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New players and attitudes…but the same old fights: How politics has (and hasn’t) changed in ten years

As Houston Matters prepares to celebrate its tenth anniversary, we explore political transformation in Houston and the nation since the show launched.



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Over the last ten years, politics in Houston, across Texas, and nationwide has changed dramatically. Leadership, discourse, priorities — it's all very different in 2023 than it was in 2013, when Houston Matters first came on the air.

In the latest installment of our series looking back at how things have changed since our show debuted, we discuss the last decade of politics, consider what has happened, and where we're going in the political world.

In the audio above, you’ll hear the insights of two of our regular commentators for our usual Wednesday political roundup discussions: University of Houston Associate Professors of Political Science Elizabeth Simas and Jeronimo Cortina. Cortina is also co-host of Houston Public Media’s Party Politics program.

We also seek unique, first-hand perspective from the first-ever guest on Houston Matters: former Houston Mayor Annise Parker.

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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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