Monica Richart, Fred Goodall, and I joined Craig Cohen to discuss several very interesting topics this week on Houston Public Media‘s show Houston Matters, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: First, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals this week dismissed an abuse-of-power indictment against former Texas Governor Rick Perry, proving that this malicious, politically-driven prosecution by the Travis County prosecutor was a sham all along. This was a blatant attempt to hurt Governor Perry politically during the presidential primary, resulting in an unforgivable squandering of taxpayer dollars to the tune of $400,000.

Next, the UH faculty senate, playing on misguided, fevered stereotypes that have no place at an institution of higher learning, and engaging in a crass exploitation of fear, bias and ignorance, shamelessly and needlessly sensationalized discriminatory and exclusionary elements within the faculty to create a climate of panic, breathlessly predicting a possible chilling effect in University of Houston classrooms because of campus carry, refusing to acknowledge reality and evidence that shows they are on the wrong side of history.

Finally, the Battle for the Alamo (not the Battle of the Alamo — but an online auction for a Texas license plate bearing the word “Alamo”), in which an online public auction is underway to lay claim to a personalized Texas license plate that says, simply, “Alamo.” The rights are being auctioned off through March 6th at my-plates-dot-com, a private company contracted with Texas to provide personalized plates. The company usually takes a commission of up to 40% on each plate, though is donating its portion of the Alamo plate to the Alamo Endowment, which manages the historic site. Past plates fetching high auction prices include “Houston” at $25,000, and “12thMan” which went for $115,000.

Click HERE to listen to the entire episode of Houston Matters for Friday, January 29, 2016.

Click on audio below to hear the Good, The Bad & The Ugly segment!

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