26-year reporter for the Austin American-Statesman. Legal issues, politics and more. Father of 2, husband of 1, fool for poker.
Mike Toth defeats Donna Davidson in GOP runoff for 3rd Court of Appeals. With all precincts in, Toth wins 52.8 to 47.2 #txelections
Mike Toth holding steady with a 6-7 point lead over Donna Davidson in GOP runoff for 3rd Court of Appeals, 83% precincts reporting.
AP calls it for Chip Roy in the GOP runoff for CD-21. #txelections
AP calls it for Joseph Kopser in the Democratic runoff for CD-21. #txelections
AP calls it for Lupe Valdez in the Democratic runoff for Texas governor. #txelections
Mike Toth's lead over Donna Davidson up slightly to 6 points with almost 19% precincts in for the GOP runoff, 3rd Court of Appeals. #txelections
With 4% of precincts reporting, Mike Toth (part of AG Ken Paxton's executive team) is up 53-47 over Austin lawyer Donna Davison for Austin-based 3rd Court of Appeals, GOP runoff.
Who's coming to Gov. Abbott's Wednesday roundtable on gun violence at the Capitol? These folks: https://t.co/lRFTDe8shX
Here's who is participating in today's roundtable discussion on gun violence with Gov. Abbott at the Capitol: https://t.co/5tnqsNcZ6z
Abbott kicks off gun violence talks: ‘We know what the problem is’ ... the solutions are harder and will require input from experts: statesman.com/news/abbott-ki…
Press not allowed in to Gov. Abbott’s gun/safety roundtables to facilitate frank discussion, gov’s office says. Meeting to start in 5 minutes w/ public remarks by Abbott, then press to be escorted out.
RT @lmcgaughy: There are now officially more press waiting to hear about school shooting round tables than there are participants in the di…
Texas given 45 days to fix motor-voter violation; AG Ken Paxton appeals. @chucklindell reports: atxne.ws/2IF9Jew
Federal judge gives Texas 45 days to fix motor-voter violation with online registration; Paxton appeals: statesman.com/news/texas-giv…
JUST IN: Gov. Abbott's roundtables on guns/safety will be closed to the public and open to the media only at the beginning and end of the discussions. #txlege
Paxton's office makes it official, informing the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals that it will appeal the ruling giving Texas 45 days to let Texans register to vote online while renewing or obtaining a driver's license.
In letter to Gov. Abbott, Rep. Byron Cook, the Republican chairman of House State Affairs, asks for special session this summer to address school safety. Letter: projects.statesman.com/documents/?doc…
Here's US District Judge Orlando Garcia's order giving state officials 45 days to fix problems with online voter registration. (This is expected to trigger an appeal from AG Ken Paxton): texascivilrightsproject.org/wp-content/upl… Background: mystatesman.com/news/proposed-…
"Roundtables will include opinions from school administrators that allow the arming of teachers and those that do not, as well as experts on matters of school safety, mental health, law enforcement, bullying, and more," Abbott says. https://t.co/us2O1uw2Zw
Gov. Abbott formally announces 3 roundtables Tues, Wed and Thurs at te Capitol. Will include "parents, teachers, students, legislators and interest groups that advocate for and against further gun regulations" #txlege
Texas Gun Sense says their vice chair will be part of the Wednesday round table, that things are still coming together and that they do not know who else has been invited or will participate. #tlege #SantaFe
RT @txgunsense: TGS will participate in @GovAbbott's gun safety roundtable discussions this week. Send us your comments - if you could sit…
RT @lmcgaughy: Haven't seen any statements yet on #SantaFeShooting from two #txlege members who represent the area: @DrGregBonnen and @SenL…
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announces that he will join Gov. Abbott in Santa Fe for the briefing and news conference.
Abbott also orders state flags at half-staff through sunset Tuesday in memory of those killed at Santa Fe High. twitter.com/chucklindell/s…
From the Governor's Office: Gov. Abbott is currently en route to Santa Fe, Texas where he will receive a briefing and hold a press conference about today's school shooting at Santa Fe High School
Texas Civil Rights Project responds: "Unfortunately, last night, we saw that the State is not willing to come to the table in good faith." https://t.co/Svcn4wyqj0
A federal judge wanted solutions to motor-voter violations he found in the way Texas handles online driver's license transactions. Civil rights group gave 7 pages of proposals. Texas objected to most of them: statesman.com/news/proposed-…
GOP runoff for Austin appeals court focuses on experience, money statesman.com/news/gop-runof…
Cross the line at the Alamo in 1836, die a hero. Cross the line in 2018, get taken down by the law. statesman.com/news/local/ran…
Texas AG's child exploitation unit arrests Kerrville father/son on child pornography charges: texasattorneygeneral.gov/news/releases/… https://t.co/mAuRtptrJz
In Michael Quinn Sullivan/Empower Texans appeal of $10,000 Ethics Commission fine for not registering as a lobbyist, 3rd Court of Appeals has a split decision: * Does not dismiss case against MQS * Reverses award of attorney fees/costs against MQS search.txcourts.gov/SearchMedia.as…
RT @EddieLucioIII: In light of yesterday’s ruling by SCOTUS in favor of sports betting regulation by the states, I have drafted legislation…
Two #txlege locals here: @DonnaHowardTX @TonyDaleTX twitter.com/SpeakerStraus/…
No love lost here. Yesterday, Speaker Straus said he's given $1 million to "responsible" GOP candidates. Today, his #txlege and GOP foil -- Lt. Gov. Patrick -- responds: ‘Responsible Republican’ is just a code word for ‘liberal Republican’ https://t.co/REPunpymCo
U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen has GRANTED request by MALDEF to intervene on behalf of Dreamers in AG Ken Paxton's lawsuit to overturn DACA, organization says. Background here: mystatesman.com/news/did-paxto…
Here's a copy of the lawsuit, filed today in state district court in Travis County: texasattorneygeneral.gov/files/epress/P…
Texas sues national drug maker for ‘deceptive’ opioid practices, developing story at: statesman.com/news/texas-sue…
"We know they have been dishonest with doctors ... about the addictive nature of these opioids," Paxton says of Perdue.
"This is the first (lawsuit). Our investigation continues of other manufacturers and distributors," Paxton says. Also clarifying: 5 other states filing similar Purdue suits today, NOT joining Texas lawsuit.
"Purdue saw fit to exchange destroyed lives for financial gain," Paxton says, accusing the drug manufacturer of deceptive marketing aimed at consumers and health care providers.
Texas AG Ken Paxton will sue Purdue Pharma in Travis County in lawsuit joined by other states in opioid crisis.
AG Ken Paxton will announce action related to the opioid crisis at 1 pm press conference. Last week, AG office told this court that it will file a Deceptive Trade Practices Act lawsuit in Travis County against an opioid manufacturer: search.txcourts.gov/Case.aspx?cn=1…
From Harriet O’Neill, former Texas Supreme Court justice... Commentary: How Texas courts can step it up for mental health services mystatesman.com/news/opinion/c…
Despite Supreme Court ruling, sports gambling remains illegal in Texas, and smart money is on no changes in the foreseeable future: #txlege statesman.com/news/despite-s…
Texas AG Ken Paxton says he will make a "major announcement to combat the nationwide opioid crisis" at a 1 pm news conference Tuesday. Lawsuit anybody? #txlege https://t.co/97bBXnpDFA
RT @MWMorton54: Five years ago today: champagne celebration of the unanimous passage of S.B. 1611 (which was shortly thereafter signed into…
Federal judge gives Texas 1 week to fix violation of U.S. motor-voter law: statesman.com/news/judge-giv…
Federal judge issues written order to previously announced ruling that Texas is violating the motor-voter law, gives until May 17 to produce a plan for changes. Ruling: texascivilrightsproject.org/wp-content/upl… Background here: mystatesman.com/news/state--re…
In victory for @dallasnews, Tx Supreme Court tosses libel award for column about a young man's suicide. The article may have been "callous," court rules, but it was opinion and thus not defamatory. Lots of nuance in this ruling: txcourts.gov/media/1441577/…
Inbox: This evening, Texas Civil Rights Project and the Workers Defense Project will announce a motion to intervene in the lawsuit challenging Austin's paid sick leave ordinance on behalf of a worker and a restaurant, L’Oca d’Oro.
On AG Ken Paxton’s anti-DACA lawsuit, Judge Hanen today set a scheduling conference by phone to take place Tuesday morning. Conference was initially set for July 31. But that was before Paxton requested a hearing by July 23 on his motion for a national injunction. https://t.co/C2O6X6dmiE
Ruling takes an expansive view of the law, saying harsher penalties can apply (as in this case) to a man in a monogamous relationship who sexually assaults a child or assaults a child who is too young to be legally married.
In a case involving sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl, Court of Criminal Appeals upholds Texas law imposing harsher penalty on assaults by polygamists and bigamists. Ruling: search.txcourts.gov/SearchMedia.as… Concur/dissent: search.txcourts.gov/SearchMedia.as… #txlege
RT @OSPATX: @TXAG @KenPaxtonTX joins the State Prosecuting Attorney @OSPATX in defendening Texas' "Revenge Porn" statute against a First Am…
House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee's just-called May 23 hearing looks interesting. Will examine prosecutor misconduct, ineffective trial lawyers, sexual assault prosecutions. Agenda: capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/85R/sc… https://t.co/A7MuQKi79i
The 2015 law that criminalized revenge porn was struck down last month by the Tyler-based 12th Court of Appeals, which said it violated the First Amendment.. Background here: mystatesman.com/news/state--re… twitter.com/OSPATX/status/…
22 immigrants seek to intervene in Paxton’s anti-DACA lawsuit in hopes of protecting the Obama-era program that offers deportation protection: statesman.com/news/immigrant…
MALDEF files motion to intervene in Ken Paxton's anti-DACA lawsuit on behalf of 22 Dreamers. Motion here: maldef.org/assets/pdf/Cas…
Reagan High seniors list a bargain on Craigslist, at least for a short time... https://t.co/3j1kp1OyD6
You have 2 friends in the White House, VP Mike Pence assures NRA crowd in Dallas: statesman.com/news/you-have-…
RT @PhilJankowski: Just got statement from MetCenter folks re: “tortilla canyon” Also, they’ve pulled down the website. Story from yester…
Fired UT Law School official charged amid fraud investigation statesman.com/news/local/fir…
Rep. Joe Moody, D-El Paso, seeks AG Ken Paxton's opinion on authority to remove disputed Capitol plaque stating that slavery was not an underlying cause of the Civil War. texasattorneygeneral.gov/opinions/opini… https://t.co/tjcft0BS02
RT @AutulloAAS: Gag order keeps secret alleged racist comments by Travis prosecutors mystatesman.com/news/crime--la…
The perfect verb. Thank you, anonymous headline writer. https://t.co/kEp3vQ2PI1
Know what would be perfect with this? Guacamole with peas. twitter.com/austin360/stat…
No resisting the New Yorker combo of 2 favorites: breakfast and a pun https://t.co/o1T4PV6Xnp
Paxton requests a July 23 hearing on request for a nationwide order blocking new or reissued DACA permits. Thus far, court has set only a July 31 initial pretrial/scheduling conference on the lawsuit.
Texas AG Ken Paxton follows yesterday's anti-DACA lawsuit with today's motion for a national injunction to block the program. You can read the 62-page motion here: texasattorneygeneral.gov/files/epress/M…
RT @AHoweBlogger: #SCOTUS press office reports that Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who underwent shoulder replacement surgery yesterday, has been…
Federal lawsuit filed in Brownsville about 30 minutes ago, First AG Jeff Mateer says.
Paxton will speak to reporters at 3:30. "Left intact, DACA sets a dangerous precedent by giving the executive branch sweeping authority to ignore the laws enacted by Congress," Paxton says in a statement.
BREAKING: Leading 6 other states, AG Ken Paxton sues the federal government to end DACA.
RT @PatrickSvitek: There it is: @GovAbbott appoints former state Rep. Larry Phillips, R-Sherman, as judge of 59th Judicial District Court i…
Texas AG Ken Paxton joins lawsuit seeking to overturn Austin’s paid sick leave policy: statesman.com/news/ken-paxto…
AG Ken Paxton files to join lawsuit challenging Austin ordinance requiring most businesses to offer sick leave. #txlege Motion to intervene is here: texasattorneygeneral.gov/files/epress/T…
Austin lawyer Alan Albright chokes up recalling the recent deaths of his parents, particularly his mom, who died the day before he was nominated to be the district judge for Waco. Very touching. https://t.co/UYNnCICEXO
Harris asked about discrimination in relation to Chief Justice Roberts quote in a Supreme Court ruling that overturned part of the Voting Rights Act. That let Oldham decline to answer because, if confirmed as appellate judge, he would be bound by #SCOTUS precedent. 2/2
Oldham declines to answer Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., question about whether he believes voting discrimination still exists. 1/2
Andy Oldham says he recognizes the difference between a lawyer advocating on a client's behalf and a judge who administers justice impartially, equally and fairly. His work defending Texas laws/policies will be an issue in today's hearing. https://t.co/Lx3KkNFelc
Sen. Cornyn, R-Texas, notes that Oldham served his client, the state of Texas, well; notes that he took part in cases opposed by the NRA and in support of the Tx Ethics Commission; hopes Democrats don't "cherry pick" from cases he participated in for Texas. https://t.co/8kt8rCcGCC
Senate Judiciary confirmation hearing for Andy Oldham, Gov. Abbott's general counsel nominated to the 5th Circuit Court, set to begin shortly. Streaming here: judiciary.senate.gov/meetings/04/25…
Wonder what's going on with the criminal case against Ken Paxton? Nothing. Trial court proceedings stayed since December while Court of Criminal Appeals decides if his prosecutors can get paid for their work. CCA drops rulings every Wed; nothing today, again. https://t.co/iDsGzTPB37
Senate Judiciary Committee hearing set for this afternoon on nomination of Andy Oldham, Gov. Abbott's top legal adviser, to the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals: statesman.com/news/senate-he…
Gov. Abbott sets June 30 special election to fill Farenthold seat in Congressional District 27. Candidate filing ends at 5 pm Friday. links.govdelivery.com/track?type=cli…
Interesting request for an AG's opinion: Starr County auditor asks if county attorney could bill the crime prevention forfeiture fund to pay for food for 2 holiday parties: texasattorneygeneral.gov/opinions/opini…
VP Mike Pence and 3 Texas politicians you may have heard of will address the NRA meeting in Dallas this Friday, the organization announces: https://t.co/25P4yd0wEy
5th Circuit Court denies stay for Erick Davila, set to be executed tomorrow for shooting that killed 2, including a 5-year-old girl, at a children's birthday party in Fort Worth. ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/1…
RT @SCOTUSblogposts: New post: Argument transcripts scotusblog.com/2018/04/argume…
Here's a link to the TPPF/business lawsuit against Austin's paid-leave ordinance that was announced yesterday: texaspolicy.com/library/docLib…
Live feed for tomorrow's Judiciary Committee hearing is available here: judiciary.senate.gov/meetings/04/25…
Alan Albright, an Austin lawyer nominated to be a US district judge in Waco, will follow in the committee hearing's second panel. mystatesman.com/news/state--re…
Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Andy Oldham, Gov. Abbott's top legal adviser nominated to 5th Circuit Court, will be Wednesday at 1:30 Texas time. mystatesman.com/news/state--re…
RT @rickhasen: @chucklindell could also be GORSUCH, which would lead me to OPPOSITE conclusion
The way #scotus assigns opinions indicates that the Wisc partisan gerrymandering case likely to be written by Chief Justice Roberts. @rickhasen prediction: "I think he’s more likely to be the 6th vote to rein in partisan gerrymandering than the 5th to kill it." twitter.com/rickhasen/stat…
RT @sbcmw: Todd M. Smith, @MillerForTexas' political consultant, gave "assurance" to a donor that he would get a position in state govt if…
In beef over scales, Texas AG backs brisket slingers over Sid Miller in "Barbecue Bill" brouhaha: #txlege statesman.com/news/beef-over…
RT @JulieChang1: Federal money to connect Texas schools to fiber at risk, officials say #txlege #txed mystatesman.com/news/state--re…
 
 
 
 
 
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