Houston Matters

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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A Closer Look at Mayor Turner’s Plan for Pension Reform

Posted on · On Tuesday (Sept. 20, 2016), the Kinder Institute for Urban Research held a panel discussion on the future of Houston’s pension system. The discussion came just a few days after Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced an “historic” pension reform plan. We discuss the mayor’s plan and what hurdles remain to address the city’s unfunded pension […]

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Pensions, Voter ID, and Frost Town: Thursday’s Show (September 22, 2016)

Posted on · On Tuesday (Sept. 20, 2016), the Kinder Institute for Urban Research held a panel discussion on the future of Houston’s pension system. The discussion came just a few days after Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced an “historic” pension reform plan. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the mayor’s plan and what hurdles remain […]

Politics

Gov. Abbott: Texas Will Halt Aid To Refugees Resettling In The State

Posted on · Texas will become the third state to pull out of the federal Refugee Resettlement Program over security concerns. The move won’t prevent refugees from coming to Texas, but it will force non-governmental organization to bear the cost of providing them with critical services.

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What Advice Would Houston Debaters Have For the Presidential Candidates?

Posted on · On Monday night, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will square off in the first general election presidential debate of 2016. And media outlets, including NPR, are seeking out professional political analysts and pundits to share how they would prepare the candidates. Well, we here at Houston Matters thought we’d go another way: we turn to […]

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Economic Opportunity and Student Debate Advice: Wednesday’s Show (September 21, 2016)

Posted on · All this week, NPR and public radio stations nationwide are taking part in this week’s A Nation Engaged project which asks, “What can we do to create economic opportunity for more Americans?” On this edition of Houston Matters, we turn the question towards economic opportunity here in Greater Houston. First, Michael Hagerty talks with Bill Gilmer, Director of […]

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Candidate Interview: Ed Gonzalez for Harris County Sheriff

Posted on · With the November election fast approaching and early voting around the corner, we devote time over the next few weeks to two key races in Harris County for Sheriff and District Attorney, and offer you a chance to talk directly with candidates vying for your vote. Today, we welcome your questions for veteran Houston police officer […]

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Ed Gonzalez Sheriff Candidate Interview: Tuesday’s Show (September 20, 2016)

Posted on · With the November election fast approaching and early voting around the corner, we devote time over the next few weeks to two key races in Harris County for Sheriff and District Attorney, and offer you a chance to talk directly with candidates vying for your vote. On this edition of Houston Matters, we welcome your […]

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Don’t Bottle Them Up: More of Your Houston Pet Peeves

Posted on · Every few months, we give 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 that you just […]

Election 2016

Down-Ballot Texas Democrats Hope To Benefit From Anti-Trump Backlash

Posted on · Opposition to Donald Trump could tip the balance in close races, such as the rematch between Rep. Will Hurd and former Rep. Pete Gallego in Southwest Texas. But Hillary Clinton’s unpopularity is just as likely to drive Republicans to the polls as Trump’s is to galvanize Democrats.

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What Should Be the 28th Amendment?

Posted on · Today we observe National Constitution Day and ask you to tell us what’s so important to you that you would want it added to the U.S. Constitution as the 28th Amendment. Among the 27 Amendments in place are the first ten, aka the Bill of Rights, which address matters ranging from speech to religion to guns. […]

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The 28th Amendment and a Death Salon: Friday’s Show (September 16, 2016)

Posted on · Today we observe National Constitution Day and ask you to tell us what’s so important to you that you would want it added to the U.S. Constitution as the 28th Amendment. Among the 27 Amendments in place are the first ten, aka the Bill of Rights, which address matters ranging from speech to religion to guns. […]