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Local Reaction to State of the Union, ERCOT, & Art of Bartending: Houston Matters for Wed., Jan. 29, 2014

Posted on · President Obama addressed a number of issues in his State of the Union address that have implications for Houston and Texas. The general tenor of his speech also has implications for the Lone Star State. Prominent Texas officials including Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Ted Cruz have vociferously opposed much of the President’s agenda. Cruz […]

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Building a Better Strip Mall and the Two Houstons: Houston Matters for Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Posted on · It’s been said there are two Houstons. One is inside the loop: urban, with skyscrapers, universities, recycling, museums, buses. The other is outside the loop: suburban, with strip malls, sprawl, U-turn lanes, Kroger. Some Houstonians live in one, and work in the other. Some make a point of visiting one while devoting most of their […]

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Sebelius Visits, Oil & Gas in 2014, Payday Loans, & Houston Holiday Events: Houston Matters for Fri., Dec. 20, 2013

Posted on · Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is in Houston today. Perhaps no other Obama administration official, save for President Obama himself, has been on the firing line more amid the troubled roll-out of the final phase of the Affordable Care Act. On today’s Houston Matters, we’ll have details on the Secretary’s visit, and on […]

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Houston Matters for Wed., Nov. 6, 2013

Posted on · Voters approved a lot Tuesday. They said yes to Mayor Annise Parker, who won re-election. Harris County voters approved a proposed joint inmate processing center. Texans said yes to property tax breaks for veterans and their families, a State Water Implementation Fund, even expanded tax exemptions on aircraft parts. The one big thumbs-down? The Dome. Harris County […]

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Houston Matters for Tues., Oct. 29, 2013

Posted on · The state of Texas believes the Environmental Protection Agency does not have legal authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from factories and power plants. Such disputes over carbon emissions have pitted environmental regulators against industry for years. Now, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments over this question – and the state of […]

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Is Houston, Texas TOO business friendly?

Posted on · Retailers in Texas encouraged Governor Perry to veto a Texas version of the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Bad actors in the energy industry do environmental harm that might have been avoided in a state with more stringent regulations. In general, business is booming in Texas – especially here in Houston – but does it […]