Madlin Mekelburg, Austin American-Statesman

Madlin Mekelburg

Austin American-Statesman

Austin, TX, United States

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Recent articles by Madlin:

Veteran lawmaker Garnet Coleman to retire after 30 years in Texas House

Coleman has served in the Texas House for 30 years, pushing for expanded access to health care. He cited recent health struggles in his decision. → Read More

Beto O'Rourke raises $2 million in first 24 hours of campaign for Texas governor

The $2 million fundraising figure is more than Democrat Lupe Valdez, the 2018 Democratic nominee for governor, raised during her entire campaign. → Read More

Democratic state Rep. Michelle Beckley launches campaign for Texas lieutenant governor

State Rep. Michelle Beckley will face Mike Collier and Matthew Dowd in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor. → Read More

Beto O'Rourke announces campaign for Texas governor

O’Rourke is the first high-profile Democrat to announce his intention to run for the Texas governor. → Read More

Beto O'Rourke announces campaign for Texas governor

Ending months of speculation, Beto O'Rourke said Monday he wants to challenge Gov. Greg Abbott and is launching a campaign for governor of Texas. → Read More

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert considering run for Texas attorney general in GOP primary

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert is considering challenging Ken Paxton for Texas attorney general in the 2022 election. → Read More

Budding rivalry pits Greg Abbott against Ron DeSantis in race to the right

The governors of the second and third most populous states push conservative agendas and seek a national stage as the 2024 presidential election looms. → Read More

Texas voters to decide whether to raise state homestead exemption from $25K to $40K

Texas Lawmakers approved a bill that would let voters decide whether to lower their property tax bills by increasing the state's homestead exemption. → Read More

Texas abortion ban still in effect after appeals court again sides with state

The U.S. Department of Justice sued Texas over the abortion ban in September and could appeal Thursday's decision to the U.S. Supreme Court. → Read More

Texas lawmakers consider ban on vaccine mandates for private employers

Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Monday prohibiting vaccine mandates by private employers and asked lawmakers to write a law to the same effect. → Read More

Texas House approves new district lines that protect GOP majority in chamber

Democrats argued the new House map does not reflect population growth in the state over the past decade, which was driven by people of color. → Read More

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issues executive order banning vaccine mandates by private entities

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order prohibiting any entity in Texas from mandating COVID vaccinations for employees or consumers. → Read More

Texas' restrictive abortion law temporarily restored by federal appeals court

The law prohibits abortions after six weeks of pregnancy and allows private citizens to sue providers and people who aid or abet abortions. → Read More

Abortions after 6 weeks of pregnancy resume in Texas, after judge blocks new law

Some clinics are opening their doors to people who would have been unable to obtain abortions after a federal judge blocked Texas' law. → Read More

Federal judge blocks Texas law banning most abortions

A federal judge in Austin issued an injunction Wednesday night that blocked Texas from enforcing a state law that bans most abortions. → Read More

Texas House panel approves political map with fewer majority Black and Hispanic districts

Some Texas lawmakers asked why the number of new districts with a majority of Black and Hispanic voters decreased, even as the state became more diverse. → Read More

'I can close the gap': Democrat Mike Collier launches campaign for Texas lieutenant governor

Mike Collier came within 5 points of unseating Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in 2018 and he's ready for a rematch. → Read More

Trump amps up pressure on Gov. Abbott to add election audit bill to special session agenda

Former president Donald Trump raised pressure on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to add a 2020 election audit bill to the special legislative session agenda. → Read More

Here's what you need to know about Friday's court hearing on the Texas abortion law

The federal government sued Texas over the law, which prohibits most abortions. Friday's hearing is over whether the law should be temporarily blocked. → Read More

Matthew Dowd, former Bush strategist, to run for Texas lieutenant governor as Democrat

Dowd is a Democrat turned Republican turned Democrat who was a former strategist for George W. Bush. → Read More