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Should Texas Judges Be Attached to a Political Party?

Posted on · Across the country, you’ll find different systems in place for naming and retaining judges. In some states, judges are named by the executive branch and approved or rejected by the legislature. In others, judges are named and then face “retention elections” at regular intervals when voters can choose to retain or dismiss the judge. Here […]

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Judges and Party Affiliation: Friday’s Show (March 25, 2016)

Posted on · Across the country, you’ll find different systems in place for naming and retaining judges. In some states, judges are named by the executive branch and approved or rejected by the legislature. In others, judges are named and then face “retention elections” at regular intervals when voters can choose to retain or dismiss the judge. Here […]

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Atlantic Drilling Halt and 12th Man Trademark: Thursday’s Show (March 24, 2016)

Posted on · Last year, the Obama Administration floated a proposal to auction off drilling rights to parts of the Atlantic Ocean in 2021, but earlier this month — amid outcry from coastal communities and environmentalists about tourism, safety and wildlife — the administration reversed that position and pulled drilling in the Atlantic off the table. While some […]

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Forum Examines Affects of Drug Enforcement Policies

Posted on · Rice University’s Baker Institute recently hosted a conversation examining the affects of drug enforcement policies on society and looking at drug policies in Harris County. Elected officials and drug policy specialists with a background in law enforcement participated in the discussion, moderated by Katharine Neill, a postdoctoral fellow in drug policy at the Baker Institute. She […]

Politics

Congress Aims To Improve Social Security Benefits For Public Sector Workers

Posted on · Teachers, firefighters, and police officers often have to take a second job in order to make ends meet. In Texas and many other states, that often means they lose some of their Social Security benefits when they apply for their government pensions. Rep. Kevin Brady is leading a bipartisan effort to change that.

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Answers to Your Property Tax Questions

Posted on · This is the time of year the Harris County Appraisal District sends out appraisal notices to property owners. Those valuations have been on the rise in recent years, prompting Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan to offer a series of property tax workshops to explain how those taxes are valued and collected. Sullivan joins us, along […]

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Pet Peeves and Tax Assessment: Monday’s Show (March 21, 2016)

Posted on · Every few months, we offer you the opportunity to vent. It could be something about Houston, like the traffic or the weather. It could be something about your life. It could be something you just wished was a little bit different. It’s your pet peeve — that one thing that sticks in your craw — […]

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Gangster Warlords: A New Type of Criminal Unleashes a New Kind of Violence on Central and South America

Posted on · According to journalist Ioan Grillo, there’s a new kind of criminal that’s risen in Central and South America in recent years: a hybrid of CEO, terrorist and rock star. One that commands guerilla attacks, strong-arms governments and deals in narcotics, guns and humans. In his new book, called Gangster Warlords: Drug Dollars, Killing Fields, and the New […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

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 […]