HOUSTON – Houston state representative Sylvester Turner is known as “The Conscious” of the Texas House. But he would really like to be known as “Mayor” of the Houston.
We got to ask him some questions that we know are high in the minds of NewsFix viewers, like where potholes fall on his list of priorities.
“It’s a one. It’s a one,” he said. “Let’s make sure that the people who are coming into our city, and even the people who are in our city and trying to go to their jobs, that their first impression is a good impression. And you start by making sure that we have good roads to drive on and that we’re not driving on roads that you’re having to look at the streets while you’re driving to make sure you dodge a pothole.”
And speaking of “pot”, we wanted to know if weed should be legal in Texas.
“Oh, marijuana being legalized. That’s a question that, uh, you know, I’m not one that’s at that point yet. You know, in the Legislature, that issue will come up. We’ll certainly be debating it. But I don’t think the state of Texas is where Colorado is. I don’t see that happening anytime soon. But we’ll have a healthy debate on it in the Legislature.”
Turner passed that question like a hot roach, so we got off the dope and went straight for the DOMA, the defense of marriage, to see if he thinks Texas should legalize same-sex marriages.
“I think Texas is moving in the direction that many other states are moving in that direction. Just like we’re in a different place right now than we were 20 years ago, even 10 years ago. And I think people recognize that people have the right to love who they want to love, and so, I think we’re taking those steps and moving in the right direction, and I think it’s a step in the right direction.”
But it’s also a step into a political pothole that some politicians would rather avoid than fix.