Jamie Lovegrove

Jamie Lovegrove is a reporting fellow for the Texas Tribune and a senior at Northwestern University studying journalism and political science. Born in London, England, Jamie moved to Washington, D.C., as a teenager, where he has since covered politics for National Journal, high school sports for DCSportsFan, and interned on Capitol Hill. He spent two years as the political director of the Northwestern News Network, where he also hosted a weekly political talk-show. With one American parent, Jamie is following the current debate over natural-born citizenship with particular fascination.

Recent Contributions

Dan Patrick Draws Line in the Sand on Brokered Convention

Texas Lieutenant Gov. Dan Patrick claps while Senator Ted Cruz speaking during his event in Columbia following  the Republican presidential primary, Saturday night, February 20, 2016.
Texas Lieutenant Gov. Dan Patrick claps while Senator Ted Cruz speaking during his event in Columbia following the Republican presidential primary, Saturday night, February 20, 2016.
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Also, protesters push John Cornyn to take action on Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland and Ted Cruz's suggestion to patrol Muslim neighborhoods earns criticism from an overseas President Obama.

Cornyn Lauds Trump-Fueled Republican Turnout

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, with the "Texan of the Year" award at the Texas Legislative Conference in New Braunfels on March 18, 2016.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, with the "Texan of the Year" award at the Texas Legislative Conference in New Braunfels on March 18, 2016.

The senior U.S. senator from Texas, a quiet observer of the presidential race thus far, still won't endorse his junior colleague, but he does say increased turnout spawned by Republican frontrunner Donald Trump could work in the party’s favor.

Abbott Rejects Obama Criticism of Texas Voter Turnout Efforts

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott at a press conference on March 14, 2016 dismissed President Obama's criticisms of the state's efforts to improve voter turnout, arguing that the state must crack down on "rampant" voter fraud.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott at a press conference on March 14, 2016 dismissed President Obama's criticisms of the state's efforts to improve voter turnout, arguing that the state must crack down on "rampant" voter fraud.

"The fact is that voter fraud is rampant," Abbott said in response to President Barack Obama's suggestion last week that Texas leaders are uninterested in improving voter turnout.

Hugh Shine Wins Recount Over Molly White

Molly White, left, and Hugh Shine, right, face off in state House District 55.
Molly White, left, and Hugh Shine, right, face off in state House District 55.

Challenger Hugh Shine secured victory Thursday in the Republican primary for Texas House District 55, defeating incumbent state Rep. Molly White by 104 votes after a recount, according to Bell County GOP chairwoman Nancy Boston.

Mayors Hold Taco Summit to End Austin-San Antonio Feud

Mayor of San Antonio Ivy Taylor gifts the mayor of Austin Steve Adler a taco stress toy at the conclusion of the Taco Summit held at the Hilton Austin on March 10, 2016.
Mayor of San Antonio Ivy Taylor gifts the mayor of Austin Steve Adler a taco stress toy at the conclusion of the Taco Summit held at the Hilton Austin on March 10, 2016.

With an escalating culinary battle threatening to destabilize the region, the mayors of Austin and San Antonio met Thursday morning to announce a taco truce.

North Carolina Sending Official to Texas Over Toll Road Bankruptcy

The U.S. 183/S.H. 130 intersection north of Lockhart near the opening of the southern portion of SH130 toll road, which runs from Georgetown to Seguin.
The U.S. 183/S.H. 130 intersection north of Lockhart near the opening of the southern portion of SH130 toll road, which runs from Georgetown to Seguin.

In the wake of a recent bankruptcy filingfrom a private company that operates a Texas toll road, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has dispatched his top transportation official to Texas as his state begins work on a similar project.

Two Close Races May Be Heading to Recounts

State Rep. Molly S. White, R-Belton, and Major General James K. "Red" Brown Jr.
State Rep. Molly S. White, R-Belton, and Major General James K. "Red" Brown Jr.

Two of the closest races in Tuesday’s Texas Republican primary may not be over yet, as one candidate is requesting a recount and two others remain unclear which one of them made an expected runoff.

SH 130 Toll Road Operator Files for Bankruptcy

The 85 mph speed limit on a portion of the SH 130 toll road between Austin and Seguin is the highest speed limit in the nation.
The 85 mph speed limit on a portion of the SH 130 toll road between Austin and Seguin is the highest speed limit in the nation.

A private company that operates part of the Texas toll road with the highest speed limit in the country filed for bankruptcy Wednesday, fewer than three years after the section of the road it oversees first opened.