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Will the ‘Bathroom Bill’ Have Economic Implications for Texas?

Posted on · Earlier this month (Jan. 5, 2017), State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, a Republican from Brenham, introduced a so-called “bathroom bill” for consideration at the Texas Legislature. Senate Bill 6, aka the Texas Privacy Act, is unquestionably controversial. It would require citizens to use the restroom associated with the gender on their birth certificate. Lt. Gov. Dan […]

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Hate Crime Series and Ten Years Since the Smoking Ban: Thursday’s Show (November 17, 2016)

Posted on · The number of hate crimes against Muslims reported to police rose by 67 percent in 2015, according to numbers released by the FBI this week (Nov. 14, 2016). And, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there have been more than 200 incidents of hateful harassment and intimidation since Election Day. With that in mind, […]

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Champion of the Barrio: How High School Football Changed Lives

Posted on · Some Texas football fans – and especially Aggie fans – might recognize the name of Buryl Baty. He played quarterback for Texas A&M in the 1940s before serving in World War II. After the war, he was drafted to play professional football but instead opted to become a coach. And it's as a coach (for […]

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Some LGBT Employees in Oil and Gas Fear Discrimination

Posted on · Times are uncertain for many folks in the oil and gas industry, with crude oil prices continuing to drop. But some LGBT workers say there's always been plenty of uncertainty in the industry for them – and maybe more so now. It's the subject of a recent article by Jordan Blum of the Houston Chronicle, […]

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A Voter’s Guide to the HERO Ordinance

Posted on · With early voting underway starting today (Oct. 19, 2015), we thought it would be useful to walk through the entire Houston Equal Rights Ordinance saga – from the legal and political disputes, to the dueling ad campaigns over Proposition 1, to the language on the ballot, and in the ordinance itself. That represents a lot […]

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Discrimination Allegations at the Gaslamp and a Homemade Clock: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good, some of it bad, some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week's news, we turn each Friday to our rotating panel of "non-experts" to parse The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of it all. This week, comedian Ty […]

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Majority Of African-Americans In Houston Feel Criminal Justice System Is Biased

Posted on · There’s been an ongoing national conversation about race, discrimination and justice sparked by the recent high profile killings of black men in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City. Here in Houston, a majority of the African-American community feels that there’s a bias against them in the criminal justice system. That’s according to the latest survey […]

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Equal Rights Ordinance Challenge Falls Short: Houston Matters for Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Posted on · Late Monday, Houston Mayor Annise Parker and City Attorney David Feldman announced opponents of the recently-passed non-discrimination ordinance fell short of the signatures required to trigger a November vote to consider repealing the measure. While they had gathered enough raw signatures, thousands were on pages not collected based on the city charter's legal standards and […]

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Equal Rights Ordinance Challenge Update and Ethnic Food Markets: Houston Matters for Thursday, July 10, 2014

Posted on · Last week, opponents of Houston's recently-passed non-discrimination ordinance turned in signatures to a petition calling for a November vote to consider repealing the measure. 17,269 signatures are needed from registered Houston voters in order to trigger such a vote. Opponents turned in 50,000, but they are all subject to verification over the next month, and […]

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What the Equal Rights Ordinance Passage Means for the City Going Forward

Posted on · Houston’s City Council Wednesday passed the long-debated Equal Rights Ordinance, which extends equal rights protections to gay and transgender Houstonians. The vote had been delayed, in part, to offer more time for public comment, including some nine hours of discussion Wednesday. Ultimately, though, the council passed the ordinance by a vote of 11 to 6. […]