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How Lawmakers Serve Us in Texas

How Lawmakers Serve Us in Texas

U-S Senator and Houstonian Ted Cruz has been at the center of the squabbling in Congress that’s led to the partial shutdown of the federal government. On the Senate floor and in the media, he’s led the charge to defund the Affordable Care Act by any means necessary, including calling to tie such action to funding the government. Cruz’s fellow Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn, equally opposed to the Affordable Care Act, has, at times, demonstrated some subtle differences from Cruz, like having his name removed from a letter to Democrats this summer vowing to tie defunding the Affordable Care Act to an upcoming debt ceiling vote. Last week, Senator Cornyn noted that Republicans are – quote – “all unified in the same goal. It’s just a difference in the family over the tactics.” Who serves Texans better: a lawmaker who stands his ground, regardless of the consequences, or one who compromises in the face of them, giving up ground in the interest of stability? Our host Craig Cohen spoke with Dr. Christine LeVeaux, Political Science Professor; Assistant Dean, Academic Programs, Honors College at University of Houston and Dr. Justin Kirkland, Political Science Professor, University of Houston.

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Edel Howlin

Edel HowlinEdel is a producer on Houston Matters and reporter for PBS’s Newshour Weekend. At Houston Public Media, Edel started as a reporter covering veteran issues and the quirkier side of life in Houston. Before her time in public radio she worked for local commercial station Cox as an on air personality, whilst volunteering at KPFT. In 2013, Edel received awards for her stories from the Houston Press Club, the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Association and the Texas Veteran's Commission. Before radio, Edel earned a degree in statistics at University College Dublin, Ireland. Quickly realizing that statistics may not be the path for her, she switched gears and went back to study TV and broadcast journalism. Since 2005, she has worked for both local and national stations in Dublin, wearing many hats from news anchor to producer, and reporter. Edel was born and raised in Clane, Co. Kildare, Ireland. She’s lived in Houston since 2008 with her husband and daughter.View all posts by Edel Howlin →