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

Abbott to launch 3 days of private gun discussions
 Inviting advocates on opposing sides of the gun debate, Gov. Greg Abbott will kick off three days of roundtable discussions on school safety with a Tuesday event featuring districts that arm teachers or have partnerships with local police. The hastily organized Capitol meetings, however, will be closed to the public and open to the media...

Posted: 19 minutes ago

Inviting advocates on opposing sides of the gun debate, Gov. Greg Abbott will kick off three days of roundtable discussions on school safety with a Tuesday event featuring districts that arm teachers or have partnerships with local police. The hastily organized Capitol meetings, however, will be closed to the public and open to the media...
Texas given 45 days to fix motor-voter violation; Paxton appeals
 A federal judge has given Texas officials 45 days to correct an online voter registration system that was found to violate federal law, rejecting state arguments that the ordered changes cannot be accomplished before Dec. 1. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia of San Antonio said the tight deadline was justified because the November election...

Posted: 2 hours ago

A federal judge has given Texas officials 45 days to correct an online voter registration system that was found to violate federal law, rejecting state arguments that the ordered changes cannot be accomplished before Dec. 1. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia of San Antonio said the tight deadline was justified because the November election...
Abbott to kick off 3 days of gun discussions Tuesday
 Inviting advocates on opposing sides of the gun debate, Gov. Greg Abbott will kick off three days of roundtable discussions on school safety with a Tuesday event featuring districts that arm teachers or have partnerships with local police. The hastily organized Capitol meetings, however, will be closed to the public and open to the media...

Posted: 3 hours ago

Inviting advocates on opposing sides of the gun debate, Gov. Greg Abbott will kick off three days of roundtable discussions on school safety with a Tuesday event featuring districts that arm teachers or have partnerships with local police. The hastily organized Capitol meetings, however, will be closed to the public and open to the media...
Abbott calls for immediate talks to find ways to end mass shootings
 With a sense of urgency, Gov. Greg Abbott called Friday for state officials and affected parties to begin discussions next week to find ways to ensure the school shooting in Santa Fe that claimed 10 lives is not repeated. “We need to do more than just pray for the victims and their families,” Abbott said at a news conference...

Posted: 2 days ago

With a sense of urgency, Gov. Greg Abbott called Friday for state officials and affected parties to begin discussions next week to find ways to ensure the school shooting in Santa Fe that claimed 10 lives is not repeated. “We need to do more than just pray for the victims and their families,” Abbott said at a news conference...
Abbott calls for immediate talks to find ways to end mass shootings
 With a sense of urgency, Gov. Greg Abbott called Friday for state officials and affected parties to begin discussions next week to find ways to ensure the school shooting in Santa Fe that claimed 10 lives is not repeated. “We need to do more than just pray for the victims and their families,” Abbott said at a news conference...

Posted: 3 days ago

With a sense of urgency, Gov. Greg Abbott called Friday for state officials and affected parties to begin discussions next week to find ways to ensure the school shooting in Santa Fe that claimed 10 lives is not repeated. “We need to do more than just pray for the victims and their families,” Abbott said at a news conference...
Democrats welcome Abbott call for talks but want more done
 In the wake of Friday’s deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School, Texas Democrats said Gov. Greg Abbott’s proposal for gun-safety roundtable discussions was a good first step to address what they called the public health and public safety crisis of gun violence. “We welcome that discussion. We’ve been ready to have...

Posted: 3 days ago

In the wake of Friday’s deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School, Texas Democrats said Gov. Greg Abbott’s proposal for gun-safety roundtable discussions was a good first step to address what they called the public health and public safety crisis of gun violence. “We welcome that discussion. We’ve been ready to have...
Texas objects to proposed motor-voter fixes
 After losing a legal fight over the way Texas handles online voter registration, state lawyers are arguing that fixes proposed by a civil rights group go too far and should be rejected. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia of San Antonio had given both sides until Thursday to submit plans that will let Texans easily register to vote when they...

Posted: 3 days ago

After losing a legal fight over the way Texas handles online voter registration, state lawyers are arguing that fixes proposed by a civil rights group go too far and should be rejected. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia of San Antonio had given both sides until Thursday to submit plans that will let Texans easily register to vote when they...
Gov. Abbott calls for convening roundtable on gun violence next week
 Gov. Greg Abbott called Friday for state officials and affected parties to begin discussions next week to make sure the school shooting in Santa Fe is not repeated. “So, beginning immediately, I’m going to be working with members of the Texas Legislature, but also with members of our communities from across the state of Texas...

Posted: 3 days ago

Gov. Greg Abbott called Friday for state officials and affected parties to begin discussions next week to make sure the school shooting in Santa Fe is not repeated. “So, beginning immediately, I’m going to be working with members of the Texas Legislature, but also with members of our communities from across the state of Texas...
Toth, Davidson in GOP runoff for Austin appeals court
 Longtime Austin lawyer Donna Davidson and Mike Toth, part of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s inner circle, are squaring off in Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff for a seat on the Austin-based 3rd Court of Appeals. Toth emerged from the four-way March primary with 39.2 percent of the vote to Davidson’s 31.8 percent...

Posted: 3 days ago

Longtime Austin lawyer Donna Davidson and Mike Toth, part of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s inner circle, are squaring off in Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff for a seat on the Austin-based 3rd Court of Appeals. Toth emerged from the four-way March primary with 39.2 percent of the vote to Davidson’s 31.8 percent...
Proposed motor-voter fixes go too far, Texas tells U.S. judge
 After losing a legal fight over the way Texas handles online voter registration, state lawyers are arguing that fixes proposed by a civil rights group go too far and should be rejected. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia of San Antonio had given both sides until Thursday to submit plans that will let Texans simultaneously register to vote...

Posted: 3 days ago

After losing a legal fight over the way Texas handles online voter registration, state lawyers are arguing that fixes proposed by a civil rights group go too far and should be rejected. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia of San Antonio had given both sides until Thursday to submit plans that will let Texans simultaneously register to vote...
GOP runoff for Austin appeals court focuses on experience, money
 Longtime Austin lawyer Donna Davidson and Mike Toth, part of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s inner circle, are squaring off in the Republican primary runoff for a seat on the Austin-based 3rd Court of Appeals. Early voting ends Friday and election day is Tuesday. Toth emerged from the four-way March primary with 39.2 percent of...

Posted: 3 days ago

Longtime Austin lawyer Donna Davidson and Mike Toth, part of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s inner circle, are squaring off in the Republican primary runoff for a seat on the Austin-based 3rd Court of Appeals. Early voting ends Friday and election day is Tuesday. Toth emerged from the four-way March primary with 39.2 percent of...