26-year reporter for the Austin American-Statesman. Legal issues, politics and more. Father of 2, husband of 1, fool for poker.
RT @JulieChang1: According to @teainfo, 153 ISDs/charters received As, 356 got Bs, 247 got Cs, 57 got Ds and 16 got Fs. #txlege #txed https…
GOP lawmaker Byron Cook questions Gov. Greg Abbott’s policy, revealed in June 22 letter, requiring state agencies to send new regulations to his office for review before they're published for public comment: #txlege statesman.com/news/gop-lawma…
Meet Cody Wilson, the Austin man behind the fight over 3D-printed guns: statesman.com/news/local/mee…
RT @scotusreporter: Grassley says kavanaugh confirmation hearings will begin Sept. 4
RT @PhilJankowski: Rewatching some of yesterday's #ATXcouncil meeting. This kid. https://t.co/Tfmwz3Au9o
Some folks have asked if I will be applying for a buyout. They can have my job when they pry my cold, dead hands from my keyboard. So no. statesman.com/business/state…
3rd Court of Appeals UPHOLDS 20-year prison sentence for parole violation given to Smithville woman with 3 DWI arrests in accident that killed her 7-year-old daughter. Background: mystatesman.com/news/crime--la…
In last summer's fight over allowing the pesticide warfarin to be used against feral hogs, 3rd Court of Appeals dismisses lawsuit against Ag Commission, Sid MIller (who wanted warfarin) as moot because ag agency killed the warfarin rule. search.txcourts.gov/Docket.aspx?co… https://t.co/94jaAwS0h0
RT @JohnathanSilver: Updated: Abbott tweets, then deletes fake Winston Churchill quote on fascists twitter.com/politifacttexa…
Inbox: Gov. Greg Abbott calls a Tuesday morning news conference in Waco to announce bail reform "to protect law enforcement and enhance public safety."
Senate committee's school safety plan proposes more counselors and marshals, rejects ‘red-flag’ law to remove guns from people deemed a danger to themselves, others: #txlege statesman.com/news/senate-sc…
Senate select committee on school violence releases its interim report after 4 summer hearings. As expected, does not back red-flag protective orders to remove guns from those who are a danger to themselves or others. #txlege Report: senate.texas.gov/cmtes/85/c565/…
RT @gdinges: NEW: Owners of @cbsaustin @TelemundoAustin @KVUE @KXAN_News & @TheCWAustin hit with federal antitrust lawsuit https://t.co/pLE…
In Seattle federal court, 11 new states join the 8 seeking to block online distribution of 3D-printed gun plans. Also, temp restraining order extended to Aug. 28. Hearing on TRO delayed until Aug. 21 (was the 10th)
Appeals court revives lawsuit targeting Texas Ethics Commission’s power by Empower Texans, Michael Quinn Sullivan, developing #txlege story at: statesman.com/news/appeals-c…
3rd Court of Appeals REVIVES lawsuit by Empower Texans that seeks to strip Texas Ethics Commission of power to regulate campaigns and political donations. #txlege Trial judge had thrown it out. search.txcourts.gov/Case.aspx?cn=0…
3D-printer gun plans proliferate online, raising questions about the effectiveness of a judge's order blocking release: statesman.com/news/state--re…
Judge's temporary restraining order also set an Aug. 10 hearing that will allow both sides to argue over whether an injunction should issue to block the blueprints. twitter.com/chucklindell/s…
ICYMI: Seattle judge blocks Austin company from posting 3D gun blueprints, with background on the long-running fight behind the do-it-yourself firearms: mystatesman.com/news/seattle-j…
RT @Dexinvestigates: (Fun fact: Much of this cost to taxpayers was incurred in Texas...) Kobach promised cities help. It cost them millions…
Top vote-getter in today’s special election speaks. #txlege twitter.com/peteflores_tx/…
RT @jamesrhenson: Party shares for #SD19 special election in Texas: Democratic: 58.32% Republican: 39.6% Libertarian: 1.03% 2016 party s…
Pete Flores, R, to face Pete Gallego, D, in runoff election for Texas Senate: #txlege statesman.com/news/flores-fa…
With all precincts in, we will have an R vs D runoff for the Texas Senate, district 19: Flores, R: 34.4% Gallego, D: 28.9% -------------------- Gutierrez, D: 24.4% Tomas Uresti, D: a distant fifth with 3.06% #txlege
With 90 percent of precincts reporting in the special election for Texas Senate, looks like we’re gonna have an R vs D runoff: Flores, R: 32.1% Gallego, D: 29.9% Gutierrez, D: 25.4 #txlege
Now with 71 percent of precincts reporting in the special election for Texas Senate, we have the GOP candidate now on top: Flores, R: 30.17% Gallego, D: 30.02% Gutierrez, D: 27.% #tlege
With 52 percent of precincts reporting in the special election for Texas Senate, we have a change in the race for the top 2 runoff spots: Gallego, D: 31.8% Flores, R: 27.54% Gutierrez, D: 27.51% #tlege
RT @JohnnieMo: Tight race among the three leaders in the special election for SD 19. The key to Republican Pete Flores elbowing into the ru…
With 29 percent of precincts reporting in the special election for Texas Senate: Gallego, D: 33% Gutierrez, D: 28.5% Flores, R: 24.5% #txlege
RT @MarkPJonesTX: Outside of the 3-way race for the 2 golden runoff tickets in #SD19 there's a heated battle for 4th place between Carlos A…
Trailing far behind the Bexar early voting is San Antonio Democrat Tomas Uresti, brother of the former senator sentenced to federal prison for fraud, with ... 5.6% #txlege twitter.com/chucklindell/s…
In Texas Senate special election to replace Carlos Uresti, the early voting in key Bexar County: Gutierrez, D: 35% Gallego, D: 28% Flores, R: 18% #txlege
RT @NewJerseyOAG: #BREAKING: Cody Wilson backs down. After NJ takes him to court, Wilson agrees not to post any new dangerous 3D printable…
RT @TexasStandard: We just had @JulieChang1 w/ @statesman on the show talking about Medicaid managed care companies being criticized for de…
Fighting Democrats give GOP hope in race to replace Uresti in special election for Senate seat; polls close tonight at 7: #txlege mystatesman.com/news/state--re…
RT @AutulloAAS: Losses in Travis County murder trials prompt prosecutorial changes mystatesman.com/news/crime--la…
Democratic candidate for attorney general challenges incumbent Ken Paxton to an unspecified number of debates across Texas. twitter.com/NelsonforTexas…
RT @ralphhaurwitz: Campus carry twist: Competing letters on academic freedom from UT's Gregory L. Fenves, Texas AG Ken Paxton, lawyer for t…
Shot fired from "Austin, the new capital for Central Texas barbecue" mystatesman.com/entertainment/…
Gov. Abbott names Jeff Oldham (an appellate specialist with Bracewell in Houston) to replace Andy Oldham (no relation) as general counsel. Andy O was recently confirmed to 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals.
State's highest criminal court agrees to review Texas ‘revenge porn’ law, struck down by a lower court as a violation of free speech: #txlege statesman.com/news/court-agr…
Democrat Mike Collier, on opponent Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick's opposition to red-flag laws letting judges remove guns from people deemed a danger to themselves and others: “Only a coward would put the lives of Texas students at risk just to keep the power brokers happy." #txlege https://t.co/BrV8EQLj91
State's highest criminal court announces today that it will review a lower-court ruling that tossed out the state law criminalizing revenge porn. Will be done via briefs without oral argument. #txlege Background: statesman.com/news/time-may-…
After public hearing ends, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issues statement essentially calling red-flag laws dead on arrival. Says he and most senators oppose; committee took up only because Gov. asked, but Abbott has since backed away from the idea, Patrick says. #txlege twitter.com/chucklindell/s…
Sides clash over need for court-ordered gun removals via "red-flag" laws in Texas: #txlege mystatesman.com/news/sides-cla…
Texas Democratic Party, responding to Texas Tribune story about Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick declining to debate Dem opponent Mike Collier, breaks out the photoshop program. #txlege https://t.co/KHx5WRaoms
Senate special committee on school gun violence to begin at 9. Today's topic is a hot one -- "red-flag" court orders that allow guns to be taken from people deemed a danger to themselves or others. Lots of "Guns save lives" stickers; Moms Demand Action red T-shirts. #txlege
RT @PatrickSvitek: Inbox — @TexasLyceum dropping poll Aug. 1 on four statewide races: @tedcruz vs. @BetoORourke, @GregAbbott_TX vs. @LupeVa…
Running for another office, state Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston, makes Jan. 2 exit official: #txlege statesman.com/news/running-f…
RT @robertwgee1: ICYMI: @JTiloveTX tells the compelling story behind Texas Democrat Kim Olson's departure from Iraq: mystatesman.com/news/state--re…
As trial ends, US judge seeks more info on Texas fetal-burial law, laying out the road map of issues that will determine if the law is overturned or upheld. #txlege statesman.com/news/trial-end…
We are now in recess. Story to come. #txlege
5. While the focus, in the media and court, has been on whether the law places an undue burden on abortion access, Ezra said he had “grave concerns” about its impact on women treated for miscarriages. “Many more women have miscarriages than abortions,” he said. #txlege
4. Ezra wanted to know if there are equal protection implications because the law does not apply to miscarriages or abortions that occur at home, or apply to invitro fertilizations. #txlege
3. In that vein, Ezra wants details about how many funeral homes, crematories, cemeteries FIRMLY agree, either with contracts or some other means, to treat and dispose of fetal remains. Also where they are located in Texas and how many are secular. #txlege
2. Judge wants details on what would happen if clinics could not comply with the law’s requirements. “Is there a failsafe, is there a backup, is there some sort of a way women could receive these services?” #txlege
1. Judge wants both sides to address the state’s authority to pass a law with the stated purpose of showing “respect for life and protecting the dignity of the unborn.” #txlege
Judge Ezra also gave a list of questions he wants both sides to address before making his ruling, providing a roadmap on what he will focus on. #txlege
“I have not made up my mind on how I’m going to rule on this case,” Judge Ezra said, adding that he will wait to see the closing arguments before diving back into the case.
Federal court trial on Texas law requiring fetal remains to be buried or cremated has ended … kind of. Judge Ezra wants closing arguments to be put in writing and submitted in 2 weeks, both sides to submit simultaneously, limit of 30 pages. #txlege
5th Circuit Court rejects appeal from Texas death row inmate Charles Mamou Jr. Ruling: ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub…
Noooooo. The Frisco is closing. My fantasy football team is called the Frisco Biscuits, in honor of the best biscuits in Austin. Took our newborn daughter there 18 years ago, and our usual waitress, Bunny, snagged her to show her off to everybody. Dang. dining.blog.mystatesman.com/2018/07/19/one…
Woman sitting near me at this Capitol hearing is snoring. Kind of surprised this doesn't happen more often. #txlege
Federal judge defends his actions from appeals court criticism as trial over Texas' fetal-burial law begins in Austin: #txlege statesman.com/news/federal-j…
RT @AP: Read the grand jury indictment of 12 Russian military officers for conspiring to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election…
Lawyer for Rex Nisbett asks Court of Criminal Appeals to reconsider its recent decision upholding his murder conviction with no body or murder weapon found. Motions: search.txcourts.gov/Case.aspx?cn=P… Background: mystatesman.com/news/murder-co…
The war of words between Austin Mayor Adler and state Attorney General Paxton; @efindell has the details: statesman.com/news/local/aus…
RT @KoltenParker: Former state Senator Carlos Uresti is broke and can’t afford the costs to appeal his conviction, his 12-year prison sente…
Inbox: Jerry Strickland, until recently the head of the Texas Office of State-Federal Relations in DC, joins BGR Government Affairs and will return to Austin to open a new office for the firm.
RT @lawrencehurley: The Supreme Court just issued the oral argument schedule for October — new justice’s first case (assuming confirmation)…
RT @JulieChang1: A year after Texas lawmakers prohibited schools from suspending most young students, some districts are still using the pr…
RT @ayshardzn: In case you’re wondering why it may take months to get the boys out of the cave safely and why the divers are teaching the b…
5th Circuit Court rejects appeal from Texas death row inmate Tedderick Batiste from Harris County: ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub…
Democrat for attorney general has made gerrymandering a campaign focus. Nelson and his GOP opponent, Ken Paxton, were on opposite sides of the Supreme Court's recent look into partisan gerrymandering: mystatesman.com/news/state--re… twitter.com/NelsonforTexas…
RT @dallasnews: Tony Romo-affiliated sports convention asks Texas Supreme Court to review NFL gambling policy case buff.ly/2zejITB
Accused of price gouging during Hurricane Harvey, 48 gas stations agree to repay a total of $166,592 to customers charged $3.99 to $9 a gallon, AG Ken Paxton announces. Most were in DFW area. https://t.co/bNedHyZzIl
Austin announces that it will no longer enforce its bag ban after Texas Supreme Court ruled that the prohibitions violate state law. Background: mystatesman.com/news/state--re…
RT @PhilJankowski: Just got off phone with Planning Commission volunteer Patricia Seeger, who @kenpaxton sued today. Seeger said she retire…
RT @rollcall: Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert said his friends in the intelligence community have told him he is "being watched," but he provided…
"Regardless of what is decided for HD 90, all the (Texas district) maps for the 2018 elections will remain the same as for 2016," the court says. #txlege twitter.com/chucklindell/s…
In Texas redistricting case, order from the 3-judge panel: *Denies injunction in keeping with #scotus decision. *Seeks input on what to do about state House Dist 90 in Ft Worth, the only district #scotus had trouble with. *Gives until Aug 29 to raise any remaining issues.
AG Ken Paxton taps Trump adviser for inner circle: statesman.com/news/ken-paxto…
RT @TomOliverson: Not a week goes by that I do not have to substitute a less effective medication for one I would normal use that is unavai…
RT @lawrencehurley: Will Trump ask Supreme Court candidates if they will overturn Roe v. Wade? "Probably not" he told Fox Business Netwo…
Gov. Abbott sets special election to fill seat vacated by Rep. Larry Gonzales, R-Round Rock, for Nov. 6. That's the same day voters choose Gonzales' replacement, so the special election winner will serve, what, the final 2 months of his unexpired term? #txlege
RT @AP: BREAKING: Trump says he plans to announce Supreme Court choice on July 9, says he's considering 2 women.
RT @blakeahawthorne: I am honored to have been appointed to my 4th term as Clerk of the Court for @SupremeCourt_TX. Many thanks to all of t…
Texas Supreme Court voids lawsuit over an attack by a bomb-sniffing dog in Afghanistan, saying state courts may not review military decisions, even those involving dog kennel construction: statesman.com/news/texas-cou…
With today's opinions, the Texas Supreme Court has ruled on all argued cases in the term for the 4th consecutive year. The time of embarrassing backlogs (57 in 2007!) looks to be well and truly over. That's good to see.
In dissent, Justice Eva Guzman says the ruling has serious ramifications for thousands of civilian employees in combat zones because military contractors "can escape liability for their actions merely by pointing the finger at the military."
Civilian employee injured by a bomb-sniffing dog tried to sue the contractor and the Hill Country center that trained the dog. That lawsuit is now tossed out.
Ruling 7-2, Texas Supreme Court says civilian contractor cannot sue over dog that bit her in Afghanistan. Says courts cannot decide matters of military control. Background: mystatesman.com/news/state--re…
Kennedy retirement sparks big plans by Texas abortion opponents. #txlege mystatesman.com/news/state--re…
I've been called away on another story. @RyanFaircloth is my replacement at the joint committee hearing. #txlege twitter.com/chucklindell/s…
If a district has the opportunity to hire an SRO, they take that opportunity, she says. Like Gov. Abbott has said, a commissioned peace officer is the gold standard, has the most training. #txlege
Joy Baskin, Texas Assoc of School Boards, on campus security: *School resource officer, 244 districts use *Officers on loan *153 districts have an ISD police department *School marshal trained by TCOLE *School guardian appointed by district, which determines training #txlege
RT @_PatJohnson_: For those of you interested at home, the Live Feed Links are here house.state.tx.us/video-audio/ #Politics #Texas #PJNET #2A #…
It’s a defense to prosecution, he says, for honorably retired peace officers w/ proficiency certificate and ID from agency; active duty military on duty may carry, but nothing allows honorably discharged/retired veterans to carry legally on campus. #txlege
First panel discusses state of law for guns in schools. Shannon Edmonds with @TDCAA says guns prohibited in public/private elementary and secondary schools unless active-duty cops. #txlege
 
 
 
 
 
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