Fringe Factor

With the far right ascendant in Texas politics, once-marginal ideas and people have found a place in the political mainstream. Fringe Factor is an introduction to the often-unknown, but influential activists, thinkers and operatives who play a growing role in shaping the state.

 

Meet Farris Wilks, Kingmaker of the Texas GOP

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Wilks is an elder at an idiosyncratic church that reportedly doesn't allow women to speak during worship. He also pumps millions into Texas Republican politics.
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Who’s Defending Texas’ Confederate Monuments?

Meet the leader of the rifle-wielding, Confederate-flag toting group that calls itself “protectors of all things Texas.”

Who’s Defending Texas’ Confederate Monuments? Meet the leader of the rifle-wielding, Confederate-flag toting group that calls itself “protectors of all th...Read More

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Thank You, Matt Rinaldi

Republicans who are repelled by people like Rinaldi have a problem: They depend on the votes of the people who cheer him on.

We spend a lot of time looking for what’s human and what’s kind in our politics, but it’s usually more important when someone shows us the opposite. T...Read More

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