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"harris  county" Discussed on Houston Matters

Houston Matters

01:32 min | 2 weeks ago

"harris county" Discussed on Houston Matters

"Should be more carefully scrutinized than they are at at the moment i do not because you know the experience has not shown any reason to change. What's happening the engineering societies. You we are all licensed engineers or the state has got a very stringent requirements for licensing. So we the practicing engineers here in houston reasonably competent. They have and there's been no signs of anything that would raise alarm bells that you have really concern yourself first thing. I would say that. Even the building. Florida you gotta remember that. The number of buildings that have collapsed in the united states of very very few and far between most of them that have collapsed have collapsed during construction Building this age Not collapse just because of the age. Because maybe there's some deterioration for whatever reason and when you see those signs of deterioration that's when you ought to Blow the alarm bells and swan. Dr joe colosio is a professor at the. Gerald hines college of architecture and design at the.

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Fresh update on "harris county" discussed on Michael Berry

Michael Berry

00:52 min | 7 hrs ago

Fresh update on "harris county" discussed on Michael Berry

"Money to bail out It will be forever before I go to trial. I can do what I want to do. That's that's what it looks like. It's an issue we've examined for months. And in our recent search for trials in Harris County, we came up with more empty hallways than answers, Okay? Not even two o'clock on a Wednesday afternoon, the Supreme Court of Texas allowed trials to resume again in July 2020 that was a year ago despite more than 90,000 cases waiting for trial in Harris County, according to the most recent data. Through the end of June. Just 100 13 trials have taken place only half of them for felonies. That's 0.13% of the backlog. How many cases have you been able to try since the pandemic hit? We have not been able to have any trials at all. Judge Chris Morton, whose doctor has doubled to more than 2000 serious cases during the pandemic, is one of the four Harris County District Court judges who hasn't held a single trial. We're looking at at public safety. I am not going to endanger the lives of 12 people in July 2020 when we have A pandemic. More recently, Morton says he has said cases for trial, but they've pleaded out or been dismissed as for feeling any burden for a connection between increasing crime rates and a lack of trials. He doesn't feel it. You mean during a global pandemic and a dip in the in in in in our economy. Where crime is going up everywhere. Not just where we have in bond reform, but were not able to have trials. No, I do not feel responsible for that, Mr Ober. We give Judge Morton credit for even talking with us. Our emails to judges Chuck Silverman and Ramona Franklin weren't even returned and their courtrooms were locked. When we tried to visit one early afternoon, they haven't held any trials either, And neither has Judge Greg Glass. Who was in court when we visited, But once we told him what our report was about, wouldn't even let us take his picture. Keep in mind he was working for you at the time sitting on a bench you're paying for. Our investigation found one more alarming statistic since the pandemic began, the murder cases that are tried Started an average of three years and 11 months after the killing. Meaning Ezra has years more to wait wondering every day why his sister was killed. Sometimes I hear her in my head. Saying True Leave it alone. I'm all right on that piece. And I try to accept that. But at the end of the day If we ever go to trial, I'll ask that question. And I would hope to get honest Answer. Judge Morton got in touch with us after our interview to let us know he has had one trial since then one. You can see how many other judges have 123, or more trials online. The judge with the most trials, by the way, has had just 11. In 15 months. Ted Oberg, ABC 13 eyewitness news. That's what we're dealing with. That's what's going on. And it's only gonna get worse. Because do you realize how many people Houston police officers have arrested In the middle of committing a crime. Who were Put in the back of a squad car. Kim Ogg, Democrat district attorney. In her office. Sad. Now we're not taking charges on them. All right, Bud, You're free to go. Wait, What? You just You just caught me committing the crime. I know. I know. Welcome to Harris County. Man. It's the place, isn't it? And then they let him go. So you think they have any hesitation? As to what they do to your wife. Your daughter, your sister. Your mom. Because They're not going to trial. You just heard it. They're not going to trial. They're not going to be punished. These are these are not people who accidentally commit a crime because somebody mouthed off to him or who accidentally getting an argument..

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"harris  county" Discussed on The Michael Berry Show

The Michael Berry Show

08:24 min | Last month

"harris county" Discussed on The Michael Berry Show

"Harris county commissioner. Tom ramsey is our guest commissioner. I've known you. I think probably twenty years i have. I have ever crockett right. I remember that. I have never heard you call anything or anyone stupid and i have never heard you. I've never synced that. You were angry but i get the sense. That that lena had all go in. Adrian garcia working together to to kill what textile wants to do by expanding. I forty five did it has truly angered you. It has because i being someone that understands how hard it is to get. I project at this point and then we just kind of throw it why it took us fifteen years fifteen years to get this project at this point and for people to show up late in the game and had their own opinion based on zero experience and say in accurate things and to literally shut it down. Yeah that that that does make me angry. Because it doesn't serve the greater good. And i am the biggest advocate of underserved neighborhoods ever. 'cause i know what's going to happen when we don't get seven billion dollars to make these improvements. We're gonna have a cane core in the city. The center of explain what that means in talk about drainage aspect and remember. We're not all engineers. Okay when we they out the two major to the base where we had twenty two watersheds to the major watersheds come together downtown white oak in buffalo and that farms the houston ship channel. There is a lot of inefficiencies that they come together and we can do a great deal to lower the water surface celebration going both by us and by doing this project they pour. This project was to take text up buddy and address some very significant severe drainage issues in the downtown area there town north east. You know we that would that. Would that would be a part of it. It's two and a half billion dollars of just trying to improvements that are associated with s. They'll be places flooded because we don't we don't have this money and because tax dot not able to address those issues so it's just not the road you see. It's also the drainage associated with it. 'cause twenty to thirty percent of any transportation project is in fact a drainage project and that's what they're saying now too as well harvey doesn't feel like it was so long ago i mean we're talk coming up on four years. Are we better off in our detention and our in our drainage and our flood mitigation than we were the day before harvey. We are yes we are. I emphasize wait wave infested More dollars actual dollars in doing drained it medication in the last three years. And we have and there's a lot more to be And there's some creative solutions out there. We're working on a tunnel under ten. That would go all the way from We could do in. Housing grange by us. We could do by flow and we can get that water into the turning basin at the shared channel. There's so many things coming down the pike that we're going to need every dollar and when i see Agency as when. I see it just with total disregard and just really lack of understanding eliminate two point. Five billion from the equation makes me angry that that i know what the impact is going to be some leaders. I've just surprised michael. Everybody's been quiet. It's it's just crickets and your devastating transit. Your devastating flooding in the near downtown. You're devastating underserved neighborhood and one saying anything. They just had this constant rhetoric about well tech stocks. not listening. well. I've always been able to get in a room with any any of these groups and finally work out a solution but i keep getting back to i don optimistic when the federal government shows up. Because they don't know anything about what aren't they each are here in houston harris county. Hear well you've got the transportation. Commissioner pete buttigieg talking about highways are racist. You know that's that's very disturbing that kind of language. And what they're doing in austin literally ripping up the payment that disturbs me but commissioner. What do you say tom. Ramsey is our guest. What do you say to the folks and this is kind of the pitch left is making all go and turn these folks that that i forty that they don't you. Don't wanna have this construction in your town. You don't wanna have to live through this and you don't wanna be the place that people are travelling through this community that this isn't local. How much of the traffic on forty five kids local. How much of this is our people traveling to and from because in the early two thousands. When i was studying this closely we were using our highways as local streets. And i assume that's probably still the case. I mean he can't get to get from point. I want they. If i've doing time spring valley out to report On the east freeway. So is our local quarter worst. That's why we're using. But we're sharing that. With major transportation age of the port major evacuation age of rage. And so the. It's being used for many different ways. They would make it after. Be lock bunch of folks coming in something laying And they they they don't wanna they wanna live out and some other area kind of use this as some computer. That's not that's not the that's not the issue that's not typically What the priority of this is. It is our major Transportation corridor for big important things like transit life port servicing. The poor lied a evacuation route during hurricane. That's why it's there and then it ends up being as you say a for usage local transportation age. And we're just we're just saying you know what we're we're just live with way as i'm not willing to live with it the way i guess that's why i'm so angry. We have got an opportunity to fix this. And we're just blowing commissioner. What percentage of traffic that is headed northbound on. I forty five out of downtown is headed to see mattress mac and exit Between tidwell and pork would you estimate that the very law expert death brought it does its impact factors back absolutely well. He's a good man and you're a good man. Thank you for being our guest. I gotta say in twenty years of knowing you. I have never seen you this fired up and i love it. I mean this. Just i'm i'm i'm delighted in you. Tell cable to get in on getting their own with you. Get him some of that too. Thank you buddy back..

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Fresh update on "harris county" discussed on Here and Now

Here and Now

00:47 min | 9 hrs ago

Fresh update on "harris county" discussed on Here and Now

"NPR and view our Boston I'm Celeste Hedley. I'm Robin Young. Meet her and took the gold and Katie Ledecky said she fought her heart out for that race. Also nursing homes are at the center of the pandemic. But more than 40% of elder care staff are still unvaccinated, even though you would think that a health care worker might have a different perspective than the public at large. It just It wasn't the case. And we remember Priscilla McMillan, the only person who knew both JFK and his assassin, Lee Harvey as well. The news is first. Live from NPR News. I'm Lakshmi saying President Biden has announced his first slate of nominees to serve as U. S attorneys, including for the position that overseas the capital right investigation. NPR's Ryan Lucas has more The eight nominees have been picked to lead US attorney's offices in Washington state, New York, Massachusetts, Indiana, Maryland and Washington, D C. President Biden's picked to serve as the top federal prosecutor in D. C. Matthew Graves previously worked as an assistant U. S attorney in the office. If confirmed by the Senate, Graves would take over the sprawling federal investigation into the January 6th attack on the U. S Capitol, which officials say is one of the biggest in American history. Among the other seven nominees. Several would be historic firsts as either the first African American or the first woman to lead the respective district. Ryan Lucas. NPR NEWS Washington The number of new coronavirus cases has more than doubled during the past two weeks. As of Friday, the daily number head top 60,000 cases, the increase, fueled by the fast spreading delta varying of coronavirus, especially in places with low vaccination rates. Among residents who are vaccinated but still getting infected. Most of those breakthrough cases are over the age of 65, many of them with serious health complications. The nation's top infectious disease expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, says these populations may benefit from a covid 19 booster shot. He points to data from Israel, suggesting immunity may begin to wane. Six months after vaccination. New York City has just announced it will require all government employees to be vaccinated against Covid by mid September. Those who are not vaccinated must wear masks and submit to weekly covid 19 tests. NPR's Jasmine Gars has details. It comes amidst what Mayor Bill de Blasio called a troubling rise in the delta variant of Covid 19, he said. September is going to be a crucial month for the city. September is the pivot point of the recovery. September is when many employers are bringing back a lot of their employees. September is when school starts full strength. September is when people come back from the summer. September is when it will all happen. De Blasio urged the private sector to get stricter with vaccination and testing requirements. The mayor also highlighted disinformation on social media and called on Facebook and Twitter. Two D platform accounts that are spreading lies about Covid, 19 and the vaccine. Jasmine GARZA, NPR NEWS New York Firefighters in Northern California are now battling an even bigger blaze that formed over the weekend when the Dickstein fly fires merged. They burned through the small community of Indian fall Saturday night. Meanwhile, some progress is being reported. And the operation to contain the bootleg fire in southern Oregon, the largest wildfire in the United States that fire has burned more than 400,000 acres. It's now more than 50% contain. Fires are burning across much of the western US fueled by a heat wave that's intensified by climate change. The Dow has risen 18 points since the Open. It's a 35,079 This is NPR news live from news 88 7 in Houston. I'm Matt Harrop. Harris County's Public Health Department says the region's covid 19 positivity rate is now at 9%, and it's doubling every two weeks. Doctor Janina White says they're seeing uncontrolled spread an ongoing transmission of the virus, which is leading to Rise in hospitalization. These are unvaccinated individuals who are really stressing the health care system and what we're really trying to get. The public to understand is that you know misinformation might be. The reason is keeping us from getting on top of this virus, White says. I see you capacity in our region is doubling every five weeks. Now the state's Health department is starting a vaccination awareness campaign in Houston today, the department's commissioner, Dr John Heller, step says that's because the current surge Could be devastating, with millions of Texans still not vaccinated and the more contagious Delta variants spreading rapidly. And yet there is good news. Very good news. In fact, Unlike previous surges this time, we have safe, powerfully effective vaccines and plenty of them. Roughly 54% of the eligible population in Harris County is fully vaccinated, which is slightly above the statewide average of 52% and an Olympic swimmer from Sugarland helped the U. S, said a single day metal record yesterday in Tokyo. Simone Manual was one of two Texans to swim in the four by 100 M freestyle freestyle relay. There is bringing home a bronze medal from the event Manuals partner Natalie Hynes had retired from competition after not qualifying for the 2000 and 16 Olympic team. This time around, I really put my nutrition forward and really just prioritizing high, mentally like attack races and how.

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"harris  county" Discussed on Houston Matters

Houston Matters

03:08 min | Last month

"harris county" Discussed on Houston Matters

"Npr this morning the us senate is poised today to consider the for the people act. This is a proposed bill to set standards for elections and protect voting rights opponents. Call it a federal overreach. It is not expected to pass It's a response of course to state legislative efforts including voting bill blocked at the last minute during the regular legislative session here in texas which critic say would set limits on voter access in that of course was a response to what harris county did last election cycle with drive thru voting expanded early voting hours and sending out mass mailings with applications for mail in balloting. What would you like to see done or not done for that matter. When it comes to voting. More than anything. I would like these attempts to make policy based on the lie that there was massive voter fraud to stop because Not only do policies like What was tried here in texas right. They tried to make it easier to turn elections they tried to in the state legislature. They tried to pass a provision that would have banned voting before one pm on sundays with would have been a an affront and attack on the souls to the polls programs in african american churches and the church then from there go to vote would've allowed poll-watchers to to video record. Voters as their voting. All chris know they're saying it was a typo which is hard to believe. Even if you're you're very generous that you could change the you know. Accidentally put the number one for one pm. They say was meant to be eleven. Am and then accidentally european instead of a m and And somehow there's there's fraud before eleven. Pm but not before one pm so it's just kind of You know all of hurts participation and unnecessarily so because there's no evidence of massive fraud in any way in those kinds of situation but most importantly it hurts trust in the democratic system and the electoral system. When you repeat a a mystery so much that you're making policy on it that just tears you down at the fabric of our democracy and so i welcome legislation at the federal level that will keep the kinds of policies from passing Whatever it is that is going to make it harder to vote without evidence of the need for those policies Very important to bipartisan participation. In this it's a dangerous time when we make voting elections The democracy itself in a way a partisan issue can't be a wedge issue and. That's why i'm so proud of the leaders. In particularly the the a business leaders mma companies that have spoken out around this faith leaders. You know folks who really have no partisan affiliation that that is so important And we really needed it. It's You know. The latest was the..

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11 Texas Sheriff Workers Fired, 6 Suspended in Inmate Death

AP News Radio

00:54 sec | 2 months ago

11 Texas Sheriff Workers Fired, 6 Suspended in Inmate Death

"Authorities in the Houston area say ten detention officers and a deputy have been fired after an inmate died in February from head injuries eleven terminations were announced by Harris County sheriff ed Gonzalez whose apologized to the family of two quarry Simmons and says their trust has been betrayed an internal affairs investigation found Simmons had gotten into two physical fights with detention officers February sixteenth Simmons was evaluated at a jail clinic and supposed to get X. rayed but didn't he was found unresponsive in his cell the next day the officers are accused of excessive force failing to document the use of force not intervening when a fellow officer used force and making false statements to investigators there's also a criminal case under way six other detention officers have been suspended and placed on probation I'm Jackie Quinn

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Houston-area sheriff is named to lead immigration agency

AP News Radio

00:41 sec | 3 months ago

Houston-area sheriff is named to lead immigration agency

"Hi Mike Rossi a reporting a Texas sheriff is selected to lead ice president Joe Biden has nominated Harris County Texas sheriff ed Gonzalez to be director of U. S. immigration and customs enforcement the agency has operated without a Senate confirmed leader since twenty seventeen ice has more than twenty thousand employees and an annual budget of eight billion dollars good solid whose jurisdiction includes the Houston metropolitan area was a sharp critic of former president Donald trump's hardline immigration policies after his election in twenty sixteen consults with drew Harris County from a federal partnership that authorizes sheriff's deputies to enforce immigration laws Mike Rossi Washington

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Biden Taps Texas Sheriff Ed Gonzalez as ICE Director

AP 24 Hour News

00:36 sec | 3 months ago

Biden Taps Texas Sheriff Ed Gonzalez as ICE Director

"Texas sheriff has been picked to lead ice President Joe Biden has nominated Harris County, Texas Sheriff Ed Gonzalez to be director of U. S Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The agency has operated without a Senate confirmed leader since 2017 ice has more than 20,000 employees and an annual budget of $8 billion. Gonzalez, whose jurisdiction includes the Houston metropolitan area, was a sharp critic of former President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policies. Gonzales withdrew Harris County from a federal partnership that authorizes sheriff's deputies to enforce immigration

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Fired Humble ISD Teacher Facing New Charges of Molesting Boys

Smart Oil and Gas

00:39 sec | 3 months ago

Fired Humble ISD Teacher Facing New Charges of Molesting Boys

"Students come forward the EMB Elias D T. Teacher male who was already charged with child child porn, faces new charges. He's a 35 year old teacher, and he was charged last night with promotion of child pornography and sexual performance by a child. He's already facing 10 counts of possession of child porn and another counter sexual performance. Prosecutor Jonah Stallings is with the Harris County adult sex crimes and Trafficking division. She says that she definitely believes he is a danger to the community messages he sent were first from a person named Sarah. Messages we came or explicit as they continued dating all the way back to December. This is the tax

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2 Killed in Driverless Tesla Car Crash

Daily Tech News Show

00:58 sec | 3 months ago

2 Killed in Driverless Tesla Car Crash

"National highway traffic safety administration in the united states and the national transportation safety board have both sent teams to investigate a fatal car crash involving twenty nine tesla model s in spring texas. The car went off the road. Coming out of cold sack. After failing to negotiate a slight curve at high speed harris county constable mark. Herman said one occupant was in the front passenger seat and one in the backseat. Neither occupant was in the driver's seat. Now it's not clear you might jump to the conclusion. But it's not clear if tesla autopilot was active when the car crashed. Tesla ceo elon. Musk had re tweeted news just earlier that same day. The tesla's autopilot feature was quote approaching ten times. Lower chance of accident than the average vehicle constable. Herman also noted that the car caught fire when it hit a tree and took more than thirty thousand gallons of water to extinguish because the battery kept reigniting and apparently they had to get in contact with tesla for some advice in how to get that fire to go

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Man Shot and Killed by Deputy in Harris County, Texas

Charlie Parker

00:33 sec | 3 months ago

Man Shot and Killed by Deputy in Harris County, Texas

"26 Year veteran will be charged. The Harris County Sheriff's office is investigating an officer involved shooting after a deputy fatally shot a man in his home in Houston. Assistant chief Mike Lee says the deputy attempted to taste the suspect, but it didn't work. That time. Our deputy discharged his weapon number of times striking the suspect. Authorities identified the suspect as 46 year old Marcello Garcia. Investigators say his wife called 911, saying Garcia was having a mental health episode when deputies arrived. That is what he came at them with a knife. Garcia's family says he

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Blasting Houston Leaders Over Opposition To New Voting Bills

Houston Matters

02:05 min | 3 months ago

Blasting Houston Leaders Over Opposition To New Voting Bills

"On today's panel houston chronicle editor of opinion. Lisa falkenberg vivian. Ho health economist at rice university and baylor college of medicine and marcus davis the breakfast club restaurant and host of fish grits and politics. Lisa vivian marcus. Welcome to houston matters. Craig thank you panel. Texas lieutenant governor. Dan patrick had some choice. Things to say. Tuesday about the houston area's leaders and voting procedures in the last election cycle patrick speaking at the state capital criticized harris county for twenty four hour drive thru voting and mass mailing absentee ballot applications to eligible county residents all efforts last november to improve voting access during the pandemic. And all of which would be outlawed if senate bill seven passes this session. Patrick noted harris county does not make policy and create law for the rest of the state. He was responding to a monday. Press conference here in houston in which leaders including mayor turner and harris county judge. Lena hidalgo criticized espy seven arguing. It would discourage minority voter participation. turner called the bill. Jim crow two point. Oh echoing criticism of similar legislation in georgia. Patrick called that characterization race baiting the rhetoric is strong from state and local leaders. Over sb seven and voting procedures. Is this good bad or ugly. Lisa falkenberg from the perspective of journalists. It's good because strong rhetoric makes great headlines right from a from a perspective of texan. Just a texan. Who wants my government work. you know. it's bad it's ugly. You did this. This whole argument is just ridiculous because during the presidential election no one at the aftermath. Nobody was screaming. Oh texas has all this fraud always went you know. We need a recount in texas. No everybody was perfectly fine with the way the election ran but afterward things are so bad that we need to have all this reform. Texas is already the hardest state of the union to cast a ballot in. We have no need for more restrictions

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Houston QB Deshaun Watson's lawyer granted emergency hearings over women's ID

This Morning with Gordon Deal

00:47 sec | 3 months ago

Houston QB Deshaun Watson's lawyer granted emergency hearings over women's ID

"The attorney for Texans quarterback to Shana Watson, calling out his client's accusers, demanding they go public with their identities to give Watson a chance to defend himself. Napolitano has those details. Sean Watson's attorney, Rusty Harden, was granted an emergency hearing by the Harris County District Court in Texas as he is now pushing for the release of the identities of 20 of 22 plaintiffs suing the Houston Texans quarterback claiming sexual assault. Misconduct. All but two accusers are using the pseudonym Jane Doe and Harden says the attorney behind those civil lawsuits. Tony Busby is using anonymity like a sword against Watson, who is now losing sponsorship deals over these allegations. Texans defensive coordinator Lovey Smith mom on the subject during the press conference Thursday for me is to stay and learn how to stay in my lane and I don't know enough about that situation. Watson continues to deny the allegations. Matt

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Houston's Harris County to remain at Red COVID-19 threat level

This Morning with Gordon Deal

00:43 sec | 3 months ago

Houston's Harris County to remain at Red COVID-19 threat level

"Cohen Cohen numbers numbers continue continue to to plummet plummet here here was was County County Judge Judge Lena Lena Hidalgo Hidalgo says says the the numbers numbers here here aren't aren't good good enough enough for for her her to to lower lower the the 10 10 month month old old code code Red Red threat threat level. level. We We just just got got through reviewing them again, and the experts tell me there is not a scientific reason to review them. So I would love and I'm sure I would get a ratings boost as the governor. You know, bragged when he made his announcement to say, Let's open everything. This is over. Good news. Everybody loves to deliver good news, but unfortunately my job is to protect the community. Hidalgo has had Harris County and Code Red since last June, despite used fluctuations in the county's covered number. Since then,

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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Blasts Media Over Opposition To Texas Voting Bills

Sean Hannity

00:35 sec | 3 months ago

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Blasts Media Over Opposition To Texas Voting Bills

"Texas election bills. Remember, Let me repeat this for the media and for the Democrats. So they'll stop lying about it. We have not changed any dates on early voting. It's still starts two weeks before the election. Patrick says voter turnout turnout has has actually actually been been going going up up in in Texas Texas with with new new voter voter ID ID laws laws passed passed in in recent recent years, years, and and the the new new election election bills bills will will make make it it safer safer for for people people to to cast cast ballots. ballots. He He also also blasted blasted Houston Houston and and Harris Harris County County leaders leaders who called the Bills voter suppression. In a news conference this week, Patrick says he's glad Harris County isn't in charge of Texas multiple school districts, including the Houston Eyes, D reporting issues with online

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Houston Sen. Paul Bettencourt blames local leaders for new election law

Coast to Coast AM with George Noory

00:42 sec | 3 months ago

Houston Sen. Paul Bettencourt blames local leaders for new election law

"All what our top story. Houston State Senator Paul Betancourt says Harris County Democrats have themselves to blame for a sweeping election law passed by the Republican controlled Texas set it on Monday. He says local election leaders used the Koven pandemic to attempt ballot harvesting and other legal measures during the 2020 presidential election. Do you think one which is our heaviest majority man? Already praising had 61% more early voting centers. 41% more polls on Election Day kind of whopping 300% More of these drive thru locations, which is the reason why we're having this discussion. And it Bill seven. What, among other things make it a felony felony to to send send it it absentee absentee ballot ballot application application to to anyone anyone who who didn't didn't request request it it banned banned drive drive through through voting voting and and limit limit

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Texas Republicans target Houston with raft of bills seeking voting restrictions

Houston Public Media Local Newscasts

01:10 min | 4 months ago

Texas Republicans target Houston with raft of bills seeking voting restrictions

"Houston area. Democrats are blasting voting bills. That are now making their way through. The republican led state senate government reporter. Andrew stoddart says those legislative measures or being condemned by houston's mayor who says bills or discriminatory against people of color senate. Bill seven and house bill. Six would ban twenty four hour voting and drive thru voting as well as remove restrictions on partisan poll-watchers mayor sylvester turner said. Those changes and others amounted to what he called. Jim crow two point. Oh the texas rights project. And i want to thank the representatives for being here today. Stacey extended voting hours at harris county but mostly used by people of color fifty six percent of voters who cast ballots late night. Hours were black hispanic or asian. In addition black voters and other voters of color were more likely to be victims of poll-watcher intimidation harris county. Commissioner rodney ellis echoed. Turner calling the bills a modern day poll tax. He called on business leaders to pressure republican lawmakers to block the bills. Lieutenant governor dan. Patrick previously blasted such pressure from companies including american airlines and dell.

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Houston Mother Accused of Killing Son, 6, With Drugs for Insurance Money

Our American Stories

00:36 sec | 4 months ago

Houston Mother Accused of Killing Son, 6, With Drugs for Insurance Money

"Believe he used in mother killed her six year old son for the insurance money. That's the case where the they're presenting in Harris County Court. 25 year old Ashley March, was arrested last week for the boy's death last year. Investigators say the child was intentionally killed with a toxic dose of drugs and requested marks be held without bond. I'm urging the state's motion for denial of bail. This court is permitted to denied bail for this offense under the Constitution of the state of Texas. Child, Jason Sanchez had been living with his grandfather all the

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Houston mom accused of killing 6-year-old son to collect insurance money

Our American Stories

00:36 sec | 4 months ago

Houston mom accused of killing 6-year-old son to collect insurance money

"Believe it. Houston mother killed her six year old son for the insurance money. That's the case they're presenting. In Harris County Court 25 year old Ashley Marks was arrested last week for the boy's death last year. Investigators say the Chad was intentionally killed with a toxic dose of drugs. Requested marks be held without bond. I'm urging the state's motion for denial of bail. This court is permitted to denied bail for this offense under the Constitution of the state of Texas. The child, Jason Sanchez's had been living with his grandfather. All the

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Houston mom accused of killing 6-year-old son to collect insurance money

Our American Stories

00:36 sec | 4 months ago

Houston mom accused of killing 6-year-old son to collect insurance money

"Believe it. Houston mother killed her six year old son for the insurance money. That's the case they're presenting. In Harris County Court 25 year old Ashley Marks was arrested last week for the boy's death last year. Investigators say the Chad was intentionally killed with a toxic dose of drugs. Requested marks be held without bond. I'm urging the state's motion for denial of bail. This court is permitted to denied bail for this offense under the Constitution of the state of Texas. The child, Jason Sanchez's had been living with his grandfather. All the

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Houston woman killed her son to cash in on insurance policies

Sean Hannity

00:21 sec | 4 months ago

Houston woman killed her son to cash in on insurance policies

"Ah Houston mother could face capital murder charges after she allegedly killed her son by mixing allergy drugs and meth. Harris County prosecutors say Ashley marks fed the concoction to the six year old, causing him to overdose last June. According to prosecutors, the young 25 year old mother allegedly killed her son to collect on two life insurance policies totaling $100,000.

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All Houston Adults Qualify For COVID-19 Vaccine

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00:50 sec | 4 months ago

All Houston Adults Qualify For COVID-19 Vaccine

"Houston adults now. Qualify for covid nineteen vaccine today. Texas becomes the most populous us state to expand eligibility to residents sixteen and older. It comes as excessive ability is increasing throughout the houston area. Residents can add their name to the harris county vaccine waitlist on the county's public health website or by phone and the houston. Health departments. waitlist is at houston. Emergency dot org. Houston's can also learn about new appointment opportunities through email text message or push notifications via alert. Houston dot org pharmacies. Cvs don't have wait. Lists but open vaccine appointments on a daily basis. The federal government is providing the vaccine free of charge regardless of immigration or health insurance

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Memorial Hermann CEO discusses COVID-19 vaccination efforts in the Houston area

Houston Matters

01:57 min | 4 months ago

Memorial Hermann CEO discusses COVID-19 vaccination efforts in the Houston area

"We start today with vaccination efforts across houston as of this morning techs sixteen and up can register for a covid nineteen vaccine one of the three vaccines approved for emergency. Use visors is for ages. Sixteen and up and johnson and johnson's vaccines are approved for ages. Eighteen and up anyone over eighty or over rather can jump to the front of the line without an appointment and supplies continue to increase though there are limits to how many people can be vaccinated each day to discuss vaccination efforts here in houston. We are joined now by. Dr david. Calendar president and ceo of the memorial hermann health system. Dr calendar good morning. good morning. What numbers can you share with us about memorial hermann vaccination efforts to date. Well we continue to see an increase supply of vaccine coming into the greater houston area as a two day. Memorial hermann is vaccinated over five hundred forty thousand people that means they're fully vaccinated and we've delivered about one point one five billion doses and total. So she's me. That's those are the tmc numbers memorial hermann to that uh about About a quarter of that twenty five percent so about two hundred and seventy thousand doses and one hundred sixty seven thousand individuals. Okay so those larger numbers you mentioned are what all the hospitals across. The texas medical center combined have been able to accomplish. And then that's then combined with what public health a facilities houston health system harris county health other county health systems in the region and then whatever area drugstores and so forth all vaccine distributors of combined. All that together where we stand. I do not know the total But you know again. We're very pleased that the supply is increasing. And we'll be able to get more people vaccinated over coming weeks.

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"harris  county" Discussed on Houston Matters

Houston Matters

07:37 min | 8 months ago

"harris county" Discussed on Houston Matters

"Harris county public health executive director. Dr shawn ounce tuesday. He's leaving the department. He's led since twenty thirteen to become washington state's new secretary of health. He joins us now. Dr shock congrats on the new gig. Welcome back to the show. Crag it's as you can imagine but <hes>. Thanks for having me and thanks for the congratulations. Why have you decided to take on this new challenge in the state of washington. Well it's <hes>. You know let me. Let me just say <hes>. Again with mentioned about the sweet piece is that there's just so much that we have accomplished here and and so many incredible incredible staff members <hes>. Department leadership and and just across the community cross county government but across the community. That have just done. Just such an amazing job <hes>. It is really hard to leave. But i will tell you that what you know it. Opportunities are when they come before you and i was asked by governor ins lease <hes>. Administration to join as the secretary of health. And it's an incredible privilege and honor to be asked for that <hes>. And certainly i'm hopeful to be able to take that experience from here and what i've learned and been able to do here in harris county to state level and some excited about that. Would you characterize the challenges that washington state is facing as roughly the same as what we're facing here when it comes to the pandemic. Oh craig here's the thing so it it. We're all facing the same way. So i in fact i got this question yesterday from a reporter in in seattle and it was a very <hes>. Very much a question. That i thought was interesting and it was about well. You know the state is big and it's diverse and you know it's got red and blue areas and it's got urban areas and it's got suburban areas and scott rural areas and not. Everybody has agreed on how we should fight the pandemic <hes>. So what what are your thoughts about coming into that. And i thought that kind of sounds like harris county <hes>. So you know it's it's seven point six million people it's it's larger than obviously harris county and in population and certainly size. But i will tell you that it. It is also true that throughout this pandemic what we are facing here in our community is similar to what we're facing across texas across the country and across the globe now everything is manifesting differently. So fortunately we although we've been seeing increases and yes. These are concerning trends here within our region. We're not seeing that same level that you've seen in el paso or other parts of texas other parts of the country now again we can't let our our eyes off the the the ball here because very quickly as you talked over the month things can change and when they change. They changed quickly. And so we've got to do everything we can to prevent it from happening in the first place. And that's why we've got a strategic opportunity right before the holidays to get things <hes>. Right and for community to heed the call to to really change the behaviors that were having over the holidays. And that's going to really drive. You know what's going to happen for us in the next chapter for you know for our community. What's next for harris county health leadership. Well you know. Obviously county government is going to make a decision and <hes>. You know. I'm leaving an incredibly strong <hes>. Leadership team behind <hes>. In fact you can see it on twitter. I tweeted it out <hes>. recently and it's strong. It's experienced its diverse <hes>. Dedicated passionate and that's what community wants from its public health leadership and so. I'm just incredibly proud of that team. Now it's never about the me. It's always about the we when when we do activities or we take on activities and so craig what i would say is that while i may be not here and cheering this community on from a distance that work continues and that team continues and they are here and they're ready but ultimately it's going to be county government and commissioner's court. Who's going to decide what they're going to do after i leave my last day. Here's december eighteenth <hes>. What they're going to do after that in the interim period and certainly beyond that <hes>. But i will tell you that we've got a great team and i'm hopeful that the community remembers the incredible work that we've done you know local health department of the year <hes>. National accreditation <hes>. Microsoft research <hes>. Picking us as the only community in the country. The only health department the country for its project premonition <hes>. We've you know we were ranked number two recently and peer rankings by seven hundred and forty local health departments across the country for who. They look to initiatives. There's a lot of incredible work that we've done and craig one that i know you're <hes>. I've talked about this before. Related to animals <hes>. When i started at the at the department as the director are leave alive rate animals. That left our shelter. Alive was was about fifteen percent. This is twenty twelve twenty thirteen. It is now ninety eight percent. We have actually changed the narrative. These are things that we have to be proud of as a community and as a as the government. I just really want to just say that. We can't do it alone. In this pandemic has shown this you know obviously harvey and katrina rita i e carvey all these hurricanes and tropical storms but also you know h one n one ebola zico now covid nineteen. We have a lot of work that continues. There's never a good time to leave. But i'm very proud of our department and our team and i'm excited about the fact that they're going to continue that that work into the future. What parting advice. Can you offer to huston. Ian the department and its initiatives not just about cove in the current surge in cases about the region's health and general. Well a two things. One is that look cova. Nineteen is a. It's a crisis it's pandemic it is. Let's not let's not let our focus off of that so <hes>. What i've been calling twenty twentieth the first half of football game. It's the first half the holidays coming up here. We're going to be at halftime. Usually people take a charge <hes>. Recharge during halftime they changed strategy. They think about what's up ahead. We know twenty twenty one's gonna be vaccines vaccines vaccines and certainly <hes>. We've got to be readying ourselves for the second half so halftime so critical. So if you don't have to have thanksgiving holidays with a lot of people don't and fact <hes>. Make him very small holidays. <hes> a few people your social bubble your immediate people in your family <hes>. Don't travel do those kinds of things if you're gonna do those things. Please look at our website for safety precautions. That's the one thing koba. Nineteen craig the second thing. Let's remember the value proposition of of true health. Not just health care delivery about prevention about the investment in public health systems. The reason that we have got into some of this mess across the country is we have not appreciated the value of public health and prevention. And so we wait for people to get sick and then we try to do things. We wait for people to get injured and we try to do things. Let's invest upfront. And if we do that in county and city and and even state and federal governments we invest truly unhealth then we can have a healthier community. Dr rumor shaw's the soon to be departing executive director of harris county public health. Doctor shaw thanks very much. Thank you craig. It's been an honor to be with the all. These

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"harris  county" Discussed on Houston Matters

Houston Matters

03:29 min | 8 months ago

"harris county" Discussed on Houston Matters

"Here's december eighteenth What they're going to do after that in the interim period and certainly beyond that But i will tell you that we've got a great team and i'm hopeful that the community remembers the incredible work that we've done you know local health department of the year National accreditation Microsoft research Picking us as the only community in the country. The only health department the country for its project premonition We've you know we were ranked number two recently and peer rankings by seven hundred and forty local health departments across the country for who. They look to initiatives. There's a lot of incredible work that we've done and craig one that i know you're I've talked about this before. Related to animals When i started at the at the department as the director are leave alive rate animals. That left our shelter. Alive was was about fifteen percent. This is twenty twelve twenty thirteen. It is now ninety eight percent. We have actually changed the narrative. These are things that we have to be proud of as a community and as a as the government. I just really want to just say that. We can't do it alone. In this pandemic has shown this you know obviously harvey and katrina rita i e carvey all these hurricanes and tropical storms but also you know h one n one ebola zico now covid nineteen. We have a lot of work that continues. There's never a good time to leave. But i'm very proud of our department and our team and i'm excited about the fact that they're going to continue that that work into the future. What parting advice. Can you offer to huston. Ian the department and its initiatives not just about cove in the current surge in cases about the region's health and general. Well a two things. One is that look cova. Nineteen is a. It's a crisis it's pandemic it is. Let's not let's not let our focus off of that so What i've been calling twenty twentieth the first half of football game. It's the first half the holidays coming up here. We're going to be at halftime. Usually people take a charge Recharge during halftime they changed strategy. They think about what's up ahead. We know twenty twenty one's gonna be vaccines vaccines vaccines and certainly We've got to be readying ourselves for the second half so halftime so critical. So if you don't have to have thanksgiving holidays with a lot of people don't and fact Make him very small holidays. a few people your social bubble your immediate people in your family Don't travel do those kinds of things if you're gonna do those things. Please look at our website for safety precautions. That's the one thing koba. Nineteen craig the second thing. Let's remember the value proposition of of true health. Not just health care delivery about prevention about the investment in public health systems. The reason that we have got into some of this mess across the country is we have not appreciated the value of public health and prevention. And so we wait for people to get sick and then we try to do things. We wait for people to get injured and we try to do things. Let's invest upfront. And if we do that in county and city and and even state and federal governments we invest truly unhealth then we can have a healthier community. Dr rumor shaw's the soon to be departing executive director of harris county public health. Doctor shaw thanks very much. Thank you craig. It's been an honor to be with.

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"harris  county" Discussed on Houston Matters

Houston Matters

06:00 min | 8 months ago

"harris county" Discussed on Houston Matters

"I mean nobody's spreading this virus willingly but it's folks getting complacent and And i recognize that it's really not necessarily on the community. You know you hear from your same federal leadership that things are okay then of course you're gonna kinda let your guard down. And so. That's why i think it's very important for me to try and be very clear that look. The numbers are not looking good and the way to stop. This is c. stopped gathering without massive your household. And please go get tested. So that is you have the buyers You know we can know and we can go and trace it But we take aggressive steps right now. We're just gonna have an exact replay of the summer and maybe even worse next up. Is richard in heritage village richard. What's your question for judged dog. Oh yes the have department in my not not win a math and i asked them they and they don't have to judge. Are there any requirements for For law enforcement in the county to wear masks when they're interacting with the public. There should be an right now. There is the local order that we issued Initially but also the governor's order is in place on mass so So yes everybody should be wearing them and certainly are public servants. Our law enforcement should set that example So so you're right to call folks out on that and look it's uncomfortable. Nobody enjoys wearing masks. They make a different. They're not the end all be all I it's just that with without the proportions without bring the viral load down isn't gonna cut it but but they they do make a difference they do help And so so. Yeah i mean they should be wearing them. They should be. Is that something you can follow up with the harris county sheriff on and just make sure he's reinforcing that of course we we'd do and and i i have to say i've bought it some.

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"harris  county" Discussed on Houston Matters

Houston Matters

05:03 min | 9 months ago

"harris county" Discussed on Houston Matters

"The pandemic twenty twenty brought in new ways to vote like drive through and twenty four hour voting but also shift in who's responsible for running elections in harris county soon that will be the job of a county elections administrator instead of the county clerk. We're also seeing efforts to change voting. Moving forward efforts that had begun before this year. Like a move to a paper based ballot system instead of the current paperless machines..

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"harris  county" Discussed on Opening Arguments

Opening Arguments

03:47 min | 9 months ago

"harris county" Discussed on Opening Arguments

"It easier for you to vote. Regardless of who you're voting for but ultimately this is a good result and there is nothing there were no legal procedures now left that will toss out those votes that have already been cast that that's the real victory again even though it's not it's not about what we should have had to one last bonus bid if you've listened all the way to the end even though it didn't flag this before you may have seen the news that seven pennsylvania counties are not going to begin counting early mail in ballots. A until after the until after election night right until after all in person voting has been counted. This is a transparent effort To try and drive down. The vote totals On election day For joe biden in the state All seven of these counties. This is beaver cumberland. Franklin green junie oughta mercer and montour counties in pennsylvania all seven were trump counties in two thousand sixteen Well three of them are tiny little counties. Green junie oughta and montour are tiny counties. The other three are moderately. Sized the largest cumberland which has two hundred and thirty five thousand voters in it And is the sixteenth largest county in pennsylvania. Sixty two counties best evidence is that this is a one hundred and fifty thousand total mail in ballots that will be affected This does not mean. They won't count right and this will not be subject to the supreme court's order. These are not Ballots that You know are subject to potential disqualification because they might arrive late but be postmarked. Before election day these are balanced that have already arrived. okay they will be counted. This is just more evidence that The numbers particularly out of pennsylvania On election night May look good for trump and that state may ultimately go to biden. If you're following our livestream if you're following any of the posts that i've made on patriots on Which been available to anyone at any level You will see that if you trust in math Most of the scenarios do not require right. This are are such that The election is not going to be To fifty eight to two fifty eight electoral votes waiting on pennsylvania's twenty electoral votes to come in I agree that would be a nightmare. Scenario that would require massive polling errors beyond a single standard deviation. And it's an unlikely Although you know twenty sixteen proved that that some unlikely results do happen. So that's the sort of late breaking news everything else I'm sure we're going to have All kinds of reports tomorrow With respect to individual polling places and individual irregularities on both sides will will cover any bic stories obviously in our livestream eight to ten eastern five to seven pacific You'll you're all prepared to join us there and Other than that This is you know. Take take a deep breath Get out there and vote if you haven't and and these are these are good. These are good results and be be cautiously optimistic. It's okay to be nervous. Take care of your mental health. Be cautious optimistic for later on today. We'll see at eight pm..

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"harris  county" Discussed on Opening Arguments

Opening Arguments

06:59 min | 9 months ago

"harris county" Discussed on Opening Arguments

"And why who judge heynen go through the the the difficulty of saying there's no standing here so you get no relief but if you had standing i would bring you relief. And the answer is What a lot of legal pundits online kind of picked up on. Which is this is a way of judge. Heynen teeing up for the fifth circuit. Hey if you appeal on this issue Here's how the fifth circuit can grant relief and grant the injunction right away without having to remain back to me for later. Factfinding knowing by the way that the fifth circuit would have to do that work. You know sometime between five. Pm and Texas time after his opinion came up so it was viewed. And i think fairly so as an invitation to the fifth circuit of. Hey if you wanna stop drive through curbside voting on election day in harris county. Here's the blueprint for how you doing. Plaintiffs then appealed to the fifth circuit and as per judge tannin's decision. They appealed only the second of collins issues so again. Let me be a hundred percent clear. But this i you know. Listen to this part of the show twice underlying bullet plaintiffs did not challenge judge hannon's ruling with respect to votes. That have already been cast. They are no longer seeking that relief from the fifth circuit they cannot resurrect that claim and seek additional relief from the supreme court the plaintiffs have given up on trying to get those one hundred twenty seven thousand votes thrown out. That's a victory okay. It's a huge victory. It's not one we should have had to win because this case is ridiculous but nevertheless if you're sitting there thinking are they throwing out votes. This is an example of where republicans tried to get votes thrown out and were rebuffed by republican court. And so you know if you buy a very very conservative. Judge in a very very conservative district appeals to a very very conservative Fifth circuit circuit court of appeals. If you're a believer like i m in the tattered strains of the rule of law This should warm your heart so that all that's left on appeal now is the request for an emergency or granting relief to shutdown drive thru and curbside voting on election day in harris county. And i wanna tell you that as of this recording Which was like. I said right about one o'clock Which is right about midnight which is right about the deadline for the fifth circuit to Have ruled there was no ruling We may not. And i think will not get a ruling and part of the reason for that is in dissipating. This appeal and having read hanes decision collins agreed to shut down nine of the ten drive-thru polling places anticipatory. Right and the reason to do that is to is to move. This appeal as much as possible right to protect to to bank those hundred and twenty seven thousand votes because he had to make that decision before he could read plaintiff's appeal and he want to risk the the victory that we've already one that was ready to go into effect. I will tell you having looked at Collinses official Social media account He says that of the nine drive-thru places that that will be shut down. There will still be. The lanes are still out there. Right and each one of those drive through facilities has a walkup facility and collins said if you if you pull up looking to drive through To vote Curbside you will then be directed to go inside so if you were planning to vote tomorrow. In harris county texas right four point seven million people living there it it means. Take take your mask with you right if you if you can. You know like we've we've said if you're if your health permits and you can socially distance and you can safely enter a polling place. It's going to be slightly more inconvenient But i am okay with that holding action in order to protect those one hundred. Twenty seven thousand votes that were already cast That are very likely a real more again. Does it shouldn't matter what they're a margin for right if those were if these were heavily republican votes You don't burn people's ballots that they've already cast But you don't to be on that so pox anyway. If you're going to vote in person today in harris county you're going to have to get out of your car so socially distance be safe brave lines. I know it. It's an additional pain in the ass. It's a reason we should be mad at republicans right because look they won a partial victory here despite losing in court just by making the argument and the argument was frivolous and stupid in the extreme it was rejected by one of the most conservative judges in the country and yet ultimately plaintiffs got fifty percent of what they were asking for. Forty five percent nine. Nine of the ten drive-thru locations in harris county are going to be shut down. And it's going to be moderately harder. You know an additional roadblock has been placed in the way of exercising You were franchise in texas and if that's not another good reason to get out and vote democratic. I don't know what is the irony. Is we have no idea how democratic those same day votes are going to be in harris county anyway in twenty sixteen. Hillary clinton got fifty four percent of the vote in harris county. Jill stein got one percent But you know. Donald trump got forty. Two gary johnson. Three so you you know. Forty five percent of the vote. Counting early voting in harris county went conservative in two thousand sixteen. It very well may be the case. that this suppresses you know fifty fifty turn out. I mean obviously. I would like harris county to be way more democratic this year. So we don't know again it. It just gets down to the fundamental difference. The republicans are the party of making it harder for you to vote. Democrats are the party of making.

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"harris  county" Discussed on Opening Arguments

Opening Arguments

07:39 min | 9 months ago

"harris county" Discussed on Opening Arguments

"Hey everybody this is andrew. We are not going to have the opportunity to cover all of the late breaking cases as i record this set about one a m on tuesday election day november. The third. this is also going to be completely unedited for the same reasons. But i really really wanted to get a quick breakdown out for you. Guys in ho hots versus kyle hotz versus holland's Which is the harris county texas case that you might have seen in the news. I'm going to give you a quick recap on what's happened because a lot of things broke over the weekend and very very late monday night and i think this is highly illustrative of the kinds of tactics that we are seeing the republican party in desperation. Trying to put into practice. Let me be clear l. Let me cut to the punchline. I if you voted. In harris county texas and parenthetically harris county is the largest county in texas. It has over sixteen percent. It's got one sixth of the population of the state of texas. Four point seven million people. I mean this has pretty much all of houston in it. You know if you're if you're thinking like oh a county. Yeah this is almost like. I said it's four point seven million people and here's what happened. The top election official in harris county. Chris hollins right. The harris county clerk put to policies into place one of them. And that's the live puppy he say hi to lily everybody anyway. One of those policies the collins put into place setup drive through curbside voting early voting in harris county and our best estimates are a hundred twenty one hundred twenty seven thousand. People availed themselves of early voting curbside in harris county and the major goal of the republican party. Was i am not making this up to throw those votes away now. We know why they wanted to throw those votes away because those votes are very likely overwhelmingly democratic and as of this morning the polling average in texas is under two percent right. it's trump plus about one and a half so throwing at us. Sixty seventy eighty thousand vote margin for democrats is a pretty good strategy if you were totally evil. So here's the bottom line the good news. You may have heard over the weekend that the texas state supreme court rejected plaintiff's efforts to get those ballots thrown out. I want to tell you that the the federal district court in the us district court for the district of texas southern division. This is judge. Andrew s heynen one of the most conservative judges on that court also denied plaintiff's that relief. So what that means is if you voted curbside drive-thru in harris county. Your vote will count. I'm going to talk about the appeal. I'm going to talk about all of everything going to work through the procedures. But i wanted to get to the punch line. I your vote will count. You don't have to go in person you don't have to worry about being in the zone of uncertainty your vote counts and that's an unambiguously good thing now. The second thing collins did was set up drive-thru curbside voting in harris county for today for election day and hanes opinion also declined to grant relief on that as well however his opinion goes through. I'm here let me kind of break down the legal analysis a little bit by the way both of these. The judge kanaan's opinion and plaintiffs emergency petition to the fifth circuit which is essentially their repeal. are up on the opening arguments website. And we've linked them out from our twitter accounts you can read the underlying documents back to my thought. So for each of the two policies that collins put into place in harris county. The court judge heynen said question number one do plaintiffs have standing in order to seek an injunction getting them the relief that they want a number two if they do have standing am i gonna grant the injunction with respect to throwing away the hundred twenty seven thousand ballots that were already cast curbside. Heynen found no to both right. That was his holding as a matter of law. He said look Plaintiffs don't have standing to get injunctive relief here but even if they did the standard factors for granting injunctive relief weigh heavily in favor of not granting right so to quote from page seven of his opinion if the court had found standing existed it would have denied an injunction as to drive through early voting. So that's super clear. Part of what got folks agitated. Monday night is if you read pages. Eight and nine of hanes opinion. He then goes on to discuss the question of drive through curbside voting on election day and they're heynen reaches a split result. He says i find that the plaintiffs lacked standing here so same holding on that as with respect to the early voting but then he says but if i found that there was standing i would rule that plaintiffs do prevail on injunctive relief on that particular issue and the specific reason for that is texas election code section forty three point zero three one b which says that on election day as opposed to for early voting quote each polling place shall be located inside a building and quote and because external drive by polling temporary. Polling places are not inside a building. He finds that they are now that the plaintiffs are substantially more likely to prevail on the merits and also that the balance of harms changes. Now i'm not going to go through his balance of harms analysis. Because it's ridiculous but but so here's the point. If you're looking at this would say well why would it matter.

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"harris  county" Discussed on Houston Matters

Houston Matters

02:59 min | 9 months ago

"harris county" Discussed on Houston Matters

"Doctor's offices are doing a good job. Is, it just worry about covid nineteen that's driving so many Texans to skip preventive healthcare visits or is it an economic decision for some? We asked the question in terms of whether you were skipping or delaying care because of covid. And We asked it in a way that you could tell if you're skipping because of covid financial hardships or fear of contracting the the I, I can't say based on our study what what about this other recent report focusing more on people facing financial hardship due to the pandemic can you you speak to that? It's actually part of the thing survey. We did a statewide survey that looks at what people were doing in terms of health and health care including health insurance, and then we looked at financial hardship and we also looked at what their expectations and predictions were for the future. We did that statewide and then we broke it down by three region Harris County being one of the region, and the the the findings are fairly consistent across the state and that there aren't wild variation but you do see differences in certain regions for certain questions. So for example, Statewide week show that the Third Reich for adult. So that nineteen sixty four. So kids who are on Medicaid or chip and not seniors on Medicare went up to thirty seven percent or to twenty seven percent however in Harris County is thirty one percent and then the rest of Texas minus Harris County. twenty-three percent. So there are disparities in various of these category in various regions that told the state totals either higher or lower. Do you have any sense as to why Harris County may have higher percentages and in some of these cases? Well. The urban areas are more likely to have more people who were uninsured in the first place other than the valley, and we don't have a regional sample for the valley. So the biggest deficits we saw or changes were in bear county and in Harris County we probably in those two counties have more undocumented people than the state generally, and that may account for some of that. The other thing I saw in in terms of the Insurance Coverage that was interesting and. Concerning is you know the largest provider of health insurance generally are employers as a particular sector and we have seen a decrease in employer sponsored insurance over the last twenty years and what we saw in.

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"harris  county" Discussed on Houston Matters

Houston Matters

03:31 min | 9 months ago

"harris county" Discussed on Houston Matters

"One week after the Texas Supreme Court turned away a challenge to Harris County's drive thru voting lanes a new petition from a lot of the same people as asking the same court to reject any votes already cast that way. I'm Craig Cohen Today on Houston matters what we know about this latest petition and whether the State Supreme Court, would even be inclined to hear it after some one hundred thousand through votes have been cast Houston matters with Gregg Cohen is a production of Houston public. With support from CIGNA together all the way. Also this hour why this latest court petition is just one of many many examples of efforts to limit voting in Texas. In recent years a new study says it's harder to vote in the lone star state than anywhere else in the country also ahead for all the attention on the presidential race in Senate and congressional campaigns the one for mayor in parallel baby. The most intriguing of all, we'll start with the news update from NPR news eighty, eight, seven stay with us. This.

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"harris  county" Discussed on Houston Matters

Houston Matters

07:58 min | 1 year ago

"harris county" Discussed on Houston Matters

"But also in the show today yesterday Harris County released a roadmap to reopen schools. We had the H. ISD Acting Superintendent on the show yesterday reacting to it well today we're going to look at those guidelines with the help of Harris County Judge Lena, Hidalgo? Who'll join us in just a little bit to talk about what these orders mean, how how restrictive they are. how enforceable they are or what's really behind them. We'll find that all out from the judge in just a few minutes. But as I said, it's Thursdays and that's Dr Tracy and I'm thrilled to have her back with US Hello, Dr Tracy I happy Thursday happy Thursday. Well, this is what makes it even happier because then I get to spend the afternoon with you chatting and I want to let everyone know that this is the last time we have a Houston matter special edition Thursday with Dr Tracy because when we come back, we're going to be town square and so we're going to have Thursdays on town square with Dr Tracy so we're changing a little bit That's good. About, right That was waiting for a reaction. Was Pretty Quiet. Actually there's a there's a saying that nobody likes change except a wet baby so Well we're going to bring all the good of this show forward into the new show. So hopefully, folks will like that more than they like a wet navy. Anyway Dr Tracy is here with US epidemiologist from UT Health School of public health and we're GONNA have our phone lines open for questions and just a little bit at seven one, three, four, four, zero, eight, eight, seven, zero. But before we go to call, so I wanted to catch up a little bit on the news and I, remember last week talking with you about a potential vaccine that Chinese military was touting maybe the. Chinese government was speaking about it. We talked a little about it mentioned the Russian vaccine but a lot wasn't known at that point. I'm not sure how much is now now but boy, Oh, boy is it made it into the news this week. What can you tell us about these vaccines that I think a lot of people are curious how do they have that scenes? What's going on? Why don't we have them? What's really there? Well, we have vaccines. They just haven't been tested yet. and and the Russian vaccine. Vaccine. Trials, there's phase one which is just a few people making sure nobody drops dead face to is a few more people. Forty fifty something like that looking for side effects and maybe Seeing whether those people produce antibodies in response to the vaccine, and then the phase three trials are the big trials with thousands of people to see is the vaccine safe because if it's a rare side effect, you need to have a lot of people to have it show up and does it work so those people you you give placebo, you know sugar water to half of the people half of the people get the real vaccine nobody knows. Who got which, and then you monitor them to see who gets infected and if the vaccine works and the people who got vaccinated should have fewer infections and the people who got the placebo well, the Russian vaccine they have not done phase three trials yet they are skipping that that part of vaccine testing. So there's a lot of concern that the vaccine has not been adequately tested to make sure it's safe and to make sure it's it works. How. Does this differ from what the Chinese were up to? The Chinese we know less about but I the there just hasn't been enough time to do phase three testing on any of these vaccines it first of all I, honestly, I don't know I haven't seen for the Chinese or the Russian vaccine but for the ones that the other ones that were developing in the United States, and in Europe, the saw is you're gonNA need to have two doses of vaccine to get a good response and that's not unusual with vaccines So if you think about that, you know even if we started. Trials today and then went another four weeks. Got People got a second shot you. Then you start counting you know are there well, I mean, you can look for side effects during that month, but you look for protection after that. So they're there just hasn't been enough time for either vaccine to to really be tested, and that's the concern that you've seen around the world that this vaccine may not be safe. Now I will say we're not going to have this Russian vaccine in the united. States. So there's nothing for us be concerned about. Except for the Russian people who may get this vaccine. Though I look at and maybe I'm short-sighted on this but I kind of have the feeling through most of this that we are a global medical research team looking at this that all these different countries are looking and trying things but because of the level of crisis, this is causing that we're all kind of helping each other along am I wrong in thinking that way. That would be wonderful. But there's a lot of competition between countries as has we've seen and also whatever whichever pharmaceutical develops the vaccine. There's a lot of money to be made here if you're going to be vaccinating. Eight million eight billion people around the world now. You know I doubt that it will be just one vaccine but so so the pharmaceutical companies are also competing among themselves to be the first to get that licensed back seen out there. When we hear about the published results and we're always talking about you know pre publication or information coming out in medical journals are these not the vaccines were talking about that are being peer, reviewed and looked at and so the information is being shared or am I wrong again? No the the definitely the information, the results are being shared. Now, there's probably proprietary information about how the vaccine the specifics on how it is manufactured. But yes, for you know we don't have any phase three trials yet, but with the phase one and phase two that those data are being shared in the medical literature and being peer reviewed by other scientists to make sure that everything looks you know okay and no obvious things have been overlooked. So theoretically, the Russian vaccine if it did work could be out there and working and we wouldn't have access to it. Does that sound plausible? Yeah. That's certainly I mean. We're not GONNA have access to with it works or not. So should it work Yeah that We won't, have access to it. All right. Let's move on to something else. That's a lot of people's concern right now, we talk a lot about going back to school be talking with the judge in just a moment about that. But what are we seeing and learning about children with Covid? Are we we? We've had mixed messaging coming out everything from the top of the White House saying you know kids are basically immune to this or that it can't harm them. They're indestructible. What are we really learning from the research? we're learning that. We didn't know everything at first. You know big surprise right and you know we thought that children didn't get infected as often. it is true that they do not show. maybe eighty percent of of infections in children are asymptomatic. What we're discovering is that they do have a lot of virus in their nasal passages and it looks.

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04:05 min | 1 year ago

"harris county" Discussed on Houston Matters

"Hidalgo will be here with county update and suggestions on how to navigate the holiday weekend ahead of us, and then a little later in the show epidemiologist Dr Catherine Troisi from UT Health School of public health. We'll also be here to take your questions comments and calls the number seven, one, three, four, four, zero, eight, eight, seven, zero against seven, three, four, four, zero, eight, eight seventy, but you know I want to start today with what we're referring to around. Here is my mass grants and I just want to say. Every day we come on here and we ask you to wear a mask and so I started wondering about what if we're wrong? What if the virus is not? What science tells us it is? What if the masks don't do all the good that the studies show us they can do what if somehow or other we're wrong. You put a cloth or piece of paper over your face. So if we're wrong. What have you really lost? But what if you? The anti-fat face mask? Wearers are the ones who are wrong. What if masks wearing protects you? Your friends, families and community has science tells us it does what if the virus is as lethal am damaging as the medical studies prove it is. What if the Anti Mask squares are the ones who are wrong well? If the pro mask wears wrong, the most you did was inconvenience yourself. But, if you, the Anti Mass squares are the ones who are wrong, people will die. Is that really a gamble you're willing to take. I. Ask you that as today we. The death toll in the US has passed a hundred and twenty eight thousand people. So there, you go. We know search tool for stopping the spreads. We know social distancing works, hand washing works staying at home testing and another point contact tracers, so we're wondering today. Have you been called by a contact tracer? Has Anyone reached out to you whether you've tested positive or just? Ben In close proximity to someone who has tested positive. If you have, give us a call, we'd love to hear your story, and even if you haven't, we'd love to hear your story again. The number seven, one, three, four, four, zero, eight, eight, seven zero. Okay got all that off my chest. Let's welcome. Our first guest judge dog is back with us. Harris County Judge Hello Judge. Good afternoon good afternoon. Sorry, you caught me on a day with quite a rant about masks. I appreciate your your nose there. Thank you. I've got to ask you first and foremost you were self quarantine. Where are we at with that? How are you doing? You know still self quarantine, so the the the exposure happened. Last Monday. It'll be two weeks this coming, Monday some and self quarantine till then per CDC guidelines Fortunately the test has come back negative hope is that it is not a false negative i. feel great and I find myself in a situation that many other people are are in this well throughout our communities, more more and more positive, and most importantly more and more people fill our hospitals. I had a question today from someone about who should be getting tested right now, and it's not I, think a simple question as it sounds like because we're also hearing stories of still complications in getting tests, and then getting results so taking all of that together who are the people that should be going out getting tested at this point, and what's going on with testing in general at least from the county's point of view. At this point, we still have the capacity to test. WHOEVER NEEDS A test? We're not at a point where we're having to say only. If you have symptoms sample now, that may change if the request continue to go up, but for now we urge people to get tested they if they have a reason to be, they may have cove it and.

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Houston Matters

05:35 min | 1 year ago

"harris county" Discussed on Houston Matters

"This is Houston matters. I'm Craig Cohen. We're talking with Harris County Judge Lena Hidalgo fielding your questions. We go next to Mary and Cyprus Mary. What's your question? Do not here Mary. Let's try Adriana in Kingwood Adriana. What's your question for the judge? Won't good Montigny size? Let me tell you the feed that we are so lucky to stop you. judge valuable shown. Proudly County in this situation. Going my question I. Thought did not be. they have a loan that it means we signed the type the by We'd be getting the bank. That's have there they they in April. They said that that banks send me duty, title and. Then for us, you seem possible to go. Today! I'm old tax collector to change the title. He's from east. Impossible is closed. You go to the website and you cannot do it. You go through the phone, and they give you down and give you a different number. You call the number. I'm telling you. That is not the right time I. don't we don't know what to do week. Another a decision. We can these type of one name and I don't know. What do we go all the? I'll let like I call channels. You know that investigate asking the same question A. Subsidy that I don't know what do thank you. All right judges similar to question earlier. What do you do if you've got something? You need to update like a title for an RV or any other kind of vehicle, and you just can't get it done. Yeah and you know where our tax office should be open and available for those kinds of things I would advise. Eat Aligned mind with this case as well. If there's a way to collect her information, we can have our team. Follow up and make sure that she can address it in also circle back with the tax office and see if there's something going on, but certainly there should be ways for folks to if you can't do something as you normally would in person, there should be an alternative, so we'll check on that and thank you for your support. Okay, so again Adriana stay on the line, and our producer will take down your your contact information and we'll. We'll connect you up with the county. Let's go to Claudia in Willowbrook Claudia. What's your question? High I, I want to spank. Dog from the bottom of my heart. For taking some sensible accent, it was. My daughter is a doctor. Texas children's my son in law's E. R..

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Houston Matters

08:18 min | 1 year ago

"harris county" Discussed on Houston Matters

"On the mask order after governor Abbot had initially blocked. Harris County's previous mask ordered. The county went some weeks without any mandate like that in place then last week, when bear county established a business mask order like the one that's now in effect in Harris County the governor said that was fine, and that it was always an option under his reopening plan. Did you know that and if so was reason why? This wasn't instituted any any sooner? I. Mean I I was happy to to find out about that from the governor, and from Bear County judge. So as soon as we learned that dot was a tool, we rushed to implement it, and and my approach has been. You know every tool in the toolbox. That's why we have our army of contact tracers folks going into nursing homes all the testing we can do. you know ability for first responders and others who have the virus and don't want to get their their family member sick to be able to quarantine somewhere else, and then also you know as soon as this became an option. We headed out within two days. So what was your impression up to that point that it was not an option. Right I mean I think that generally that was that was. Everybody sends. I don't think any of us were holding back. Because we you know we. We didn't want to use the tool that was at our disposal, and so for me. It's it's available, so let's go implemented and move on and get it done now. The clock is ticking, and we're running out of time, and someone asked me yesterday you know. Is it enough and? It may not be I. think it more likely than not if it's not enough rate of places when they've in us to and we've had just letting the curve. It wasn't simply you know wearing face covering, so it's something that we have got to do. And I'm so glad to have received positive response from the business community. That's very telling, and it's very important, but I really want to urge folks as we see those hospitalization numbers. Numbers climb that we've got to minimize contact and we should not be participating in inactivity that bring us in in a group setting with people that are not our family. Even you know sitting near folks that are not your family. It's just a very bad idea right now. If you're walking by folks shopping for something quickly, you know getting get out. That's fine, but other than that musk no mask. We need to be minimized contacts. We. Have folks waiting to chat with you? So why don't we dive into questions? We'll start with Carol in southeast Houston Carol. What's your question? We want to know with all the precautions that math and everything else. social as much as they can distance, when will we be able to go into a library and use their facilities? At what point do you feel, judge? That we can. As a public go to our public libraries here in Houston. Thank you for that question. Yeah, right now we're doing you know curbside pickup at the library and you know there is there. Is Wifi available from the library that folks who really need it? If they need to go, use it. It's available in the parking lot It does pain me that folks can't go inside and use the library and we're looking into that every day with the Public Health Department and the committee. We have at the county to look at re entry and. And continuity of operations, frankly right now as things are getting more and more difficult. I don't envision it being you know. Everything is headed in the wrong direction, and so let's open more things up. At least some part of the county I don't see it happening until we're on the other side of this spike and look someone who loves books in grew up going to libraries and I stand what a challenge this is! I also don't want to be in a position where. In the county that are contributing to to the spread of the virus, and are you know public health advisors just don't feel comfortable with that just yet, but certainly as soon as we can, we will make that available. All right thanks very much for that call. Let's go next to Liz in Cyprus Liz. What's your question? My question is at the tax office for commercial titles. I heard that you could do it on the computer. And someone said it was only for new club card. Do you know that? and. He had so I know that there are some very limited things that you can do from a computer, because for whatever reason you know I it. You have to see you. It's very narrow and I'm afraid. I don't know whether this is one of them so I will tell you. They're taking all the precautions for folks that do have to visit her. There are some folks for example that just do not have a computer. You know they they just. They absolutely cannot do it any other way. What we'll do is Craig is if you have this person's phone number. I can make sure that we get the answer. Answer to that specific question, but what I know is the vast majority of services they can be done the phone or online and do know there's a very very limited where you do have to come in and I'm just I. Don't want to give you the wrong information as to whether this is one of them I don't earn so but I. don't WanNa Miss Speak Okay Liz. WE'RE GONNA put you on hold and our producer Brenda Valdivia. We'll take down your your contact info and we can pass that along to to the county judge. Let's go next to Lewis in west Houston Louis. What's your question? Yes Oh. I'm wondering why the United States. We cannot provide healthcare at the local level as we provide schools, elise water sewer so on and so forth. Why don't we just provide healthcare? You know in in district similar to school district. You have any any Fox on that. Judge Vogel. He, you know this crisis has really exposed the challenges in our. System and we talk to our CEO the Harris Health System the public health system and You know they're really bearing the brunt of cases there icy are very much. You know near full, and and just on a normal day. That's almost where they are. So it's it's. It's it's difficult. We see the mortality rates being disparate Just the impact that this has on different communities. There's many reasons for that. You know one big reason why the healthcare system is underfunded is the the lack of Medicaid expansion in Texas you know those are millions and millions of dollars each year that we don't get in terms of just the structure of how healthcare is provided You know I think if we had additional dollars. Certainly, we'd be able to have more services more clinics. This kind of thing one thing to keep in mind those by the time people make it to the hospital. It's almost too late and so that's why we we've been focused in Harris. County already on sort of health more broadly, not just healthcare investing in healthy food initiative like farmers, markets, and in investing in understanding the. The disparity mental health environmental issues made a historic investment on on environmental monitoring and going after bad actors in that sense, because ultimately that's what contributes to these health outcomes, so we've definitely have a long way to go. Unfortunately whether you look upstream issues or whether you look at the actual healthcare issues it does come down to an underinvestment and part of it is made it. Medicaid and part of it is just a lack of emphasis. From the highest levels of government on public health and on healthcare, This is Houston matters. I'm Craig Cohen. We're talking with Harris. County Judge.

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10:14 min | 1 year ago

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"In Harris County the third judge yeah and this isn't just when you walk into a store anywhere in public you have to wear a mask or a thousand dollar fine yeah I that's you know that's going to be making the people that work at banks very very nervous you know because you probably everybody if you've if you're dealing with a major bank you know if you have an account with a major bank is seen the emails you get a Hey we're still open for business but but but if you can you know you gotta check deposit use the op but with the the tellers you know or at the drive through the whole thing you know kind of limit the exposure if you can but I can't imagine being a teller at a bank or anybody that's working at a bank I just walked watching everybody that walks in right now has a mask you know I mean it's just that's got to be nerve wracking but anywhere in public in Harris County right and we're just Houston right the judge has a thousand dollar fine associated with the order she believes law enforcement will use their discretion what discretion what you gonna what you gonna let the elite rich go without wearing a mask but you're gonna find the poor person about what discretion what will you must bust anybody who's not wearing a mask public so here's my question is how much of a priority is this well you saw on Forsman officers well it's not a big one because the the police union to Middle East said now they put on official letter they put out they put out a letter and I I saw release on your television media you're telling me that they need to go after people during a pandemic right you know that this goes back to do Dallas County when the judge Jenkins there last week issued an order that if you were going to go into an essential business or on public transportation in our case it's the Dallas area rapid transit dart is the acronym if you're gonna write dark or you were going to go into the any essential business that was open essentially anything that's left open then you have to wear a mask it was to protect the employees and the work there was a thousand dollar fine attached to it the next day the county commissioners voted three to two to say now no fine you're not gonna go if you can give people a thousand dollar fine during a pandemic people are out of work people aren't you know again they're not doing well and they only have thirty four hundred dollars in the bank four six hundred dollars a week from the federal government that's not enough but but that whole idea and and I can see that the police officers we've been saying for quite a while what must be like a police officer in a parking lot at a church trying to enforce an absurd rule yeah the police union immediately came out with the public statement against it saying look we we believe people should do it but most people do it on their own and and you know the vast majority the public is cooperating and doing the right thing but we were trying to build a relationship with our with the people out there we start busting people for thousand dollar fines for not wearing a mask yeah exactly and how do you do discretion and and even even the Attorney General came out said you should use your discretion what does that mean well what is his Attorney General saying no use your discretion and don't do it or only some people with masks that don't have masks on get find out what what N. I mean everybody gonna you're gonna question I'm gonna sit them down okay well why is it that you're not we're in a mess well I I don't have it with me I forgot it work or I forgot it at home I forgot in my car or or I have I have a breeding problem but I can't wear a mask it inhibits my breathing that you know it makes me sicker how to wear a mask and I can't you know breathe properly through a mask all right you've just wasted how much time for for that officer who should be dealing with I don't know prime but this is the insanity eight to issue an advisory what the county would like everyone to know that here's why would you wear a mask I think there's a significant number of people that still don't understand why you wear a mask it's not to protect you yeah I want to bring that up because it seemed like the confusion is still out there right well wait a minute the the the original masks that that that people wear don't let the you know don't let the virus in this lets the virus in well that means that lets the virus out so what's the purpose of wearing the mask it's not about letting the virus in around it's about how far the projectiles go well it and that's it it's about protecting someone else from you if you're a symptomatic but you're carrying the disease you're protecting others from you you're trying to mitigate that basically your pre covering your mouth and your nose before you cough or sneeze right it's also not about breeding you know big because people out there saying well you can read right through there this mask and and I don't you know it's if if there's going to be I guess a role for county commissioners are judges in this case you know in the counties are mayors are the federal government you know the advisory role look this is why you wear a mask to be clear to protect others from you so you're trying to cook your eggs in case you cough or sneeze it will it will not go as far and if you're a symptomatic and carrying this disease you won't affect others there are people in those essential businesses out of respect for them how bout you wear a mask pretty simple but no we must have a heavy handed government we're wishing that the most yeah but it's a dumb rule it is so if you're on okay by the way can you golf in Harris County I don't know I'm not sure if you golf you have to wear a mask if you're out in public I if I'm if I'm not on my front lawn and everybody else is out on their front lawn doing lawn work do I have to wear a mask or will I be ticketed again I'm fine I'm fifty feet from the next person that's dumb I well I'm I'm gonna just are wearing the full Deadpool outfit the whole thing not just the mast everything I I saw somebody out and about the other day I was actually going through the drive through part of this parking lot it was a drive thru pharmacy that was attached to a grocery store so I was in the parking lot but I saw someone coming out of the store and they were wearing sunglasses and they were wearing a bandanna over their their face and they had a hoodie on because it was raining and I thought well you know mama was exactly that dissents K. or no it's just the coronavirus I mean I fully expect it to get to the absurd point of you know someone walking in it early on someone walking in a bank wearing a mask and people are like oh my gosh that person has called it no no don't worry I don't have called it I'm just here I'm just gonna commit thank Robert is a comedy bit of fast and always on real I mean seriously it is not but but again I think it's a decent practice I'm showing respect for those workers that are there here's what hit me last week maybe the week before I went into a place and that store was policy clearly that everyone all the workers wearing masks I thought okay I kind of feel you know like a like you know I'm better I'm not doing the right thing here if I walk in I should be able to at least show some respect by wearing the mask now my my lovely niece made one that's pretty great it's gone American eagle on the front of it and and did a great job she met him for the whole family and I were and I wear it when I go into business because the workers there are wearing one and it's it's the new handshake I also when I wake up when I walk in I I've said this a couple weeks ago the new handshake is also what using the sanitizer gel on your way it I mean it's it's kind of a social thing but it's it's to show respect but it's also happens to be effective and for a fundamental reason right now and I just think that when you get into the the policy the heavy policy of a Harris County or Dallas county or state of Michigan we just have to hit the brakes and say what a world we doing here I mean to what extent if you say you should wear a mask anytime you go out if you were you Donna dot you should you must wear a mask any time you go out well then don't go out the safer bet is to stay home nobody gets to go outside at all we can sit and mitigate this thing to the death of an economy but when we're talking about the greatest colony in the world when you get to that point long before you get to that point third world nations will starve people will die as a result of policy eight six six ninety right I but.

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