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How Calls for Profiling After Terrorist Attacks Impact Houston’s Muslims

Posted on · Following last Tuesday’s (March 22, 2016) attacks in Brussels, GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz of Texas called for “empower[ing] law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.” It’s the latest such comment from the two leading Republican presidential candidates suggesting Muslims should be in some way singled out for scrutiny even […]

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Ted Cruz Makes Final Push for Voter Support in Iowa

Posted on · In these final days before the Iowa caucuses on Monday (Feb. 1, 2016), we check in with Ben Philpott, senior reporter covering state politics and policy for KUT, our sister station in Austin. He’s in Iowa following presidential hopeful and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. We discuss developments in the GOP campaign and Cruz’s […]

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Is Ted Cruz a Formidable Challenger Against Donald Trump?

Posted on · It’s common during a presidential campaign, in the weeks leading up to primaries and caucuses, for voters to, in essence, audition certain candidates. Those mired near the bottom of public opinion polls can bubble up to the surface while others can slide into the background. In recent weeks, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has […]

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Does Rick Perry Have a Comeback in Him?

Posted on · Former Texas Governor Rick Perry officially announced he’s running for President in Dallas Thursday (6/4/15). He has to overcome his famous 2012 GOP Presidential debate flame out, and an indictment still hanging over his head. But in an already crowded field, he also finds himself one of two hard line conservatives from Texas. Is there room […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Ted Cruz, Schlumberger and an Astrodome Report: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of it all. On today’s panel: Houston Chronicle columnist […]

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Ted Cruz and the No Bid Contracts

Posted on · Houston Senator Ted Cruz officially announced he will be running for president in 2016 via his twitter account after midnight on Monday, March 23rd. That makes him the first of the potential candidates to do so. He reaffirmed his intent at a press conference at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia on Monday morning. We’ll discuss […]