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What Got Done — and What Didn’t — During the 84th Texas Legislature?

Posted on · The 84th legislative session officially wraps up in Austin today, and lawmakers spent the final weekend passing bills addressing issues ranging from campus carry, to medical marijuana, to student truancy, to a new school grade rating system. We discuss what lawmakers passed, what fell short of passage and what it all may signal politically with Brandon […]

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Hurricane Season and a Legislative Recap: Monday’s Show (June 1, 2015)

Posted on · It’s officially Hurricane season, Houston. Starting now, and for the next six months, we Houstonians keep tabs on tropical storms developing in the Gulf and prepare for the possibility that any could make landfall. The last few years have been relatively quiet on the tropical storm front, which would normally leave public officials concerned about […]

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What Are Some of Houston’s Greatest Mistakes?

Posted on · We all make mistakes in our lives – we take a step one way, when we probably should have gone the other. We try to learn from those missteps and not repeat them, but sometimes, well, the lesson’s never really learned. The same can be said for communities. Some decisions we made (or didn’t make) […]

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Houston’s Greatest Mistakes: Friday’s show (April 24, 2015)

Posted on · We all make mistakes in our lives – we take a step one way, when we probably should have gone the other. We try to learn from those missteps and not repeat them, but sometimes, well, the lesson’s never really learned. The same can be said for communities. Some decisions we made (or didn’t make) […]

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What’s Houston’s Political Identity?

Posted on · Texas is undeniably a conservative state, dominated in state offices by Republicans and largely on the national stage by far right-leaning figures. Yet, here in Houston, we seem to be a more bluish (or at least less red) dot, politically speaking. Are we, though, really so different from the rest of Texas, or do some […]

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Where’s the Case Against Former Gov. Perry Headed?

Posted on · While former Texas Governor Rick Perry continues to pursue his presidential ambitions, with stops in Iowa and South Carolina, a criminal indictment against him goes forward as well. On Friday, attorneys for the former Texas Governor filed a third motion to dismiss the indictment, three days after Judge Bert Richardson denied their first attempts. We […]

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Rule Change Gives GOP Stronger Hold on Texas Senate

Posted on · On Wednesday, the Texas Senate voted to eliminate what has come to be known as the “two-thirds rule.” The move strengthens Republicans’ majority power, as it scraps Democrats’ ability to block bills on party-line votes. The GOP holds a 20 to 11 Senate majority. The old rule left Republicans a vote short of bringing up […]

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What’s in Store for the 2015 Legislature?

Posted on · On the second Tuesday of odd numbered years, the Texas Legislature begins its biennial session. For a maximum of 140 days, lawmakers will decide the fate of Houstonians and Texans alike. But what does that mean for you and what are some of the bills that will be up for discussion?  This year marks a […]

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Legislature Preview, Evolution of a Criminal, and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, Jan. 12, 2015

Posted on · On the second Tuesday of odd numbered years, the Texas Legislature begins its biennial session. For a maximum of 140 days, lawmakers will decide the fate of Houstonians and Texans alike. But what does that mean for you and what are some of the bills that will be up for discussion?  This year marks a […]

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Republicans Celebrate Another Sweep of Statewide Offices

Posted on · Republicans across Texas celebrated another sweep of statewide offices Tuesday night. Greg Abbott was elected Governor, and Dan Patrick Lieutenant Governor. Sid Miller was elected Agriculture Commissioner, George P. Bush won his bid for General Land Office Commissioner, Glenn Hegar becomes the new Comptroller, and Ryan Sitton was elected Railroad Commissioner. U.S. Senator John Cornyn […]

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Abortion, Remembering Joe Sample, and Frontier Jazz Orchestra: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

Posted on · Abortion rights supporters and opponents in Texas are awaiting a ruling from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in an ongoing legal battle over an abortion law Texas legislators passed last year. The law, as written, requires (among other provisions) that all clinics providing abortions in Texas meet the same standards as hospital-style surgical centers. […]

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Perry Indictment: Just Cause or Abuse of Power?

Posted on · Rick Perry is the first Texas Governor in nearly a century to face a criminal charge. Late Friday, Gov. Perry was indicted on two charges alleging he abused his power as governor to pressure a district attorney arrested for drunk driving to resign, by threatening to cut off funding for her office. We discuss the legal and […]

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Perry Indicted, Bill Richardson, and Pet Care: Houston Matters for Monday, August 18, 2014

Posted on · Rick Perry is the first Texas Governor in nearly a century to face a criminal charge. Late Friday, Gov. Perry was indicted on two charges alleging he abused his power as governor to pressure a district attorney arrested for drunk driving to resign, by threatening to cut off funding for her office. On this edition […]

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Mayors: A Different Kind of Politician?

Posted on · The 82nd annual meeting of the US Conference of Mayors wraps up today in Dallas. The organization of mayors from cities with populations of 30 thousand or more meets each year to discuss and vote on resolutions on issues ranging from education to the economy to energy, housing, immigration and beyond. We learn more about what’s been […]

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Mayors, Food Marketing, and Spanish Language Media: Houston Matters for Monday, June 23, 2014

Posted on · The 82nd annual meeting of the US Conference of Mayors wraps up today in Dallas. The organization of mayors from cities with populations of 30 thousand or more meets each year to discuss and vote on resolutions on issues ranging from education to the economy to energy, housing, immigration and beyond. On this edition of […]