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Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, and The Good, Bad and Ugly of the News: Friday’s Show (February 10, 2017)

Posted on · Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says he’s still assessing all the factors and possible fallout involved in potentially ending the county’s cooperation with the controversial 287(g) program. The program allows local law enforcement to transfer inmates with criminal records who are undocumented immigrants over to federal authorities. Gonzalez campaigned on ending the program, and critics […]

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Forum Examines Affects of Drug Enforcement Policies

Posted on · Rice University’s Baker Institute recently hosted a conversation examining the affects of drug enforcement policies on society and looking at drug policies in Harris County. Elected officials and drug policy specialists with a background in law enforcement participated in the discussion, moderated by Katharine Neill, a postdoctoral fellow in drug policy at the Baker Institute. She […]

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What Got Done — and What Didn’t — During the 84th Texas Legislature?

Posted on · The 84th legislative session officially wraps up in Austin today, and lawmakers spent the final weekend passing bills addressing issues ranging from campus carry, to medical marijuana, to student truancy, to a new school grade rating system. We discuss what lawmakers passed, what fell short of passage and what it all may signal politically with Brandon […]

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Jade Helm, Legalizing Weed and the OTC: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston 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 Friday panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of it all. On today’s panel: Houston […]

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Election Poll Reveals Where Houstonians Stand on Statewide and Local Races

Posted on · With Election Day 2014 just a little over two weeks away, a new Houston PublicMedia/KHOU poll examines what Houstonians and Texans think about things like the Governor’s race, the Lt. Governor’s race, the Harris County District Attorney’s race, ballot measures and decriminalizing marijuana. Rice University’s Bob Stein joins us to break down public opinion on these issues […]

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Election Poll Results, Pet Care and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

Posted on · With Election Day 2014 just a little over two weeks away, a Houston Public Media/KHOU poll examines what Houstonians and Texans think about things like the Governor’s race, the Lt. Governor’s race, the Harris County District Attorney’s race, ballot measures, decriminalizing marijuana and even what should be done with the Astrodome. On this edition of Houston Matters, […]

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Rethinking Marijuana Possession Penalties and Transitional Artifacts: Houston Matters for Friday, August 8, 2014

Posted on · A 2013 study by the American Civil Liberties Union reported Harris County had one of the highest rates of marijuana arrests in 2010. Nearly 12,000 people in Harris County were busted for pot possession. Getting caught with even a little bit of marijuana in Texas is going to cost you. Possessing two ounces or less […]

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Could Texas Ever Legalize Marijuana?

Posted on · With the legalization of recreational marijuana use in Colorado, could it ever happen in Texas? The Lone Star State has been very conservative for a very long time, so at first glance, it seems unlikely that it could happen here anytime soon. But look a little deeper at what Texas stands for: rugged individualism, freedom […]