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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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How Nixon’s Visit to China Put the Houston Opera Scene on the Map

Posted on · It’s been 45 years since President Richard Nixon’s historic visit to China in 1972, ending decades of isolation from the West. Thirty years ago, Houston Grand Opera turned the story into an opera called, simply, Nixon in China. The piece broke new ground with a portrayal of recent world events and in its mix of […]

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Election Guide for Procrastinators: Monday’s Show (November 7, 2016)

Posted on · So you didn’t get a chance to vote early, and you’ve been actively avoiding presidential politics in recent days. But you’d still like a primer on some local races and ballot initiatives before voting. No worries – we’ve got your back – as on this edition of Houston Matters, we offer a last-minute Houston election […]

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Does Texas Get its Money’s Worth from Suing the Federal Government?

Posted on · Texas has always had a bit of a contentious relationship with the federal government – especially lately. Recent analysis of state data from The Texas Tribune says that since Pres. Obama took office in 2009, the state has sued his administration at least 43 times. Gov. Greg Abbott (our former attorney general) filed 31 of […]

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Texas vs. the Federal Government, and School Closures: Wednesday’s Show (August 17, 2016)

Posted on · Texas has always had a bit of a contentious relationship with the federal government — especially lately. One report says that, since Pres. Obama took office in 2009, his administration has been sued by the state at least 43 times. One of the most recent lawsuits deals with transgender children and bathrooms in schools, and […]

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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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Pre-K Funding, Labels, and Restaurant Weeks: Wednesday’s show (August 3, 2016)

Posted on · Back in 2015, lawmakers set aside some $130 million over two years for some pre-K programs in the state. But did House Bill 4 go far enough? The Austin-based think tank the Center for Public Policy Priorities recently suggested that, while research shows positive results for state-supported pre-K programs, Texas regularly receives low marks for […]

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Libertarian Ideology and the Libertarian Party in Houston

Posted on · A longstanding mantra kicked around the Bayou City is that what’s good for business is good for Houston. Yet Houston also has a history of advancing (some) social issues. These are not mutually exclusive concepts, and perhaps they’re not surprising in a community that seems to have its fair share (maybe more) of libertarian residents […]

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Houston Libertarians and a Grand Parkway Tour: Thursday’s Show (June 9, 2016)

Posted on · A longstanding mantra kicked around the Bayou City is that what’s good for business is good for Houston. Yet Houston also has a history of advancing (some) social issues. These are not mutually exclusive concepts, and perhaps they’re not surprising in a community that seems to have its fair share (maybe more) of libertarian (little […]

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Super Tuesday Analysis and Cheap Eats: Wednesday’s Show (March 2, 2016)

Posted on · We recap and analyze Super Tuesday primary election results in the presidential race and discuss some Texas down-ballot races, including congressional and state legislative seats, on this edition of Houston Matters. We talk with Brandon Rottinghaus, associate professor of political science at the University of Houston. Outdated Racial Categories Also this hour: schools, surveys and […]

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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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Local Reaction to Pres. Obama’s Final State of the Union Address

Posted on · On Tuesday night (Jan. 12, 2016), President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address. To examine what, if any, implications the President’s remarks may have on Greater Houston, we talk with University of St. Thomas Political Science Professor Jon Taylor.

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Sylvester Turner Elected Mayor: Monday’s Show (December 14, 2015)

Posted on · On Saturday, Houston voters went to the polls and narrowly elected Sylvester Turner as the next Mayor of Houston. Turner, who eked out the runoff election win with 51 percent of the vote, reinforced in his victory speech that he “will do [his] very, very best to represent every single Houstonian in this city.” The mayor-elect says he’ll […]

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What Should Be the 28th Amendment?

Posted on · There are 27 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The first ten, of course, are the Bill of Rights, which address matters ranging from speech to religion to guns. The other seventeen amendments include one dedicated to abolishing slavery, others ensure voting rights, one establishes prohibition, another repeals it. From time to time, citizens call for a new Constitutional […]

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The Latino Vote and the Astros Hacked: Monday’s Show (June 22, 2015)

Posted on · Earlier this month, the Center for Houston’s Future presented a panel discussion exploring when Hispanic political influence will reflect demographic reality at the voting booth. Latinos represent the fastest-growing population here, and yet, their voter turnout is lower than other ethnic populations. Houston Matters host Craig Cohen moderated the discussion with four panelists: Rice University […]