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A Look At Upcoming City Council and Mayoral Election in Galveston

Posted on · The Texas primary may be over, but another vote is close behind in Galveston where the mayor and all six city council seats are up for election in May. This happens every two years — does that make it harder for Galveston Island officials to do their jobs? We preview the upcoming election in Galveston […]

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Election Oddities and 59 Diner Closes: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston 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 we discuss: some oddities […]

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Breaking Down Houston-Area Races on Super Tuesday

Posted on · We recap and analyze Super Tuesday primary election results in the presidential race and discuss some Texas down-ballot races, including congressional and state legislative seats. We talk with Brandon Rottinghaus, associate professor of political science at the University of Houston.

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UH Debate: What the Candidates Had to Say About the Issues — And Each Other

Posted on · The 2016 presidential race came to Houston last night (Feb. 25, 2016), as the remaining Republican candidates squared off in a live televised debate on the University of Houston campus. Neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, and businessman Donald Trump debated immigration, national security, taxes, and the […]

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There Are More Races Than Just President on the Texas Super Tuesday Ballot

Posted on · The remaining Republican presidential candidates face off in a televised debate tonight (Feb. 25, 2016) at the University of Houston. It’s the final debate before Super Tuesday, when Texas — and 11 other states and one U.S. territory — go to the polls in their primary elections or caucuses. But the presidential race isn’t the […]

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Voter Poll Looks Closer at the Races Ahead of Super Tuesday

Posted on · Super Tuesday is just days away (March 1, 2016). Voters will go to the polls in the Texas primary to cast their votes for presidential nominees, congressional races and many more. But who’s likely to win their races? And what’s on voters’ minds in Greater Houston heading into Election Day? Houston Public Media and the Hobby […]

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Ted Cruz Makes Final Push for Voter Support in Iowa

Posted on · In these final days before the Iowa caucuses on Monday (Feb. 1, 2016), we check in with Ben Philpott, senior reporter covering state politics and policy for KUT, our sister station in Austin. He’s in Iowa following presidential hopeful and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. We discuss developments in the GOP campaign and Cruz’s […]

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Are Houstonians Less Likely to Vote Than Other Americans?

Posted on · This morning NPR’s Morning Edition examined voter anxiety in this election year, and what’s fueling it. We explore what potentially sets voter attitudes in Greater Houston apart from other communities — voter apathy. While voter turnout is typically lower in off-year elections, even with controversial issues and a mayoral campaign, last fall’s election turnout was, to […]

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Is Ted Cruz a Formidable Challenger Against Donald Trump?

Posted on · It’s common during a presidential campaign, in the weeks leading up to primaries and caucuses, for voters to, in essence, audition certain candidates. Those mired near the bottom of public opinion polls can bubble up to the surface while others can slide into the background. In recent weeks, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has […]

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Poll: Voters Don’t Want To Pay To Preserve Astrodome

Posted on · The last few days, we’ve been delving deeper into some of the specific issues and challenges addressed in the recent Houston Public Media/KHOU 11 voter poll. And today, we conclude by looking again at what Houston voters think should be done with the Astrodome. As News 88.7’s Syeda Hasan reports, most voters are still unwilling to […]

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Poll Shows Houston Voters’ Thoughts on Mayoral Race and the Area’s Major Issues

Posted on · Last night, Houston Public Media News 88.7 FM and KHOU 11 released an election poll conducted by the Survey Research Center, the University of Houston Center for Public Policy and Rice University. It covers a wide range of questions about the state of Houston — from what voters see as the major problems we’re facing, […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Ted Cruz, Schlumberger and an Astrodome Report: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston 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. On today’s panel: Houston Chronicle columnist […]