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A perceived ‘war on police’ (Feb. 20, 2024)

Posted on · On Tuesday's show: Early voting begins for the March primary election, and we preview what's on the ballot. Then, we discover what a sociologist learned from spending more than a thousand hours riding with police officers around the country. And we reflect on the film "Reality Bites" 30 years after its premiere and discuss what it had to say about Gen X -- and about Houston, the city where it was filmed.

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Voting rights in Texas (June 9, 2023)

Posted on · On Friday's show: The Supreme Court issued a surprise decision striking down Alabama’s Congressional maps for minimizing Black voters’ influence to one district. Could there be implications for Texas?

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Addressing affordable housing at the legislature (March 21, 2023)

Posted on · On Tuesday's show: We learn how state lawmakers plan to address the issue of affordable housing during this legislative session. And we talk with a Houston storm chaser.

Texas Senate chamber during the floor debate over Senate Bill 2, which would make illegal voting a felony again

Politics

GOP-authored bills would increase penalties for illegal voting and limit Harris County’s control over elections

Posted on · Senate Bill 2 would make illegal voting a felony again. Other Republican-authored bills, filed in response to the 2022 Harris County general election, could cost Elections Administrator Clifford Tatum his job.

Senator Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, leading the Senate floor debate in favor of SB 2.

Politics

Texas Senate passes bill making illegal voting a felony again; bill moves to Texas House

Posted on · Senate Bill 2, authored by Senator Bryan Hughes, would also change the requirement that a person know he or she was voting illegally in order to be charged and convicted.

Senator Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola), author of Senate Bill 2 and chair of the Senate State Affairs Committee

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A bill making illegal voting a felony, again, advances in the Texas Senate

Posted on · Senate Bill 2 would make illegal voting an offense punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. It’s one of several election-related bills before the Texas Legislature, several of which appear squarely aimed at Harris County.

Harris County Elections Administrator Clifford Tatum speaking at Central Count inside NRG Arena, October 13, 2022

Elections

Harris County needs “immediate” upgrades to voting infrastructure, internal report finds

Posted on · The post-election analysis by the Harris County Elections Administrator’s Office could not yet determine whether alleged paper ballot shortages had kept people from voting, as the Harris County Republican Party has charged.

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