Houston mayor Annise Parker will propose a civil rights ordinance that includes LGBT citizens and covers private businesses. Let the drama begin.
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More than a quarter of the Texas women murdered by their partners die in Harris County. But Lloyd Oliver, who won the Democratic nomination for DA in 2012 and is running again, wants to shrink the division to pursue “serious” criminals.
As head of Texans Together, Fred Lewis helps poor and minority Texans gain a say in state government.
In Houston, poor residents are as invisible as ever.
Today, the Houston City Council voted 15-2 to join every other major Texas city except one (hello, Fort Worth) in regulating payday loan companies.
In 2001, Houston voters approved an amendment to the city charter forbidding benefits for anyone but “legal spouses” of city employees. Is a gay couple legally married in a state that recognizes their union a legal spouse in Houston? Mayor Parker and the city attorney say yes. The Harris County Republicans say they’re “[thumbing] their nose at the will of the people.”
Mayor Annise Parker took a step toward making Houston the fifth major Texas city to pass restrictions on payday loans.
Observer founding editor Ronnie Dugger chronicles President Kennedy’s historic tour and tragic end in Texas.
In June, Gov. Rick Perry announced that Chevron would be handed a $12 million grant to build a new office tower in Houston. Documents show that Chevron plans to use the money to pay for its employees’ relocation costs.
Same-sex partners of city employees who were married in other states will now receive spousal benefits, and staff at that Harris County Jail will take a more nuanced approach to LGBTQI inmates.