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Political Roundup: Houston sues Texas

Political analysts Jeronimo Cortina and Mark Jones discuss the politics behind the state/local conflict.

Houston Matters Political Roundup


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The City of Houston is suing the state of Texas over the so-called "Death Star law" – House Bill 2127, which would block cities and counties from regulating, well, all sorts of things, without approval from the state legislature. The new law is slated to take effect Sept. 1.

In the audio above, we discuss the politics behind this conflict over state and local authority with Jeronimo Cortina, co-host of Party Politics and an associate professor of political science at the University of Houston, and Mark Jones, political science fellow at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy.

In this week’s political roundup, we also talk about the U.S. Supreme Court term that just ended.

Also: why Houston attorney Tony Buzbee, who’s representing suspended Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, says Paxton does not intend to testify at his upcoming impeachment trial in the Texas Senate.

And we discuss what hasn’t happened yet in the Texas Legislature’s second special session.

Plus: what today’s swearing-in of Emmanuel Guerrero, the first Latino to represent Pasadena City Council District C, and the youngest elected city council member in Pasadena’s history, reminds us about the changing demographics in Pasadena and other Houston-area communities.