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Rick Perry’s Presidential Run, and Houstonian Attitudes Towards Bikers: Friday’s Show (June 5, 2015)

Posted on · Former Texas Governor Rick Perry officially announced he’s running for President Thursday (6/4/15). He has to overcome his famous 2012 GOP Presidential debate flame out, and an indictment still hanging over his head. But in an already crowded field, he also finds himself one of two hard line conservatives from Texas. Is there room in […]

Houston Matters

What Got Done — and What Didn’t — During the 84th Texas Legislature?

Posted on · The 84th legislative session officially wraps up in Austin today, and lawmakers spent the final weekend passing bills addressing issues ranging from campus carry, to medical marijuana, to student truancy, to a new school grade rating system. We discuss what lawmakers passed, what fell short of passage and what it all may signal politically with Brandon […]

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Hurricane Season and a Legislative Recap: Monday’s Show (June 1, 2015)

Posted on · It’s officially Hurricane season, Houston. Starting now, and for the next six months, we Houstonians keep tabs on tropical storms developing in the Gulf and prepare for the possibility that any could make landfall. The last few years have been relatively quiet on the tropical storm front, which would normally leave public officials concerned about […]

Politics

Texas Lawmakers Bid Farewell To Rep Sylvester Turner

Posted on · Rep. Sylvester Turner with Rep. Gene Wu on Sunday, May 31, 2015. Credit: Laura Isensee As Texas lawmakers sent some last minute bills to the governor, including creating a state gold bullion depository and campus carry, lawmakers in the House also bid a farewell to longtime Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston. His colleagues left their chairs […]

Houston Matters

Battle Over State v. Local Control Traces All the Way Back to the Magna Carta

Posted on · We’ve seen friction lately between local leaders and the State of Texas over regulatory authority to address issues like non-discrimination and app-based paid ride services. When Houston Mayor Annise Parker appeared on Houston Matters last month, she said a series of what she called “pre-emption bills” represented a shift in thinking in Austin. Stephen Koch […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Flooding and the Waning Days of the Legislature: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From heavy flooding across Greater Houston, to a scramble to pass bills in the waning hours of the Texas Legislature, to a fight over who owns access to the social media accounts of a sold business: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s Houston news. This week’s panel of “non-experts” includes […]

Houston Matters

Should Expression on Campus Be Limited to Free Speech Zones?

Posted on · A young Blinn College student named Nicole Sanders wanted to start a student organization to advocate for gun rights on the Brenham campus. She was told she could only “engage in expressive activity” in a designated “free speech zone,” which is roughly the size of a parking spot. Add this to other “free speech” questions […]

Politics

Video: Sitting Down With Lisa Falkenberg

Posted on · Columnist Lisa Falkenberg was named winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for her work about grand jury abuses that led to a wrongful conviction of Alfred Dewayne Brown. Brown was on death row after being convicted of killing a Houston police officer.

Good, Bad and Ugly

Death Penalty, Hunting Rights and Writing an Essay to Win a House: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From death penalty news in both Texas and Nebraska, to a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would protect Texans’ rights to fish and hunt, and to writing an essay to win a house: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s Houston news. This week’s panel of “non-experts” is comprised […]

Houston Matters

Why Did School Finance Reform Fail This Legislative Session?

Posted on · In 2011, the Texas Legislature cut $5 billion from the public education budget. More than two-thirds of Texas public school districts filed lawsuits. Then in 2013, lawmakers restored the majority of the funding cut two years earlier. Nevertheless, a court challenge over how the state funds schools has gone forward, with arguments expected in the […]

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School Funding, Military Declines, and Comicpalooza: Friday’s show (May 22, 2015)

Posted on · In 2011, the Texas Legislature cut $5 billion from the public education budget. More than two-thirds of Texas public school districts filed lawsuits. Then in 2013, lawmakers restored the majority of the funding cut two years earlier. Nevertheless, a court challenge over how the state funds schools has gone forward, with arguments expected in the […]

Houston Matters

How and When Is Eminent Domain Exercised in Houston and Texas?

Posted on · Eminent domain is defined as the right of the government or its agent to take private property for public use, with payment of compensation. It sounds very straightforward right? Of course, it’s quite often not. The idea of your land being taken away because perhaps oil is found on it or a road needs to be […]