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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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Cramming for Election Day 2015

Posted on · Election day is tomorrow (Nov. 3, 2015), and voters across Greater Houston will go to the polls to decide issues like the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, which mayoral candidates will likely head to a runoff, city council races and term limits for council members. Maybe you’re feeling unprepared to cast your vote – and that’s […]

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Cramming for Election Day: Monday’s Show (November 2, 2015)

Posted on · Election day is tomorrow (Nov. 3, 2015), and voters across Greater Houston will go to the polls to decide issues like the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, which mayoral candidates will likely head to a runoff, city council races and term limits for council members. On this edition of Houston Matters, we help you cram for […]

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A Voter’s Guide to the HERO Ordinance

Posted on · With early voting underway starting today (Oct. 19, 2015), we thought it would be useful to walk through the entire Houston Equal Rights Ordinance saga – from the legal and political disputes, to the dueling ad campaigns over Proposition 1, to the language on the ballot, and in the ordinance itself. That represents a lot […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

HERO Ballot Wording, Nuking Muslims and Fake Top-Shelf Booze: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From the wording of the HERO ballot initiative, to the Texas Agriculture commissioner’s Facebook post that seemed to suggest we nuke the Muslim world, to substituting cheap liquor for top-shelf brands: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s news. Our panel of “non-experts” this week is comprised of: Ty Mahany, a Houston-based comedian; […]

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Election Day: Summary of Races and Ballot Measures

Posted on · It’s Election Day! Polls are now open across Greater Houston, as voters cast ballots for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and a number of other statewide offices, as well as for District Attorney in Harris County. There are also ballot initiatives, including Proposition 1, calling for money from the state’s rainy day fund to be diverted to […]