Write a 2 (double-spaced, normal font no bigger than 12, normal margins, etc) college-level essay telling me about Houston’s political culture. I have some resources you can use below, but feel free to find your own, and to draw on your personal experience as a long-time Houstonian, or someone completely new to the city.  

Submit in Word. Cite your sources.

Additional Resources

Read more about Dr. Elazar’s political cultures theory here: https://courses.lumenlearning.com/amgovernment/chapter/state-political-culture/

Wendy Davis carried Houston, but did terribly statewide: http://www.texastribune.org/2014/11/04/abbott-crushes-wendy-davis-gop-sweep/

Houston was the first major city with an openly lesbian mayor (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/13/us/politics/13houston.html?_r=0 ), but voted overwhelmingly to repeal the equal rights ordinance (http://www.chron.com/politics/election/local/article/HERO-results-6608562.php ).

In 2016, Hillary Clinton carried historically-conservative Harris County by a wide margin: https://www.texastribune.org/2016/11/09/see-which-counties-texas-trump-and-clinton-won/ 

The Chronicle asks – Is Houston more conservative than we thought? http://www.houstonchronicle.com/local/gray-matters/article/Is-Houston-more-conservative-than-we-think-11146572.php 

The Economist says Houston is a little to the left of Fort Worth and El Paso, but not as liberal as Dallas, or near as liberal as Austin: https://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2014/08/daily-chart-0 

Where should Houston go from here? Former mayoral candidate Bill King weighs in:  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/The-outlook-for-Houston-is-up-to-us-12496955.php?utm_campaign=email-premium&utm_source=CMS%20Sharing%20Button&utm_medium=social 

Is Houston’s population about to pass Chicago’s? Not as fast as we thought.http://www.houston.org/pdf/research/quickview/Economy_at_a_Glance.pdf