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 >>
We - and, judging by the email, nearly every other newspaper in the state - got a very perplexing message in our inbox yesterday from a brand new political action group calling itself the "Medical and Personal Freedom PAC." The message starts by pointing out how Texas feels mighty far behind on the ... More >>
School bond elections don't exactly see the type of white-knuckle politics currently plaguing Gov. Rick Perry (you can read about that here, in case you missed it). Still, things got pretty tense before the Katy ISD Board of Trustees' unanimous vote Monday night to put a $748 million bond package on ... More >>
For over a decade, Bob McNair has been given the benefit of the doubt when it comes to his ownership of the Houston Texans. "He brought football back to Houston and he spent a billion dollars to do it," is the familiar refrain. Part of that sentence is true. After the Oilers left, he most certainly ... More >>
Our Top 10 favorite Houston news stories of 2013.
It's been a busy year in Houston. It always seems to be a busy year in the nation's fourth largest city. In particular, 2013 saw some significant developments in Houston's landmarks. From light rail to stadiums to iconic stores, real estate was in the news. Of course, there was also an election and ... More >>
As the referendum on the Astrodome gets closer, I thought it might be worth taking a look back at the last 20 years of stadium history in Houston. Thought 20 years isn't a lot of time in the grand scheme of things, a lot has happened. Would you believe that, at one point, there was a better-than-ave ... 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 >>
Puffed up, plucked and ready for roasting, here's this year's best of the worst.
The money machine is running againThe red-light cameras have been turned back on and fines are being issued. Much as it pains Mayor Annise Parker to get all the revenue, she will be forced to take it until the city can appeal a judge's ruling. U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes late Friday deni ... More >>
Back in businessMayor Annise Parker announced today that the city will go back to enforcing red-light camera tickets immediately. Voters had tossed out the cameras in a referendum, but the company that operates them said they had a contractual deal to make their dirty cash from people who ev ... More >>
Red light cameras: Status back to "up in the air."A federal judge has thrown out the city's ban on red light cameras because it came from a referendum, not a charter amendment. U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes said the changes mandated by voters last November were not valid -- they could only ... More >>
Paul Bettencourt: Voters are lazy and dumb.Paul Bettencourt, the Republican who never met a government that couldn't be smaller, is in court this week leading the charge against the new drainage fees in Houston. Voters approved the fees in a referendum, but Bettencourt, according to the Hous ... More >>
The Humane Society and big agriculture slug it out over animal rights.
The newish Metro board got a wild introduction to the Metro-loving public at its first meeting this afternoon, where one Houstonian got so worked up that he nearly collapsed and later was taken to the hospital. DeWayne Lark, the man that almost collapsed, was talking about the light rail construc ... More >>
Screencap via YouTubeFor years, the Humane Society has been PETA's more well-behaved brother, getting giant corporations to support their gentle efforts to save animals.But now that the Society is taking on what it calls "factory farming," things are different. Food-growers are fighting back, boy ... More >>
Hundreds of people gathered on the steps of Houston City Hall this afternoon to protest the passing of Proposition 8, California's constitutional amendment taking away the right to marry for same-sex couples. Along with the passing of other anti-gay measures across the nation, Prop. 8 made November ... More >>
Galveston politics may get even more out of hand soon
Metro's consulting becomes insulting for some Hispanic leaders
Houston Community College
A mayoral candidate wrestles with a no-win choice
Brown's last-minute signal keeps rail on track
Minorities' suit against the Rockets revs up, with a mayoral hopeful caught in the fray
Bob and Bill talk up a Metro rail deal, but Butch isn't buying it
The NAACP rattles sabers in the arena vendor disputes
With a battle looming, gays and their supporters seek high ground
Cary Rasberry, 19, wants to be mayor. Why won't Tomball let him run?
The Olympic vote is hush-hush at the Chronicle
"Environmental Darth Vader" pushed as campaign consultant
How "Scary" Gary Polland turned his party apparatus into a political slot machine
The Rockets rack up frequent flyer miles.
Drayton's mynority food investors ink a deal at Enron Field
Les for the Money
The Port referendum means lots of jobs -- for consultants
The Main Train and selling pets to labs have nothing in common. Until it comes to referenda, that is.
The Harris County-Houston Sports Authority is a parody of a public body. But who's got time for the niceties of democracy when you're trying to keep Drayton McLane happy?
George Greanias is smart. He's honest. He's independent. But Bob Lanier and his friends are pulling out the stops to see that Greanias doesn't return to City Hall.
In its quest for a Municipal golf course, Lake jackson learned a valuable lesson: Never buy land without checking it out first. Unfortunately, the lesson came six years too late.
That credibility gap may be too wide for Proposition One backers to traverse
Who gave Lanier & Co. permission to loot Metro? They did.
The city's mayor has a master plan to stop local gambling -- but he may be behind the tide