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How a Comedian Ran for Mayor In Iceland and Won — Then Fell In Love with Houston

Posted on · (Above: Houston Public Media’s Edel Howlin poses in 2015 with comedian Jon Gnarr, who once served as the mayor of Iceland’s biggest city.) It’s not that surprising to find all sorts of interesting people rolling through Houston. It is, after all, the nation’s fourth-largest city. And we’re a major player in all sorts of industries. […]

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Is Houston Really Less LGBTQ Friendly Than Other Texas Cities?

Posted on · The Human Rights Campaign, a civil rights organization promoting LGBTQ equality, recently unveiled a sort of equality scorecard, which found Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio all fare better than Houston when it comes to being LGBTQ friendly. And it’s not just because the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance was voted down last year. To […]

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Mayor Turner Answers Your Questions About Pensions, Potholes and City Politics

Posted on · Earlier this month (Sept. 14, 2016), Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced a preliminary plan to reform the city’s pension system and address an unfunded liability in the billions, paying it off over thirty years. The plan will, among other measures, lower the assumed rate of return on pension investments to seven percent, which Turner says […]

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Design Your Own Theme Park for Houston

Posted on · Houston seems to have it all. But we are missing a few things here: no NHL franchise, nowhere to go for truly great toasted ravioli, and perhaps most glaring — no theme park. At least nothing on par with AstroWorld, which closed back in 2005. A couple weeks back (July 6, 2016), Houston Mayor Sylvester […]

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Poll Shows King and Turner in a Dead Heat as Runoff Approaches

Posted on · The results of the latest News 88.7/KHOU 11 News 2015 Runoff Election Poll show former State Rep. Sylvester Turner and former Kemah Mayor Bill King are in a statistical dead heat as Election Day (Dec. 12, 2015) approaches. News 88.7’s Managing News Editor Jose Luis Jimenez sat down with the pollster — Rice University Political Science Professor Bob Stein — to analyze the results.

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Hou Decide and the HERO Saga: Monday’s Show (October 19, 2015)

Posted on · The final debate before early voting in the Houston mayor’s race was held Saturday night. Houston Public Media, KHOU 11 News and Free Press Houston co-presented the debate called “Hou Decide,” which was geared, in part, towards younger voters, as evidenced by Tweet-like opening statements, and some questions coming from Millennials at a watch party in […]

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Houston Mayoral Candidate Sylvester Turner Answers Your Questions

Posted on · Over the last several Tuesdays, we’ve offered you a chance to speak directly with the major candidates running to be the next mayor of the City of Houston. We conclude today with State Rep. Sylvester Turner. He grew up in northwest Houston in the Acres Homes community. He’s a graduate of the University of Houston and Harvard Law School. Turner has […]

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Sylvester Turner Mayoral Candidate Interview: Tuesday’s Show (September 22, 2015)

Posted on · For the last several Tuesdays, we have offered you a chance to speak directly with the major candidates running to be the next mayor of the City of Houston. We conclude on this edition with State Rep. Sylvester Turner.  He grew up in northwest Houston in the Acres Homes community. He’s a graduate of the University […]

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Houston Mayoral Candidate Steve Costello Answers Your Questions

Posted on · On Tuesdays through Sept. 22, 2015, we offer you a chance to speak directly with the major candidates running to be the next mayor of the City of Houston. We continue on this edition with Houston City Council Member Steve Costello. Costello is a civil engineer, the co-founder and president of the engineering and surveying firm Costello Inc. […]

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Houston Mayor’s Race: Tuesday’s Show (May 12, 2015)

Posted on · Last Wednesday, Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia announced his candidacy for Houston Mayor. He joins an increasingly crowded race with: former Congressman and former Council Member Chris Bell, Council Member Stephen Costello, 2013 mayoral candidate Ben Hall, former two term mayor of Kemah and Houston Chronicle columnist Bill King, businessman Marty McVey, and State Representative […]

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How Does Garcia’s Announcement Affect The Houston Mayoral Race?

Posted on · In case you missed the news last week, Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia has officially announced he is running for mayor of the city of Houston. His entry into the race seems to complete the lineup of serious candidates for the city's top job. And even though voters will not to go the polls until November, there are two candidates considered the front runners at this early stage of the campaign. News 88.7's Florian Martin explains why.

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How a Comedian Ran for Mayor In Iceland — and Won

Posted on · (Above: Edel Howlin poses with comedian Jon Gnarr, who once served as the mayor of Iceland’s biggest city.) It’s not that surprising to find all sorts of interesting people rolling through Houston. It is, after all, the nation’s fourth-largest city. And we’re a major player in all sorts of industries. For a while, one of […]