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Post-Election Analysis, The Full Menu, and NEA Chair: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014

Republicans across Texas celebrated another sweep of statewide offices Tuesday night. Greg Abbott was elected Governor, and Dan Patrick Lieutenant Governor. Sid Miller was elected Agriculture Commissioner, George P. Bush won his bid for General Land Office Commissioner, Glenn Hegar becomes the new Comptroller, and Ryan Sitton was elected Railroad Commissioner. U.S. Senator John Cornyn […]

Republicans across Texas celebrated another sweep of statewide offices Tuesday night. Greg Abbott was elected Governor, and Dan Patrick Lieutenant Governor. Sid Miller was elected Agriculture Commissioner, George P. Bush won his bid for General Land Office Commissioner, Glenn Hegar becomes the new Comptroller, and Ryan Sitton was elected Railroad Commissioner. U.S. Senator John Cornyn also easily won re-election to a third term in the Senate. In Harris County, District Attorney Devon Anderson held off a challenge from Kim Ogg. And nationwide, Republicans wrested control of the U.S. Senate from Democrats, and claimed victory in a number of Governor’s races.

Meanwhile, voters passed Proposition 1, calling for billions slated for the state’s rainy day fund to be diverted to pay for some road repairs. Katy voters passed a $750 million bond for school construction, including new schools and a football stadium. Comparatively smaller measures were also approved by voters in Fort Bend ISD and Lamar CISD.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the results with Brandon Rottinghaus, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Houston. Then we welcome your questions and comments for Bob Stein, Professor of Political Science at Rice University, and Jay Aiyer, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Texas Southern University.

Also this hour: We turn to our gaggle of foodies to discuss Houston’s best comfort food and burger joints in another installment of The Full Menu.

And: We hear from National Endowment for the Arts Chair Jane Chu, who visited Houston recently, about the impact of the arts in communities like Greater Houston.

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Craig Cohen

Executive Producer/Host, Houston Matters

Craig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekdays at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. 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...

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