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Republicans Celebrate Another Sweep of Statewide Offices

Posted on · Republicans across Texas celebrated another sweep of statewide offices Tuesday night. Greg Abbott was elected Governor, and Dan Patrick Lieutenant Governor. Sid Miller was elected Agriculture Commissioner, George P. Bush won his bid for General Land Office Commissioner, Glenn Hegar becomes the new Comptroller, and Ryan Sitton was elected Railroad Commissioner. U.S. Senator John Cornyn […]

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Election Day, School Funding, and Evolution of a Criminal: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014

Posted on · It’s Election Day! Polls are now open across Greater Houston, as voters cast ballots for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and a number of other statewide offices, as well as for District Attorney in Harris County. There are also ballot initiatives, including Proposition 1, calling for money from the state’s rainy day fund to be diverted to […]

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Political Roundup: Election Races Hit the Home Stretch

Posted on · With Election Day just over a week away, we have our final monthly political roundup. We talk with political scientists Paul Brace from Rice University and Jay Aiyer from Texas Southern about the final throes of the 2014 election campaign, and what, if anything, candidates can do in the final week before election day to improve […]

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Housing in Houston, Political Roundtable, and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

Posted on · According to the Urban Land Institute and Price Waterhouse Cooper’s “Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2015” report, Houston is the country’s number one “market to watch” next year. The ranking is based on factors like investment, development and homebuilding prospects. According to the ULI website, “Houston offers a significant amount of investment opportunity” for folks […]

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Election Poll Reveals Where Houstonians Stand on Statewide and Local Races

Posted on · With Election Day 2014 just a little over two weeks away, a new Houston PublicMedia/KHOU poll examines what Houstonians and Texans think about things like the Governor’s race, the Lt. Governor’s race, the Harris County District Attorney’s race, ballot measures and decriminalizing marijuana. Rice University’s Bob Stein joins us to break down public opinion on these issues […]

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Election Poll Results, Pet Care and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

Posted on · With Election Day 2014 just a little over two weeks away, a Houston Public Media/KHOU poll examines what Houstonians and Texans think about things like the Governor’s race, the Lt. Governor’s race, the Harris County District Attorney’s race, ballot measures, decriminalizing marijuana and even what should be done with the Astrodome. On this edition of Houston Matters, […]

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Lt. Governor’s Debate Promises to Be Interesting

Posted on · Friday, May 2, at 7 p.m. candidates in the Lt. Governor Republican primary runoff race will face off in a debate on Houston Public Media’s TV 8 and News 88.7, and online at houstonpublicmedia.org. Our own Craig Cohen will moderate the debate along with three local journalists who’ll serve as panelists. Craig sat down with […]

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Lt. Governor’s Primary Race Headed to Runoff

Posted on · Lt. Governor David Dewhurst placed a distant second in Tuesday’s GOP primary. He will have to make up ground to defeat State Senator Dan Patrick in a runoff election on May 27 just to be his own party’s nominee for re-election to his current post come November. We discuss this and other results from Tuesday’s […]

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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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Primary Election Preview, HISD Closure Update, and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, February 17, 2014

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. On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll learn about that and […]

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Banning Native American Mascots, Charity Scams & City Council Runoffs: Houston Matters for Thurs., Dec. 12, 2013

Posted on · HISD today may take its first steps towards a policy prohibiting the use of certain Native American mascots and symbols some deem offensive or culturally insensitive. While some consider such representations offensive, others characterize them as symbols of respect. Still others see such labels as political correctness run amok. We’ll discuss. Also: ‘Tis the season of giving. […]

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Election Wrap Up

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. […]

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Election Preview for Procrastinators

Posted on · It’s okay. You can admit it. You just now realized there’s an election tomorrow, and, well, you haven’t really been paying attention. Yeah, there have been the requisite ads on TV and the radio – you’ve been tuning them out. Look, we get it. You’ve been busy. And frankly, those political ads can wear you […]