Annise Parker

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2014

    DPS Tells Mayor Parker's Daughter She Can't Have Two Moms

    We already know that Texas' bullheaded stance on gay marriage -- that it won't in any way recognize it, even if couples were married in other states -- trickles down to individual Texas Department of Public Safety clerks. Same-sex couples in Texas have to navigate roadblocks that can royally screw w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2014

    Why Didn't The City Think Subpoenaing A Bunch of Pastors Might Be a Big Deal?

    It's hard to understand how or why the City of Houston didn't anticipate a clamorous backlash before it sent sweeping subpoenas to five local pastors critical of the city's anti-discrimination ordinance. Maybe it's because Mayor Annise Parker and City Attorney David Feldman truly didn't understand ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2014

    City Removes "Sermons" From Pastor Subpoenas, Blames "Media Circus" and Anti-HERO Lawyers for Stoking Outrage

    Mayor Annise Parker and City Attorney David Feldman shifted more blame in the subpoenaing-anti-HERO-pastors debacle that's riled up Christians across the city -- and, thanks to Twitter and the #HoustonWeHaveAProblem campaign, the nation. Parker and Feldman blamed their pro bono lawyers, the media an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2014

    Christians Freak Out After City Subpoenas Sermons in Anti-HERO Lawsuit

    In a tone-deaf moment of legal strategy, the City of Houston last month sent local pastors critical of the city's anti-discrimination ordinance sweeping subpoenas for notes and sermons. The move comes in a lawsuit challenging the City of Houston for throwing out a petition from anti-HERO (Houston E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2014

    Mayor Annise Parker Looks Forward to Tossing Out Anti-HERO Petition

    Mayor Annise Parker's seen some shit, least of which are sloppy petitions. Opponents of Houston's newly passed anti-discrimination law submitted a petition to repeal it in the 11th hour today, boasting 50,000 signatures for a measure that only required about 17,000. The mayor responded in an announ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    Mayor Parker Talks Crime Lab, Rape Kits, and Human Rights at State of the City

    The biggest applause for Mayor Annise Parker's third State of the City speech probably came when she talked about creating an independent forensics crime lab and when she talked about the work in helping to eliminate a backlog of untested rape kits. That was part of the speech she gave this afterno ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    Snowpocalypse Part Two: City, County Shutting Down for Storm

    Last week, most everything shut down, but some apparently not soon enough. This time around, no one in the city our county is taking any chances. Judge Ed Emmett and Mayor Annise Parker announced separately on Monday that both county and city offices would close Tuesday. They along with the Texas De ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2014

    6 Antiquated Objections to Mayor Parker's Marriage (and Same-Sex Marriage in General) on Social Media

    As recently as 25 years ago, an openly gay mayor would have seemed inconceivable to most people in Houston. A lot can change and we are now in the third term of Mayor Annise Parker, the only openly gay mayor in America. Last week, it was announced Parker and her longtime partner, Kathy Hubbard, were ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    Mayor Parker, Longtime Partner Plan to Wed

    The story of a politician marrying her longtime partner would not normally be much in the way of news. Sure, there would be talk, but mostly it would be relegated to gossip magazines and the socialite section of newspapers. In the case of Mayor Annise Parker, it is far more notable because her longt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    Annise Parker Cruises To Re-Election Over Ben Hall

    Annise Parker avoided a runoff and easily beat former city attorney Ben Hall tonight in her final re-election race. "I love this city," Parker told a cheering crowd after Hall conceded at about 9 p.m. At that point, with about a third of the precincts counted, Parker had 57 percent of the vote to H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2013

    Mayoral Candidate Ben Hall, 'The Man Who Wasn't There,' Says Parker's Camp

    Ben Hall got a jump start on the whole campaign season thing when he started running his rather mystifying television advertisements last week, and this week Mayor Annise Parker's camp has responded with a couple of ads of their own. The first Parker video is pretty basic -- people talking about th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    Cover Story: A Bike Path and an AIDS Memorial Garden

    Ten years ago, residents of a Third Ward neighborhood near MacGregor Way vociferously -- yes, vociferously -- objected to then-Mayor Bill White's plans to convert an old railroad right-of-way into a bike path. A resulting lawsuit stopped a roughly 1,500-foot section of the path in its tracks, alth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    Fire Fighters, Police on Opposite Sides of Mayoral Race

    The Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association announced they will be endorsing Ben Hall in his challenge to incumbent Mayor Annise Parker in this year's mayoral campaign. This comes well after the Houston Police Officers' Union endorsed the incumbent mayor back in March and just weeks after a f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    The Super-Fast Hennessy Venom GT Visits City Hall (w/Video of It Getting to 186 MPH in 13.63 Seconds at Ellington)

    If Mayor Annise Parker endorses -- nay, celebrates -- a street-legal car that went 300 kilometers per hour (that's 186 mph) within the city limits of Houston, then she's obviously encouraging everyone to get out on the Loop and hit triple digits on the speedometer, right? Not necessarily, you'll b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    Mayor Parker Not Interested in "Embarrassing Council Members" with Another Food Truck Debate

    Mayor Annise Parker may be with the times on certain issues -- she's certainly adept at social media, for one -- but the City of Houston's current food truck ordinance isn't one of them. Parker participated in a live online chat via CultureMap yesterday afternoon frm 1 to 2 p.m., part of her contin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Houston Activists Say New Recycling System is Not the Way To Go

    A day after Mayor Annise Parker jubilantly announced the city had won $1 million by being a finalist in a municipal-improvements contest, experts held a press conference to say the city's winning "One Bin For All" recycling project is bad for the environment. Experts like Tyson Sowell of the Texas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    Parker Restores Library Hours Cut In Budget Crunch

    Libraries whose hours have been reduced for4 budgetary reasons will go back to their normal operational schedule, Mayor Annise Parker will announce tomorrow. The city plans to to restore "library hours cut during [a] tough recession two years ago," according to a release from the mayor's office. M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    As Presidential Campaigns Rage And Famous Mayors Stump, Where's Annise Parker?

    Last weekend, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro was a busy guy. He was all over California, meeting with President Barack Obama, hanging with George Clooney, and getting loads of national face time. Across the country, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg poured loads of money into the U.S. Senate candi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Mayor Annise Parker Gives In, Adopts BARC's Dog Of The Week

    Mayor Annise Parker has been busy posing with the bold, the beautiful and the sad animals of BARC in an effort to win a $100,000 challenge by TV's Rachael Ray. Today cuteness, or a sense of duty, or just wanting to help took control. "I confess. I couldn't resist temptation. Took the BARC Dog of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2012

    Annise Parker Tries to Get You to Adopt World's Saddest Cat

    Meet Callie!!! This wee ball o' fire is just about to bound out of Mayor Annise Parker's arms and straight into your heart with all the exuberance of a fun-lovin' furball!! Or, on the other hand, maybe she's the single most depressed cat ever seen. Her eyes: Either a sullen realization that the a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    Comment of the Day: Annise Parker, Choosing Her (Non-Chick-fil-A) Battles

    We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning or afternoon from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2012

    The Annise Parker Non-Factor: Why Did The Chick-fil-A "Kiss-In" Fail?

    It seemed like the perfect mixture for a successful display of civil disobedience: there was apparent bigotry against a robust community by a very conspicuous company. But still, Friday evening's kiss-in to protest Chick-fil-A and its president, Dan Cathy, who has condemned gay marriage as anti-God, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    Comment of the Day: Mayor Parker's Cowboy Boots

    We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning or afternoon from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    Mayor Annise Parker to Appear on Colbert Report Tonight

    In case you hadn't heard, Mayor Annise Parker will be a guest tonight on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report tonight, which airs locally at 10:30 p.m. after The Daily Show. The announcement of her appearance camer earlier this week. It should be interesting to see the interaction between the two. P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2012

    Annise Parker Is The Queen Of The Roller Derby

    Mayor Annise Parker visited the Roller Derby Saturday and blew the first whistle. She stayed for both matches, watching the HRD Knockouts vs. Assassination City (Dallas, of course) and the Houston Roller Derby All-Stars vs Arch Rival Roller (St.Louis) Girls All-Stars at the Bayou Music Center.

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Houston Is Finally Getting Out Of The Crime-Lab Business

    The chronically hapless Houston police crime lab will be no more, thanks to a City Council vote today. Council approved a measure taking the first steps to close the lab and outsource its work to an independent non-profit organization.

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    Check out the Plans for BARC's Bitchen Adoption Center

    Mayor Annise Parker joined other officials in unveiling designs for a planned $12 million adoption center for the historically troubled Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care Tuesday. Scheduled to break ground in October, the initial phase of the center will be funded by $4.1 million in capital impro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2012

    New Jail for Public-Intox Arrests Announced

    If you've been arrested for public intoxication -- and it's a favorite charge if you've somehow pissed off a cop without doing anything illegal -- things will soon be different for you in Houston. Instead of being thrown in with the general population at the city jail, Mayor Annise Parker announced ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Sundance Cinemas Houston Opens Today

    In a speech at last night's private grand opening party for downtown's new Sundance Cinemas, Mayor Annise Parker expressed sentiments echoed by many Houstonians, saying, "When the [Angelika Theater] closed its doors, it was like a light went off downtown." The Mayor felt the Angelika's sudden and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    It's Election Day!! Go Out & Vote!!

    Today's the day​You probably don't realize it, but today is election day. Mayor Annise Parker is running for another term, there's a crowded and interesting race to represent the new Montrose-Heights council district, and an HISD board member is trying to keep his job via anti-gay mailings. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    Cigarettes Banned in City Parks?

    Coming soon to a park near you?​First they came for your barbecue grills, and you didn't speak out because you just microwave your meals. Now they may be coming for your cigs. Discussion at City Council today included talk of banning smoking in city parks because of the fire danger brought o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Mandatory Water Conservation: City Buildings Will Be Dirtier, Your Lawn Will Be Browner

    No city windows or cars being cleaned for a while.​Mayor Annise Parker announced mandatory water conservation in the city because levels at Lake Houston have gotten too low. That means you have 72 hours to fix any detectable water leaks at your house, you lazy bastard, and you're limited in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    Ramadan Iftar, Sponsored by the City, Draws Hundreds of Muslims

    Photo by Mandy OaklanderMayor Parker backed Saturday's citywide iftar. ​Sealed bottles of water sit on the white-clothed tables before the crowd of thirsty fasters. It's Ramadan, so for one month, observant Muslims like those gathered here at the downtown convention center will abstain from ea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Protest Your Drainage Fee Via the World's Most Boring How-To Video

    The city has announced the procedures it will use to hear protests over assessed drainage fees, and they look like they're about as much fun as protesting your property tax assessment. Worse, they involve watching the above, five and a half minutes of instruction on how to use the "You think you ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    The Top Ten Greatest Gays of Texas

    Here in Texas, we lay claim to some of the most interesting and influential GLBT men and women of our time. Admittedly, they generally get out as fast as they can, but to us, they'll always be Texans. Here are ten GLBT men and women we're proudest to call Texans, especially during this season of Pri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Comment of the Day: He Who Laughs Last

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Houston Begins Water-Shortage Plan: Take Shorter Showers, People

    Your lawn, if this keeps up​Mayor Annise Parker announced today the city will be implementing Stage 1 of its water-shortage plan, which calls for residents to make some changes in their routines. Among them: Showers should be no longer than five minutes. Turn off the water while brishing your ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    Drainage Fee Change: Your First 1,000 Square Feet of Impervious Surface Are Free, Free, Free!!!

    AND THAT"S NOT ALL!!! Well, actually, it is.​Mayor Annise Parker announced this afternoon that she's changing the new drainage-fee structure after a boatload of complaints that the fees are higher than what the referendum ads said they would be. The fees are assessed according to how much sur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    Pools And Community Centers Come Under Parker's Budget Ax

    Pool's closed today, and all summer​Eight swimming pool pools and seven community centers won't open this summer and about 750 city employees will be laid off under the new budget proposed by Mayor Annise Parker today.The fire and police departments avoided layoffs. "Developing this budget h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Bon Jovi Rides His Steel Horse to Meet Annise Parker

    Photos by Allison WagonerHouston Mayor Annise Parker and Jon Bon Jovi stand with their autographed plates that will be featured on SEARCH's "Wall of China."​Even though there's a famous APB on him, Jon Bon Jovi met with Mayor Annise Parker yesterday and was not arrested. Bon Jovi has a concer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    Royal Wedding: Vintage Wedding Cards, Modernized

    Okay, you didn't get an invite to the big royal wedding. You should still send a card or something, show `em you care. (Assuming you do.) Mayor Annise Parker did! In case you are looking for cards to send over, we found some vintage ones. Naturally, we modernized them a bit. ​

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    Royal Wedding Can Go On: Annise Parker Has Given Her Blessing

    Jessica Michan​Ending months of increasingly frantic nervous speculation by Prince William and (especially) Kate Middleton, Mayor Annise Parker has greatly eased their mind by officially writing a congratulatory letter, the last big hurdle before any Royal Wedding in London. Preparations for F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    That SafeClear Tow Will Now Set You Back $50

    Got $50?​Mayor Annise Parker announced a new wrinkle to the city's SafeClear program this morning -- that forced towing of your stalled car from the highway, the one you can't refuse? It'll now cost fifty bucks. Roadside assistance, such as fixing a flat, will be $30. Parker said the city wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    After a Lot of Bitching, City Council Approves Adding Two New Seats

    Meetings will get even longer....​It took a surprising amount of bitching and complaining from people who apparently don't like to share the spotlight, but the city council has approved Mayor Annise Parker's plan to go ahead and add two district seats to the elected panel. The city declared t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Parker Gets Very, Very Gloomy About the Budget

    A hard ax a-gonna fall​If you're making a list of "First sentences you don't want to read in memos," it would have to include "There is no easy way to deliver the news you are receiving today." But that's the way Mayor Annise Parker led off a grim summary to the council and city department he ... More >>

  • News

    February 17, 2011

    Third Ward Heat

    Mayor, police grilled on HPD beating.

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    Annise Parker Talks About Her First Love

    I'm From Driftwood, a Web site dedicated to real-life stories from gays and lesbians, has posted an interview with Mayor Annise Parker talking about her first love and a college romance. Parker remains quietly analytical, of course, but still, in recounting how heartsick she was when her girlfriend ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Chad Holley's Police Beating Is Subject of an Angry NAACP Town Hall Meeting

    Mandy OaklanderAnnise Parker spoke at an NAACP town hall meeting last night.​Last night around 7 p.m., the Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church was packed tighter than a month's worth of Sunday mornings. Hundreds swarmed to attend the standing-room-only NAACP town hall meeting about the recent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    Another Graffiti-Removal Effort About to Be Launched by City

    A graffiti truck​The city of Houston will be unveiling a big new graffiti-removal program tomorrow, throwing a spotlight on five new "graffiti trucks" that will cruise the city removing instantly the scourge of street art wherever it may be. The Greater East End Management District has receiv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    City Employee's Furloughs Become Un-Voluntary

    Note: Your Houston furlough may not come with kisses​Those voluntary furloughs for city employees that Mayor Annise Parker announced last week? They just became not-so-voluntary. City Council has given Parker approval to impose mandatory furlough days for the last half of the current fiscal y ... More >>

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