Good, Bad and Ugly

Big 12 Decision and Law School Dispute: The Good, Bad & Ugly of This Week’s 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 this […]

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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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What Does it Mean to Be a Houstonian? Monday’s Show (October 10, 2016)

Posted on · What does it mean to be an American? That’s a question that’s evolved over our nation’s history and one that underlies much of the debate in the current presidential election. And so, on today’s edition of Houston Matters, we join the public radio project called A Nation Engaged and discuss what it means to be an American these days – […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Refugee Retreat and Shell Leaving Downtown: The Good, Bad & Ugly of This Week’s 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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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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Could Texas Really Be Up for Grabs in the 2016 Presidential Race?

Posted on · On Monday (Sept. 5, 2016), the Washington Post unveiled a new poll on the U.S. presidential race, which was conducted in recent weeks in all 50 states. That it found the race tightening was not too surprising. But one revelation was: that the Post’s poll, conducted in partnership with SurveyMonkey, found Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary […]

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How Influential Are Newspaper Endorsements of Candidates These Days?

Posted on · Late last month, the Houston Chronicle editorial board endorsed Hillary Clinton for President. Typically, newspapers wait until the days just before an election to make such an endorsement, but, as the Chronicle’s editorial outlining the decision states, the paper made “an exception in the 2016 presidential race, because the choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald […]

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Is This the Year a Third Party Could Make Progress at the Polls?

Posted on · On yesterday’s program (Aug. 8, 2016), we heard from representatives of the Green Party after that group’s national convention was held in Houston over the weekend. In an election cycle where unconventional candidates have garnered much of the spotlight during both the Democratic and Republican primary seasons, does that also mean this is a year […]

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As Greens Nominate Stein For President, Party Aims For Longer-Term Success

Posted on · Delegates of the Green Party met at the University of Houston on Saturday (Aug. 6, 2016) to nominate Dr. Jill Stein as their presidential candidate. The Green Party is one of a few so-called “third parties” that have sought to make inroads in recent election cycles, with varying success. Today, we hear from two key Green […]

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The Texas Delegation’s Role at the DNC

Posted on · The 2016 Democratic National Convention concluded last night, with Hillary Clinton accepting her party’s nomination for President. We talk with Texas Public Radio’s Ryan Poppe, who has been reporting this week from the convention in Philadelphia. We discuss the impact the Texas delegation had on events this week. We also check in with News 88.7’s […]

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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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Preview of Upcoming GOP and Democratic National Conventions

Posted on · The 2016 Republican National Convention kicks off on Monday in Cleveland, and the Democratic National Convention will be held in Philadelphia later this month. On this edition of Houston Matters, we preview the conventions, and discuss other developments in politics with potential impact for Houston and Texas, with News 88.7 FM’s politics and government reporter Andrew […]

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UH Class Has Students Taking a Closer Look at Presidential Race & Debates

Posted on · On Tuesday, NPR’s Kelly McEvers spoke with a government teacher in Aurora, Illinois about the challenges of talking with students about some of the vulgarities on display in this year’s presidential race. A University of Houston instructor is having similar conversations with a small group of college students, in a class called Presidential Campaigns and […]

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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.