Justin Miller

Justin Miller is the politics reporter for the Observer. He previously covered politics and policy for The American Prospect in Washington, D.C., and has also written for The Intercept, The New Republic and In These Times. Follow him on Twitter or at [email protected].

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Bunni Pounds Emerged from the Political Money Swamp to Run for Congress

Her job was to raise money for Wall Street’s favorite congressman. Now donors are returning the favor.

In late November, Bunni Pounds was wrapping up an impressive fundraising spree for Van Taylor, a Republican running for an open congressional seat in North Texas. Pounds aimed to raise half a million dollars in less than five weeks. The … Read More

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We Watched the Andrew White/Lupe Valdez Debate Because You Probably Didn’t

From Valdez’s “people language” to White’s “personal opinions” on abortion, here’s what you missed at the one (and probably only) debate between the Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls.

First, a caveat: It’s hard to whip up scorching hot takes from Friday night’s Democratic gubernatorial runoff debate, in part because it was such a lukewarm affair. Not to mention that hardly anyone is paying attention to a runoff debate … Read More

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Inside Rick Treviño’s Scrappy Bid to Win Texas’s Most Coveted Congressional Seat

This former high school teacher and political renegade thinks he can beat the party favorite in the Democratic runoff for the state’s swingiest congressional district.

Inside Rick Treviño’s Scrappy Bid to Win Texas’s Most Coveted Congressional Seat The former high school teacher and political renegade thinks he can beat the party favorite in the Democratic runoff for the state’s swingiest congressional district. – by Justin … Read More

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How Greg Abbott Got Played by the Russians During His Jade Helm Freakout

Former CIA director Michael Hayden said that the hysteria surrounding a U.S. military exercise in 2015 was the handiwork of Russian bots.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s willingness to pander to the manic extremism broadcast through AM radio airwaves and streamed on the margins of YouTube apparently has him playing right into the hands of Russian disinformation campaigns. At least that’s what former … Read More

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Lupe Valdez’s Record as Sheriff Spells Trouble with Young Latinos

“Just because you’re a Latino doesn’t mean we’re going to come out to vote for you because you look like us,” a student activist said.

Lupe Valdez has made her historic tenure as Dallas County sheriff a cornerstone of her Democratic gubernatorial campaign. But as President Trump ramps up immigration enforcement, Valdez’s record of cooperation with federal immigration authorities has drawn intense scrutiny from young … Read More

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The Good News (and the Bad) for Beto O’Rourke in that Quinnipiac Poll

According to a poll, O’Rourke is within striking distance of Ted Cruz. But he’s got a problem: More than half of those polled don’t know who he is.

Quinnipiac University released a poll on Wednesday that provided the first quantitative pulse-reading of the Texas electorate on the U.S. Senate race between Beto O’Rourke and Ted Cruz. It found that, with 44 percent of support, O’Rourke was within 3 … Read More

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Beto’s Not the Only Texas Democrat with a Big-Dollar Haul

The year’s first quarterly reports are in — and many Democratic congressional candidates are giving Republicans a run for their money.

Beto O’Rourke’s Senate bid, centered on his live-streamed barnstorming through Texas, has caught fire among Democrats around the state — and the country. The proof is in the fundraising numbers. Through the first three months of 2018, O’Rourke raised about … Read More

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Who is Mary Street Wilson?

Her first-place showing in the 21st Congressional District was perhaps the biggest surprise on primary night. Does she have what it takes to win the runoff?

Mary Street Wilson, a first-time candidate with little money behind her bid, said she never heard a word from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). At least not until she unexpectedly won the most votes in the Democratic primary for … Read More

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Ted Cruz is Here to Remind You That He’s a Tough Texan

As he ramps up his re-election effort, the country’s least favorite U.S. Senator is still the odds-on favorite.

Ted Cruz is Here to Remind You That He’s a Tough Texan As he ramps up his re-election effort, the country’s least favorite U.S. Senator is still the odds-on favorite. – by Justin Miller @by_jmiller April 5, 2018 On a … Read More

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