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Political Roundup, and the Best Places to Watch Sports in Houston: Wednesday’s Show (March 1, 2017)

Posted on · For the first time, President Donald Trump addressed a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night (Feb. 28, 2017). Plus the Texas Legislature continued into its eighth week. On this edition of Houston Matters, we convene our weekly political roundup to discuss the those and other political stories happening at the national, state and local level. […]

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Political Roundup: From Sanctuary Cities to Cabinet Confirmations

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,” we break down recent political news and discuss how it all could impact […]

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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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Political Roundup: Analyzing Gov. Abbott’s State of the State Address

Posted on · With national political stories dominating the news as of late, it’s easy to forget there’s a lot going on in state politics too. On Tuesday (Jan. 31, 2017), Gov. Greg Abbott delivered his State of the State address and the new legislative session entered its fourth week. We talk about what’s happening in state and […]

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Super Bowl Security and Political Roundup: Wednesday’s Show (February 1, 2017)

Posted on · Maybe you’ve heard — there’s some sort of big event happening this weekend in Houston. Super Bowl 51 is bringing countless visitors, celebrities and dignitaries to Greater Houston as the city takes center stage of the sports world. With that attention comes greater safety concerns. So how do we keep Houston safe during these intense […]

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Preview of Upcoming GOP and Democratic National Conventions

Posted on · The 2016 Republican National Convention kicks off on Monday in Cleveland, and the Democratic National Convention will be held in Philadelphia later this month. On this edition of Houston Matters, we preview the conventions, and discuss other developments in politics with potential impact for Houston and Texas, with News 88.7 FM’s politics and government reporter Andrew […]

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Political Roundtable and Video Game Music: Friday’s show (July 15, 2016)

Posted on · The 2016 Republican National Convention kicks off on Monday in Cleveland, and the Democratic National Convention will be held in Philadelphia later this month. On this edition of Houston Matters, we preview the conventions, and discuss other developments in politics with potential impact for Houston and Texas, with News 88.7 FM’s politics and government reporter Andrew […]

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UH Debate: What the Candidates Had to Say About the Issues — And Each Other

Posted on · The 2016 presidential race came to Houston last night (Feb. 25, 2016), as the remaining Republican candidates squared off in a live televised debate on the University of Houston campus. Neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, and businessman Donald Trump debated immigration, national security, taxes, and the […]

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The GOP Debate and Zombie Oil Companies: Friday’s Show (February 26, 2016)

Posted on · The 2016 presidential race came to Houston last night (Feb. 25, 2016), as the remaining Republican candidates squared off in a live televised debate on the University of Houston campus. Neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, and businessman Donald Trump debated immigration, national security, taxes, and the Supreme […]

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Cramming for Election Day 2015

Posted on · Election day is tomorrow (Nov. 3, 2015), and voters across Greater Houston will go to the polls to decide issues like the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, which mayoral candidates will likely head to a runoff, city council races and term limits for council members. Maybe you’re feeling unprepared to cast your vote – and that’s […]

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Cramming for Election Day: Monday’s Show (November 2, 2015)

Posted on · Election day is tomorrow (Nov. 3, 2015), and voters across Greater Houston will go to the polls to decide issues like the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, which mayoral candidates will likely head to a runoff, city council races and term limits for council members. On this edition of Houston Matters, we help you cram for […]

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What’s Houston’s Political Identity?

Posted on · Texas is undeniably a conservative state, dominated in state offices by Republicans and largely on the national stage by far right-leaning figures. Yet, here in Houston, we seem to be a more bluish (or at least less red) dot, politically speaking. Are we, though, really so different from the rest of Texas, or do some […]

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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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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 […]