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Congressman Gene Green, and Boards of Education: Monday’s Show (May 8, 2017)

Posted on · The U.S. House of Representatives last week (May 4, 2017) passed the latest iteration of the American Health Care Act, a bill designed to replace — or at least refine — elements of the Affordable Care Act, including a provision that critics say would undermine protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions. Houston area Democratic Congressman […]

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Electoral College Debate, Jobs and Robots, and Houston’s Municipalities: Tuesday’s Show (December 6, 2016)

Posted on · Is it an idea whose time has come, or just sour grapes? After watching his Democrats lose two presidential elections in 16 years despite winning the popular vote, Congressman Gene Green of Houston wants to abolish the Electoral College. Rep. Green last month introduced legislation in the U.S. House calling for a  Constitutional Amendment to […]

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Texas Democrats Aim To Use Trump To Turn The State Blue

Posted on · Texas Democrats haven’t elected a candidate to statewide office since 1994. The last Democratic presidential candidate to carry Texas was Jimmy Carter in 1976. But at last week’s state convention, the party’s leadership seemed optimistic that Texas Democrats are nearing the end of their years in the wilderness. News 88.7’s politics and government reporter Andrew […]

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Texas Democratic Convention & Ask the Pediatrician: Tuesday’s Show (June 21, 2016)

Posted on · Texas Democrats haven’t elected a candidate to statewide office since 1994. The last Democratic presidential candidate to carry Texas was Jimmy Carter in 1976. But at last week’s state convention, the party’s leadership seemed optimistic that Texas Democrats are nearing the end of their years in the wilderness. News 88.7’s politics and government reporter Andrew […]

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Turning Texas Blue: Breaking the GOP Grip on America’s Reddest State

Posted on · For more than 20 years now, Republicans have held every statewide elected office in Texas. How did the Lone Star State come to be so dominated by the GOP? And what would it take for Democrats to break that grip? We explore these questions with Mary Beth Rogers. She ran Democrat Ann Richards‘ successful 1990 campaign […]

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In Some Races the Primary Election Might Be More Interesting Than the General Election

Posted on · Early voting begins this week for a March primary election which will determine the major party candidates for a number of statewide offices. While it’s clear who both Republicans and Democrats will put forward for Governor, the Lieutenant Governor’s race appears up for grabs. We learn about that and other offices for which the primary […]

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Will Changing Demographics Really Turn Texas Blue Someday?

Posted on · A new Gallup poll calls into question the conventional wisdom that changing demographics in Texas might lead to a change in statewide political power. The concept goes like this: more and more Hispanics are in Texas every year. Historically, they’re a voting bloc that leans heavily Democratic. Therefore, changing demographics in Texas suggest Democrats might […]

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Houston Matters for Wed., Oct. 2, 2013

Posted on · U.S. Senator and Houstonian Ted Cruz has been at the center of the squabbling in Congress that’s led to the partial shutdown of the federal government. On the Senate floor and in the media, he’s led the charge to defund the Affordable Care Act by any means necessary, including calling to tie such action to […]