Election 2016

Texas Democrats Prepare For State Convention In San Antonio

Posted on · Party leaders are hoping to capitalize on anti-Donald Trump fervor to make inroads with Republican voters this fall and beyond. They’ll get to test the strength of their message next week. While they meet in the Alamodome next week, the presumptive Republican nominee will swing through Dallas and Houston.

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Houston Libertarians and a Grand Parkway Tour: Thursday’s Show (June 9, 2016)

Posted on · A longstanding mantra kicked around the Bayou City is that what’s good for business is good for Houston. Yet Houston also has a history of advancing (some) social issues. These are not mutually exclusive concepts, and perhaps they’re not surprising in a community that seems to have its fair share (maybe more) of libertarian (little […]

Politics

Dame Helen Mirren Calls On Senate To Pass Holocaust Art Recovery Bill

Posted on · Texas Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz are the lead sponsors of a bill to make it easier for victims’ families to reclaim artworks or artifacts seized by the Third Reich. Mirren’s 2015 film "Woman In Gold" portrayed the legal difficulties such individuals face in trying to recover their family's property from the new owners.

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What Do Your Property Taxes Pay for and What Reforms Might Be on the Way?

Posted on · You’ve probably received your property tax estimate, and perhaps you’ve disputed the amount. We talk with Scott Hochberg, a former state representative who served on the public education committee, about what your taxes pay for when it comes to schools. And we also speak with State Sen. Paul Bettencourt about the recent legislative changes to property […]

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Revisiting Debate Over Texas Voter ID Law

Posted on · Judges for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit heard oral arguments last week (May 24, 2016) over a challenge to the state’s voter ID law. Plaintiffs allege the requirement violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act by making it more difficult — specifically for African Americans and Latinos — to cast a […]

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Voter ID, Construction Trends, and Distracted Driving: Thursday’s show (June 2, 2016)

Posted on · Judges for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit heard oral arguments last week (May 24, 2016) over a challenge to the state’s voter ID law. Plaintiffs allege the requirement violates section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, by making it more difficult — specifically for African Americans and Latinos — to cast […]

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Why the Supreme Court Punted on the HBU Birth Control Case

Posted on · The U.S. Supreme Court recently (May 16, 2016) sent Zubik v. Burwell back to lower courts. A ruling in the Texas case (which includes challenges from Houston Baptist University and East Texas Baptist University) would have clarified whether an Obama Administration mandate for some employers to provide birth control benefits to employees runs afoul of […]

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Storms, Floods and Zubik v. Burwell: Tuesday’s Show (May 31, 2016)

Posted on · The U.S. Supreme Court recently (May 16, 2016) sent Zubik v. Burwell back to lower courts. A ruling in the Texas case (which includes challenges from Houston Baptist University and East Texas Baptist University) would have clarified whether an Obama Administration mandate for some employers to provide birth control benefits to employees runs afoul of […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

City Budget Passes and Houston Drinks More Than Chicago: 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. 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. On this edition, we discuss: The […]