Patrick Svitek Reporter

Patrick Svitek is a reporter for the Texas Tribune. 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.

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Controversial GOP Chairman's Tenure Ends in Travis County

Wearing his trademark jester hat, Rob Morrow spoke to reporters on Aug. 24, 2016, in Austin about no longer serving as Travis County GOP chairman. As he spoke, county party steering committee member Joe Pojman asked him to leave.
Wearing his trademark jester hat, Rob Morrow spoke to reporters on Aug. 24, 2016, in Austin about no longer serving as Travis County GOP chairman. As he spoke, county party steering committee member Joe Pojman asked him to leave.

The brief, zany tenure of Travis County GOP Chairman Robert Morrow came to an end Friday, as party officials made clear the conspiracy theorist abandoned his post by running for president and he accepted their conclusion without question.

Trump Makes Unusual Swing Through Texas

Donald Trump signs posters after his speech at a June rally at Gilley's in Dallas.
Donald Trump signs posters after his speech at a June rally at Gilley's in Dallas.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is making an unusual general election swing through Texas with a series of events — some public — planned Tuesday across the reliably red state.

 

Trump to Hold Rally in Austin

U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump takes the stage at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 21, 2016.
U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump takes the stage at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 21, 2016.

Donald Trump is holding a rally Tuesday in Austin, his first public event in Texas as the Republican presidential nominee.

 

Rick Perry to Fallen Muslim Soldier's Father: "Shame On You"

Gov. Rick Perry addresses media at a press conference following the unveiling of his official portrait at the Texas Capitol on May 6, 2016
Gov. Rick Perry addresses media at a press conference following the unveiling of his official portrait at the Texas Capitol on May 6, 2016

Former Gov. Rick Perry is defending Donald Trump's war of words with the family of a fallen Muslim soldier, saying the father "struck the first blow" against the Republican presidential nominee and is not above criticism in return.