Chuck Lindell

State Capitol reporter

Chuck Lindell covers legal issues, appellate courts, politics, the Texas Senate and criminal justice. Since arriving in Austin in 1989, Lindell has covered religion, Austin city government, the region's rapid population growth in addition to investigative reporting. He also was the Statesman's correspondent in Washington, D.C., from 2001-05. Lindell lives in Austin with his wife and two kids. He's an avid poker player who's into astronomy and is waging a lonely campaign to rid the paper of its ridiculous astrology column. 

Latest from Chuck Lindell

GOP lawmaker questions Abbott’s bid to review new state regulations
 A Republican leader in the Texas House is questioning the wisdom of a new policy, revealed in late June, that requires state regulatory agencies to send all proposed rules and regulations to Gov. Greg Abbott’s office to be reviewed before they’re disclosed to the public. In a letter sent Monday to Abbott, Rep. Byron Cook &mdash...

Posted: 5 minutes ago

A Republican leader in the Texas House is questioning the wisdom of a new policy, revealed in late June, that requires state regulatory agencies to send all proposed rules and regulations to Gov. Greg Abbott’s office to be reviewed before they’re disclosed to the public. In a letter sent Monday to Abbott, Rep. Byron Cook &mdash...
Meet Cody Wilson, the Austin man behind the fight over 3D-printed guns
 Cody Wilson found his calling when, in 2013, he successfully fired the first gun made on a 3D printer. That very week, he dropped out of his second year at the University of Texas Law School, which wasn’t much of a sacrifice because he’d pretty much stopped attending classes as his interests were captured by a revolutionary idea...

Posted: 3 days ago

Cody Wilson found his calling when, in 2013, he successfully fired the first gun made on a 3D printer. That very week, he dropped out of his second year at the University of Texas Law School, which wasn’t much of a sacrifice because he’d pretty much stopped attending classes as his interests were captured by a revolutionary idea...
Meet Cody Wilson, the Austin man behind the fight over 3D-printed guns
 Cody Wilson found his calling when, in 2013, he successfully fired the first gun made on a 3D printer. That very week, he dropped out of his second year at the University of Texas Law School, which wasn’t much of a sacrifice because he’d pretty much stopped attending classes as his interests were captured by a revolutionary...

Posted: 3 days ago

Cody Wilson found his calling when, in 2013, he successfully fired the first gun made on a 3D printer. That very week, he dropped out of his second year at the University of Texas Law School, which wasn’t much of a sacrifice because he’d pretty much stopped attending classes as his interests were captured by a revolutionary...
Corte: Compañía no puede publicar esquemas de pistolas 3D
 Una juez federal bloqueó temporalmente el martes 31 de julio a una compañía de Austin de publicar en su sitio web cómo imprimir pistolas de tercera dimensión (3D). Es el desarrollo más reciente de una serie de demandas, contra demandas y amenazas de acción legal como parte de un intenso debate...

Posted: 6 days ago

Una juez federal bloqueó temporalmente el martes 31 de julio a una compañía de Austin de publicar en su sitio web cómo imprimir pistolas de tercera dimensión (3D). Es el desarrollo más reciente de una serie de demandas, contra demandas y amenazas de acción legal como parte de un intenso debate...
Senate school safety plan: More counselors, marshals; no ‘red flag’ law
 A special Texas Senate committee, formed to recommend changes in the wake of the Santa Fe High School shooting, which left 10 dead in May, released a report Monday that focused on strategies for beefing up school security while rejecting actions that could limit gun rights. The panel of six Republicans and three Democrats proposed legislation...

Posted: 7 days ago

A special Texas Senate committee, formed to recommend changes in the wake of the Santa Fe High School shooting, which left 10 dead in May, released a report Monday that focused on strategies for beefing up school security while rejecting actions that could limit gun rights. The panel of six Republicans and three Democrats proposed legislation...
Senate school safety plan: More counselors, marshals; no ‘red-flag’ law
 A special Texas Senate committee, formed to recommend changes in the wake of the Santa Fe High School shooting that left 10 dead in May, released a report Monday that focused on strategies for beefing up school security while rejecting actions that could limit gun rights. The panel of six Republicans and three Democrats proposed legislation...

Posted: 8 days ago

A special Texas Senate committee, formed to recommend changes in the wake of the Santa Fe High School shooting that left 10 dead in May, released a report Monday that focused on strategies for beefing up school security while rejecting actions that could limit gun rights. The panel of six Republicans and three Democrats proposed legislation...
Appeals court revives lawsuit targeting Texas Ethics Commission’s power
 A state appeals court on Friday reinstated a lawsuit by Empower Texans, a prominent conservative advocacy group, that seeks to strip the Texas Ethics Commission of its power to regulate campaigns and political donations. The lawsuit, part of a long-running legal battle pitting the commission against Empower Texans and its president, Michael...

Posted: 11 days ago

A state appeals court on Friday reinstated a lawsuit by Empower Texans, a prominent conservative advocacy group, that seeks to strip the Texas Ethics Commission of its power to regulate campaigns and political donations. The lawsuit, part of a long-running legal battle pitting the commission against Empower Texans and its president, Michael...
3D-printer gun plans proliferate despite court action
 Instructions for making guns on a 3D printer are no longer available on an Austin company’s website, but the plans have been copied and republished on other parts of the internet, raising questions about the effectiveness of a federal judge’s order that blocked access to the files. Defense Distributed, founded by Cody Wilson of...

Posted: 11 days ago

Instructions for making guns on a 3D printer are no longer available on an Austin company’s website, but the plans have been copied and republished on other parts of the internet, raising questions about the effectiveness of a federal judge’s order that blocked access to the files. Defense Distributed, founded by Cody Wilson of...
3D-printer gun plans proliferate despite court action
 Instructions for making guns on a 3D printer are no longer available on an Austin company’s website, but the plans have been copied and republished on other parts of the internet, raising questions about the effectiveness of a federal judge’s order that blocked access to the files. Defense Distributed, founded by Cody Wilson of...

Posted: 11 days ago

Instructions for making guns on a 3D printer are no longer available on an Austin company’s website, but the plans have been copied and republished on other parts of the internet, raising questions about the effectiveness of a federal judge’s order that blocked access to the files. Defense Distributed, founded by Cody Wilson of...
Strong showing vaults GOP’s Flores into Senate runoff with Gallego
 Republican Pete Flores finished first in an eight-way special election for the Texas Senate — an unexpectedly strong showing that propelled him into a runoff against Democrat Pete Gallego and raised GOP spirits heading into November’s challenging midterm election. Gov. Greg Abbott reacted with glee when Tuesday night’s results...

Posted: 12 days ago

Republican Pete Flores finished first in an eight-way special election for the Texas Senate — an unexpectedly strong showing that propelled him into a runoff against Democrat Pete Gallego and raised GOP spirits heading into November’s challenging midterm election. Gov. Greg Abbott reacted with glee when Tuesday night’s results...
Republican Pete Flores to face Democrat Pete Gallego in runoff election for Texas Senate
 Republican Pete Flores finished first in an eight-way special election for the Texas Senate — an unexpectedly strong showing that propelled him into a runoff against Democrat Pete Gallego because no single candidate emerged with more than half the votes. Flores received 34.4 percent of votes cast, while Gallego got 28.9 percent. State...

Posted: 13 days ago

Republican Pete Flores finished first in an eight-way special election for the Texas Senate — an unexpectedly strong showing that propelled him into a runoff against Democrat Pete Gallego because no single candidate emerged with more than half the votes. Flores received 34.4 percent of votes cast, while Gallego got 28.9 percent. State...