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Past articles by Andrew:

Harris County ratifies “no new revenue” tax rates for the current fiscal year

Wednesday’s meeting of Harris County Commissioners Court brought to an end a two-month fight over the county’s budget and tax rates. → Read More

Crime and partisanship are likely to be the main factors deciding the Harris County Judge’s race

Judge Lina Hidalgo, the Democratic incumbent, faces a stiff, well-financed challenge by Republican Alexandra del Moral Mealer. → Read More

Harris County could face delays in December runoffs, May 2023 elections due to the tax and budget crisis

Elections Administrator Clifford Tatum said his office is fully funded for the November elections, but it lacks the funds under the current budget to guarantee the next two elections will run smoothly. → Read More

Cagle offers a compromise to resolve Harris County’s tax and budget deadlock

Republican Commissioner Jack Cagle is proposing $149 million in new taxes, with the revenues to be split among law enforcement, health care, flood control, and discretionary spending. → Read More

Houston gasoline prices fall to their lowest levels in nearly half a year, thanks to lower crude prices and a decline in demand

High prices at the pump this spring and early summer have caused people to limit their driving and their purchases at the pump. → Read More

Harris County will place a $1.2 billion bond referendum on the November ballot

The lion’s share of the bond referendum would go to cover roads, drainage, and transportation projects, while the rest would go to parks and public safety. → Read More

Harris County approves $7.7 million program to fight maternal and infant mortality

The county’s maternal morbidity rate soared by more than 50% between 2008 and 2015. → Read More

Wesley Hunt holds edge over Duncan Klussmann in contest for Texas’ new 38th congressional district

CD 38 was designed as a safe Republican seat for Hunt, leaving some voters concerned Hunt won’t be as responsive to constituents as their current member of Congress. → Read More

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, endorsed by Trump, wins Republican primary

Incumbent AG Ken Paxton prevailed over Land Commissioner George P. Bush despite Paxton facing a 2015 state securities fraud indictment and an ongoing FBI corruption investigation. → Read More

Harris County elections administrator announces her resignation after 2022 primary election problems

Longoria came under fire after her office took more than 24 hours to tally votes, and missed 10,000 mail-in ballots in the final unofficial count. Longoria has also been sued by the county GOP. → Read More

Harris County’s misdemeanor bail reforms are working, a new report finds

Despite concerns about violent crime, low-level offenses – including repeat offenses – are down compared to six years ago. → Read More

Texas Rep. Garnet Coleman announces he will retire at the end of the month

Coleman, who has represented Houston’s House District 147 since 1991, previously announced his intention not to run for reelection in November. → Read More

Gov. Greg Abbott granted clemency to 8 Texans. George Floyd wasn’t on the list

Floyd could still be eligible for a pardon at a later date, but it's not clear if Abbott was still considering the request. → Read More

An auto repair shop is suing Pasadena over its new parking ordinance

Attorneys for Azael Sepulveda argue that the ordinance, aimed at auto repair shops, violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Texas State Constitution. → Read More

Texas has joined a lawsuit to block Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine rules for private employers

The lawsuit came one day after the White House’s announcement of an OSHA rule implementing the vaccine or testing mandate first announced in September. → Read More

How A Statewide Homeless Encampment Ban Could Impede Housing Efforts In Houston

The Coalition for the Homeless warns House Bill 1925 could complicate efforts to find permanent housing for homeless Houstonians. → Read More

Bail Reform Appears On The Verge Of Passage In Texas Legislature

The House and Senate still need to close a large gap between their competing bills over the next few days before the session ends, but advocates and opponents both say that’s likely to happen. → Read More

11th-Hour Change To Texas Bail Reform Bill Wouldn’t Provide Protections For The Poor

State Senator Joan Huffman substituted her own bill, Senate Bill 21, for House Bill 20 when it reached her committee – stripping out Democratic amendments → Read More

Texas Had An Outsized Presence At The Capitol Insurrection. Why?

Texans accounted for roughly one out of every 10 people arrested for the attack on the U.S. Capitol. → Read More

Harris County Short More Than $1.4 Billion For Flood Control Projects

Projects on the east side of the county – notably in the Greens and Halls Bayous and San Jacinto River watersheds – are the most underfunded. → Read More