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Illegal voting, fentanyl, and a new mayoral candidate: the week in politics

Political analysts Mark Jones and Renee Cross discuss the latest developments in the Houston Matters weekly roundup.


Houston Matters Political Roundup


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The Texas Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that would raise the penalty for voting illegally from a misdemeanor to a felony. It now heads to the Texas House.

But is it as high a priority in that chamber as it appears to have been in the Senate?

We discuss that and other developments in politics in this week's political roundup with Mark Jones, political science fellow at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Renee Cross, senior director and researcher at the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston.

Among this week’s topics: A follow-up to our discussion on efforts to combat fentanyl overdoses, differing priorities for the Texas House and Senate, a settlement between Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and his former employees (that is no longer settled), and former METRO Chair Gilbert Garcia tossing his hat in the ring to run for Houston Mayor.

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Joshua Zinn

Joshua Zinn

Producer, Houston Matters

Joshua is a producer for Houston Matters on News 88.7 as well as the host of Encore Houston on Houston Public Media Classical. He joined Houston Public Media as a radio intern in 2014 and became a full-time announcer the following year. Now he prepares segments and occasionally records interviews...

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