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Could Gambling in Texas Be Legal in the Near Future?

Posted on · A recent survey says nearly 60 percent of voters in Texas are in favor of expanding legalized gambling in the state. We delve into the pros and cons of such expansion and discuss the past, present, and possible future of gambling in the state. We talk with State Rep. Carol Alvarado of Houston, Rob Kohler, consultant for the […]

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Study: Voter ID Law Could’ve Affected Texas Congressional Race

Posted on · According to a joint study released this month by Rice University and the University of Houston, the state’s voter ID requirements might have impacted the outcome of a congressional race by keeping voters in an Hispanic-majority district — many of whom had proper ID — from going to the polls. We learn more about the […]

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Voter ID Law Impact and Health Inspections: Wednesday’s Show (August 19, 2015)

Posted on · According to a joint study released this month by Rice University and the University of Houston, the state’s voter ID requirements might have impacted the outcome of a congressional race by keeping voters in an Hispanic-majority district — many of whom had proper ID — from going to the polls. On this edition of Houston […]

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Does Rick Perry Have a Comeback in Him?

Posted on · Former Texas Governor Rick Perry officially announced he’s running for President in Dallas Thursday (6/4/15). He has to overcome his famous 2012 GOP Presidential debate flame out, and an indictment still hanging over his head. But in an already crowded field, he also finds himself one of two hard line conservatives from Texas. Is there room […]

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Rick Perry’s Presidential Run, and Houstonian Attitudes Towards Bikers: Friday’s Show (June 5, 2015)

Posted on · Former Texas Governor Rick Perry officially announced he’s running for President Thursday (6/4/15). He has to overcome his famous 2012 GOP Presidential debate flame out, and an indictment still hanging over his head. But in an already crowded field, he also finds himself one of two hard line conservatives from Texas. Is there room in […]

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Should the Way Texas Investigates Public Corruption Be Overhauled?

Posted on · There’s a new measure that would change what agency fights public corruption in Texas government. Right now, the Public Integrity Unit investigates public corruption and is managed by the Travis County District Attorney’s Office. But Senate Bill 10 would move it under the Texas Attorney General’s Office. We discuss what effect such a change would […]

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What Could Normalized Relations with Cuba Mean for Houston’s Economy?

Posted on · The normalization of U.S. relations with Cuba might have significant repercussions for Greater Houston’s Cuban-American population, as well as — in time — our community’s economy, particularly if the trade embargo is ultimately lifted. We discuss the ramifications of last week’s announcement with political scientist Mark Jones from Rice University. We also hear from Dr. […]

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Bob Lanier, Homelessness, Cuba and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, Dec. 22, 2014

Posted on · Former Houston Mayor Bob Lanier passed away Saturday at the age of 89. Affectionately known as “Mayor Bob,” Lanier served as mayor from 1992 to 1998. Bill White served as Mayor of Houston from 2004 to 2010, and on this edition of Houston Matters he joins us to share his memories of Lanier. Then: According to the […]

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University of Houston President Renu Khator Fields Your Questions: Houston Matters for Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Posted on · Since January 2008, Renu Khator has served as Chancellor of the University of Houston System, and President of UH. In that role, she has overseen an organization serving more than 67 thousand students, and a university system that has a significant impact on the Greater Houston community. She’s the first woman to serve as Chancellor […]

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Lt. Governor’s Primary Race Headed to Runoff

Posted on · Lt. Governor David Dewhurst placed a distant second in Tuesday’s GOP primary. He will have to make up ground to defeat State Senator Dan Patrick in a runoff election on May 27 just to be his own party’s nominee for re-election to his current post come November. We discuss this and other results from Tuesday’s […]

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Primary Election Analysis, Kids & Nutrition, Service Dogs & Bagpipes: Houston Matters for Wed., March 5, 2014

Posted on · Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst placed a distant second in Tuesday’s GOP primary. He will have to make up ground to defeat State Senator Dan Patrick in a runoff election on May 27th, just to be his own party’s nominee for re-election to his current post come November. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss […]