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Examining The Strange Relationship Between Texas And Washington, D.C.

Posted on · Texas has a long love-hate relationship with the federal government, but could all that be changing with the appointment of numerous Texans to jobs in the Trump administration?

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Wednesday’s Houston Matters: Political Roundup, and The Full Menu (July 5, 2017)

Posted on · It’s time again for our weekly political roundup and analysis of national, state, and local political stories. Also this hour, we discuss the meaning of "American food" on The Full Menu, and Pink Martini performs from Houston Public Media's Geary Studio.

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Political Roundup: Ted Poe Leaves the Freedom Caucus, and Trump Undoing Climate Change Regulations

Posted on · It’s time again for our weekly political roundup and analysis of national, state and local political stories. This week’s discussion includes: Rep. Ted Poe leaving the House Freedom Caucus, to Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions urging states and local jurisdictions to comply with federal immigration laws, to Pres. Trump undoing former Pres. Obama’s climate change order, to a bill introduced […]

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Severe Weather Update and Political Roundup: Wednesday’s Show (March 29, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: Heavy rains fall in downtown Houston during the late morning hours Wednesday. Photo: Gail Delaughter, Houston Public Media) As News 88.7 is reporting, strong storms bringing heavy rains and wind are passing through the Greater Houston region today. Some areas were under a tornado warning earlier. On this edition of Houston Matters, we get […]

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Houston Reactions to President Trump’s Immigration Freeze

Posted on · Public outcry against President Trump’s immigration freeze stretched across the country and Texas — including in Houston — this weekend. The City of Houston has played a large role in the country’s refugee resettlement program and is one of America’s most diverse cities. On Sunday (Jan. 29, 2017), some local officials spoke out against closing […]

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Houston Reactions to President Trump’s Immigration Freeze: Monday’s Show (January 30, 2017)

Posted on · Public outcry against President Trump’s immigration freeze stretched across the country and Texas — including in Houston — this weekend. The City of Houston has played a large role in the country’s refugee resettlement program and is one of America’s most diverse cities. On Sunday (Jan. 29, 2017), some local officials spoke out against closing […]

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How Nixon’s Visit to China Put the Houston Opera Scene on the Map

Posted on · It’s been 45 years since President Richard Nixon’s historic visit to China in 1972, ending decades of isolation from the West. Thirty years ago, Houston Grand Opera turned the story into an opera called, simply, Nixon in China. The piece broke new ground with a portrayal of recent world events and in its mix of […]

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Didn’t Vote Early? What You Need to Know Before the Ballot Box

Posted on · So you didn’t get a chance to vote early, and you’ve been actively avoiding presidential politics in recent days. But you’d still like a primer on some local races and ballot initiatives before voting. No worries – we’ve got your back. We offer a last-minute Houston election cram session for procrastinators. We walk through some […]

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Election Guide for Procrastinators: Monday’s Show (November 7, 2016)

Posted on · So you didn’t get a chance to vote early, and you’ve been actively avoiding presidential politics in recent days. But you’d still like a primer on some local races and ballot initiatives before voting. No worries – we’ve got your back – as on this edition of Houston Matters, we offer a last-minute Houston election […]

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What Should Be the 28th Amendment?

Posted on · Today we observe National Constitution Day and ask you to tell us what’s so important to you that you would want it added to the U.S. Constitution as the 28th Amendment. Among the 27 Amendments in place are the first ten, aka the Bill of Rights, which address matters ranging from speech to religion to guns. […]

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Houston Matters Weekend for Saturday, September 3, 2016

Posted on · Everybody knows in Texas, you can’t be the team with the losing record. But that’s not the case with our state government’s record suing the federal government — mostly for things like overreach. So why do we have such a contentious relationships with the feds? And are taxpayers getting anything out of these big lawsuits? Dr. Jon […]

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Does Texas Get its Money’s Worth from Suing the Federal Government?

Posted on · Texas has always had a bit of a contentious relationship with the federal government – especially lately. Recent analysis of state data from The Texas Tribune says that since Pres. Obama took office in 2009, the state has sued his administration at least 43 times. Gov. Greg Abbott (our former attorney general) filed 31 of […]