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Judge Rules Pasadena Intentionally Violated Hispanic and Latino Voting Rights

Posted on · Last month, Chief U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal ruled that the City of Pasadena would be under federal oversight for the next six and a half years. The judge said that Pasadena intentionally violated the voting rights of its burgeoning Hispanic and Latino population in a redistricting scheme. The Mexican American Legal Defense and […]

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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 […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Possible Pension Fix and Voting Issues: The Good, Bad and Ugly of the 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 weighs in […]

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Houston Matters Weekend for October 8, 2016

Posted on · Recently, News 88.7's Gail Delaughter noted how often she hears folks ask "why can't Houston be more like" a city where they used to live, particularly when it comes to transportation and mass transit. We talk about such examples with Gail, as well as the city's planning director Patrick Walsh, and Ryan Holeywell from the […]

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Judge Rules Texas Defied Court Order On Voter ID Law

Posted on · It seems as if the twists and turns in the saga over the state's voter ID law will never end. In the latest development, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos Monday (Sept. 19, 2016) determined the state's voter education campaign is using misleading language to discourage eligible voters from going to the polls. When the […]

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Harris County and Justice Department Battle Over Claims of ADA Non-Compliance at Polling Places

Posted on · Earlier this month, the U.S. Justice Department sued Harris County, alleging the county hasn't taken enough steps to make polling places more accessible to voters with disabilities, citing — among other things — architectural barriers at some locations. The suit seeks a court order to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act by the […]

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Court Strikes Down Texas Voter ID Law

Posted on · The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Wednesday (July 20, 2016) ruled the state's voter ID law is discriminatory, and violates the Voting Rights Act. If that sounds familiar to you, it's because this is not the first time a federal court has found flaws with the Texas law — it's actually the […]