In a city like Houston, to take on the fight for historic preservation is the equivalent of slamming your face into a wall over and over. With no zoning and virtually no historic ordinances with any teeth whatsoever, the city and county have long been at the mercy of developers because of laws they ... More >>
On November 5, voters in Houston might have extra incentive to hit the voting booth in an off-year election. For years, the Astrodome has sat, falling into disarray and becoming an eyesore and an embarrassment to a city that used that building to define progress decades ago. Plans have been suggeste ... More >>
Reporter John Mecklin worked a long time in Houston for the old Post; he also served as an editor at the SF Weekly, the San Francisco paper in our very own Village Voice Media chain.He's now editor at a magazine called Miller-McCune, a publication started by a Southern California philanthropist; ... More >>
Is Yvette Lacobie really a terrorist? Did legislators really mean to kick kids out for a butter knife? Is zero tolerance really stupid? (No, maybe and yes.)
Birders and the port are new buds seeking to block the proposed toll span at Bolivar
The judiciary starts scrambling after state cuts in visiting judges
The commissioner's race that could break the county mold
Dave and Sue Walden
Loopholes still hamper electronic reporting of campaign finances
She just wanted her comfortable suburban life. But when a concrete company intruded on her paradise, the homemaker turned warrior.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into City Hall's waters...
Want a subsidy for your corporate expansion? Local governments are ready with millions in property-tax abatements -- and very little oversight.
Campaign cash carries a retired judge around the world
Is the D.A.'s office for sale to the highest bidder?
Dead Man Walking
Will the state be able to continue to review environmentally sensitive projects, or will it cede power to the feds?
A bill would bestow unbridled condemnation powers on the Port
Or is the county judge just crazylike a fox?
Will race and bad blood play a part in the Guv's judicial picks?
John Ballis was a crook. But he expected the federal government to keep its end of a bargain.
What happens when the county's premier good ol' boy tangles with a sensitive '90s-style guy? It ain't pretty.
County attorney candidate Mike Fleming brands his opponent a traffic-court jockey. Sylvia Garcia labels him a special-interest pawn. You be the judge.
If Lanier aide Dave Walden isn't running the Prop One campaign, who is?
Money may be the root of all evil, but it's fueled Steven Hotze's rise from a fringe player on the religious right to kingmaker in the local Republican Party. Now he's trying to stretch his influence further afield.
Jon Lindsay is an admitted liar and an accused perjurer. Should Harris County voters take him at his word - again?
Since Dr. Joe retired as Harris Countys chief medical examiner, the morgue itself has been undergoing a critical examination. Whats been uncovered botched postmortems, illegal tissue-harvesting, double-dipping pathologists reveals a county office thats op
Tom DeLay, the bug man from Sugar Land, has always despised environmental regulation. Now, as House majority whip, he's in a position to do something about it.
Mayor Bob casts a long shadow over the Tyra-Peavy runoff
Sell your jalopy, help an industry breathe easier
In the changing world of the Houston Ship Channel, one thing remains constant: Father Rivers Patout.
Two soon-to-be-unemployed politicians may be headed for a City Council showdown
Lupe Salinas made a lot of friends on his journey from a Rio Grande Valley childhood to becoming a dogged prosecutor and respected state district judge. Until he was tapped for a federal judgeship, he never knew how many enemies he had.
A former prosecutor finds it was easier to investigate ethically challenged officials than to run against one
Robert Eckels and Vince Ryan fight the battles of the past as they fight each other for county judge