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  1. Good Morning HAIF Family. I've started discussion megathread on the upcoming 2023 Mayoral election for Houston Mayor in the race to succeed outgoing Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (D), who's term limited from seeking a 3rd consecutive term.


    The obvious frontrunner is longtime State Senator John Whitmire (D-Houston), who's the brother-in-law of former Houston Mayor Kathy Whitmire (D), who held the office for 5 2-year terms from 1982 to 1992.


    Whitmire's pledges if elected:

    *Solve the homeless crisis.

    *Vastly improve Houston's tattered streets & dramatically improve flood control.

    *Uniting law enforcement & citizens against rampant crime.

    *Negotiating fair deal with HFD firefighters. 

    *Repairing Houston's dysfunctional & chaotic relationship with state leaders in Austin.

    Any thoughts on the upcoming 2023 Mayoral election & I've got some questions:

    1.) Will this go into a runoff ?

    2.) Do you think any of the GOPers (Kubosh or Knox) will jump in ?

    3.) Does Whitmire win outright to avoid a runoff ?


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  2. On 7/14/2011 at 11:30 AM, VicMan said:

    The State of Texas has ordered North Forest ISD to shut down in 2012. The district management is trying to fight it:


    It's about time that the district goes. Houston ISD will be the one picking up the territory in 2012.

    The U.S. Department of Justice will have to approve of the closure. Since it approved the closures of Wilmer Hutchins ISD and Kendleton ISD (other small, mostly African-American school districts), I don't see it denying the closure of NFISD.

    Any new developments in the North Forest ISD situation ?

  3. On 1/12/2019 at 1:42 AM, august948 said:

    Don't forget the new UH campus at Katy next to the new Katy Asian Town development.  According to the press release, that will be UH nursing and UH engineering along with UHV at Katy.  I'm assuming the current UHV at Katy campus will be closed in favor of this one, but who knows?

    How many of these U of H campuses is the University of Houston planning to build ? 🤔

  4. On 11/9/2022 at 12:06 PM, BEES?! said:

    I have to wonder if Cagle pulling those no show stunts cost him his spot. It really was not a great look, and I’m sure there were Republican people who protest-voted against him. 

    Beto O’Rourke is just a lackluster candidate for TX imho. I think people just don’t care for him all that much. He’s lost several elections now, and I feel like the Democrats would do well to focus resources into bringing up a different candidate if they want a hope of flipping the governor’s race.

    Del Moral Mealer vs Hidalgo being that close is something I’m really interested to hear more about. O’Rourke carried Harris county, yet the county judge race was much closer- does that mean there were a sizeable number of O’Rourke voters who voted for del Moral Mealer over Hidalgo? Actually, looking at the results, a lot of the judge races were quite close. 

    Abbott won by DOUBLE DIGITS over that 4-time LOSER from El Paso (55% to 43%) & carried 235 out of 254 counties. 

  5. On 10/24/2022 at 4:01 PM, august948 said:

    ROFLMAO...Judge Hidalgo gets Hanoi Jane to campaign for her!!!  🤣🤣🤣


    Jane Fonda block walks with Lina Hidalgo ahead of early voting

    In a city filled with people who fled the communist regime in Vietnam, I'm not sure whether inviting Hanoi Jane to campaign shows a complete lack of judgement or if Hidalgo and staff are just too young and clueless to know who this elderly white California liberal is.  I can't wait to see how this gets written up in the local Vietnamese newspaper.

    politics hanoi jane Memes & GIFs - Imgflip


    All signs are pointing toward Mealer winning in 12 days because she's got the momentum.

  6. On 9/12/2022 at 4:25 PM, editor said:

    For those of you who don't subscribe to multiple newspapers, you may not know that The Houston Chronicle does something interesting.  If someone at the Chronicle (or maybe Hearst?) deems a comic strip too controversial, the strip gets replaced by a rerun.

    I've noticed this twice since I've been here. 

    This is the Dilbert that ran in the Chronicle on July 25, 2022:



    This is the correct Dilbert that ran in other newspapers to which I subscribe:


    If you look closely, you can see that the Dilbert that ran in the Chronicle on July 25, 2022 is dated July 26, 2016.

    On July 25, I sent an e-mail to the Chronicle asking for an explanation, but received no response.  Disappointing, considering that I am a paying subscriber. 

    I noticed it again today.  Here is the Dilbert that ran in the Chronicle this morning (September 12, 2022):

    Screen Shot 2022-09-12 at 4.10.31 PM.png


    Notice that it's dated September 15, 2016.  Here's the Dilbert that ran in other newspapers today:

    Screen Shot 2022-09-12 at 4.09.35 PM.png

    I get that it's a controversial topic, and some people might be uncomfortable with it.  But as I stated in my letter to the Chronicle:

    "It would have been better for the Chronicle to either move the strip to the Editorial section, or to place a notice in its usual place explaining why today’s strip was not printed.  Perhaps both were in order.

    I won’t use a mere comic strip to get on a soapbox about a newspaper’s journalistic integrity, and how a lack of transparency leads the public to believe the worst about an organization.  But I do want to note that I am an adult, and can handle being exposed to viewpoints from all parts of the political spectrum.  I suspect anyone who spends real money subscribing to a newspaper is of similar maturity."

    The Chronicle needs competition.  Too bad the majority of people choose to not pay for their news.

    It's worth noting that this kind of content replacement isn't unprecedented in Houston.  There's a bunch of television shows that KPRC-TV has refused to show over the years.



    They still have these creepy cartoons in the Chronicle ?

  7. On 7/14/2022 at 1:03 PM, ChannelTwoNews said:

    Not that I'm necessarily a fan of necroposting but I was actually considering trying to interview Ms. Arnold for a project I was working on regarding media in the Houston area over the ages. I was surprised to see that she is one of the few people from the industry who has actually chosen to get back into it after finding their niche in consulting and independent work. 

    Currently, she is the evening news anchor at the ABC station in Dothan, AL.

    Pretty good bio including bits about her time in Houston and a mention of her musical pursuits.

    She's doing quite well. 

  8. On 9/1/2022 at 3:58 PM, editor said:

    As long as Texas politicians can make money off of having an adversarial relationship with creative industries in general, and Hollywood in particular, that's going to remain a wish, rather than a reality.

    Look at how New Mexico has cultivated a productive relationship with studios, and now has a massive film and television industry, while still remaining a largely conservative state.  It totally ate Vancouver's lunch.  But its leaders seem more interested in serving their own state, rather than saying shocking things to get national media attention, and the campaign dollars that follow.

    I do recall that "21 Jump Street" was filmed live on location in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for 5 Seasons (1987-1991) & if memory serves me right, I think the show aired on Fox 26 KRIV-TV Houston back in the day 🤔

  9. On 8/31/2022 at 5:12 PM, dbigtex56 said:

    The first eight episodes of the series "Mo" have been released. The comedy/drama was created by and stars Houston comic Mo Amer. a Palestine refugee, and was filmed in and around Houston.
    It has received a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Set aside a few hours to binge; I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the writing and how Houston is incorporated seamlessly into the storyline. I hope it's picked up for future seasons.

    Netflix has a habit of canceling shows non-stop (see "House of Cards").


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  10. 8 hours ago, brucesw said:

    Some time before stepping down at 13, Ward signed off one night as David Ward, explaining it was his real name and he was tired of not being able to use it, or something like that. It made the news the next day (Chron) but didn't last long as his employer made him return to using Dave until his (already announced I think) retirement.

    Makes sense from the company's point of view, of course, as they had spent years and years and who knows how much in promotional efforts promoting their lead anchor as 'Dave Ward,' not David. 

    So maybe he's the one who suggested or even demanded that he be referred to as David.


    Sounds like we'll find out more juicy secrets at ABC 13 down the road. 

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