Madlin Mekelburg, Austin American-Statesman

Madlin Mekelburg

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Austin, TX, United States

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Recent articles by Madlin:

Texas asks high court to order rejection of coronavirus mail-in ballot requests

In a virtual hearing on Wednesday, the Texas Supreme Court considered a request from Attorney General Ken Paxton to order election officials in Travis → Read More

Fact-check: Is Chinese culture to blame for the coronavirus?

In separate interviews with reporters on March 18, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said China has been the source of multiple recent contagions breaking → Read More

Matthew McConaughey has a message for Texans: Stay home

In a public service announcement released online by the governor’s office on Friday, Academy Award-winning actor (and Texas native) Matthew McConaughey delivers a simple message to residents of the Lone Star State:"If you can, stay home."The 30-second clip features a voice-over of McConaughey speaking about the importance of practicing social distancing to prevent further spread of the novel… → Read More

Texas Capitol closed to public amid coronavirus pandemic

The Texas Capitol will be closed to the public indefinitely, in an effort to reduce exposure to the coronavirus, according to the State Preservation Board. → Read More

Fact-check: Does video show Joe Biden threatening to take guns?

The day before Super Tuesday, Beto O’Rourke said he is endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden in the Democratic presidential primary.At a Dallas rally, Biden thanked O’Rourke, a former rival for the nomination, for his support and told attendees: “This is not the last you’ve seen of this guy.”“You’re going to take care of the gun problem with me,” Biden told O’Rourke, the former Democratic… → Read More

Fact-check: Were people from China with flu symptoms apprehended at border?

Health officials across the country are bracing for the likely spread of the new coronavirus in the United States, which federal officials have said is → Read More

PolitiFact | Does San Antonio have lowest per capita income of 'major' Texas cities?

PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others on its Truth-O-Meter. → Read More

Fact-check: Are 10% of children in the US Texans?

In a tweet proclaiming “so goes Texas, so goes the world,” state Rep. James White said that 10% of children in the United States are Texans. → Read More

Fact-check: Did Elizabeth Warren really pay $50 to attend the University of Houston?

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., often stresses her Texas ties, peppering her public speeches, social media posts and debate remarks with references → Read More

Fact-check: Can you pass a gun-purchase background check in Texas with an arrest warrant for murder?

Democrats in Texas are urging Gov. Greg Abbott to call a special legislative session to tackle gun violence in the wake of two mass shootings in the state → Read More

Fact-checking Beto O'Rourke on murders in El Paso after mass shooting

Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke spoke with reporters outside of the University Medical Center in El Paso on Saturday, after visiting with people who were injured in a mass shooting at a Walmart in the city. Twenty-two people were killed and more than two dozen were injured after a gunman opened fire at the store earlier that day. Twenty people were reported dead on the day of the shooting and two… → Read More

Bonnen accused of 'backroom offer' targeting GOP lawmakers

Influential conservative activist Michael Quinn Sullivan accused Republican House Speaker Dennis Bonnen and one of his lieutenants of making him a “backroom offer” for media access in exchange for Sullivan's backing of Republican challengers to 10 GOP incumbents in next year’s primary.The offer, which Bonnen has denied he made, would represent an extraordinary reversal for the House leader, who… → Read More

Fact-check: When did it become a crime to cross the U.S. border between ports of entry?

Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro sparred with fellow-Texan Beto O’Rourke during the first Democratic debate in June over → Read More

64 Texas lawmakers call on DHS to stop "inhumane treatment" of migrant children

Sixty-four state lawmakers from Texas are calling on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to "put a stop to the inhumane treatment of children, → Read More

Fact-check: Did people lie about Texas maternal mortality rate like Abbott said?

For two years, data suggested that the rate of pregnancy-related deaths in Texas was at shocking levels, higher than in every other state and in much of → Read More

How long has O'Rourke said 'it's time for Congress to act' on impeachment?

Democrat Beto O’Rourke was one of the first presidential candidates from his party to call for President Donald Trump’s impeachment, and during an interview on MSNBC the Texan said he long has been stressing the need for action. → Read More

Fact-check: Will more people enter the country illegally than be born here in one year?

During an appearance on “Lou Dobbs Tonight” on the Fox Business Network last month, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said the current crisis at the → Read More

Fact-check: Are undocumented immigrants taking up spaces in public housing?

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson spent several hours in a May 21 congressional hearing answering questions about his department’s plan to evict unauthorized immigrants from government-subsidized housing.Afterward, Carson tweeted at U.S. Rep. Sylvia Garcia, a Democrat from Houston, about the lack of public housing available in her city.“There are more than 100,000 American… → Read More

Fact-check: How much has local government debt grown?

Property taxes have been front and center at the Texas Legislature this year, with lawmakers debating proposals to constrain property tax rates while still leaving wiggle room for local governments to raise the money they need to operate.State Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, took to Twitter to voice her concern over rising property taxes and to vouch for two of her bills.“Local Government… → Read More

Are the vast majority of asylum claims without merit?

During an appearance on" The View" in early May, U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw sparred with host Sunny Hostin as they discussed border security and immigration issues. "Aren’t you bunching everyone together when you’re talking about undocumented immigrants?" Hostin said to Crenshaw, a Republican from Houston, who was discussing new reports about the number of people apprehended in recent months after… → Read More