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Political Roundup: Iran, Impeachment, And More Elections

We break down the week’s biggest political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas.


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The world continues to react to the U.S. drone strike that killed Iranian Quds Force commander Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani. President Trump defends the move. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tells NPR the U.S. “will pay” for what he calls an act of “both terrorism and war.”

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he has the votes to establish rules for a Senate impeachment trial of President Trump without support from the Democrats.

So, amid such dramatic developments, it's easy to forget there's a lot going on in the world of politics right here in Houston and across Texas, including a special election to replace a state House member in district 28, and efforts by the city to work with the Texas General Land Office to speed up the process for the city's Harvey housing repair program.

In the audio above in our weekly political roundup, we seek insight on those and other topics from two area political analysts:

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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