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].


Texas Politics

Ted Cruz and State Republicans Make Clear: This is Trump’s Texas Now

At the state GOP convention, Trump reigns supreme — and everyone knows it.

It was clear when Governor Greg Abbott bragged about being more powerful than Putin, and when he said that Texans had far more influence on Trump’s presidential victory than any Russians could have. It was clear when Lieutenant Governor Dan … Read More

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Texas Legislature

Meet the Merry Band of Texas Democrats Running for Statewide Office

These Democratic candidates hope that an apogee of GOP extremism will help fuel their collective bid to break a 24-year losing streak. Don’t bet on it.

Coming out of the May runoffs, the Texas Democratic Party finally has its statewide ticket firmed up. And at a “Blue Wave Slate Jam” fundraiser in Austin on Tuesday, party leaders and candidates insisted that the slate is strong enough … Read More

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Texas Legislature

Can Texas Oil Money Stop a Blue Gusher?

The PACs responsible for defending GOP majorities in the U.S. House and Senate are already gushing with money from Lone Star energy giants.

In June 2017, Tesoro Corp., a major oil refiner based in San Antonio, bought El Paso-based Western Refining for $5.8 billion and rebranded itself as Andeavor, becoming one of the largest petroleum refiners in the country. Andeavor is now one … Read More

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Texas Legislature

Buoyed by the Kochs, Kevin Brady and the GOP Have Some Tax Cuts They’d Like to Sell You

The Texas Congressman is leading the Republicans’ attempt to use tax cuts to win in November.

Before a small audience of conservative activists at a convention center in Conroe, Texas Congressman Kevin Brady outlined the Republican plan to convince a skeptical national electorate that the GOP’s latest experiment with trickle-down tax cuts isn’t just another giveaway … Read More

Elections 2018: Races to Watch, News

Texas Poised to Send More Right-Wing Tea Partiers to Congress

There will be a fresh crop of Texas tea partiers in Congress who are hellbent on pushing the Republican Party further to the right.

A new class of Texas tea-party darlings, buoyed by millions of dollars in outside spending, won their Republican congressional runoffs Tuesday — all in deep-red districts. Come January, that means the obstructionist wing of the U.S. House Republican conference — … Read More

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Elections 2018: Races to Watch, News

Democratic Establishment Candidates Run the Table in Texas Runoffs

It was a disappointing night for progressive activists hoping to stick it to the DCCC in Texas.

In the race to face GOP incumbent John Culberson in west Houston, writer-activist Laura Moser, who was targeted before the March primary with a DCCC opposition research dump, was trounced by runoff opponent Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, a Houston lawyer. Fletcher … Read More

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Texas Legislature

The Resistance has a Runoff in the Houston Suburbs

Texas’s affluent 7th Congressional District has become a hotbed for activism against Republican John Culberson. But first, it needs to get through one of the most contentious Democratic Party battles in the country.

The weekend before early voting in Tuesday’s runoff started, Jay Taylor found himself in an awkward situation. The two Democratic candidates in the 7th Congressional District, lawyer Lizzie Pannill Fletcher and activist-writer Laura Moser, were in the homestretch and scrambling … Read More

Texas Legislature

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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Texas Politics

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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