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The Oddities of Political Power in Texas

Posted on · Even though Republicans hold all statewide elective offices, and have solid majorities in both legislative houses, we’ve seen instances this session when Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and House Speaker Joe Straus have not been on the same page. Brandon Rottinghaus, professor of political science at the University of Houston (and co-host of […]

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How Powerful Should the President Be? Monday’s Show (April 24, 2017)

Posted on · On this edition of Houston Matters, we join with public radio programs nationwide participating in NPR’s latest A Nation Engaged project, examining Power and the Presidency. We ask you: How powerful should any American president be? What do you see as the proper balance between the executive, legislative and judicial branches? What would you like to […]

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Will Education Funding Be a Priority in the Next Legislature?

Posted on · The Texas Legislature meets in a month, and on the first day of legislative bill filing, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick released his list of top legislative priorities. One of them includes possible changes to how public education is funded in the state. We discuss the likelihood of that — and how it could affect Greater Houston schools with […]

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Post-Election Analysis, The Full Menu, and NEA Chair: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014

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: Gov. and Lt. Gov. Debate Previews

Posted on · Once a month, this fall, up until the November election, we’re discussing the latest developments in some of the major statewide political campaigns. Debates will take place this week in the races for Governor and Lieutenant Governor. We discuss what’s at stake for the major party candidates with political scientists Paul Brace from Rice University, and Jay […]

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Equal Rights Ordinance Update and Houston Comic Book Experts on Marvel: Houston Matters for Thursday, May 15, 2014

Posted on · The Houston City Council is delaying a vote on a proposed Equal Rights Ordinance for another two weeks. Councilmembers did vote Wednesday on a number of amendments to the ordinance, including one that would eventually apply the ordinance to companies with 15 or more workers, drawn down, over time, from 50. On this edition of Houston Matters, we […]