28-year reporter for the Austin American-Statesman. Legal issues, politics and more. Father of 2, husband of 1, fool for poker.
RT @PhilJankowski: BREAKING: #ATXcouncil just voted to postpone proposed vote on ordinances that could have revived elements of homeless ca…
Speaking in Austin, Gorsuch laments loss of public civility statesman.com/news/20190919/…
I am at the LBJ Presidential Library, where US Supreme Count Justice Neil Gorsuch will speak about his new book, “A Republic, If You Can Keep It.” Starts soon. https://t.co/ztXT5xqAUF
RT @Fox26Mike: These. Are. Fire Ants!!! Keith Wilson sent me this pic from Brazoria County. Don't play in the flood waters! #Texas #Houst…
RT @nicolecobler: New from @snovak999: Cyberattackers hit Travis appraisal district’s website, demand ransom statesman.com/news/20190919/…
Lawyer at oral args before the Texas Supreme Court is going to cringe when he watches the video and realizes he addressed newish Justice Busby as "Justice Boyd." Something nervous me would totally do w/ 1000 facts rolling thru my head while being peppered with questions. https://t.co/m2NGbEEkTr
$500,000 bond set for George Powell III, the Killeen robbery suspect whose conviction was overturned and who claims to have compelling evidence of innocence: statesman.com/news/20190917/…
My high school kid had 2 test questions marked wrong for answering 36.50 instead of 36.5 ... and 49.70 instead of 49.7, in science class. IN SCIENCE CLASS. https://t.co/jKKGrnETxl
This give Rep. Cesar Blanco a significant leg up in the race to replace retiring state Sen. Jose Rodriguez, D-El Paso. Four D Reps -- including 3 from El Paso area -- announce their support and urge him to run. #txlege https://t.co/28J0XjYRIl
Jose Rodriguez, Democratic senator from El Paso, to retire: #txlege statesman.com/news/20190913/…
After 9 years in the Texas Senate, Jose Rodriguez says he will not seek re-election and will retire when his term ends in 2021. "We are in a time of change, and I see a new generation of young leaders emerging," his announcement says. #txlege.
Cory Booker made me look up how to spell dagnabbit. #DemDebate
RT @MattMackowiak: Warren has disappeared the past 10-15 min.
Castro, who went after Beto in a prior debate about immigration, takes a moment to praise O'Rourke's handling of the El Paso shooting. Quick moment, telling. Now, almost 1 hour into debate, moderators touch on mass shootings. #DemDebate
Democrats debate how to debate. Castro attacks Biden health care plan, Biden snipes back. Buttigieg says that's what makes debates so unwatchable, Klobuchar says a house divided cannot stand. Castro: Guess what, this is a Democratic debate, we're debating ideas. #DemDebate
Bernie first to swear. "I wrote the damn bill, if I may say so." He's one up on Beto... #DemocraticDebate
First #Democraticdebate question pits Biden against Warren and Sanders on differences, particularly health care policies.
O'Rourke says El Paso shooting clarified his thinking in his race for president, particularly a shooter who was "inspired to kill by our president." #txlege
First reference of "Houston, we have a problem!" goes to... Klobuchar in only the 2nd opening statement of the #demdebate
#Demdebate rules: 75 seconds per answer, 45 seconds per response. If you interrupt, you can have later time reduced. Good luck with that.
Candidates for the #demdebate are introduced to the crowd before the actual debate begins at 7 pm. Crowd asked not to cheer to help speed things along.
Gov. Abbott unveils gun-safety plan that focuses on blocking illegal firearm sales, tougher criminal penalties, faster reporting of stolen weapons -- but rejects universal background checks: #txlege statesman.com/news/20190912/…
Gov. Abbott releases his action report after the recent mass shootings. Read it here: gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/… #txlege
RT @AutulloAAS: 3D-printer gun activist Cody Wilson is in court today to be sentened after pleading guilty last month to sexual assault. He…
Newest Texas Supreme Court justice sworn in statesman.com/news/20190911/…
You can watch Jane Bland take the oath of office to join the Texas Supreme Court here: texasbarcle.com/CLE/SCPlayer25… The justice she's replacing, Jeff Brown, also will take the oath to become a US district judge in Galveston. https://t.co/Xc6V2TN4VR
RT @OslerSCTX: Justice Jane Bland to take her oath at 3 p.m. today and Judge Jeff Brown will be sworn in for his next judgeship. https://t.…
Not sure you can see it, but there’s just a hint of a double rainbow here in Austin. https://t.co/NP1EmB6GOx
Overflow crowd for today’s first hearing for the House Redistricting Committee at the Capitol. #txlege https://t.co/0Gy4DryaIH
RT @AutulloAAS: There's a new candidate for Travis County Attorney. Laurie Eiserloh, an assistant in the office to David Escamilla, announc…
Texas court asked to halt execution over allegations trial judge was anti-Semitic, had history of racism: statesman.com/news/20190907/…
US Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch welcomes new member of the Texas Supreme Court during Capitol ceremony: statesman.com/news/20190906/…
RT @bobphoto: With his family's help and U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil M. Gorsuch reading, Justice Brett Busby of Houston is s…
Gorsuch administers the oath of office to Busby. https://t.co/E0sVKEE63U
US Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch speaks at the investiture ceremony of Texas Supreme Court Justice Brett Busby at the Capitol. https://t.co/Ukw6xHaGwp
The NRA responds to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick's calls for background checks before stranger-to-stranger firearm sales: #txlege https://t.co/eVdGakty31
Final details released: Jane Bland, Gov. Abbott's pick to fill a vacancy on the Texas Supreme Court, will take her oath to succeed Justice Jeff Brown on Sept. 11 at 3 p.m. in the Supreme Court courtroom. Background: statesman.com/news/20190826/…
Read the governor's directive here: gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/… #txlege
In response to the recent mass shootings, Gov. Abbott issues 8 executive orders on reporting requirements, law enforcement training, responding to reports of suspicious activity. #txlege https://t.co/si5fVQdGml
Texas Democrats push Gov. Abbott to call a special session devoted to gun violence: #txlege statesman.com/news/20190904/…
RT @PatrickSvitek: New: @RepDennisBonnen appoints 13 members to new House Select Committee on Mass Violence Prevention and Community Safety…
61 Democrats in the Texas House send letter to Gov. Abbott calling for an emergency session of the Legislature to tackle gun violence. Ahead of Dem news conferences today in Austin and 4 other cities. #txlege
RT @scottbraddock: GOP @RepBillFlores announced on @WTAW1620 radio in Bryan/College Station. Here is the audio. Solid R district. Now which…
Also, from DPS: Background check the shooter failed, denying his purchase of a firearm, was Jan. 14, 2014. DPS says they are precluded by law from revealing where that attempted purchase took place. twitter.com/AP/status/1168…
Republican senator from Lakeway is seeking a second term. #txlege twitter.com/DrBuckinghamTX…
RT @lmcgaughy: Walmart to stop selling handgun ammunition and won’t allow open carry in its stores after recent mass shootings (from @AP) h…
He was among the faith leaders who rallied against the transgender bathroom bills at the Capitol in 2017. He said a disciple of the Prophet Muhammad was transgender, “and he was part of the community; he was even welcome in the very home of the Prophet.” statesman.com/NEWS/20170802/… twitter.com/statesman/stat…
RT @SCOTUSblog: #SCOTUSlinkoftheday: @JessBravin reports that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Saturday assured crowds at the National Book F…
Jockeying over fees owed or not owed to the special prosecutors in criminal case against AG Ken Paxton continues. Paxton's lawyers object to prosecutors' bid to be paid a "reasonable fee" … and invite the prosecutors to withdraw from the case: https://t.co/iUvTGk47EM
Jane Bland, who will become the newest member of the Texas Supreme Court when Gov. Abbott makes his appointment official, will be sworn in Sept. 11, the court says. Bland will replace Jeff Brown, moving to a federal court bench in Galveston.
Abbott: Growing frequency of mass shootings, domestic terror attacks demands action: #txlege statesman.com/news/20190830/…
"We need to come to grips with the fact that there has been an increasing number and frequency of mass shootings as well as terroristic attacks," Abbott said. Goal is to identify terror threats and respond, he said. #txlege
After opening remarks, reporters asked to leave for closed-door meeting to be followed by a recap from Abbott. Here's the list of task force members: #txlege https://t.co/syqKsG5aA0
Gov Abbott convenes first meeting it the Domestic Terrorism Task Force, inspired by the El Paso shooting but wider in scope. Gov. recalls Dallas police shooting, Austin bomber ... “The list, unfortunately, is too long for me to recount.” #txlege https://t.co/PmmgcQU8M8
RT @JulieChang1: The correlation between A-F ratings and low-income student rates was stronger in Central Texas than on a statewide level.…
State ethics agency rebukes Travis County judge who closed his courtroom for one day to protest Justice Kavanaugh's elevation to the US Supreme Court: statesman.com/news/20190829/…
"Hawthorne follows Justice Anthony Kennedy as latest recipient" -- not too shabby. Congratulations, @blakeahawthorne … anyone who makes court records more accessible is aces in my book too. twitter.com/OslerSCTX/stat…
RT @AutulloAAS: Sex assault sentencing leads to dispute over judge who'd been investigated herself statesman.com/news/20190828/…
RT @PhilJankowski: NEW: Court rules against challenge to MLS stadium ballot language #ATXcouncil #AustinFC statesman.com/news/20190828/…
RT @jamesrhenson: I'm unlikely to enjoy a tweet more than this one today. twitter.com/jgbaskin/statu…
Washington Post drills down with this headline: "Could pandas get caught in the U.S.-China trade war?" https://t.co/wq4a9U9C73
Texas AG Ken Paxton files #SCOTUS amicus brief supporting Trump's efforts to rescind DACA, calling it a "lawless exercise of executive power." Brief, joined by officials in 12 other states, is here: texasattorneygeneral.gov/sites/default/…
For the second time in the past half-year, Gov. Greg Abbott will fill a vacancy on the Texas Supreme Court with a Republican who was ousted from a Houston-based appeals court by voters in 2018. #txlege statesman.com/news/20190826/…
Justice Brown says his letter of resignation to Abbott will be dated Sept. 3, when the Tx Supreme Court begins its next term. That'll let him finish out the current term. (US Senate confirmed Brown on July 31, but he has not yet taken the bench in Galveston).
Gov. Abbott says he will appoint Jane Bland, a GOP member of the 1st Court of Appeals in Houston before losing to a Democrat in 2018, to the Texas Supreme Court. She will replace Jeff Brown, now a federal judge.
Starting Sept. 1, this new Texas crime includes a stiff penalty. #txlege https://t.co/HuzfY8KTyp
RT @TomHall: Meteor lights up the sky over South Australia. It splashed down in the ocean. It was estimated to be the size of a car, and…
RT @VirtualCapitol: GOP lawmakers seek caucus meeting amid imbroglio over Sullivan recording statesman.com/news/20190824/…
El Paso-area Democrats rip Gov. Greg Abbott's response to question about educating 'illegals' #txlege statesman.com/news/20190823/…
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton urges #SCOTUS to overturn rulings that applied the Civil Rights Act's ban on sex-based discrimination to sexual orientation and gender identity. Brief, co-written with AGs from Tennessee and Nebraska, is here: texasattorneygeneral.gov/sites/default/… #txlege
RT @charliegeren: UPDATE: All clear has been issued, evacuation has been lifted and it is safe to return to the Capitol. AFD and DPS person…
RT @matt_zdun: Burrows describes 'off-the-cuff' list amid Sullivan controversy statesman.com/news/20190822/…
Gov. Greg Abbott convenes the first meeting on the El Paso shooting as gun-rights advocates rally outside, updated story at: #txlege statesman.com/news/20190822/…
RT @matt_zdun: .@Burrows4TX on @ChadHastyRadio about MQS-Bonnen drama: "I think the issue will most likely get behind us when the tapes are…
Updated list of attendance at Gov. Abbott's roundtable discussion on gun violence tomorrow adds Mike Cox w/ the Texas State Rifle Association. Gov's office had said a gun-rights advocate would be part of Roundtable 2 in El Paso, but pro-2nd Amendment groups were not happy #txlege
RT @JohnBridges: #austinhomeless forum briefly disrupted by protest over development and displacement. @MayorAdler coolly resumes his remar…
Case was out of Texas … and follow the thread to see why the 5th Circuit issued a corrected opinion. twitter.com/howappealing/s…
RT @lara_korte: From @DispatchAlerts -- A 1st grader in Ohio found an administrator's loaded gun and pointed it at another student. The dir…
Gun Owners of America announces Thursday news conference to present the view of gun owners on the El Paso attack. They're angry the first roundtable will not include gun-rights activists. Gov's office has said that perspective will be heard at 2nd roundtable in El Paso next week
28 years ago, @statesman editors took a chance and let me become a reporter after 7 years as a copy editor in 3 states. Night general assignment. Forever grateful. https://t.co/2Mixf5rX1u
Gov. Greg Abbott sets a Nov. 5 special election to replace Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston, who will retire effective Sept. 30. Early voting starts Oct. 21. #txlege
First meeting will Aug. 22 at the Capitol, 10:30 a.m. Second meeting in El Paso on Aug. 29. Parts of the meetings will be open to reporters. Here's who's on the commission: https://t.co/lRVK9vQVTg
Gov. Abbott announces creation of the Texas Safety Commission to create "an immediate action plan" on fighting extremist groups, keeping guns away from "deranged individuals," combating domestic terrorism and proposing laws to prevent mass shootings. #txlege
Abbott names a secretary of state to replace David Whitley, who was denied confirmation by the Texas Senate over his handling of an error-filled investigation into the citizenship status of voters: statesman.com/news/20190819/…
5th US Circuit Court of Appeals rejects death row inmate Larry Swearingen's appeal and denies his request for a stay of execution. Lethal injection set for Wednesday. Ruling: ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/1…
Texas has a new secretary of state to replace David Whitley. Gov. Abbott taps Ruth Ruggero Hughs, chair of the Texas Workforce Commission since August 2018 and a lawyer. #txlege
RT @JulieChang1: Texas has some of the country's most aggressive surprise medical billing protections, yet an estimated 9 million Texans ar…
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick out of hospital after heart procedure: #txlege statesman.com/news/20190817/…
After experiencing significant chest pain, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick receives a stent to relieve heart blockage, his office says. Full statement: #txlege https://t.co/I8k7bhq6DF
RT @JFarrarDist148: I want to thank my constituents and the people of TX for the high honor and privilege of representing them in the #txle…
RT @PhilJankowski: Texas Supreme Court rejects suit over Convention Center ballot language #ATXcouncil statesman.com/news/20190816/…
BREAKING: Multiple Austin-area schools receive Fs from the state statesman.com/news/20190815/…
US House Homeland Security Committee subpoenas Jim Watkins, owner of online message forum 8chan, to testify. El Paso shooter posted a screed on 8chan, police said, and the committee is examining extremist content on social media platforms. Subpoena: homeland.house.gov/imo/media/doc/…
Inbox: Former US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will be in Austin next Tuesday to launch Texas Gun Owners for Safety, "a new coalition of hunters, sport shooters and collectors who will advocate for common-sense gun violence prevention laws."
 
 
 
 
 
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