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Sylvester Turner Elected Mayor: Monday’s Show (December 14, 2015)

On Saturday, Houston voters went to the polls and narrowly elected Sylvester Turner as the next Mayor of Houston. Turner, who eked out the runoff election win with 51 percent of the vote, reinforced in his victory speech that he “will do [his] very, very best to represent every single Houstonian in this city.” The mayor-elect says he’ll […]

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On Saturday, Houston voters went to the polls and narrowly elected Sylvester Turner as the next Mayor of Houston. Turner, who eked out the runoff election win with 51 percent of the vote, reinforced in his victory speech that he “will do [his] very, very best to represent every single Houstonian in this city.” The mayor-elect says he’ll focus on addressing the city’s finances, infrastructure needs, and public safety.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with University of Houston Associate Professor of Political Science Brandon Rottinghaus about what he thinks Turner will be able to accomplish as mayor, and why Turner eked out such a close victory over Bill King.

Also this hour: After twelve years as director of The Menil Collection, Josef Helfenstein puts in his last day today (Dec. 14, 2015). He’s overseen several improvements to the museum campus housing the private art collection of founders John and Dominique de Menil, and attendance has doubled during his tenure. We present his extended conversation with News 88.7 arts and culture reporter Amy Bishop.

Then: We visit with veterinarian Dr. Lori Teller from the Meyerland Animal Clinic. She drops by once a month to field your dog and cat care questions. We also review a few holiday dos and don’ts that relate to the care and feeding of your beloved canine and feline companions. (Well, okay, mostly don’ts!)

Plus: The Texans lost to New England, but the Colts lost too. So next Sunday, the two teams will meet in Indianapolis with matching 6-7 records and any playoff hopes for either team almost certainly on the line. We discuss the Texans’ chances, talk about the week in Rockets basketball and the Astros’ latest wheeling and dealing with Jeff Balke, who writes for Houstonia Magazine and Houston Press.

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