June 26, 2020
My new gig as the Founding Dean of the University of Houston’s Hobby School of Public Affairs started a few weeks ago. It’s been a very good beginning. Mostly.
Recently, I had an excellent policy discussion on a Sunday morning public affairs show. After the show, the TV station created a link to the interview that I posted on social media. It got a much quicker and more energetic reaction than I expected. The station had an unfortunate typo in the headline that I hadn’t caught before posting it. If you read it quickly, the headline suggests I’d been found dead.
Being founding dean is a lot different than being found dead. At least I hope it is.
Still At It
I’ve been doing my normal amount (lots) of talking about public policy and politics on TV, webinars, virtual luncheons and happy hours.
I’m also starting a webinar called “The Hobby Hour” where we’ll plug into all sorts of policy and politics with a bias toward leading real change for a diverse world. The inaugural Hobby Hour will be July 15th at noon. Four excellent political reporters—Taylor Goldenstein (Houston Chronicle), Jonathon Tilove (Austin American-Statesman), Gromer Jeffers (Dallas Morning News) and Alexa Ura (Texas Tribune)–will join me. We’ll talk about what happened the day before (July 14th), which is an election day, and what to look for as we face November.
Right now, the Hobby Hour will be once a month, although it may become more frequent later. It will be at noon on the third Wednesday of the month. If you’re marking your calendar, that’s July 15th, August 19th, September 16th, and so on. On August 19th, I’ll be talking policy and politics with Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.
If you want to go ahead and sign up to be part of the July 15th Hobby Hour, you can go here and register.
You can also register for the Hobby School newsletter to keep up with some of the other stuff I’m doing. Please go here and sign up at the bottom left of the page.
Elections Still Matter
As I said, July 14th is an election day. Yeah, that date feels a little weird (because it is). But it’s the runoff election for the primaries. I know it seems like a long time ago (because it was) since the primaries. July 14th is the day the Governor set because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
July 14th is also a “special election” day. It’s particularly special because it’s the election to fill the Texas Senate seat I vacated to become Dead. I mean, Dean.
In person early voting for the July 14th elections starts this coming Monday, June 29th. The last day to apply for a ballot by mail is July 2nd. All applications for a ballot by mail must be received by the County on July 2nd. Please take time to look into these elections and be ready to vote under unusual circumstances.
We’re still in a pandemic. It’s bad, and the numbers are going the wrong way. Wear a mask. Don’t go out if you don’t need to.
Please be safe.