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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Trump Declares Himself a ‘Nationalist’ in 90-minute Houston Tirade

In what was ostensibly a rally for Ted Cruz, the president unleashed a conspiracy-laden war cry for American nihilism.

Heading into November, Trump is doubling down on revanchist nationalism to rile up and turn out his base — and Ted Cruz and Texas’ top Republican politicians are willingly tagging along for the ride. At a Houston rally of about 16,000 … Read More


Cruz Stuck to the Script. Beto Stuck it to Cruz. Which Tactic Will Work?

O’Rourke finally got aggressive. Cruz stubbornly stuck to The Strategy.

In the second (and likely last) debate between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke, liberals lived vicariously as benevolent Beto finally lashed out at Ted Cruz — one of the most reviled politicians on the right — with a bevy of righteous … Read More

beto, elections

Has the Beto Bubble Burst?

After a series of polls over the summer predicted a nail-biter, more recent numbers show a reversion to the Texas mean.

With less than two weeks until early voting begins in Texas, the hype around Betomania looks to be losing some of its luster. Or, rather, the Texas electorate’s muscle memory is kicking in as more people start tuning in and … Read More

Colin Allred

Dallas Democrat Colin Allred on his Bid to Unseat Pete Sessions

The former NFL linebacker talks about protests during the national anthem, North Texas activism and the likelihood of a presidential impeachment.

Texas’ 32nd Congressional District sprawls across the northern suburbs of Dallas and includes some of the most affluent neighborhoods in the state. The region has long been a bastion of country-club Republicanism, but it’s now rapidly growing and diversifying. Though … Read More


Can Beto O’Rourke Harness the Elusive Power of the College Student Vote?

Many have tried; few have succeeded. But the latest political phenom thinks he’ll be more effective at courting young voters.

With the Retama Auditorium filled to capacity, hundreds of students packed outside the entrance, hoping to get a glimpse of Beto O’Rourke as he swung through the University of Texas at San Antonio campus. Spontaneous “Be-to!” chants rang out as organizers … Read More

Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz’s Fear Factory

Fear, revanchism and chauvinistic Texas tropes: Cruz’s re-election strategy might not be pretty, but that’s not the point.

Ted Cruz’s Fear Factory Fear, revanchism and chauvinistic Texas tropes: Cruz’s re-election strategy might not be pretty, but that’s not the point. – by Justin Miller October 4, 2018 After eight years under siege by a power-hungry federal government led … Read More


After the Flood, the Political Storm?

Democrats in Greater Houston are hoping to tap into the frustrations of residents who are still recovering from Hurricane Harvey.

It’s been more than a year since Hurricane Harvey descended upon southeast Texas, damaging more than 200,000 homes and killing at least 88 people. Now, Democratic challengers in Greater Houston are hoping Republican politicians’ failure to prepare for a mega-flood, … Read More