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 Legislature

The Lege This Week: Senators Poke, Prod and Punch Paxton

The attorney general runs the gauntlet before the Senate Finance Committee, and Dan Patrick just wants to make you sing.

Welcome to the 87th Legislative Session. Since the last session came to a close in June 2019, Texas has been hit by an unrestrained pandemic and a crippling economic crisis. Now, under unprecedented circumstances, lawmakers are faced with a number … Read More

Texas Legislature

The Lege This Week: Amid Pandemic, Abbott Prioritizes Red Meat

The governor continues his war on local control while protecting businesses from COVID-19 lawsuits.

Welcome to the 87th Legislative Session. Since the last session came to a close in June 2019, Texas has been hit by an unrestrained pandemic and a crippling economic crisis. Now, under unprecedented circumstances, lawmakers are faced with a number … Read More

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Texas Politics

The Lege This Week: Texas Redistricting Will Be A Summer Showdown

From Census data delays to Governor Abbott’s gaseous orders, get caught up on what happened in the Texas Lege the week of Jan 25.

Welcome to the 87th Legislative Session. Since the last session came to a close in June 2019, Texas has been hit by an unrestrained pandemic and a crippling economic crisis. Now, under unprecedented circumstances, lawmakers are faced with a number … Read More

Texas Legislature

The Lege This Week: Texas Lawmakers Tackle the Budget

From budget cuts to ending Confederate Heroes Day, get caught up on what happened in the Texas lege the week of January 18.

Welcome to the 87th Legislative Session. Since the last session came to a close in June 2019, Texas has been hit by an unrestrained pandemic and a crippling economic crisis. Now, under unprecedented circumstances, lawmakers are faced with a number … Read More

Texas Politics

Texas Republicans Fanned the Flames of Insurrection Long Before January 6

It’s not just Ted Cruz. For years, Texas Republicans have fueled the toxic politics that led extremists to storm the Capitol.

In the week since pro-Trump mobs violently stormed the U.S. Capitol, Senator Ted Cruz has served as a rather convenient lightning rod for his fellow Texas Republicans. As the attempted insurrection began to mount outside, Ted Cruz was on the … Read More

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

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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

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