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Full Show: Municipal IDs Under SB 4, And State vs. Local Government (Aug. 22, 2017)

Posted on · Houston Matters discusses the future of municipal ID programs under the new so-called "sanctuary cities" law. We debate whether Houstonians are happier with their city government or their state government. We take a look at hate crimes in Greater Houston. And a Texas prisoner responds to allegations that he's a serial killer.

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Why Texas Keeps Contracting With a Company that Underdelivers

Posted on · The state of Texas has a long — and not terribly successful — history with one contracting company: Accenture (formerly known as Andersen Consulting). Some 25 years ago, the Texas Attorney General’s office signed a contract with Andersen to computerize the state’s child support payment system. It wound up costing more than six times what the […]

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What Should Cities Control and What Should the State?

Posted on · Here in Texas, we’re familiar with disputes between our state and the federal government over a variety of issues, from voting laws to environmental regulation to same sex marriage and beyond. Article VI of the U.S. Constitution makes it clear that federal law “shall be the supreme Law of the Land.” In other words, this […]