What’s Behind the Voter ID Movement?

By Dr. Michael O. Adams* One of the most contentious issues sweeping our nation is law designed to combat the perceived problem of voter fraud. Broadly referred to as Voter ID laws, these statutes require voters to present specific picture identification in order to vote, ostensibly to prevent unauthorized voters from casting a ballot. Supporters … Continue reading

Voter Identification

One of the most contentious issues sweeping our nation is law designed to combat the perceived problem of voter fraud. Broadly referred to as Voter ID laws, these statutes require voters to present specific picture identification in order to vote, ostensibly to prevent unauthorized voters from casting a ballot. Supporters have argued it is critical … Continue reading

“The Wrong Complexion For Protection”

Dr. Michael O. Adams* In times of great calamity, Americans are conditioned to look to the Federal Government for help and assistance. No tragedy in recent memory exemplified this more than the horrific human toll that was taken in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. But a new detailed analysis of that tragedy points to the … Continue reading

The Confederate Plaque

By: Dr. Michael O. Adams* A few weeks ago, the Texas Sons of Confederate Veterans Association requested that another historical marker be placed on the Texas Capitol grounds recognizing the Confederacy. This marker would highlight the use of Confederate veterans’ pension funds to construct the Texas Supreme Court building. While no one disputes that existence … Continue reading

Time To Tackle The Problem Of Poverty

A recent report by the Brookings Institution has brought into clear focus the stark reality of the current conditions many communities in Houston now face. Poverty and deteriorating living conditions are persistent and growing in many parts of our traditional inner city. Exacerbated by rising unemployment, a lack of affordable housing throughout the city and … Continue reading

The Reality of Public Policy For Black Men in America

The brutal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has struck a chord with the collective conscience of most Americans. To many, the prospect that an unarmed person can be killed today with potentially no repercussions has struck many as unimaginable. The reality however, is that it is a circumstance that many people of color—particularly men of … Continue reading

A Comparative Look At Racial and Economic Disparities in Brazil and the United States

  By: *Dr. Michael O. Adams & **Subria Lapps   Students and faculty of the Executive MPA program at the Jordan Leland School of Public Affairs recently traveled to the nation of Brazil to observe and study how local government in that nation functions.   This up close view of South America’s largest country and … Continue reading

Does the Social Safety Net reach the right people?

Tell a lie often enough, and it can sometimes become ingrained in our society to such a point we take it as the truth. Entitlements, government benefits and the “safety net” are all concepts or terms we use to describe programs that assist individuals in difficult times. To most Americans, the view of the recipients … Continue reading

The Year in 2012

2012 has the potential of being one of the most significant years our domestic politics has seen in decades. Following on the heals of the most catastrophic economic downturn since the Great Depression, 2012 looks to be a bounce back year for many people.   From a public policy perspective—2012 will continue three trends that … Continue reading