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Women in Houston & Texas Politics, Health Care, Galveston Restaurant Week: Houston Matters for Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Houston City Council’s back in session but, aside from Mayor Parker, there are just two women on the council, the fewest in 15 years. It’s also the first time in a quarter century that a minority woman does not have a seat on the city council. What, if anything, do we make of this? Mayor […]

The Houston City Council’s back in session but, aside from Mayor Parker, there are just two women on the council, the fewest in 15 years. It’s also the first time in a quarter century that a minority woman does not have a seat on the city council.

What, if anything, do we make of this? Mayor Parker notwithstanding, does it signal anything about the role women play in Houston politics? And how about across the state of Texas? Could – should – women be better represented than they are?

We’ll take up these and other questions about women in Houston and Texas politics on this edition of Houston Matters. We’ll talk with Houston City Council District C representative Ellen Cohen, and District A representative Brenda Stardig. Then we’ll hear the thoughts of a political scientist, a political consultant, and a marketing and public relations executive who’s working to fund women in politics in Houston.

Also on the program: KUHF’s health and science reporter Carrie Feibel joins us to discuss the latest developments in health care.

And: Galveston’s Restaurant Week begins Sunday. We’ll have a preview, and consider that city’s year-round food scene. We’ll talk with Rosmond Duzich Thormahlen, co-owner of Farley Girls, one of the restaurants participating in Galveston Restaurant Week. We’ll also talk with Robb Walsh, the Food Editor at Houstonia Magazine.

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