Politics

Harris County Attorney Christian Menefee seeks Texas secretary of state documents over proposed election audit

Posted on · The announcement of an audit came just hours after Donald Trump publicly called on Greg Abbott to add it to the latest special legislative session agenda, leading critics to accuse state leaders of playing politics.

Voting

Harris County Won’t Have To Throw Out Mail-In Ballots From Voters 65 And Older Who Received Unsolicited Applications

Posted on · Conservative activist Steve Hotze and Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller were among those who tried to block the mailings, which they said flouted state law.

Politics

Gov. Abbott Dealt A Pair Of Legal Blows As He Fights Mask, Vaccine Mandates On Multiple Fronts

Posted on · The Texas Supreme Court on Thursday evening denied Attorney General Ken Paxton's request to stay temporary restraining orders blocking the governor's directive. At around the same time, the Texas Fourth Court of Appeals upheld an injunction against Abbott on behalf of San Antonio and Bexar County over their mask mandate in schools.

Politics

As COVID Cases Surge Again In Texas, State And Local Leaders Locked In Battle Over Masks

Posted on · Fighting among Texas officials over mask mandates has created muddled messaging, as the highly contagious delta variant is sending people to the hospital in numbers that rival the worst months of the pandemic.

Houston Matters

Mask Mandates And The Battle Between State And Local Control (Aug. 12, 2021)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: Harris County is joining other Texas municipalities in taking legal action against Gov. Abbott's executive orders banning mask and vaccine mandates, the latest salvo in a long-running battle over state and local control.

Politics

Harris County Leaders OK Legal Action Against Gov. Greg Abbott Over Mask Mandate Ban

Posted on · The vote gives County Attorney Christian Menefee the authority to challenge Abbott’s executive order either in a standalone lawsuit or in a friend of the court brief to a lawsuit filed by another jurisdiction.

Politics

COVID Surge Has Local Leaders In Texas Looking For Ways Around Gov. Greg Abbott’s Mask Mandate Ban

Posted on · Despite the governor’s insistence that “now is the time for personal responsibility,” mayors, county judges and other officials across Texas are trying to take back local control.

Houston Matters

Continuing The I-45 Expansion Despite Federal Request To Stop (June 25, 2021)

Posted on · On Friday's show: The latest on TxDOT’s continuation of the I-45 expansion project despite a request to stop from the federal government, we break down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week, and conversations with musicians Joshua Ray Walker and Charley Crockett.

Transportation

Federal Highway Administration Asks Texas To Halt I-45 Expansion, As Harris County Sues TxDOT

Posted on · In its letter, the FHWA said it was acting in response to public input on the state's project -- which would widen I-45 in three segments from downtown Houston to Beltway 8 -- raising concerns under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.