Noted social scientist Charles Murray visits Houston universities

Earlier this week, contributor Neal Meyer pointed out (elsewhere) that noted social scientist Charles Murray will be giving a public presentation at the University of Houston on Thursday. Here is a snippet from the UH Honors College press release: The University of Houston Hobby Center […]

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Parker Administration budget priorities contribute to HFD brownouts

Last Friday, the City of Houston suffered “brownouts,” as Houston Fire Department Chief Terry Garrison was forced to pull some fire department resources offline as a result of Parker Administration budget priorities. Recall that several weeks ago, Mayor Annise Parker’s handpicked fire chief was critical […]

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On politics as a business (and those Harris County Republican Party slate mailers)

So, the 2014 Texas springtime political primaries have come and gone. This season was a rather interesting one. With governor Rick Perry retiring after 14 years of rule, regime change is in the air in Texas and will be blowing through the halls of power […]

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Parker Administration priorities take fire trucks offline, jeopardize public (and firefighter) safety

The Parker Administration and Council made news this past week by refusing to allocate additional resources to the Houston Fire Department, which is running over budget due to overtime payments that are partly a result of chronic staffing shortages that multiple administrations now have failed […]

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Add METRO’s “transit deserts” to list of obstacles to upward mobility in Houston

The Houston Chronicle ran an odd piece on its Sunday news pages that was part profile, part advocacy for greater educational opportunities as a way of fighting income inequality (we think). The headline and subheadline fairly accurately summarize the story’s thrust: Face of Houston’s income […]

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