The Texas Miracle #16: The Texas Tea Party’s Last Service

Does disarray in the Dallas GOP spell doom for the Texas Republican Party? Plus a woman who's literally dead of the 2016 election, and another round of Stump-A-Ferner trivia.

Does disarray in the Dallas GOP spell doom for the Texas Republican Party? Plus a woman who's literally dead of the 2016 election, and another round of Stump-A-Ferner trivia.


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This week on the Texas Miracle, the Observer‘s weekly compendium of everything you need to know, but maybe wish you didn’t, about the Lone Star State: What’s weird in Texas? Observer staffer and Strangest Stater Patrick Michels brings us the wildest news from the far-flung Friendly State, including a woman who’s literally dead of the 2016 presidential race, a plagiarism-prone alligator and kitten who escaped death by dragon.

Then: From the Fifth Circuit’s voter ID smackdown to wholesale disaster in the Dallas County GOP, the state of Republican politics in Texas is more fragile than it’s been in decades. Can Dems capitalize on the moment? Our journalist roundtable — featuring Mother JonesTom Philpott, the Houston Chronicle‘s Bobby Cervantes and Observer freelancer John Wright, plus host Andrea Grimes — ponders that possibility, along with exploring Donald Trump’s, er, jagoffery.

Finally: On this edition of our Stump-A-Ferner (that’s foreigner, for you ferners) game show, an Ohio transplant faces off with an East Texas native to see who knows more about the sports halls-of-fame (of course there’s more than one) of Texas. Going into this week’s round, the current score is Ferners: 0 and Texans: 0. Will this be the week someone pulls ahead? Tune in to find out.

[Editor’s note: There is adult language in this podcast! You can find the Texas Miracle on iTunes and Stitcher. Follow us at @TheTexasMiracle and here on the website for news and updates. If you want to submit an Ask A Texan question, e-mail us at [email protected] or leave us a voicemail at 512-981-5936!]

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Andrea Grimes is a writer and feminist activist living in Austin.


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