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Political Roundup: Flynn Resigns and the NFL Weighs in on the ‘Bathroom Bill’

Posted on · On our weekly political roundup, we discuss the latest happenings at the Texas Legislature and talk about what’s happening in politics on the national level that could impact Houston. Some topics we’ll address include: President Trump’s news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu The resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn Potential points of debate […]

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Sex Trafficking Across Texas, and Political Roundup: Wednesday’s Show (February 15, 2017)

Posted on · A new project from The Texas Tribune is the result of several months of investigation looking at sex trafficking across Texas. The project is called Sold Out: How the crusade against sex trafficking in Texas has left child victims behind. On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn more about the report’s findings — and how Houston plays […]

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Lawsuit Alleges the Way Texas Elects Judges to its Highest Courts is Unfair to Minorities

Posted on · Last month (July 2016), a civil rights organization sued the State of Texas, arguing the way the state elects judges for the Texas Supreme Court and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals violates the Voting Rights Act. The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court saying the […]

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Galveston Bay, Electing Judges and Monty Python: Wednesday’s Show (August 10, 2016)

Posted on · The Galveston Bay Foundation and the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) release the latest Galveston Bay Report Card today (Aug. 10, 2016). It’s an annual report that grades the health of the bay based on a number of factors, including water quality and coastal changes. On this edition of Houston Matters, Heather Schiappa with the Galveston Bay Foundation and […]

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Is This the Year a Third Party Could Make Progress at the Polls?

Posted on · On yesterday’s program (Aug. 8, 2016), we heard from representatives of the Green Party after that group’s national convention was held in Houston over the weekend. In an election cycle where unconventional candidates have garnered much of the spotlight during both the Democratic and Republican primary seasons, does that also mean this is a year […]

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Third Parties, Overdose Meds, and Playing Bridge: Tuesday’s Show (August 9, 2016)

Posted on · On Monday’s program (Aug. 8, 2016), we heard from representatives of the Green Party after that group’s national convention was held in Houston over the weekend. In an election cycle where unconventional, outsider candidates have garnered much of the spotlight, there’s a belief among so-called third parties like the Green Party or the Libertarian Party – […]

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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 […]