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Full Show: Troops At The Border, And Repealing A Constitutional Amendment (April 9, 2018)

Posted on · On Monday's Houston Matters: We learn about Texas National Guard troops being deployed to the border. Then, we discuss the process of repealing a constitutional amendment. Plus, veterinarian Lori Teller answers your pet care questions. And we get an update on Houston sports.

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Revisiting Debate Over Texas Voter ID Law

Posted on · Judges for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit heard oral arguments last week (May 24, 2016) over a challenge to the state’s voter ID law. Plaintiffs allege the requirement violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act by making it more difficult — specifically for African Americans and Latinos — to cast a […]

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Voter ID, Construction Trends, and Distracted Driving: Thursday’s show (June 2, 2016)

Posted on · Judges for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit heard oral arguments last week (May 24, 2016) over a challenge to the state’s voter ID law. Plaintiffs allege the requirement violates section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, by making it more difficult — specifically for African Americans and Latinos — to cast […]

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How Calls for Profiling After Terrorist Attacks Impact Houston’s Muslims

Posted on · Following last Tuesday’s (March 22, 2016) attacks in Brussels, GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz of Texas called for “empower[ing] law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.” It’s the latest such comment from the two leading Republican presidential candidates suggesting Muslims should be in some way singled out for scrutiny even […]

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How the Fifth Circuit Became the Nation’s Most Right-Leaning Appellate Court

Posted on · Until a new justice is named and confirmed to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court, any rulings resulting in a 4-4 tie among the current justices will lead to the lower court ruling being upheld, without a precedent set. When it comes to cases involving the state of Texas, that lower […]

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Fifth Circuit, Immigration Economics, and Diane Rehm: Monday’s Show (February 22, 2016)

Posted on · Until a new Justice is named and confirmed to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court, any rulings resulting in a 4-4 tie among the current Justices will lead to the lower court ruling being upheld, without a precedent set. When it comes to cases involving the state of Texas, that lower […]

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How Likely is Another Constitutional Convention?

Posted on · Gov. Greg Abbott last week (Jan. 8, 2016) joined the ranks of Republicans pushing for the first U.S. Constitutional Convention in more than 200 years. He called on Texas to take the lead in pushing for numerous constitutional amendments that would give states power to ignore federal laws and override decisions made by the U.S. […]

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How Will Recent Supreme Court Rulings Affect Texas?

Posted on · The U.S. Supreme Court issued the last of its opinions for this term on Monday. Many of the High Court’s decisions this term carry big implications for the nation — and for the state of Texas in particular. Among the highlights: the court determined bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional, that health care subsidies acquired […]

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Tax Prep and Accordion Throwdown: Thursday’s show (March 5, 2015)

Posted on ·   The April 15 tax deadline is just over a month away. Tax time always tends to add some stress to our lives. Preparing your taxes, after all, can be complicated, but Houston Matters is here to help! On this edition of the program, we welcome your questions for a pair of tax experts, who can address everything from new tax laws to eligible deductions […]

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Hazlewood Act, Missing Persons, and Chris Field: Tuesday’s show (February 3, 2015)

Posted on · The Hazlewood Act in Texas provides veterans (and some children of veterans) exemptions from some tuition and fee charges at public colleges and universities here. It’s awarded regardless of financial need. But historically, it has required the veteran to be a resident of Texas at enlistment. That wasn’t the case for Keith Harris. He enlisted before […]