There are certain political news-consumers who choose their media diet fastidiously: if it's not right wing, it's not on the menu. These media "swamps" are the places where the Birthers lurk, Benghazi is a massive cover-up, and -- despite the fact that the Dow Jones closed over 16,000 for the first ... More >>
Recently, I wrote about the realities of income distribution in the U.S. Today, I'm going to focus on Houston. The following information comes from the American Community Survey done by the U.S. Census Bureau. (Link here). The figures are from 2012. Here's some good news: we make more money in Hous ... More >>
While President Obama and many others see the Supreme Court's June ruling on the Voter Rights Act as the complete knee-capping of minority election rights, our own Senator John Cornyn says everything is a-OK and it's about time. Continuing his appeal to the right wing people of Texas, says the SC ... More >>
I'm pretty sure everyone outside of Texas hates the phrase "everything's big in Texas" about as much as every person in Houston hates the phrase "Houston, we have a problem." But, I'm about to drop it on you one more time because, according to Forbes, the top three fastest growing cities in America ... More >>
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On any given Sunday during football season, there are 70,000 people sitting in the stands watching the game. Imagine just over one percent of those people, probably the number of combined fans standing in the beer and bathroom lines at halftime at one corner of the upper level, and you just imagined ... More >>
Retire to this in Pasadena.The economy blows, especially for old folks, who aren't as able to kick it with an umbrella drink at some beachside hang like in the old days. No worries, according to Tom Corley, author of The Top 100 Cheapest Places to Retire in the U.S. in 2012. Instead of sink ... More >>
And they may just live in Houston.The Atlantic's blog has crunched some numbers from a recent gay survey and census data, and it's found that when it comes to raising kids, Houston's same-sex couples are near the tops in the nation. The Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area had the seventh-highest ... More >>
We're fine as we are, Metro board says.Just think -- we could have two more Metro board members. Alas, it is not to be. Although the 2010 Census showed (barely) enough growth in Houston to trigger expansion of the city council by two seats, a study for Metro said there's no need for its boar ... More >>
I was discussing Nigerian restaurants with a friend last night over dinner. "Are there any?" she asked. "In Houston?" I replied. "Of course! Why?" It was a rhetorical question; I knew the answer. Despite making up nearly 2 percent of our city's population, Nigerians in Houston -- and their ... More >>
Scott Hochberg has a target on his backA marathon session in the state House of Representatives has produced a proposed redistricting map, and it's bad news for two Houston Democrats: Scott Hochberg and Hubert Vo. Houston loses one district under the map, and in the game of musical chairs, i ... More >>
Hola, TejasThe AP has gotten a preview of the census data to be released later today about Texas, and it shows what most everyone knows: The state has gotten more Hispanic. Data shows 38 percent of the 25.1 million people residing in Texas are Hispanic, 45 percent are Anglo and 11.5 percent ... More >>
549 short of 2.1 millionHouston, if you only had more unprotected sex, you might be guaranteed two more city council members. The city charter requires that two more single member districts be created when the city's population hits 2.1 million. The figures are in, and the 2010 Census pegs u ... More >>
Less chance these days his mom's a teenagerSee what happens when you get rid of abstinence-only sex education? The birth rate for teen mothers is at its lowest point since 1940, when records were first kept, a federal study released today says. The report from the National Center for Healt ... More >>
Further proof that we're not being hit as hard in the Great Recession as some -- Texas added more residents in the past 12 months than any state in the union, the Census Bureau reported today.Texas added 478,000 residents in the previous 12 months, beating out California, which added almost 100,0 ... More >>
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