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Rule Change Gives GOP Stronger Hold on Texas Senate

Posted on · On Wednesday, the Texas Senate voted to eliminate what has come to be known as the “two-thirds rule.” The move strengthens Republicans’ majority power, as it scraps Democrats’ ability to block bills on party-line votes. The GOP holds a 20 to 11 Senate majority. The old rule left Republicans a vote short of bringing up […]

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What Issues from the State of the Union Could Affect Houstonians the Most?

Posted on · President Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address Tuesday night. He covered a wide range of issues, many of which are especially relevant to Houston and Texas. As a new, Republican-controlled Congress looked on, the President reiterated veto threats should Congress “put the security of families at risk by taking away their health insurance…or […]

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State of the Union and Early Literacy: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

Posted on · President Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address Tuesday night. He covered a wide range of issues, many of which are especially relevant to Houston and Texas. As a new, Republican-controlled Congress looked on, the President reiterated veto threats should Congress “put the security of families at risk by taking away their health insurance…or […]

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State Task Force Offers Recommendations on Improving Healthcare System

Posted on · A group that reports on healthcare in the state is calling for the creation of a plan that would cover the estimated one million low-income, uninsured Texans. That’s one of several recommendations the Code Red Task Force published in a report earlier this month. Steve Murdock chairs the task force. He’s also professor of sociology […]

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Lawmakers Share Their Plans for the New Legislative Session

Posted on · Today lawmakers from across the state are gathering in Austin for the kick-off of the new legislative session. Together, their main job is to pass a budget for the next two years. But local lawmakers also have their own priorities. News 88.7’s Laura Isensee has been talking to members of the Houston delegation about those […]