Politics

The UH College of Medicine and Our Community

By Senator Borris Miles This week, the governor signed House Bill 826, to create the University of Houston College of Medicine. This new institution will have a tremendous impact in Houston and our community. The University of Houston (UH) is situated in the heart of Third Ward. Its main campus is a stone’s throw away

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WE DIDN’T NEED MUELLER TO TELL US TRUMP IS A SKUNK

By Oscar H. Blayton No person in his or her right mind will deny that America is a thicket of racism, misogyny, entitlement for the wealthy, dishonesty, and a fictitious veneer of meritocracy. So, it is befitting that we have an occupant in the White House who exemplifies all these things. Donald Trump clearly displayed his

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When Democrats Win, Republicans Work to Suppress OUR Vote

By Senator Borris Miles The Texas Senate advanced Senate Bill 9 along party lines. This bill increases the penalties and criminalizes voters for innocent mistakes, expands the powers of state officials to access voters’ private and personal information and adds new barriers and penalties to volunteers who offer to help voters, whether to transport them

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The Texas Budget

By Senator Borris Miles With less than two months remaining in the 86th Legislative Session, your state lawmakers are busy appropriating the funds needed to run our state. The Texas Senate unanimously approved the $247.7 billion budget for the State of Texas.  This budget establishes the state’s priorities for the next two years.  Some key

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A Tale of Two Houses

By Senator Borris Miles This week, the Texas House, with an overwhelming 148-1 vote, passed House Bill 3, the school finance reform package. This $9 billion overhaul of the public-school finance system included a pay raises for all school employees, invests new money into classrooms, reduces recapture and local property taxes, allocates additional funding for

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Harvey Legislature Moving Out

This week marks the halfway point of the 86th Legislative Session. Hurricane Harvey devastated the Gulf Coast more than a year and a half ago. Hundreds of thousands in Houston were impacted with the loss of vehicles, homes and prized irreplaceable possessions.

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Preparing Texas for the Future

With a death toll of at least 103 people with a price tag of $125 billion in damage, Hurricane Harvey was the most devastating and costly natural disaster the State of Texas has ever endured.  Although Hurricane Harvey occurred two years ago, the impacted areas are still in recovery.

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Criminal Justice Reform

Recently, 45 and POTUS (President of the United States) signed into law a criminal justice bill that provided relief for thousands of low-level offenders in the federal penal system. There are only 2.2 million people in jails and prisons in the United States.

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Children of the Confederacy Creed Plaque Removed

Recently, the “Children of the Confederacy Creed” plaque was removed from the Texas Capitol, where it had been on display for the last sixty years.  The plaque was originally placed in the Texas Capitol in 1959 and stated, “The Civil War was not a rebellion and its underlying cause was not to sustain slavery.”

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