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Breaking Down the 2015 Houston City Council and Controller Races

Posted on · In just a few weeks, Houstonians will cast their ballot not only for the next mayor, but also for city council members and controller. To better understand the races and what’s at stake, we talk with Charles Kuffner, who writes the "Off the Kuff" political blog, about the various races and the issues of most […]

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Houston Mayoral Candidate Steve Costello Answers Your Questions

Posted on · On Tuesdays through Sept. 22, 2015, we offer you a chance to speak directly with the major candidates running to be the next mayor of the City of Houston. We continue on this edition with Houston City Council Member Steve Costello. Costello is a civil engineer, the co-founder and president of the engineering and surveying […]

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Houston Mayoral Candidate Marty McVey Answers Your Questions

Posted on · On Tuesdays through Sept. 22, 2015, on Houston Matters we’re offering you a chance to speak directly with the major candidates running to be the next mayor of the city of Houston. We continue with Houston area businessman Marty McVey. In 2011, the private equity investor was appointed by the Obama administration to serve on […]

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Mayor Annise Parker Fields Your Questions: Friday’s Show (Aug. 7, 2015)

Posted on · Annise Parker has a lot to juggle in her role as mayor of Houston: 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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Mayor Calls for Changes to the City’s Revenue Cap

Posted on · When Bill White was mayor, Houstonians approved a cap on the amount of revenue the city of Houston can amass each year. While the cap — tied to the combined rates of inflation and population growth — is designed to encourage fiscal responsibility, it’s placed the city in a bit of a bind, forcing property […]

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A Closer Look at Mayor Parker’s $5.1 Budget Budget Proposal

Posted on · Last week, Houston Mayor Annise Parker unveiled a $5.1 billion budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins on July 1. The 2016 fiscal year budget proposal is the last of Mayor Parker's administration. We talk about where the majority of funds are going, how this could shape a mayoral race whose candidates have […]

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What Will the New Memorial Park Look Like, Now that a Master Plan Has Been Approved?

Posted on · With warm weather finally here, many Houstonians are enjoying the outdoors at one of Houston's premiere green spaces – Memorial Park. But the park might look markedly different in the next few years. Earlier this month, the Houston City Council approved a plan for the overhaul of Memorial Park – its new master plan. To […]

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Previewing the Trial Over Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance

Posted on · Jury selection begins Monday, with opening statements to follow Tuesday, in the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance trial in Harris County District Judge Robert Schaffer’s courtroom. Opponents of the ordinance allege the city wrongly invalidated thousands of signatures on their petition for a referendum on the law. Last week, Judge Schaffer granted the plaintiff’s request for […]