Brandon Mulder, Austin American-Statesman

Brandon Mulder

Austin American-Statesman

Austin, TX, United States

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Past articles by Brandon:

Quorum-busting Texas Democrats joined in D.C. by lawmakers from other states

The quorum-breaking Texas Democrats in Washington, D.C. are joined by over 100 lawmakers from nearly 30 other states to pressure Congress on the For the People Act. → Read More

Rep. Philip Cortez becomes second Texas Democrat to return to Austin, surprising colleagues

Rep. Philip Cortez said he returned to Austin to negotiate with Republicans over Texas voting legislation. Other Democrats say they were surprised by his announcement. → Read More

Texas Democrats find renewed hope after virtual meeting with key U.S. House member

The quorum-breaking Texas Democrats met with House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn Tuesday and reported progress in their effort to push federal voting rights legislation. → Read More

Gov. Greg Abbott pledged to arrest Texas Democrats upon their return. Can he do that?

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott pledged to arrest Democratic state House members upon their return, but what such civil arrests might look like is unclear. → Read More

'It's a game of chicken': Texas Democrats' walkout has precedent, but will it work?

In 2003, Democratic state senators fled to Albuquerque, NM, and representatives fled to Ardmore, OK, in response to GOP redistricting. → Read More

Fact-check: Are migrants causing 'carnage' at border? Abbott's claims unfounded

Gov. Greg Abbott has issued a statewide disaster proclamation, citing a “humanitarian crisis in many Texas communities along the border.” → Read More

PolitiFact | What's in Texas Republicans' voting bill and its last-minute additions?

Texas Democrats' boldest action this legislative session came in the 11th hour of the second-to-last day of the/> <meta name= → Read More

Fact-check: Is the surge of migrant children arriving at border a result of Biden policies?

U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar said that the surge of unaccompanied minors arriving at the border is not a result of Biden's presidency. → Read More

Is Abbott's plan for every senior to get the first COVID-19 vaccine by end of March a longshot?

Texas is poised to receive more than 1 million doses of vaccines next week to battle COVID-19, and nearly half of people 65 or older in the → Read More

Frozen wind turbines hamper Texas power output, state's electric grid operator says

Texas grid operators urge conservation as frozen wind turbines freeze up electric generation. → Read More

What you need to know about Austin weather Sunday: Freezing rain, sleet expected around noon

A winter storm warning is in effect until noon Monday for Central Texas, including Travis, Hays, Williamson, Bastrop and Caldwell counties. → Read More

Fact-check: Did antifa storm Capitol Hill?

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton contributed to the bluster of allegations and rumors about the mob that stormed the Capitol Wednesday. → Read More

Texas reports 2,473 new coronavirus cases Friday

State health officials on Friday reported 2,473 new coronavirus cases and 51 new deaths.The number of infections and hospitalizations in Texas continues → Read More

Fact-check: Are shutdowns ‘ineffective’?

Greg Abbott: Says that shutdowns are "ineffective" and that we now know that COVID-19 is not commonly spread "by someone going to work. → Read More

PolitiFact | Research shows cannabis can lower opioid dosage, but studies are preliminary

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

Travis County reports 83 new cases

Travis County health officials on Monday said 83 more people in the area have tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in → Read More

Fact-check: Did 2016 Trump campaign ignore the national debt?

Ted Cruz: Says Trump "didn’t campaign on cutting the debt" … "That’s not what he promised to do. → Read More

Author contributes $10K to move Confederate monuments from Bastrop courthouse

A best selling author kicked off the fundraising drive to remove and relocate two Confederate monuments from the Bastrop County Courthouse’s lawn → Read More

Bastrop homeowners’ tax bill could rise by $60 on average with proposed rate

The Bastrop City Council’s proposed ad valorem tax rate for fiscal year 2020-21 could raise the average homeowner’s annual property tax bill by $60.On Tuesday, the council approved on first reading a tax rate of 57.94 cents per $100 of property valuation. The rate is nearly two cents lower than the rate the council initially proposed last month but remains one-and-a-half cents higher than this… → Read More

Pig rescue group prepares for new chapter in saving swine

There are 230 pigs rooting around a 3-acre property near Cedar Creek.Under the supervision of the Central Texas Pig Rescue, the pigs wallow, play and live → Read More