Good, Bad and Ugly

Possible Pension Fix and Voting Issues: The Good, Bad and Ugly of the News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. This week, our panel weighs in on […]

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Understanding the HISD ‘Recapture’ Ballot Measure

Posted on · Texas state lawmaker Jimmy Don Aycock recently bemoaned how “property value increases have triggered the ‘Robin Hood’ feature” of a school funding system which, in essence, requires HISD to send money to other districts. Aycock notes the same thing has happened to Austin, Spring Branch and other districts — and the Dallas school district may face […]

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Seriously Now — is Texas Really in Play This Election?

Posted on · Six weeks ago the Washington Post unveiled a poll on the U.S. presidential race, which found Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton neck and neck in Texas. It was, frankly, hard to believe. No other major poll had shown such a result. So, we brought the paper’s polling manager on to explain the methodology used. Then, we […]

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Candidate Interview: Kim Ogg for Harris County District Attorney

Posted on · With the November election fast approaching and early voting around the corner, we have been devoting time these last few weeks to two key races in Harris County for Sheriff and District Attorney, and have offered you a chance to talk directly with candidates vying for your vote. Today, we conclude our candidate interviews, and welcome […]

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Election Interview With DA Candidate Kim Ogg: Wednesday’s Show (October 5, 2016)

Posted on · With the November election fast approaching and early voting around the corner, we have been devoting time these last few weeks to two key races in Harris County for Sheriff and District Attorney, and have offered you a chance to talk directly with candidates vying for your vote. On this edition of Houston Matters, we conclude […]

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How Can You Know Who to Vote for in the Numerous Judicial Races?

Posted on · This election year, 40 individuals in the Houston area — and many more statewide — are running for various judicial seats, from the State Supreme Court to Justice of the Peace. That means voters might find themselves standing in a voting booth with just as many questions about who to pick for these seats — especially if they’re in a profession that […]

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Candidate Interview: Devon Anderson for Harris County District Attorney

Posted on · With the November election fast approaching and early voting around the corner, we devote time over the next few weeks to two key races in Harris County for Sheriff and District Attorney, and offer you a chance to talk directly with candidates vying for your vote. Today, we welcome your questions for Harris County District Attorney Devon […]

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Candidate Interview With District Attorney Devon Anderson: Tuesday’s Show (September 27, 2016)

Posted on · With the November election fast approaching and early voting around the corner, we’re devoting time to two key races in Harris County for Sheriff and District Attorney, and offering you a chance to talk directly with candidates vying for your vote. On this edition of Houston Matters, we welcome your questions for Harris County District […]

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What Advice Would Houston Debaters Have For the Presidential Candidates?

Posted on · On Monday night, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will square off in the first general election presidential debate of 2016. And media outlets, including NPR, are seeking out professional political analysts and pundits to share how they would prepare the candidates. Well, we here at Houston Matters thought we’d go another way: we turn to […]

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Candidate Interview: Ed Gonzalez for Harris County Sheriff

Posted on · With the November election fast approaching and early voting around the corner, we devote time over the next few weeks to two key races in Harris County for Sheriff and District Attorney, and offer you a chance to talk directly with candidates vying for your vote. Today, we welcome your questions for veteran Houston police officer […]

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A Closer Look at Voter Attitudes and Habits in 2016 Election

Posted on · This presidential election cycle has blown up much of the conventional wisdom out there about voter attitudes and habits. Many respected experts were slow to catch onto the appeal of “outsider” campaigns led by Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. We discuss what political scientists got right and wrong about the primary season, and now that […]

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GOP Party Chairman, Platform Up For Decision During State Convention

Posted on · The Texas GOP Convention kicks off in Dallas today (May 12, 2016). That’s where the state party chairman and delegates to the Republican National Convention are chosen. As Donald Trump is now the presumptive GOP nominee for president, bids to represent Texas at the national convention may be a bit less competitive. However, it’s also where the […]