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How Do Texas Voters Feel About Trump?

Posted on · More than 50 percent of registered voters in Texas don't believe President Donald Trump is honest and trustworthy, while 35 percent think otherwise, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll. That’s a slight decline from February, when 38 percent called Trump honest and half said he was not.

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Confusion Over Texas Law Kept Some From Voting in 2016

Posted on · Confusion over the Texas voter ID law kept some people from voting in the 2016 election, according to a new study. Last week (April 10, 2017), the University of Houston’s Hobby School of Public Affairs released a study that found what many political watchers have suspected: confusion over the law kept some people from voting […]

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Breaking Down Houston-Area Races on Super Tuesday

Posted on · We recap and analyze Super Tuesday primary election results in the presidential race and discuss some Texas down-ballot races, including congressional and state legislative seats. We talk with Brandon Rottinghaus, associate professor of political science at the University of Houston.

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Are Houstonians Less Likely to Vote Than Other Americans?

Posted on · This morning NPR’s Morning Edition examined voter anxiety in this election year, and what’s fueling it. We explore what potentially sets voter attitudes in Greater Houston apart from other communities — voter apathy. While voter turnout is typically lower in off-year elections, even with controversial issues and a mayoral campaign, last fall’s election turnout was, to […]

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Why Do So Many Test Cases from Texas End Up at the Supreme Court?

Posted on · The U.S. Supreme Court last week (Dec. 8 and 9, 2015) heard oral arguments in two cases that stem from Texas. One, Evenwel v. Abbott, deals with how legislative districts are drawn – and it could have a profound effect on future elections. The other, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, deals with affirmative […]

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HERO Repealed and a Mayoral Runoff: A Closer Look at Election 2015

Posted on · Voters repealed the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, Sylvester Turner and Bill King are headed to a runoff in the mayoral race, and voters across Greater Houston and Texas cast their ballots on issues like property taxes, term limits for city council members and county bond elections for road projects. We take a closer look at […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Taxes, Confederate Symbols and Cat-Killing Vet: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From Houstonians identifying solutions to traffic problems but not wanting to pay for them, to the UT Austin campus joining the growing cacophony in opposition to Confederate statues and symbols, to a Brenham veterinarian not facing charges after allegedly boasting on Facebook she shot a cat through the head with an arrow: we discuss The Good, The […]

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Poll Shows Voters’ Thoughts on Transportation Issues

Posted on · We all know one of the biggest challenges (if not the biggest) facing Houston in the future is transportation. Voters reinforced that concern in the just-released News 88-7/KHOU 11 Voter Poll, which we discussed at some length on Wednesday. Today, and over the next few days, we’re going to delve into deeper detail on some of the […]