Andrew Schneider is the Senior Politics and Government Reporter. In this capacity, he directs the station’s coverage of national, state and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and the county and city governments of Greater Houston. Additionally, Andrew regularly contributes to daily news stories with articles on politics and government, business and economics, and global affairs affecting the Houston area.
March 11, 2022, Transgender Children – When Governor Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton ordered Texas state agencies to treat gender-affirming care as child abuse, more than 60 major companies signed on. joined with one of the nation’s leading LGBTQ organizations to issue an open letter to Abbott and Paxton urging them to back down.
May 9, 2022, Social Media Censorship – This entry describes the legal fight ahead of US 5e Circuit Court of Appeals on House Bill 20, a Texas law designed to punish major social media platforms for removing users who violate their terms of service. HB 20 supporters, including Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, argue it is necessary to prevent discrimination against conservative viewpoints, while social media platforms claim it violates their own rights to the first amendment. The case now appears destined for the United States Supreme Court.
August 12, 2022, Austin Tice’s birthday – Houston native and freelance journalist Austin Tice disappeared in Syria in August 2012. Tice’s parents believe he is still alive and being held captive by the government Syrian. It’s part of a conversation with Tice’s mother, Debra, about her and her husband’s efforts to get the Biden administration to do more to negotiate their son’s release.
October 25, 2022, Harris County Tax Rates – This marked the culmination of a nearly two-month local government battle, in which the Harris County Commissioners Court Republican minority prevented the majority Democrat on the court to pass his proposed budget and tax rates by boycotting the meetings. and deny Democrats the required quorum. The result was that Democrats were forced to pass ‘no new revenue’ tax rates and cut the county’s fiscal year 2023 budget by more than $100 million from what they had. offers.
November 18, 2022 – DA Elections Investigation – Harris County’s handling of the November 2022 midterm elections was marred by a number of issues at the polls, including ballot shortages . The Secretary of State’s office asked Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg to help with an investigation into potential foul play surrounding the election, and Ogg quickly agreed, prompting a backlash from wrath of fellow Democrats at Ogg.