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Is the Texas Voter ID Law Ultimately Headed to the Supreme Court?

Posted on · As the Texas Voter ID law heads back to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, new voting-related allegations have surfaced. A Harris County constable primary candidate who fell just short of a runoff alleges his opponent’s campaign illegally cast votes for senior citizens. Meanwhile, a federal lawsuit has been filed accusing Texas officials of violating the “motor voter” law […]

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Voter ID Law and Fountain View Apartments Dispute: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From the Texas Voter ID law heading back to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, to the opposition to a proposed mixed-income apartment complex near The Galleria, to a new report that says Houstonians wasted even more time in traffic in 2015: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s news. Our panel of non-experts this […]

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Study: Voter ID Law Could’ve Affected Texas Congressional Race

Posted on · According to a joint study released this month by Rice University and the University of Houston, the state’s voter ID requirements might have impacted the outcome of a congressional race by keeping voters in an Hispanic-majority district — many of whom had proper ID — from going to the polls. We learn more about the […]

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Voter ID Law Struck Down, Paxton Indictment, and Blue Bell Making Comeback: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals striking down the Texas voter ID law, to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s indictment for securities fraud, to Blue Bell Creameries starting up production in Alabama post-recall: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s news. This week’s panel of non-experts is comprised […]

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As Court Strikes Down Texas’ Voter ID Law, Looking Back at 50 Years of the Voting Rights Act

Posted on · Wednesday, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Texas’ voter ID law, ruling the 2011 measure violates the Voting Rights Act. The decision sends the case back to a lower court, which will decide whether lawmakers intended to discriminate when they approved the measure. The ruling came down just a day shy of the […]

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Voting Rights Act 50th Anniversary and the Printing Museum: Thursday’s Show (Aug. 6, 2015)

Posted on · Wednesday, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Texas’ voter ID law, ruling the 2011 measure violates the Voting Rights Act. The decision sends the case back to a lower court, which will decide whether lawmakers intended to discriminate when they approved the measure. The ruling came down just a day shy of the […]

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How Might Courts Rule Regarding the State’s Voter ID Law?

Posted on · Last week, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in Veasey v. Perry, a challenge to the Texas voter ID law. In a federal district court ruling, Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos ruled there was “compelling evidence” that Senate Bill 14, enacted in 2013, was passed with the intent to discriminate against minority […]

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Voter ID, The Full Menu, and Star Wars Fans: Wednesday’s Show (May 6, 2015)

Posted on · Last week, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in Veasey v. Perry, a challenge to the Texas voter ID law. In a federal district court ruling, Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos ruled there was “compelling evidence” that Senate Bill 14, enacted in 2013, was passed with the intent to discriminate against minority […]

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Voter ID, Emmett’s Astrodome Idea & a Brewery at Whole Foods: 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 Lisa Falkenberg, Dianah Dulany, […]

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Early Voting Begins with Voter ID Law Back in Effect

Posted on · Early voting began on Monday in Harris County with the state’s voter ID law recently reinstated by a federal appeals court. The ruling handed down by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals allows the law to be used in the Nov. 4 election, despite a lower judge’s ruling that the law is unconstitutional. The Texas law requires registered voters […]

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Voter ID, Banning Fracking and Project Row Houses: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Posted on · Early voting began on Monday in Harris County with the state’s voter ID law recently reinstated by a federal appeals court. The ruling handed down by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals allows the law to be used in the Nov. 4 election, despite a lower judge’s ruling that the law is unconstitutional. The Texas law […]