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Guns in Courthouses and a Federal Judicial Backlog: Monday’s Show (September 12, 2016)

Posted on · Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton recently filed a lawsuit against Waller County over signs that ban firearms posted in its multipurpose county courthouse in Hempstead. The suit centers on an exemption in the state’s open carry law that prohibits firearms “on the premises of any government court or offices utilized by the court.” In a […]

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Houston Matters Weekend for Saturday, September 3, 2016

Posted on · Everybody knows in Texas, you can’t be the team with the losing record. But that’s not the case with our state government’s record suing the federal government — mostly for things like overreach. So why do we have such a contentious relationships with the feds? And are taxpayers getting anything out of these big lawsuits? Dr. Jon […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Guns in the Courthouse, Dancing With the Stars, and Sheet Cake: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of the 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 to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. This week, our panel weighs in on […]

Houston Matters

A Closer Look at Two Battles in Court Over Transgender Rights

Posted on · Last week (Aug. 22, 2016), U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor of Texas ruled the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education exceeded their authority when they applied Title IX’s ban on gender discrimination in public schools to policies regarding transgender students’ use of facilities, like locker rooms and bathrooms. The federal agencies had concluded — and offered guidance […]

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Does Texas Get its Money’s Worth from Suing the Federal Government?

Posted on · Texas has always had a bit of a contentious relationship with the federal government – especially lately. Recent analysis of state data from The Texas Tribune says that since Pres. Obama took office in 2009, the state has sued his administration at least 43 times. Gov. Greg Abbott (our former attorney general) filed 31 of […]

Transportation

Houston-To-Dallas Bullet Train Opponents Sue TxDOT And Paxton

Posted on · A group opposed to a private firm's plans to build a bullet train stretching from Dallas to Houston has filed a lawsuit against the Texas Department of Transportation and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in an effort to obtain communications between the firm and state officials.

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Indicted in Office in Texas: Tuesday’s Show (February 2, 2016)

Posted on · If politics is indeed the art of the possible, does that possibility lessen when you’re under indictment? With Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton facing this reality, we explore the history of elected officials in Texas in charge while being charged on this edition of Houston Matters. We welcome your questions for Brandon Rottinghaus, an associate professor […]