27-year reporter for the Austin American-Statesman. Legal issues, politics and more. Father of 2, husband of 1, fool for poker.
Then there's HR 14, not sports related but notable to a guy who named his son Augustus: It commemorates the 30th anniversary of the first broadcast of Lonesome Dove and the performances of Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones. #txlege https://t.co/Ia9FfH3KgQ
HR 11 recognizes Jason Witten on his career with the Dallas Cowboys. #txlege https://t.co/MTRp6sxhtO
HR 12 congratulates Drew Brees on becoming the NFL's all-time leader in passing yardage. #txlege https://t.co/Nr4H8194mL
HR 15 congratulates the Houston Astros on winning the 2017 World Series. #txlege https://t.co/60AnQ73jhI
Only a few House resolutions have been filed so far for the 2019 Legislature, but see if you can find a common theme: #txlege
RT @BryanAGarner: Today the Texas Supreme Court will honor the nine Justices who served in World War I. Here are three (l-r): Brewster, Gar…
RT @NLVWarren: The blue wave broke hard in the Texas Courts of Appeals last week, where Dems flipped 24 judgeships. In four courts, they we…
RT @chrisgeidner: We have our OLC opinion on Whitaker's appointment. READ it, at @BuzzFeedNews. —> buzzfeednews.com/article/chrisg… https://t.co/ldf…
Ruling based on very similar circumstances in US Supreme Court’s recent decision in McCoy v. Louisiana. Judge Keel dissents without writing an opinion. Judge Newell does not participate.
Court of Criminal Appeals reverses conviction, orders new trial for death row inmate Albert James Turner, who killed his wife and mother-in-law. Turner's rights were violated when his trial lawyer admitted guilt against defendant's wishes, 7-1 ruling says. search.txcourts.gov/SearchMedia.as…
RT @OslerSCTX: In special session Wednesday the Court will observe the Armistice Centennial and the judges and governors who served in the…
Also need to clarify that SB43, filed yesterday by @JudithZaffirini, would transform the texting ban into a requirement to use hands-free devices while driving. It would not change the punishments of the current ban on texting while driving. #txlege
Filed today at #txlege HB 320, requiring drug screening for welfare recipients, by Rep. Ken King, R-Canadian. Similar bills have not crossed the finish line in recent sessions.
RT @JulieChang1: .@txsboe to decide today whether to strike certain historical figures from the state's social studies curriculum including…
RT @AHoweBlogger: #SCOTUS press office says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will not be on the bench for a non-argument (i.e., to admit new law…
Gov. Abbott: "I look forward to working the new Speaker." #txlege https://t.co/i1GzMPP5rh
RT @RepMattKrause: Not exactly @chucklindell. It would only bar those entities from aiding the federal gov't on enforcing gun regulations t…
As of 5 pm, the first day of bill filing for the 2019 Legislature produced: * 428 proposed laws * 24 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution #txlege
Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton, files HB 307, which would prohibit public school districts from banning the display of the 10 Commandments in any classroom. #txlege
Under HB 302 by Rep. Dennis Paul, R-Houston, landlords could not prohibit tenants from bringing firearms or ammunition into condos and other rental properties. #txlege
RT @RobertTGarrett: Speaker’s Committee Room filling up fast with reporter types, even some GOP consultant types in the chairs, for Dennis…
RT @lmcgaughy: Here is some background on Texas’ practice of using hypnotically induced testimony in criminal cases: https://t.co/dK9Dr3Oa7…
SB 130 by Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, would ban the use of hypnotism-induced testimony in a criminal trial. #txlege
Today is the first day of bill filing for the 2019 Texas legislative session. Follow the American-Statesman's @chucklindell to keep up with the growing number of proposed laws. twitter.com/chucklindell/s…
Bill filing has slowed down lately at #txlege, tho it may have been caused by lunch hour. As of 1:15 pm, we have * 389 proposed laws * 19 proposed constitutional amendments
Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth, fires a shot in the school finance/property tax debate. HJR 24 proposes a constitutional amendment requiring the state to pay 50% of school costs. The "Legislature may not consider" local property tax collections in the calculation. #txlege
Here's a 2nd attempt to end abortion: Sen. Bob Hall, R, proposes Texans vote on a state constitutional amendment to prohibit abortions in the state if the US Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade. SJR 3. #txlege
Sen. Bob Hall, R-Edgewood, will once again try to: * End the Driver Responsibility Program's extra fees upon conviction, SB 87 * Allow limited sales of raw milk, SB 80 * Ban local governments from hiring lobbyists, SB 82 #txlege
SB 65 by Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, would address problems in state contracting by increasing conflict-of-interest oversight, scoring guidelines, tracking of vendor performance. #txlee
SB 56 by @JudithZaffirini would require legislators, Capitol employees and interns to attend a class on employment discrimination, particularly sexual harassment. #txlege
HB 261 by Rep. James Frank, R-Wichita Falls, would allow capital murder charges if the victim is under age 15. Current law is under age 10. #txlege
Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston, plays a couple of longshots: * Abolish the death penalty, HB 246 * End the 24-hour waiting period for abortions, HB 249 #txlege
Another gun bill by @RepMattKrause, HB 238, would bar state agencies, local governments from helping the feds enforce gun regulations in Texas. Exempted: border security operations. #txlege
HB 227 by @RepMattKrause says guns that are made in Texas and stay in Texas are "not subject to federal law or federal regulation." If a Texan claims this exception, bill has Texas AG seek federal court ruling on the constitutionality of the law. #txlege
HB 222 by Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, would ban cities from requiring businesses to provide paid sick leave (he's looking at you, Austin). #txlege
HB 131 by @moodyforelpaso would create "extreme risk protective orders," aka red flag court orders, allowing temporary removal of guns from those deemed a risk to themselves or others. Expect a lively debate. Lt. Gov. Patrick has said this is DOA in the Senate. #txlege
Also of note on first day of filing: * Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick reserved the first 30 bill numbers (SB 1-30) for bills he designates a priority. * The next House speaker will have 20 bill numbers to do the same. #txlege
As of 10:30 am on the first day of #txlege bill filing, for both the House and Senate, we have: * 355 proposed laws * 16 proposed constitutional amendments
SB 43 would make it a fine-only offense to use a phone while driving, eliminates law's language that makes it a specific crime to send/receive texts. SB 44 would bar state workers from using a phone while driving a state car or driving on state business. Both by @JudithZaffirini
SB 38 would expand "hazing" to include coercing a student to consume alcohol or take drugs. Would make voluntary reporters of hazing immune from prosecution unless they did the hazing. By Sens. Judith Zaffirini, D, and Donna Campbell, R. #txlege
RT @keribla: First day of bill filing in Texas and we have... A LEMONADE STAND LAW. Or rather, proposed law to ban laws banning lemonade…
HB 101 by @TerryCanales40 would make it a crime to provide false caller ID on phones. This one could be popular... #txlege
HB 98 by Rep. Mary Gonzalez, D-El Paso, would amend the revenge porn law, which is being reviewed by the state's highest criminal court, by adding that intimate photos/videos must be posted "with the intent to harass, annoy, alarm, abuse, torment, or embarrass." #txlege
RT @ChadHastyRadio: Can we start debate on this now? twitter.com/chucklindell/s…
HB 76 by Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston, would require high school students to get a heart test before participating in sports. #txlege
HB 63 by Rep. Joe Moody, D-El Paso, would make possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana a ticket offense, max $250 fine, with suspect not eligible for arrest. A fourth ticket could be prosecuted as Class C misdemeanor. #txlege
HB 49 by Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio, would end Texas' participation in daylight saving time. #txlege
HB 47 by Rep. Valoree Swanson, R-Spring, would make it illegal for a doctor to perform an abortion in Texas except to save the woman's life or prevent severe injury. #txlege
In response to the controversy over guns made on 3D printers from earlier this year, HB 38 by Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, would outlaw firearms that do not include a serial number. A metal strip bearing the number would have to be attached to plastic guns. #txlege
Today is the unofficial launch for the 2019 session of the Texas Legislature -- the first day of bill filing. Several hundred pieces of legislation will get in line by the end of the day. #txlege
What do you do with your candidate’s sign after the election? You recycle it (from Austin’s Brentwood neighborhood). https://t.co/b2nhycrvaX
With an unprecedented foray into get-out-the-vote efforts, the Travis County GOP had big plans. Beto voters crushed them: statesman.com/news/20181109/…
Gov. Abbott calls a Dec. 11 election to fill seat vacated today by Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston. Early voting begins Nov. 26. Candidate filing due by 5 pm Nov. 16. #txlege
Garcia's lawyer, Brian Trachtenberg, says Gov. Abbott can accept her resignation today or wait up to 8 days. Once accepted, he can set an election immediately or wait up to 20 days. Says election can happen as soon as Dec. 12, as late as Jan. 19 #txlege session starts Jan. 8
State Sen. Sylvia Garcia says she will send letter telling Gov. Abbott that her resignation will be effective at 12:01 pm today. Hopes it will give him time to call a special election before the Lege session begins in Jan. Garcia was elected to the U.S. House. #txlege
Phil Johnson to leave Texas Supreme Court at year's end, says at age 74 that it's time to spend time with family: statesman.com/news/20181108/…
RT @AHoweBlogger: #SCOTUS press office says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been admitted to GW Hospital this morning for "observation and…
RT @efindell: Watch a paid canvasser trying to get signatures to overturn the #MLS stadium falsely claim the petition is actually to *bring…
RT @NateSilver538: Democratic candidates for the House lost the popular vote in Texas by 3.5 points, as compared to 5.5 points in Florida.…
Austin's 3rd Court of Appeals UPHOLDS ruling that tossed a lawsuit by the Texas Home School Coalition, which sought to overturn a Tx Ethics Commission rule defining political committees. #txlege search.txcourts.gov/Docket.aspx?co…
Dan Patrick wins second term as lieutenant governor, updated story at: statesman.com/news/20181106/…
Greg Abbott wins second term as governor as statewide GOP candidates sweep, updated story at: statesman.com/news/20181106/…
RT @PhilJankowski: BREAKING: Austin City Manager has picked Joel Baker, the retired chief of Atlanta Fire Department, to be the next head o…
RT @TDCAA: It was only a matter of time, wasn’t it? 🛴+🍻= #DWI twitter.com/statesman/stat…
RT @JeffBoydTX: After an ER visit Sunday & a double root canal Monday, I’m missing oral arguments this week for the 1st time in 6 yrs. But…
RT @Zachary_Cohen: @chucklindell I don’t know that “fiasco” is a fair assessment. National polls only missed the final popular vote result…
After last election's fiasco, have we really improved our polling enough to spend this much time/effort poring over each result? https://t.co/NyR1SBrnp9
RT @emmaplatoff: Ted Cruz, 2011: "The 14th Amendment provides for birthright citizenship. I’ve looked at the legal arguments against it & I…
RT @BonnieBruce: @chucklindell Voters with a GOP primary voting history have an 84,000 vote advantage.
In a GOTV email titled "Democrats are beating us on turnout," AG Ken Paxton's campaign sounds an alarm: https://t.co/dBOMTlIXto
RT @PatrickSvitek: The overall eight-day reports in AG's race (Sept. 28-Oct. 27): - @KenPaxtonTX: $2.3M raised (incl. $500K from RAGA and $…
Deborah Hankinson, former Republican member of the Texas Supreme Court, endorses Democrat Justin Nelson for attorney general over GOP's Ken Paxton. https://t.co/h2bRNEcTtA
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick's campaign says he raised $1.4 million in most recent period, for a total of almost $45 million this election. #txlege
RT @efindell: Update: Epstein says he's no longer supporting IndyAustin after the PAC used Pepe the Frog in an anti- @MayorAdler video. Ind…
RT @lawrencehurley: This Friday, Supreme Court is due to weigh Benghazi lawsuit against Hillary Clinton. I wondered if maybe Kavanaugh woul…
Democrat Lupe Valdez, looking on the bright side of a 14-point polling deficit in Texas race for governor: https://t.co/jGTrEfDSjw
Ruth Vader Ginsburg, ladies and gentlemen. twitter.com/CraftDroidLA/s…
No sound, but you know the instant the driver said, "Oh, shi…" twitter.com/tplohetski/sta…
Wild email report from Austin Police: 1. Officers were investigating possible DWI crash on MoPac. 2. Squad car hit by 2nd driver, who's arrested for DWI. 3. Ambulance comes out. It's hit by THIRD driver, who's arrested for DWI. 1:11 a.m. on MoPac… Beware.
RT @howappealing: “Supreme Court weighs whether to hear its first abortion-related case since Kavanaugh joined the bench”: David G. Savage…
RT @JohnBridges: An investigation by @statesman finds that Texas DPS, which already has a history of questionable data in assessing its bor…
Apparently, it's time to celebrate all those losing lottery tickets. So you got that going for you https://t.co/wGArpiq9DK
RT @judgejeffbrown: These photos are amazing. twitter.com/jayjanner/stat…
In 2-1 ruling, 5th Circuit Court REINSTATES lawsuit against Dallas after city leaders blocked the adult-themed Exxxotica 2016 from using the Dallas Convention Center: ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/1… https://t.co/ay8A0scI1g
RT @GregStohr: Much warmth toward and admiration for Justice O'Connor from her fellow justices as she reveals that dementia is forcing her…
RT @MillerForTexas: @chucklindell Must have worked. Just did interviews with BBC, Fox, Breitbart, KPRC and many more here at the line outs…
As for Controversial, Sid Miller emphasizes a Facebook post that compared Syrian immigrants to snakes. #txlege https://t.co/5dQxmfv6a3
With a come-hither emailed pitch, Ag Commissioner Sid Miller tells national media that he's available to be interviewed at President Trump's #MAGA rally in Houston. Among his attributes are the 3 C's: Colorful Cowboy Controversial #txlege https://t.co/eWMKsp4U8S
RT @BonnieBruce: On 8-16-17 Lt. Gov Patrick warned primary voters against 42 House members who voted against lowering property appraisal ca…
Lawyers say the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has halted Wednesday's execution of Kwame Rockwell. Defense lawyers argue that his is not psychologically competent to execute.
In a rare reversal, the Texas Supreme Court accepts an appeal on whether to unmask the pharmacy that supplied the state's execution drugs, the updated story at: statesman.com/news/20181019/…
The Supreme Court rejected the state's appeal in June but reversed itself today, accepting the case on rehearing -- a very rare move. twitter.com/chucklindell/s…
Texas Supreme Court accepts appeal of a lower-court decision requiring TDCJ to disclose the pharmacy that provided execution drugs. Oral argument is set for Jan. 23.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says he'll speak at Monday's rally by President Trump in Houston on behalf of Ted Cruz and other GOP candidates. Patrick chaired Trump's campaign in the state and personally asked the president to come to Texas. https://t.co/j7MiJKGOJo
RT @AP: First lady Melania Trump's plane has been forced to return to a Washington area military base because of smoke in the cabin. https:…
RT @MarkPJonesTX: 8 Democrats outraise Republicans in key Texas congressional races #txlege #TX2018 #TX06 #TX07 #TX21 #TX22 #TX23 #TX31 #T…
RT @fordm: SCOTUS takes up no new cases in today's orders. Sotomayor and Ginsburg dissented from a series of cert denials on federal senten…
AC was on last night. Heat is on this morning. https://t.co/nLN9ffr3GQ
RT @JulieChang1: Hundreds of recently retired Texas teachers have not yet received their pension checks #txlege #txed https://t.co/gcpDEX6D…
 
 
 
 
 
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