Murray on the “Off-Year” Elections: Mayoral Musings and Preparation for Presidential Primaries

*Please note: Location has changed for November 29th session from the Rotunda. New location is Room 23 on the 2nd floor*

Three Tuesdays, September 20, October 18, November 29, 6:00-7:30 P.M. | St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Room 23 on the 2nd floor, 3471 Westheimer Road. Please park in lot behind the church; signs will indicate the way to Room 23.

As the 2012 election year begins to heat up, pollster, pundit and political science professor Richard Murray will again delight and enlighten The Houston Seminar audience on who will rise, who will wait and why we care.

Home in Houston, first-term mayor Annise Parker faces re-election; two City Council seats have been added; former State Representative Ellen 

Cohen has announced her candidacy for City Council.

What will happen when a Texas statehouse Republican supermajority with seats to defend gets hold of the 2010 Census data? Will a Democratic Department of Justice play as big a role as did Tom DeLay when he targeted every Texas Democrat in Congress in 2003? Or will the Texas GOP take its redistricting plan directly to the courts? Who will emerge as the Republican candidate for the Presidency? 

Few people will have more information relevant to the 2011 and 2012 elections than Dr. Murray, and no one can pull that information into a coherent and entertaining lecture series better than he. 

Richard Murray is the Bob Lanier Professor of Urban Public Policy and director of surveying for the Center for Public Policy at the University of Houston, where an endowed scholarship in his name was established in 2008.



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Who Gets to Vote: Challenges for the 2020 Elections?
Speaker: Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Voter Rights Project
Monday, November 19, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
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