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The Latino Vote and the Astros Hacked: Monday’s Show (June 22, 2015)

Earlier this month, the Center for Houston’s Future presented a panel discussion exploring when Hispanic political influence will reflect demographic reality at the voting booth. Latinos represent the fastest-growing population here, and yet, their voter turnout is lower than other ethnic populations. Houston Matters host Craig Cohen moderated the discussion with four panelists: Rice University […]

Earlier this month, the Center for Houston’s Future presented a panel discussion exploring when Hispanic political influence will reflect demographic reality at the voting booth. Latinos represent the fastest-growing population here, and yet, their voter turnout is lower than other ethnic populations.

Houston Matters host Craig Cohen moderated the discussion with four panelists: Rice University Political Science Professor Bob Stein, Beatrice Garza, the President and CEO of the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans, George Gonzalez, partner at the corporate law firm Haynes and Boone and past Chairman of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Sylvia Manzano, a Principal at the Latino political opinion research firm, Latino Decisions.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we hear highlights from that discussion, recorded at the Junior League of Houston on June 3, 2015.

Also this hour: Human trafficking was one of the many topics that came up in the 84th Texas legislative session. Bills focused on how to reduce it and police it. We talk with Mandi Kimball, Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs with Children at Risk about  efforts to address human trafficking through legislation in Texas.

Plus: The story dominating attention in Major League Baseball this past week has been the revelation that some unnamed members of the St. Louis Cardinals’ front office staff are under federal investigation for allegedly hacking into an internal network of the Houston Astros. The system — dubbed “Ground Control” — contained proprietary statistics, analysis, scouting reports, and trade discussions. There’s been a lot of supposition and confusion about what exactly happened, and what may have motivated the action. We try to cut through the noise with the help of the Houston Chronicle’s David Barron.

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