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Famous ‘Oops’ Moments of Campaigns Past

Posted on · On this Super Tuesday and Texas primary election day, we recall some of the worst mistakes politicians have made while running for high profile offices. Many political campaigns make missteps on their way to primary or general elections. In recent days, the Ted Cruz campaign pulled a campaign ad which happened to feature an actress who […]

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Grier Exit Interview and “Oops” Moments in Politics: Tuesday’s Show (March 1, 2016)

Posted on · On Monday (Feb. 29, 2016), Terry Grier completed his final day as superintendent of the Houston Independent School District. He announced last September that he would resign before his contract his is up in June. Deputy Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer Ken Huewitt has been named the district’s interim superintendent. After nearly seven years at the […]

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Where’s the Case Against Former Gov. Perry Headed?

Posted on · While former Texas Governor Rick Perry continues to pursue his presidential ambitions, with stops in Iowa and South Carolina, a criminal indictment against him goes forward as well. On Friday, attorneys for the former Texas Governor filed a third motion to dismiss the indictment, three days after Judge Bert Richardson denied their first attempts. We […]

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What Issues from the State of the Union Could Affect Houstonians the Most?

Posted on · President Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address Tuesday night. He covered a wide range of issues, many of which are especially relevant to Houston and Texas. As a new, Republican-controlled Congress looked on, the President reiterated veto threats should Congress “put the security of families at risk by taking away their health insurance…or […]

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State of the Union and Early Literacy: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

Posted on · President Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address Tuesday night. He covered a wide range of issues, many of which are especially relevant to Houston and Texas. As a new, Republican-controlled Congress looked on, the President reiterated veto threats should Congress “put the security of families at risk by taking away their health insurance…or […]

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Political Roundup: Election Races Hit the Home Stretch

Posted on · With Election Day just over a week away, we have our final monthly political roundup. We talk with political scientists Paul Brace from Rice University and Jay Aiyer from Texas Southern about the final throes of the 2014 election campaign, and what, if anything, candidates can do in the final week before election day to improve […]

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Housing in Houston, Political Roundtable, and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

Posted on · According to the Urban Land Institute and Price Waterhouse Cooper’s “Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2015” report, Houston is the country’s number one “market to watch” next year. The ranking is based on factors like investment, development and homebuilding prospects. According to the ULI website, “Houston offers a significant amount of investment opportunity” for folks […]

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Political Roundup: Gov. and Lt. Gov. Debate Previews

Posted on · Once a month, this fall, up until the November election, we’re discussing the latest developments in some of the major statewide political campaigns. Debates will take place this week in the races for Governor and Lieutenant Governor. We discuss what’s at stake for the major party candidates with political scientists Paul Brace from Rice University, and Jay […]

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Improving Houston Schools, Political Roundup, and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, September 29, 2014

Posted on · The debate over public education usually revolves around funding or testing or statewide curriculum. But at the grass-roots level, there are often efforts taking place that move beyond policy debates. On this edition of Houston Matters, we hear about steps some Greater Houston schools – and the communities that surround them – have taken to […]

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Racial Opportunity Divide, Political Roundtable, and Houston Dynamo: Houston Matters for Monday, August 25, 2014

Posted on · For the last two weeks, the nation has watched events transpire in Ferguson, Missouri. Nightly protests, occasional looting, and a general mistrust of the police by members of the community, have all been spurred by the shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a Ferguson police officer. But as we’ve learned in the two weeks […]