27-year reporter for the Austin American-Statesman. Legal issues, politics and more. Father of 2, husband of 1, fool for poker.
RT @efindell: Looks like the Fairmont owner won't move forward on trying to buy the land behind the Palm School after all... State Rep She…
James Dickey, chairman of the Republican Party of Texas: “We thank Judge Alcala for her service, and we are sorry that she has chosen to no longer support the Party that supported her, her colleagues, and her successors." His full statement: https://t.co/bfCYDUp40U
RT @texassabo: Hearing that Speaker wants Interim Charge requests from House Committees by August 31. Get ye to the Chair to make your case…
Add Williamson County to the marijuana cases vs. hemp law list: statesman.com/news/20190716/…
Former statewide judge leaves GOP, citing Trump's racism: statesman.com/news/20190716/…
RT @PhilJankowski: Campaign finance report for anti-convention center expansion PAC Unconventional Austin shows Save Our Springs Alliance a…
BREAKING: Bastrop County prosecutors seek Nov. 20 execution for Rodney Reed; defense lawyers object: statesman.com/news/20190715/…
Just got off the phone with Nathan Hecht, chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court, who said yes, he will run for the court for a 7th time. (First ran in '88 and is the longest-serving #SCOTX judge in history). It's something I shoulda done a while ago, but busy, you know? https://t.co/AAxR0b0rSR
RT @madlinbmek: Ok, some quick context here: @PolitiFact took a look at this in 2018, using data from FY 2012-2016 (latest available at the…
RT @kherman: Long gone but far from forgotten: Former Bob Bullock aides tell tales of his success, excess. statesman.com/news/20190711/… https://…
Federal lawsuit filed in Austin targets Texas laws that limit ballot access for third parties, independents: statesman.com/news/20190711/…
What's coming up for the Texas Supreme Court next term? Cases tied to a Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola, a deputy's widow trying to collect death benefits, lottery players who hope for a payoff from a poorly worded scratch-off ticket and more: statesman.com/news/20190711/…
RT @PatrickSvitek: New: @SenRoyceWest sets announcement for July 22 in Dallas roycewestannouncement.com #txsen
A federal appeals court hears arguments this afternoon on the future of the Affordable Care Act. Texas and other GOP states want to strike it down. California and other Dem states trying to save it. Background: statesman.com/news/20190705/…
RT @BonnieBruce: @chucklindell Commission on Law Enforcement is up for Sunset this cycle. Looks like a busy interim for the boys in blue.
Texas House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence calls July 23 meeting at the Capitol on "Texas law enforcement training, protocol, and other related policies." Invited testimony only. #txlege
RT @VirtualCapitol: Castro hits crucial donor threshold for fall debates statesman.com/news/20190708/…
RT @adamliptak: November 12 will be a big day at the Supreme Court: arguments on DACA and cross-border shootings https://t.co/2T3leGWjPK
RT @madlinbmek: Travis County bracing for $30 million budget reduction by 2024, in light of property tax bill approved by state lawmakers t…
RT @VirtualCapitol: Julián Castro tied for 5th place in new poll statesman.com/news/20190703/…
Gov. Greg Abbott sets Nov. 5 special election to fill the Texas House seat formerly held by Eric Johnson, the new mayor of Dallas. #atxlege
Texas' highest criminal court rules against substitute teacher in up-skirt video case: statesman.com/news/20190703/…
US appeals court denies bid to delay next week's Affordable Care Act oral arguments: statesman.com/news/20190702/…
US appeals court DENIES request to delay next week's oral arguments BUT gives all sides until Friday (2 extra days) to answer questions the court posed last week about whether Dem states/US House has standing to appeal. twitter.com/chucklindell/s…
Lawyers for Texas and other GOP-run states seek to delay next week's Affordable Care Act arguments before a federal appeals court: statesman.com/news/20190702/…
RT @emmaplatoff: NEW: Texas is seeking a delay in the Obamacare case, set for oral argument next week in New Orleans. The court had asked…
Texas AG Ken Paxton asks US Supreme Court to block abortion providers from suing to overturn regulations. Suing on behalf of patients has produced numerous legal victories for abortion-rights advocates. #txlege statesman.com/news/20190630/…
RT @KirkPWatson: I'm grateful to be appointed to the redistricting cmte. Texans of all political stripes are demanding election integrity,…
RT @VirtualCapitol: Tilove: On debate stage, Julián Castro has what Beto O'Rourke lacks: a killer instinct statesman.com/news/20190628/…
On a day when typing slower isn't an option... twitter.com/lawrencehurley…
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick names the 2021 Redistricting Committee. 10 Republicans, 7 Democrats. Chair is @joanhuffman, R Vice chair: @TxChuy, D #txlege https://t.co/w4mdR7Us14
Hickenlooper, staking claim to the moderate wing: "If we turn towards socialism, we run the risk of helping to elect the worst persident in American history." #DemDebate
To close, Williamson speaks directly to Trump, saying he has reached into psyche of American people to sew fear. "I'm going to harness love for political purposes. I will meet you on that field and sir, love will win." #DemDebate
On guns, Maddow gives Buttigieg a dream question by addressing him as the only person on stage with military experience as a veteran of Afghan war... #DemDebate
On the 1-word answer for first priority as prez, Willaimson doesn't disappoint. Says she'll call prime minister of New Zealand, who wants to make NZ best place for kids, and say "girlfriend, you are so wrong, the United States is going to be best place for a child to grow up."
Me, trying to catch the bartender’s eye in a crowded tavern (with about the same success). #DemDebate https://t.co/Hc6mvJWJIy
Easily the highlight of the night Harris emotionally schooling Biden on his oppostion to busing, saying she was bused 2 decades late Brown v Bd of Ed. Biden says he only opposed fed orders on busing. Harris jumps him, saying feds needed to force locals to segregate. #DemDebate
Harris hits Biden for working with segregationists in Senate, opposing busing. Biden digs back, saying he wasn't a prosecutor, he was a public defender. #DemDebate
I think Buttigieg and Harris are excelling tonight by offering focused, no-words-wasted answers. #DemDebate
Buttigieg gets big hand for saying that although the Republican Party likes to cloak itself in mantle of religion, by condoning family separations at the border, GOP has lost that right. #DemDebate
RT @KathTX: These debates would be better if someone got voted off at each commercial break. I'm serious.
Immigration up next... Harris: Will reinstate DACA protection, defer deportation for their parents and military veterans, release children from cages #DemDebate
Williamson, asked about drug costs, inexplicably says all these plans from other Dems are too simplistic, can't beat Trump, who was elected on a simple MAGA slogan, then says Dems need to get into deep policy debates. At least I think that's what she said. #DemDebate
25 minutes in, have not yet heard from Marianne Williamson in the #DemDebate Gillibrand jumping in a couple times already, not waiting for questions.
Candidates are in a free for all at the #DemDebate, trying to break in continually instead of waiting to be called on. Kamala Harris breaks thru, saying people don't want to watch a food fight, they want answers on how to put food on the table.
Knives are sharper tonight on Trump. Sanders: Trump is a phony, a pathological liar and a racist. "That's how we beat Trump, we expose him for the fraud that he is." #DemDebate
Kamala Harris goes next, and she also comes to the defense of the middle class. Also on Day 1 will repeal the tax cuts for the "top 1%" #DemDebate
Joe Biden gets question 2, says Donald Trump thinks Wall St built America. The middle class built America. ... Cut $1.6 trillion in tax loopholes, eliminate Trump tax breaks for the wealthy. #DemDebate
Pressed to answer the original question, he says yes, taxes will be higher, but health care will be cheaper. #DemDebate twitter.com/chucklindell/s…
Bernie Sanders gets the first #DemDebate question: will your programs raise taxe on the middle class? A: Need to pass single-payer health care, make public colleges tuition free, eliminate student debt with tax on Wall St.
After debate duel, O'Rourke, Castro set dueling Austin events Friday: statesman.com/news/20190627/…
See the momentum Seize the momentum #DemDebate twitter.com/JulianCastro/s…
RT @PatrickSvitek: O’Rourke adds an event Friday evening in Austin that’ll be one hour before — and just a few blocks away from — a previou…
Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt praise the Supreme Court ruling that blocks, for now, the citizenship question from the 2020 Census: https://t.co/IDnhGCQMqS
RT @SCOTUSblog: The upshot of the census decision is that Roberts votes with the left to remand to the Commerce Department to provide a non…
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Hearing on AG Ken Paxton's motion for summary judgment declaring DACA illegal will not be July 8. US Judge Hanen has reset the hearing for Oct. 28. Background: statesman.com/news/20190204/…
RT @amanbatheja: That time Warren and Booker were caught between the arguing Texans and didn't know where to look https://t.co/0UBa1JCNxH
Warren started strong with more questions, sharp answers ... faded into the background in the last half. Castro brought the passion, and his "pissed off" comment about the dead migrants resonated. Delaney, Inslee tried hard but looked kind of lost at times. #DemDebate
I know the #DemDebate tomorrow is supposed to feature Biden with a target on his back ... but anyone else think tomorrow's 10 are watching tonight and thinking that Trump needs to be a far bigger target?
And finally, #DemDebate gets to impeachment. Beto backs impeachment now to answer questions left by the Mueller report, and if president, have DOJ ensure there is accountability.
Shoulda put a time limit on questions instead of just the answers at the #DemDebate.
The questions on immigration policy revitalize the #DemDebate, producing by far the most passion … and highlighting differences. Castro-O'Rourke back and forth on decriminalizing border crossings was a moment (tho talking over each other stepped on it).
Booker becomes the 2nd #DemDebate participant to break into Spanish, this time on an immigration question.
Castro: Photo of father, child who drowned trying to cross the border river should "piss us all off, and it should spur us to action." Says would sign executive order get rid of Trump's border policies, particularly metering policy that led the father to swim the river #DemDebate
Asked about the opioids, Beto O'Rourke checks 2 boxes -- noting that prisons are full of people convicted for drug use while Purdue Pharma has not been held accountable for its role in the opioid crisis. #DemDebate
Warren gets a fourth question, and her answers have been crisp. So far, Klobuchar has had 2. Other 8 have had 1 each. #DemDebate
When NY Mayor Bill de Blasio says there is "plenty of money in this country, it's just in the wrong hands," moderators jump right to John Delaney, one of the most moderate Dems, who doesn't pounce, instead backing a living wage, education fixes. #DemDebate
Warren gets 2 of the first 5 questions; 6th goes to Julian Castro, asked what he would do to close the pay gap for women. Same question for Tulsi Gabbard. #DemDebate
Beto O'Rourke gets the 3rd question about how much of Dem economic proposals are doable. He uses almost half of his minute to answer in Spanish. #DemDebate
Definitely tweet. I don't think anybody else will be... twitter.com/scottbraddock/…
RT @asherprice: .@Jim_Jordan sent out a campaign donation solicitation today for @chiproytx, warning about the prospect of a @wendydavis ch…
The State Anatomical Board seeks an AG opinion on the legality of a private business that wants to operate a "willed body" donation and processing facility in Texas. Request: www2.texasattorneygeneral.gov/opinions/opini… #txlege
RT @SenatorBirdwell: **SENATOR BRIAN BIRDWELL ANNOUNCES FOR RE-ELECTION** https://t.co/OsimMdPHBe
BREAKING: Court of Criminal Appeals REJECTS latest appeals from death row inmate Rodney Reed, who argued that his conviction was based on bad science. Background: statesman.com/news/20180627/…
RT @SCOTUSblog: The chief justice just announced that tomorrow will be the last day of the #SCOTUS term; partisan gerrymandering and census…
Court of Criminal Appeals tosses out the armed robbery conviction of George Powell based on lies by a jailhouse informant. 2-page opinion: search.txcourts.gov/SearchMedia.as… Background: statesman.com/news/20161118/…
RT @andreeball: Have you gotten sick on the job working in the heat in Texas? Construction? Warehouse? Restaurant kitchen? Landscaping? Wou…
Outspoken conservative Rep. Jonathan Stickland announces that he will not seek re-election: #txlege statesman.com/news/20190624/…
RT @madlinbmek: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott threatens to overturn new Austin policies on homelessness, writing in a tweet: “At some point cities…
Rep. Jonathan Stickland announces on Twitter and Facebook that he will not be seeking re-election to a fifth term. #txlege facebook.com/votejs/photos/…
Austin City Council: New contracts will finally clear rape kit backlog statesman.com/news/20190619/…
The next move will be up to three appointed prosecutors, who must decide whether to withdraw from the case or continue without hundreds of thousands of dollars in back pay and little hope for additional money as the Paxton case heads to an expected trial. statesman.com/news/20190619/…
Court did not give a reason for its ruling. No indication why it took 6 months to deny motion to rehear.
BREAKING: In criminal case against AG Ken Paxton, Court of Criminal Appeals DENIES request to reconsider its earlier opinion that severely cut pay for prosecutors. Prosecutors now must decide whether to withdraw or continue for little pay.
Here's @JTiloveTX with the in-depth breakdown on Alex Jones, child porn and a Sandy Hook legal case that grows uglier by the day … including "an extraordinary tirade, even by Jones’ standards." statesman.com/blogs/20190618…https://t.co/lAGxcvuO2K
Here's @JTiloveTX with the in-depth breakdown on Alex Jones, child porn and a Sandy Hook legal case that grows uglier by the day … including "an extraordinary tirade, even by Jones’ standards." statesman.com/blogs/20190618…
With the Legislature adjourned and the veto deadline passed, 477 new laws have already taken effect — including the end of red-light cameras, a special district to preserve Muny Golf Course and a tribute to Austin's Richard Overton. #txlege statesman.com/news/20190617/…
RT @lawrencehurley: U.S. Supreme Court sends lesbian wedding cake dispute back to lower court reut.rs/2RgTGEs
More new laws signed today: * HB 16, requiring medical treatment in rare cases of live birth during abortion. * SB 944 by @KirkPWatson boosting access to public info on officials' private devices. #txlege
Also signed into law -- HB 2048, ending the Driver Responsibility Program, which imposed 3 years of extra fines for certain driving offenses. Suspended driver's licenses of those who hadn't paid the fines will be reinstated. Effective Sept. 1 #txlege
Governor also signs SB 194, creating a new crime, indecent assault, that includes up to one year in jail for groping and unwanted sexual contact. #txlege
Gov. Abbott signs HB 1888 into law, bringing an end mobile voting by requiring all polling places to remain open during the entire early voting period. #txlege
Texas Supreme Court rejects conservative activist Michael Quinn Sullivan's bid to end case on allegations, leveled by Texas Ethics Commission, that he acted as an unregistered lobbyist earlier this decade. #txlege statesman.com/news/20190614/…
Texas Supreme Court rejects conservative activist Michael Quinn Sullivan's bid to dismiss case over allegations, leveled by the Texas Ethics Commission, that he acted as an unregistered lobbyist earlier this decade: #txlege statesman.com/news/20190614/…
 
 
 
 
 
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