is the primary political correspondent for The Texas Tribune, and editor of
The Blast, the Tribune's subscription-only daily newsletter for political insiders. Patrick logged countless miles on the 2016 campaign trail, covering the many Texas angles of the momentous presidential race. He previously worked for the Houston Chronicle's Austin bureau. He graduated in 2014 from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He originally is from Fort Wayne, Indiana.
A top lawyer in Attorney General Ken Paxton's office has resigned following a report about a comment he made on social media belittling the recent flood of women who have come forward with sexual misconduct allegations.
Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller says Travis County GOP Chairman Matt Mackowiak should resign over a conflict of interest, an accusation Mackowiak denies. Questions of conflicts are also being raised elsewhere as the 2018 election season gets underway.
A hectic candidate filing period came to a relatively calm close Monday evening, with few major surprises as the field was set for the 2018 primaries in Texas. Yet it's been a tumultuous few weeks across the state's political landscape.
Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez announced Wednesday morning that she is running for governor, giving Texas Democrats a serious candidate for the top job with five days until the candidate filing deadline for the 2018 primaries.
House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, on Friday questioned Gov. Greg Abbott's decision to endorse against a GOP member of the lower chamber, suggesting it could lead to a Democrat capturing the seat.