THNP 1-29-14

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THNP 1-29-14

Council update, 1/29

The Houston City Council finalized two major contracts this meeting, both in rather uncontroversial votes despite rather tumultuous and often uncertain paths to day. First, the Council passed a new contract with a more local advertising to provide advertising at the airport. Two weeks ago, the Mayoral administration removed this issue off of the agenda after incessant complaints from Clear Channel communications, who had originally bargained for the contract themselves but had later been cut out of the dealings. Unless the details of the calculation has changed in the last few days, the contract will generate upwards of $10,000,000.00 from advertisements at both Bush and Hobby airports.

Second, the Council unanimously approved a contract to select a health and pharmacy benefits administrator. Specifically, the City chose CIGNA to accomplish this goal. The otherwise mundane, miniscule agenda item recently flared tensions between the City Council and Mayor Parker, as Mike Morris at the Houston Chronicle had described in great detail. Ultimately the critics, be it C.O. Bradford or Oliver Pennington, showed their qualms may have just been political posturing, as Jayme Fraser at the Chronicle noted that there was not a single ‘no’ vote at the final tally.

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Texpatriate’s Questions for Chris Mapp

Editorial note: This is the tenth in our series of electronic interviews with candidates in contested primaries at both the Statewide level and throughout Harris County. We have sent eight open-ended questions to each of the candidates. The following are verbatim copies of the questions sent out and the answers received.

Chris Mapp, candidate in the Republican primary for the US Senate

Texpatriate: What is your name?
CM: Chris Mapp

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Texpatriate endorses in Republican Governor primary

There has been much talk about the Republican Party’s need to lurch back towards the center in order to remain competitive into the future. Pundits and other prognosticators have all been quick to prescribe an invaluable need for moderation of immigration issues and other social disputes. The Governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal, even recently noted that the party needed to stop catering to alleged anti-intellectualism. Indeed, most would agree something is broken within the party, something that desperately needs to be fixed.

Cursory observations of the Republican primary for Governor would likely lead you to believe that Attorney General Greg Abbott is the only candidate. Indeed, while he is the frontrunner and is quite likely to win outright in the preliminary primary election, he has drawn three opponents. Two of these candidates, Larry Kilgore and Lisa Fritsch, might be even more conservative than Abbott, and represent more of the same for the Texas GOP. The last candidate, however, offers a unique point of view and a distinct brand of pragmatic Republicanism that Texans would be smart to support. Accordingly, this board endorses Miriam Martinez in the Republican primary for Governor of Texas.

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Texpatriate’s Questions for Nathan Hecht

Editorial note: This is the ninth in our series of electronic interviews with candidates in contested primaries at both the Statewide level and throughout Harris County. We have sent eight open-ended questions to each of the candidates. The following are verbatim copies of the questions sent out and the answers received.

Nathan Hecht, Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court

Texpatriate: What is your name?
NH: Nathan Hecht

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Texpatriate’s Questions for Ken Wenzel

Editorial note: This is the eighth in our series of electronic interviews with candidates in contested primaries at both the Statewide level and throughout Harris County. We have sent eight open-ended questions to each of the candidates. The following are verbatim copies of the questions sent out and the answers received.

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KenWenzel, candidate in the Republican Primary for Harris County Criminal Court at Law #10

Texpatriate: What is your name?
KW: My name is Ken Wenzel

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