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


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.