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Voter ID Law Impact and Health Inspections: Wednesday’s Show (August 19, 2015)

According to a joint study released this month by Rice University and the University of Houston, the state’s voter ID requirements might have impacted the outcome of a congressional race by keeping voters in an Hispanic-majority district — many of whom had proper ID — from going to the polls. On this edition of Houston […]

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According to a joint study released this month by Rice University and the University of Houston, the state’s voter ID requirements might have impacted the outcome of a congressional race by keeping voters in an Hispanic-majority district — many of whom had proper ID — from going to the polls.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn more about the findings from the study from Mark Jones, Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University.

Also this hour: The City of Pasadena has changed the way it elects city council members. But the new approach has not been welcomed by some who believe the change has diluted the minority vote. We hear from an attorney representing plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the city. We also talk over the legal implications of the change with Charles "Rocky' Rhodes, professor of law at South Texas College of Law.

Then: There are about 40 people tasked by the city’s Department of Health and Human Services with inspecting thousands of restaurants in the city of Houston. Throw in the many food trucks in the region, and these inspectors are kept busy. One — Abeid Fells — sets aside just a little bit of time between inspections to talk with us about the work health inspectors do.

Plus: Remember those oversized lawn chairs on the esplanade along Heights Boulevard last year? They were part of a public art exhibit called True North. Well, that exhibit has a sequel — guess what it’s called? Yep. True South features an owl perched atop an oversized lamp, an oversized metal sock monkey, and a distorted blue blob that looks vaguely like the head of a bunny. Houston Public Media's Ernie Manouse visits Heights Boulevard to learn more from the exhibit's co-curator, Chris Silkwood.

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Craig Cohen

Craig Cohen

Executive Producer & Host, Houston Matters

Craig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekday mornings at 9:00 on Houston Public Media, News 88.7 FM. Craig is a 20+ year veteran of broadcast journalism. He's spent the bulk of his career in public media, in roles ranging from programmer and manager,...

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