A move to speed up legislation to ban LGBT workplace discrimination is being spearheaded through a letter last week urging President Barack Obama to issue an executive order. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) has been gaining bipartisan support since last year when it passed the Senate. ... More >>
At last week's school board meeting as parents, children, teachers and politicians lined up to protest the Houston ISD administration's plan to shutter five schools, Superintendent Terry Grier was not at his usual place at the podium -- instead he was at the annual conference of the American Associa ... More >>
As founder and president of Healthcare for the Homeless -- Houston (HHH), Dr. David Buck is a busy man. So busy, in fact, he was taken aback when his office got a voice message from U.S. Representative Gene Green's wife Helen saying that she would like Dr. Buck to attend the Centennial First Lady's ... More >>
Welcome to Congress!The Center for Responsive Politics has put out its list of the net worth of every member of Congress, and the Houston delegation are no slackers. The nine representatives have a net worth estimated to be $392.4 million, which is a pretty impressive figure. Actually, m ... More >>
The Ochoas are hardworking, taxpaying U.S. citizens who have taught their kids English. Why, they ask, should they be penalized for that?
Senator Tommy Lee Jones?Geoff Berg, host of KPFT's Partisan Gridlock show is leading the improbable battle to draft Tommy Lee Jones as a Democratic candidate for the Senate seat being vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison. They've got a Facebook page and everything, including a petition with an op ... More >>
Gene Green: Which way will he go?Health and safety advocates will be watching U.S. Congressman Gene Green closely tomorrow, when his colleagues on the House Energy & Commerce committee are expected to introduce a bill intended to reduce the use of toxic chemicals in consumer products, such as ... More >>
Photo courtesy GHASPThat is, indeed, a large duckStanding in front of an 20-foot-tall pseudo-rubber ducky, local public health advocates on Friday morning threw their support behind recently proposed federal legislation to update and upgrade the laws governing toxic chemicals used in consumer pro ... More >>
In our cover story this week, we take a look at the Houston Texans' brief-but-tangled history of breaking our hearts. A franchise that seems to begin each year riding on seemingly reasonable hopes of improvement consistently ends it with waves of disappointment.We also rounded up some predictions ... More >>
Among the local Congressional delegation, probably no one's run into more rambunctious Town Hall madness than Gene Green. Sheila Jackson Lee has had some of it, of course, but as long as the cameras are running she's happy.Green's town halls, which usually attract a couple of dozen people, are no ... More >>
Town Hall meetings for members of congress have gotten pretty heated lately, as the president's health-care proposal has, it's safe to say, riled up some on the right. Houston congressman Gene Green's office is doing something about it -- they're requiring that people present a photo ID proving t ... More >>
An e-mail was circulating around the East End this week, urging residents and business owners come Wednesday night to "an explosive meeting that will change the course of light rail in Houston." How "explosive" things got is a bit debatable, but East Enders let Metro know they are plenty pissed abo ... More >>
Jason Franco now struggling in civilian life
The DA doesn't make deals. And that's why Jesus Salazar is living the free life in Venezuela while a teenage girl lies dead, stabbed 26 times.
Galveston escapes with a close call
Fondren Southwest gets a mini-library
The zoo waited too long to feed at the trough
One Houston preacher gave up the cross for the cult
The county judge comes into his own on Commissioners Court
The city is rolling out the welcome mat for CITGO. But many workers want the company to get lost.
Houston's sweet-and-sour inaugural
For two Houston politicos, 2003 brings big changes
A proposed line into the Bayport Industrial District has residents from Clear Lake to the East End vowing to stop the "toxic train" in its tracks
Candidates clash in a castaway district, exes attack, and Bell wringers rumble for a final round with Brown. Voters, pick your fight.
Congressional redistricting: Dem disaster or Trojan horse?
Hospital district officials wanted a simple one-sentence policy on immigrant health care. What they got instead was a criminal probe and plenty of politics.
U.S. representative from the 29th Congressional District of Texas
Latinos find little sympathy from Commissioners Court
Time to pull out those election wish lists
Ruben Guerrero's plans to be a judge again are dashed, as local Democrats continue their inept ways
Roland Garcia has the political backing to be the U.S. Attorney for South Texas. He also has a brother imprisoned for murder and drug trafficking -- a fact he somehow forgot to tell his congressional sponsors. That may not be enough to disqualify him, but
With her frenetic grandstanding, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee has irritated her staff, her colleagues, and even the president. she says she speaks for her constituents. But will anyone listen?
When it comes to AIDS funding, process takes precedence over children in Harris County
Lightning strikes the ReBates Hotel; death toll unknown
As HIV spreads among blacks and Hispanics, agencies that serve those communities say they're being shortchanged
Are We Having Fun Yet? Or is it just the jangly buzz of advanced urban stress syndrome?