HOUSTON -

There were two big political stories in the state this week and “Houston Newsmakers” discussed both of them.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced that he will not seek re-election in 2014. What is his next move? What does it mean for the rest of the Republican Party? Is Attorney General Abbott the heir apparent for governor? Was Gov. Perry watching his polling numbers that indicated he'd have trouble winning another term?

Gary Polland is the former Chair of the Harris County Republican Party and is the editor of the Texas Conservative Review. He said Perry may have indeed seen an uphill climb to win another term.

Jennard Jenkins is the Press Secretary for the Harris County Democratic Party. He said it was time for Perry to go and that you'd be hard pressed to find anything Attorney General Abbott has done to warrant an opportunity to be Governor.

Both agree that it has been 19 years since Democrats have won a statewide office in Texas, but from there, their opinions differ on the prospects for the future. Plus, a lively conversation about the political direction of our state and the role the abortion bill working its way through the Texas House and Senate.

Then, North Forest ISD has been absorbed into HISD. From all accounts there is much work to be done.

Dr. Kimberly Agnew-Borders is the new principal of Fonwood Early Childhood Center, and Dr. Rick Fernandez is principal of Forest Brook Middle School. Both schools needed physical upgrades but more importantly they said what happens inside the classrooms will make the difference.

Dr. Agnew-Borders and Fernandez spoke about the challenges they face and what it will take to improve the quality of education for the former North Forest students.

Watch “Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall” every Sunday at 10 a.m. right after “Meet the Press with David Gregory.”

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