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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 […]

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Potential Changes To Houston City Charter Would Be Most Consequential In Decades

Posted on · Houston’s City Council is considering changes to the City Charter. Term limits and how the Council’s meetings operate are among the items being examined. The committee of Council members looking at Charter changes also has mulled over removing the city’s revenue cap. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the process involved in seeking a […]

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Mayoral Race Preview, Truancy, and MUD Districts: Monday’s show (February 9, 2015)

Posted on · While D.C. watchers salivate over the developing 2016 Presidential campaign, Houstonians engaged in city politics are keeping an eye out for signals as to who might make a run in November to replace outgoing Houston Mayor Annise Parker next year. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the likely candidates, and what they may bring […]

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Mayors: A Different Kind of Politician?

Posted on · The 82nd annual meeting of the US Conference of Mayors wraps up today in Dallas. The organization of mayors from cities with populations of 30 thousand or more meets each year to discuss and vote on resolutions on issues ranging from education to the economy to energy, housing, immigration and beyond. We learn more about what’s been […]

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Mayors, Food Marketing, and Spanish Language Media: Houston Matters for Monday, June 23, 2014

Posted on · The 82nd annual meeting of the US Conference of Mayors wraps up today in Dallas. The organization of mayors from cities with populations of 30 thousand or more meets each year to discuss and vote on resolutions on issues ranging from education to the economy to energy, housing, immigration and beyond. On this edition of […]

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Our Nation’s History with Debt: Former Mayor Bill White Discusses His New Book

Posted on · Former Houston Mayor Bill White discusses his new book, America’s Fiscal Constitution: Its Triumph and Collapse. The book discusses the different times in our nation’s history when our national debt spiked, how those spikes in debt were handled, how things are being done differently today, and what that could all mean for our future. White served […]

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Mayor Parker Answers Your Questions

Posted on · Houston Mayor Annise Parker has a lot to juggle in her role as Mayor: There’s management of the city, ensuring that all of its laws are properly enforced. There are ceremonial duties, as the city’s official representative at special events, ribbon cuttings, and meetings with officials and dignitaries. There are appointments to make; budgeting to maintain. […]

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Election Preview for Procrastinators

Posted on · It’s okay. You can admit it. You just now realized there’s an election tomorrow, and, well, you haven’t really been paying attention. Yeah, there have been the requisite ads on TV and the radio – you’ve been tuning them out. Look, we get it. You’ve been busy. And frankly, those political ads can wear you […]

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Interview: Mayoral Candidate Ben Hall

Posted on · Two weeks ago, Houston Matters profiled all nine of the candidates on the ballot for mayor of Houston. Just two – incumbent Mayor Annise Parker and challenger Ben Hall have polled above single digits, so we reached out to those two campaigns, in the interests of giving you a chance to speak with the two candidates directly. Last […]