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 email him at [email protected].

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Texas Politics

Lege in the Time of Coronavirus

An uncontrolled pandemic. An economic crisis. A bruising loss for Democrats. The Texas Legislature is back in session.

Lege in the Time of Coronavirus An uncontrolled pandemic. An economic crisis. A bruising loss for Democrats. The Texas Legislature is back in session. By Justin Miller January 11, 2021  By the time Texas lawmakers meet for the first … Read More

News

Sheldon Adelson Bets Big on Texas Casinos

The casino magnate and mega-donor helped Republicans hold the Texas House. Now he wants to cash in.

Update: Adelson, who was 87 years old, died on January 11, the day before the Texas legislative session began. When a big political player comes waltzing into Texas spending big money from out of state, it’s usually a good sign … Read More

UNITED STATES - JUNE 24: Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, speaks during the Senate Select Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing for Peter Michael Thomson, nominee to be inspector general of the Central Intelligence Agency, in Russell Building on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via AP Images)
Texas Politics

What Will A Texas-Sized Turnout Mean for Trump and Cornyn?

With record voter turnout in early voting, Texas is a presidential toss-up. John Cornyn is getting worried.

The last time U.S. Senator John Cornyn was up for reelection in 2014, he skated to a third term with 62 percent of the vote—outperforming every other statewide GOP candidate on the ballot who had a contested election in Texas. … Read More

Texas Politics

Voting Begins in a Month. Here’s What Is at Stake in Texas.

In an election that will chart the state’s political future for a generation, Democrats are waging an unprecedented offensive against embattled Republicans.

In late November 2018, just weeks after U.S. Senator Ted Cruz eked out a win against Democratic phenom Beto O’Rourke, Texas’ senior U.S. Senator John Cornyn went on the radio with a warning: “Texas is no longer, I believe, a … Read More

Economy

Five Months Later, the State’s Unemployment System is Still Broken for Many Texans

The state’s unemployment insurance system was woefully unprepared when the COVID-fueled economic crisis hit in March. Months later, unemployed Texans are still struggling to get—and keep—their benefits.

In March, after losing her job with Rolfson Oil, Laura Orozco filed for unemployment. Her claim was denied. The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), which administers the state’s unemployment insurance system, said that based on the agency’s formula, she hadn’t earned … Read More

UNITED STATES - JULY 1: Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, looks on, as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., makes a statement during the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing titled "The End of One Country, Two Systems?: Implications of Beijing's National Security Law in Hong Kong," Rayburn Building on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via AP Images)
Texas Politics

Joaquin Castro Says He’ll Champion Progressive Foreign Policy

The representative from San Antonio is vying to become the chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

San Antonio U.S. Representative Joaquin Castro is vying to become chair of one of the most powerful committees in Washington: the House Foreign Affairs Committee. But to do so, he’ll have to overcome the centrist and pro-military forces in the … Read More

An illustration of COVID molecules and a field of oil rigs.
Economy

From Boom to Bloodbath

The Permian Basin’s shale revolution is over and renewable energy is surging. What does that mean for Texas’ future?

From Boom to Bloodbath The Permian Basin’s shale revolution is over and renewable energy is surging. What does that mean for Texas’ future? By Justin Miller July 27, 2020  For the past three years, Josh Thomas labored away on … Read More

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