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Open Line with Mayor Parker & Sports: Houston Matters for Mon., March 31, 2014

Posted on · Houston Mayor Annise Parker has a lot to juggle in her role as Mayor: There’s management of the city, ensuring that all of its laws are properly enforced. There are ceremonial duties, as the city’s official representative at special events, ribbon cuttings, and meetings with officials and dignitaries. There are appointments to make; budgeting to […]

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Women in Houston & Texas Politics, Health Care, Galveston Restaurant Week: Houston Matters for Thursday, January 9, 2014

Posted on · The Houston City Council’s back in session but, aside from Mayor Parker, there are just two women on the council, the fewest in 15 years. It’s also the first time in a quarter century that a minority woman does not have a seat on the city council. What, if anything, do we make of this? […]

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Houston Matters for Wed., Nov. 6, 2013

Posted on · Voters approved a lot Tuesday. They said yes to Mayor Annise Parker, who won re-election. Harris County voters approved a proposed joint inmate processing center. Texans said yes to property tax breaks for veterans and their families, a State Water Implementation Fund, even expanded tax exemptions on aircraft parts. The one big thumbs-down? The Dome. […]

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Interview: Houston Mayor Annise Parker

Posted on · On this edition of Houston Matters, we welcome your questions for Houston Mayor Annise Parker. Last Monday, Houston Matters profiled all nine of the candidates on the ballot for mayor of Houston. Just two – incumbent Mayor Parker and challenger Ben Hall – have polled above single digits, so over the next two Mondays, we […]

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Houston Matters for Mon., Oct. 21, 2013

Posted on · On this edition of Houston Matters, we welcome your questions for Houston Mayor Annise Parker. Last Monday, Houston Matters profiled all nine of the candidates on the ballot for mayor of Houston. Just two – incumbent Mayor Parker and challenger Ben Hall – have polled above single digits, so over the next two Mondays, we […]

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Houston Matters for Mon., Oct. 14, 2013

Posted on · You may well know the name of Houston’s mayor. You may know the name of one of the candidates running against her in next month’s election. But odds are very good you don’t know all nine. Yes – you read that right – there are nine people on the ballot running for mayor. And we […]

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Mayor Annise Parker and Others Weigh in on the State of the City

Posted on · For 32 years, Rice University’s Kinder Institute Houston Area Survey has tracked the social and political landscape of Houston. This year's survey is out, and it has some compelling things to say about Houstonians’ attitudes on issues ranging from immigration to gun control to same sex marriage and beyond. We spoke to the author of […]