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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Dan Patrick’s Cloistered Culture War

Instead of talking to voters or debating his opponent, Patrick is flying on a private jet, boycotting Nike and trying to score facetime on Fox News.

In late July, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick made a trip to Washington, D.C., to beg White House officials to send President Trump to Texas to shore up support for Ted Cruz’s embattled re-election campaign, which has quickly become one of … Read More

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Pete Gallego and Texas Democrats Once Again Snatch Defeat from Jaws of Victory

In what should have been an easy win in San Antonio, Democrats managed to lose a seat they’ve held for 139 years.

The defining attribute of Trump era special elections has been tectonic shifts from red to blue, fueled by highly energized voters. Democrats have flipped more than 20 legislative seats since Trump’s election, many of them in deep-red districts in states such … Read More

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Sri Kulkarni is Changing the Way Democrats Talk to Asian Americans

Asian voters could hold the key to Democratic gains in the diversifying purple suburbs of Texas. Houston-area Republican Congressman Pete Olson’s challenger is betting on it.

Sri Kulkarni is Changing the Way Democrats Talk to Asian Americans Asian voters could hold the key to Democratic gains in the diversifying purple suburbs of Texas. Houston-area Republican Congressman Pete Olson’s challenger is betting on it. – by Justin … Read More

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Beto Bets on the Border

Will showing up with a high-minded call for border solidarity translate to the historic levels of Latino turnout that O’Rourke needs?

Beto Bets on the Border Will showing up with a high-minded call for border solidarity translate to the historic levels of Latino turnout that O’Rourke needs? – by Justin Miller August 24, 2018 After winning the Democratic primary for Beto … Read More

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‘First They Came for Alex Jones’: Ted Cruz’s Crusade Against Facebook Reaches New Extreme

While liberals and the media cower, the Texas senator heroically defends the influential conspiracy theorist — and all others — from the tyrannical censorship of Big Tech.

There’s no shortage of Republicans who harp about how social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter — those overzealous bastions of Silicon Valley liberalism — are engaged in a conspiratorial plot to muzzle the political speech of those on the … Read More

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On Gun Safety, Democrats are Steeled

Texas Democrats are becoming more sure-footed in their call for gun reform legislation.

For years, the Gun Owners Caucus had a regular presence at Texas Democratic Party conventions. The group’s message: “Texas Democrats do not want your guns; we already have our own,” as Daniel Barnett, the caucus organizer, put it in 2014. … Read More

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A Republican Made the Runoff for Uresti’s Senate Seat. What’s that Mean?

Amid Democratic Party infighting, the Texas GOP made a last-ditch effort to get their guy into a runoff — putting a precious Democratic state Senate seat in jeopardy.

When longtime San Antonio Democratic state Senator Carlos Uresti was convicted of fraud and sentenced to 12 years in prison last month, he was forced to vacate his state Senate seat and Governor Greg Abbott promptly scheduled a special election. … Read More

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Mike Collier Has a Problem: Dan Patrick Ain’t Taking His Bait

If his campaign is to gain momentum in the roughly three months before Election Day, Collier needs to smoke Patrick out of the hole he’s hiding in — and fast.

Mike Collier has been publicly trying to get a rise out of the usually bombastic Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick ever since he launched his campaign to unseat him in June 2017. More than a year later, he’s largely failed … Read More

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How Pete Sessions Lives the High Life on Corporate Donors’ Dime

For years, the powerful Dallas congressman has used a largely unregulated political fund to court powerful special interests with luxurious perks.

Golf outings at an exclusive country club. A catered suite at a Dallas Cowboys game. Swanky ski resort getaways in the mountains of Utah. Life is good for Congressman Pete Sessions. As the chair of the House Rules Committee, Sessions … Read More

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