Republicans. → Read More

To stay in Congress, Mayra Flores bets Democratic South Texas is ready for an outspoken conservative

A Mexican immigrant who worked in cotton fields to pay for school supplies, Flores is a source of hope for Republicans looking to gain ground in the Rio Grande Valley. But her staying power will be put to the test this November. → Read More

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa fends off two challengers, wins another term

Hinojosa, who became party chair in 2012, was among those who were the target of Democratic frustration over the party’s lack of gains in Texas in the 2020 election. → Read More

At least 46 people found dead in 18-wheeler in San Antonio

The bodies were discovered at an intersection near Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. San Antonio Police Chief William McManus described the case as the deadliest human smuggling incident he could recall in the city. → Read More

The Texas Republican Party convention starts Thursday. Here’s what we’re watching.

Every two years, the convention is an opportunity for the GOP’s most devoted members to update its platform, craft its legislative priorities and elect party officers. → Read More

Jessica Cisneros, Ruben Ramirez demand recounts in two close-call South Texas runoff races

The state Democratic Party confirmed Monday that Ramirez’s opponent, Michelle Vallejo, won by a slim margin. → Read More

Republicans flood South Texas special election as national Democrats keep distance

The GOP is spending big to capture an open congressional seat in South Texas — if only for a few months — as they try to create momentum toward a November election where they are newly targeting the region. → Read More

Beto O’Rourke confronts Texas Gov. Greg Abbott at Uvalde press conference: “This is on you”

After Abbott was done giving his initial remarks, O’Rourke approached the stage and told Abbott he was “doing nothing” to combat gun violence. → Read More

Beto O’Rourke confronts Texas Gov. Greg Abbott at Uvalde press conference: “This is on you”

O’Rourke disruption drew angry responses from the elected officials onstage, with Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin calling O’Rourke a “sick son of a bitch.” → Read More

Why Ken Paxton’s supporters in the Texas attorney general race are unbothered by his mounting scandals

Paxton’s backers say they’re looking past the FBI investigation into Paxton and his felony indictment because he’s a a strong conservative advocate fighting the Biden administration. → Read More

West Texas rancher pours $2 million into Sarah Stogner’s underdog campaign for statewide oil and gas board seat

Ashley Watt, who owns a 75,000-acre ranch in the Permian Basin, is helping bankroll a substantial TV ad buy in the final two weeks before Stogner faces the Railroad Commission’s chair, Wayne Christian, in the runoff. → Read More

Democrat Jolanda Jones holds on to narrow lead in special election for state House seat in Houston

They were separated by a difference of 202 votes in unofficial returns, which means the election is eligible for a recount if Keys Bess petitions for one. → Read More

Texas Democrats hope threat to Roe v. Wade will energize their voters ahead of the midterm election

Democrats are hopeful that the looming threat of such a stunning political sea change could provide the strongest opportunity yet to energize their voters heading into an election year in which Republicans have been expected to dominate in Texas and beyond. → Read More

Campaigning for Henry Cuellar, a Democratic U.S. House leader says party shouldn’t shun abortion opponents

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn visited Texas to stump for Cuellar this week ahead of his runoff race. The trip fell two days after Politico published a leaked draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court that favors overturning Roe v. Wade. → Read More

Some Texas Republicans push for Gov. Greg Abbott to use state personnel to deport migrants

Declaring an “invasion” under the U.S. Constitution is an incendiary idea that would spark immediate court challenges given that immigration law enforcement is a federal responsibility. → Read More

Beto O’Rourke carefully threads needle on border policy as Democrats grapple with the issue

For Democrats, especially in Texas, tackling border issues is difficult on the campaign trail as the party is not in agreement about various policies. O’Rourke has had to distance himself from President Joe Biden’s border policies, while going after Gov. Greg Abbott’s. → Read More

How a Plano toy inventor helped push U.S. Rep. Van Taylor out of office

Josh Malone funded a super PAC that spent over $400,000 working to defeat the Plano congressman, who got forced into a primary runoff and then admitted to an affair and ended his campaign. → Read More

Nancy Pelosi affirms support for U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar after FBI raid, primary runoff berth

The U.S. House speaker said during a stop Wednesday in Austin that she always supports her incumbents — “from right to left.” → Read More