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Should Tuition Benefits for Texas Vets Extend to Those Who Lived Elsewhere When They Enlisted?

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 […]

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Red State, Public Beaches, and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, Oct. 13, 2014

Posted on · The GOP has had such a stranglehold on statewide offices here in Texas for so many years now that it’s hard to imagine a time when it was any different. Sure, Ann Richards was Governor of Texas for a while there, but she seems very much like the Democratic exception to the Republican rule. How […]

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Supreme Court, The Good The Bad and The Ugly, and Paula Poundstone: Houston Matters for Friday, June 27, 2014

Posted on · The Supreme Court's latest session has nearly drawn to a close. The High Court has issued opinions and decisions in the final weeks in several widely anticipated cases, involving ones involving cell phone privacy and buffer zones around abortion clinics. And by the end of the day Monday, the Court's expected to issue its decision […]

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Stealing From a Church and Teens & E-Cigarettes: The Good The Bad & The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · Some $600,000 in cash and checks was stolen from Houston’s Lakewood Church on Sunday; A new study of teenagers reveals increasing usage of e-cigarettes; and Houston’s own Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee miscalculates the age of the US Constitution: It’s The Good The Bad & The Ugly of Houston News. This week’s panel of non-experts is […]

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What Would Your 28th Amendment Be?

Posted on · There are 27 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The first ten, of course, are the Bill of Rights, which address matters ranging from speech to religion to guns. The other seventeen Amendments include one dedicated to abolishing slavery, others ensure voting rights, one establishes Prohibition, another repeals it. From time to time, citizens call for […]

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The 28th Amendment, Healthcare Enrollment & Steve Tyrell: Houston Matters for Thursday, March 13, 2014

Posted on · There are 27 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The first ten, of course, are the Bill of Rights, which address matters ranging from speech to religion to guns. The other seventeen Amendments include one dedicated to abolishing slavery, others ensure voting rights, one establishes Prohibition, another repeals it. From time to time, citizens call for […]

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How A ‘Soft Repeal’ Of The 17th Amendment Might Run Into Constitutional And Court Roadblocks

Posted on · This year marked the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the Seventeenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. That's the one that cleared the way for senators to be directly elected by voters — instead of appointed by state legislatures. An influential group is now floating an idea that could bring state lawmakers back in to the Senate electoral process. But such a change probably wouldn't jibe all that well with the constitution — or Supreme Court precedent.