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Political Roundup and Rockets Turn 50: Wednesday’s Show (February 8, 2017)

Posted on · From President Trump’s cabinet appointees being confirmed (one requiring a tie-breaking vote in the Senate from the Vice President), to the Texas Senate beginning action on Gov. Abbott’s emergency items, including a preliminary vote Tuesday on a bill to ban so-called “sanctuary cities,” on this edition of Houston Matters we break down recent political news […]

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The 28th Amendment and a Death Salon: Friday’s Show (September 16, 2016)

Posted on · Today we observe National Constitution Day and ask you to tell us what’s so important to you that you would want it added to the U.S. Constitution as the 28th Amendment. Among the 27 Amendments in place are the first ten, aka the Bill of Rights, which address matters ranging from speech to religion to guns. […]

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Texas GOP Convention, Black Expo, and Chef Justin Yu: Thursday’s Show (May 12, 2016)

Posted on · The Texas GOP Convention kicks off in Dallas today (May 12, 2016). That’s where the state party chairman and delegates to the Republican National Convention are chosen. As Donald Trump is now the presumptive GOP nominee for president, bids to represent Texas at the national convention may be a bit less competitive. But it’s also where […]

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The State of Houston’s Politics: Wednesday’s show (April 13, 2016)

Posted on · On today’s program, we continue our 2nd annual “State of Houston” series – exploring the state of Greater Houston’s economy, transportation, health, education, environment, politics and culture. Today, we look at what’s happening here in politics, with News 88.7’s politics and government reporter Andrew Schneider.

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Are Some Officials Too Close to the Industries They’re Tasked with Regulating?

Posted on · How close are regulators to the businesses they are charged with watching? When does their mission to protect the public interest get mired in the will to further industry? Texas Tribune energy reporter Jim Malewitz has been contemplating these questions. He joins us to discuss the sometimes uneasy relationship between industry and regulators in Greater […]

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Battle Over State v. Local Control Traces All the Way Back to the Magna Carta

Posted on · We’ve seen friction lately between local leaders and the State of Texas over regulatory authority to address issues like non-discrimination and app-based paid ride services. When Houston Mayor Annise Parker appeared on Houston Matters last month, she said a series of what she called “pre-emption bills” represented a shift in thinking in Austin. Stephen Koch […]

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Should the Way Texas Investigates Public Corruption Be Overhauled?

Posted on · There’s a new measure that would change what agency fights public corruption in Texas government. Right now, the Public Integrity Unit investigates public corruption and is managed by the Travis County District Attorney’s Office. But Senate Bill 10 would move it under the Texas Attorney General’s Office. We discuss what effect such a change would […]

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Public Integrity Unit and Astros GM: Tuesday’s Show (March 31, 2015)

Posted on · There’s a new measure that would change what agency fights public corruption in Texas government. Right now, the Public Integrity Unit investigates public corruption and is managed by the Travis County District Attorney’s Office. But Senate Bill 10 would move it under the Texas Attorney General’s Office. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss […]