Justin Miller, The Texas Observer

Justin Miller

The Texas Observer

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Past articles by Justin:

The Governor's Grid Gambit

Texas utility regulators are hawking a convoluted and costlypolicy for grid reliability—despite strong resistance fromenergy experts and even big business. → Read More

$3 Million Whistleblower Settlement Is Cheap Getaway for Ken Paxton

In his most serious and sordid legal scandal yet. the most talented political escape artist in Teas pulled off yet another act. → Read More

‘Colossal Waste of Money’: Texas Nears $1 Billion in Border Wall Contracts

The Webb County coalition that opposed Trump’s boondoggle is now scrambling to oppose the state’s expanded construction plans. → Read More

Texas Awards Biggest Border Wall Contract Yet to Trump-Tied Firm

The state awarded $224 million to a construction company that built a private wall now on the brink of collapse into the Rio Grande. → Read More

Texas Democrats After Beto

Joaquin Castro? Colin Allred? Lina Hidalgo? Clay Jenkins? Can anyone gain a political foothold in the GOP-controlled Lone Star State? → Read More

Big Money Floods into Texas Governor’s Race

In total, Beto O’Rourke and Greg Abbott have raised $200 million. → Read More

Did the Abbott-O'Rourke Debate Change Anything?

One focus group found that the Democratic challenger won over voters at the Texas governor's debate, but it's unclear if most of the electorate paid attention. → Read More

Austin Nurses Win Largest Hospital Union in Texas

National Nurses United organizers at Ascension Seton Medical Center just delivered a major victory for the Texas labor movement. → Read More

Abbott's Attack Dog: Can Dave Carney Extend His 20-year Winning Streak?

The New Hampshire political consultant has been shellacking hapless Democrats for two decades on behalf of the GOP. → Read More

Texas Business Groups, Legislators, Push to Restore Corporate Tax Incentives

Set to expire at the end of the year, Chapter 313 granted 10-year property tax breaks in exchange for large industrial projects. → Read More

'We Win in 2022 and the World Changes'

Beto's bid to deny Greg Abbott a third term as governor is a steep one, but he can still muster some magic on the campaign trail. → Read More

Abbott and ERCOT Keep Texans in the Dark

From selecting a new CEO to an obscure committee report, the governor kept tight control over significant post-storm energy changes. → Read More

Before ‘Roe’—and After

A look back at criminalized abortion in Texas before 1973, and forward towards what it may look like after 2022. → Read More

GOP Win Says More About Filemon Vela than a South Texas 'Red Wave'

When Congressman Filemon Vela decamped for K Street, he created a predictable opportunity for a Republican upset in the Valley. → Read More

Bush Dynasty Ends with a Whimper in Texas Runoffs Light on Surprise

Democrats solidify their statewide slate as Attorney General Ken Paxton steps closer to a third term and Representative Jasmine Crockett wins in Dallas. → Read More

Dallas Runoff Will Determine Heir to Powerhouse EBJ’s Seat in Congress

The race between Representative Jasmine Crockett and Jane Hope Hamilton has divided leaders of the North Texas Democratic establishment. → Read More

Texas Republicans Crow about 'Roe' Reversal, Lament Supreme Court Leak

State GOP leaders have spun the leak as the rightful return of abortion regulation to the realm of red-state rights—and a crusade against the conservative Court. → Read More

Filemon Vela Is Just the Latest Texas Congressman to Swing Through the Revolving Door

Of the 15 members who’ve left the U.S. House since 2018, at least half have gotten into the business of political influence-peddling. → Read More

Inside Exxon's 10-Month Lockout of Beaumont Refinery Workers

A grueling labor fight dragged on in the once-mighty union bastion of southeast Texas, pitting the oil giant against an embattled Steelworkers local. → Read More

Kelcy Warren’s Defamation Suit Has Beto O’Rourke Spoiling for a Fight

Texas has strong protections against frivolous defamation suits that impede public discourse. Will the Democratic gubernatorial hopeful use them? → Read More