Politics

Honoring Congresswoman Barbara Jordan & Commissioner El Franco Lee

By Senator Borris Miles I am proud to announce the passage of legislation to name two of our roadways after two great Black leaders who were taken from us too soon, Congresswoman Barbara Jordan and Commissioner El Franco Lee. Together, these two leaders made numerous contributions to our community, city, state and nation. Congresswoman Barbara

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Properly Funding Texas Public Education

By Senator Borris Miles Only a week remains in the 86th Legislative Session at the Texas Capitol. Even in this small time frame, lawmakers must be vigilant as ever because the best and the worst have come when under enormous pressure. One of the biggest priorities announced this session was public education finance reform. For

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The Confederate Debate

By Senator Borris Miles Senate Bill 1663 is a disgraceful and divisive bill that seeks to add unnecessary obstacles and restrictions to remove or alter statues, monuments, street names and other types of public spaces. Certain events in our history do not deserve the distinction of having a statue erect in its honor. I refuse

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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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