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A Closer Look at Election 2016 Results

Posted on · Houston Matters host Craig Cohen and University of Houston political scientist Brandon Rottinghaus discuss the results of Tuesday's election, both nationally and locally. Among the topics discussed: the Presidential race, Congress, voter turnout, voter ID, Harris County Sheriff and District Attorney election results, HISD's Proposition 1 (recapture), a few compelling state house races, and the […]

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Harris County Jail Issues Loom Large In Race For Sheriff

Posted on · In the race for Harris County Sheriff, both the incumbent, Sheriff Ron Hickman, and his challenger, Ed Gonzalez, agree there are serious problems with the Harris County Jail. But they differ on how to address them. Much is being said about what's wrong with the local lockup, so News 88.7’s Florian Martin decided to take […]

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Candidate Interview: Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman

Posted on · With the November election fast approaching and early voting around the corner, we devote time over the next few weeks to two key races in Harris County for Sheriff and District Attorney and offer you a chance to talk directly with candidates vying for your vote. Today, we welcome your questions for Harris County Sheriff […]

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Candidate Interview With Sheriff Ron Hickman: Tuesday’s Show (October 4, 2016)

Posted on · The November election is just over a month away, and early voting starts in less than a month. In these final weeks, we’ve been devoting time to two key races in Harris County, for Sheriff and District Attorney, and offering you a chance to talk directly with candidates vying for your vote. On today’s edition […]

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Candidate Interview: Ed Gonzalez for Harris County Sheriff

Posted on · With the November election fast approaching and early voting around the corner, we devote time over the next few weeks to two key races in Harris County for Sheriff and District Attorney, and offer you a chance to talk directly with candidates vying for your vote. Today, we welcome your questions for veteran Houston police […]

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Ed Gonzalez Sheriff Candidate Interview: Tuesday’s Show (September 20, 2016)

Posted on · With the November election fast approaching and early voting around the corner, we devote time over the next few weeks to two key races in Harris County for Sheriff and District Attorney, and offer you a chance to talk directly with candidates vying for your vote. On this edition of Houston Matters, we welcome your […]

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Election 2016

Down-Ballot Texas Democrats Hope To Benefit From Anti-Trump Backlash

Posted on · Opposition to Donald Trump could tip the balance in close races, such as the rematch between Rep. Will Hurd and former Rep. Pete Gallego in Southwest Texas. But Hillary Clinton’s unpopularity is just as likely to drive Republicans to the polls as Trump’s is to galvanize Democrats.

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Database Tracks Deaths Connected to Law Enforcement, Jails and Prisons

Posted on · There's a new database documenting the deaths of Texas citizens in two types of situations: deaths as a result of encounters with law enforcement — such as the use of deadly force — and deaths that occur while in law enforcement custody – such as in jail or in prison. The database, called the Texas […]

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Hickman and Ellis Discuss Preventing Deaths in the Harris County Jail

Posted on · The Houston Chronicle recently reported that there have been five deaths in the last year at the Harris County Jail during Sheriff Ron Hickman's tenure. The most recent death — due to head trauma — happened while the inmate was being processed in a holding cell. The incident has sparked an inquiry from the U.S […]