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.”
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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.
Besides being non-representative of his district politically and racially, Wilson also joins the ranks of conservative neophytes elected to political bodies they openly despise. At a tea party event in October of last year, Wilson delivered a 76-slide presentation on why voters should reject the $425 million bond proposal to fund HCC, the gist of which was that enrollment was down and money is expensive. Despite his heroic PowerPoint, that bond passed. In 2011, Wilson sued the HCC trustees to prevent the purchase of land Wilson claimed was overpriced. The suit was summarily dismissed with prejudice and Wilson had to pay court costs.
Houston voters last night decided to keep Mayor Annise Parker and to destroy the Astrodome. While those were the headline votes, the more interesting […]
The Houston Police Department announced the results of its yearlong investigation into the shooting death of Brian Claunch, a mentally ill double amputee killed by an officer last September after refusing to drop a pen. HPD cleared the officer, Matthew Marin, of any wrongdoing, as have the FBI and a grand jury.
During her first six months in office, Brown voiced the solitary “no” vote on the 16-person council more than 200 times, often for projects in other members’ districts. You can imagine how popular this made her. And she used these “no” moments to speechify, turning a vote against energy-efficient buildings into a stand for American sovereignty, and a vote against birth control for low-income women into an endorsement of teaching the Bible in schools. She also practiced one-woman obstructionism, often using parliamentary procedures to delay city business other members considered routine and necessary.
An off-duty Conroe police sergeant has been indicted for apparently shooting a teen in the back of the head. A Harris County grand jury hasn’t indicted an officer for a shooting in more than four years.