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Didn’t Vote Early? What You Need to Know Before the Ballot Box

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. We offer a last-minute Houston election cram session for procrastinators. We walk through some […]

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Labyrinth Lovers to Descend on Houston

Posted on · Have you ever experienced a labyrinth? No, not the David Bowie movie from the 80s – an actual labyrinth. The twisting, coiled paths that people often walk along as an act of meditation or prayer. Well, you might not know that Greater Houston is home to quite a few of them. And, in the coming […]

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Houston Matters Weekend for October 1, 2016

Posted on · NASA has quietly been taking crews of four on 713-day missions to explore an asteroid. Ok...well, not exactly. Actually, the asteroid is more like a simulated one located firmly on the ground inside a hangar at Johnson Space Center. Instead of real astronauts, the crews are made up of volunteers. And, instead of 700-day missions, […]

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Houston Matters Weekend for Saturday, September 3, 2016

Posted on · Everybody knows in Texas, you can't be the team with the losing record. But that's not the case with our state government's record suing the federal government — mostly for things like overreach. So why do we have such a contentious relationships with the feds? And are taxpayers getting anything out of these big lawsuits? […]

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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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What Criminology Students Have to Learn from Studying Crime Novels

Posted on · A new class at the University of St. Thomas this fall will focus on the genre of the crime novel. What makes it unusual? It’s required for criminology students. To learn what criminology students have to learn from crime fiction, Michael Hagerty talked with English professor Dr. Connie Michalos, who says real crime tends to […]

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Could Houston Make a Successful Break from Texas?

Posted on · The recent “Brexit” – Great Britain’s vote to leave the European Union – has led to conjecture about a lot of things, from the long-term international economic impact of the move, to what it might signal about U.S. trade policy, to somewhat less serious musings, like Ken Hoffman’s recent column in the Houston Chronicle, which […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Airports, Biker Indictments and Reality TV: The Good, Bad & 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. This week our panel examines the […]

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There Are More Races Than Just President on the Texas Super Tuesday Ballot

Posted on · The remaining Republican presidential candidates face off in a televised debate tonight (Feb. 25, 2016) at the University of Houston. It's the final debate before Super Tuesday, when Texas — and 11 other states and one U.S. territory — go to the polls in their primary elections or caucuses. But the presidential race isn't 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.

Good, Bad and Ugly

Abbott in Cuba and a Chocolate Wonderland: 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. We ask our non-expert panel (Houston Chronicle writer Lisa Falkenberg, MochaDad.com blogger Fred Goodall, and Vladimir Davidiuk, Chairman of the College Republicans and Junior Senator in the Student Government Association at the University of St […]