Charles Blain

Court Puts Hold on Houston Pay Parity

Court Puts Hold on Houston Pay Parity

On Friday, a Houston court granted the Houston Police Officers Union a temporary restraining order to halt the implementation of recently passed Proposition B, the firefighter pay parity proposition. The union’s lawsuit alleged Proposition B was “an unconstitutional...
Credit Rating Changes Houston’s Outlook

Credit Rating Changes Houston’s Outlook

On Thursday, Fitch Ratings, one of the “Big Three” in credit rating agencies, notified the City of Houston that it was altering the city’s outlook from “stable” to “negative” because of the recently passed firefighter pay parity proposal. In the same letter, Fitch...
Who Is County Judge-elect Lina Hidalgo?

Who Is County Judge-elect Lina Hidalgo?

If you are like many Harris County voters, County Judge-elect Lina Hidalgo’s win caught you by surprise. Unless you closely followed the county judge race, attended the limited number of forums between the candidates, or spent time in the areas she campaigned, it may...
Democrat Files Bills Behind Bars

Democrat Files Bills Behind Bars

Despite being incarcerated for illegally soliciting clients for his law firm, Democrat State Rep. Ron Reynolds (Missouri City) has filed 21 bills on the first day of legislative prefiling. Reynolds’ bills represent 7 percent of the overall bills filed on the first day...
Urban Areas Are Not Lost Causes

Urban Areas Are Not Lost Causes

There are hundreds, soon to be thousands, of takes on why down-ballot Republicans in urban areas around the country performed so poorly during Tuesday’s midterm elections. People will blame: President Trump, the partisan divide of D.C., the long coattails of popular...
One Harris County Race Still Unsettled

One Harris County Race Still Unsettled

Tuesday’s election produced a mixed bag of results across the state, but the close margin of some races left them undecided. One Harris County house district remains undecided as 49 votes separate the incumbent from his challenger. State Rep. Mike Schofield (R–Katy),...