After a too-close-for-comfort Senate race two years ago, the Texas GOP went into overdrive to ensure the state would not be won in 2020 by newly hopeful Democrats.
Plus, the Texas Freedom Caucus projects its own dangerous fantasies, and even more stir-crazy pols.
Plus, Beto’s bandmate blasts his Biden endorsement, Mike Bloomberg comprende Tejas, Dan Crenshaw vs. Pete Davidson, and Dan Patrick vs. shirts.
Dear candidates: Please stop with the pandering.
Plus, Taylor Swift honors Beto O’Rourke in song, and hard-right scandalmongers Empower Texans expand into BBQ reviews.
Plus, Ted Cruz takes on Stephen King (again), Eliz Markowitz does her best Willie, America Ferrera leaves Vicente Gonzalez hanging, and more!
Plus, Chip Roy blames California, Paul Bettencourt targeted by liberal hackers, and other extremely on-brand happenings
Plus, Julián Castro and Beto O’Rourke are on the rebound, and Tony Buzbee is on another bender.
We stumble down memory lane, gawking at the madness and the mayhem of 2010–2019—and looking for an off-ramp.
Ever since 2014, the Alamo has become the locus of a notably less cinematic war, all raging around the controversial plan to renovate and redesign it.
For abandoning the state that had lifted him up from obscurity, Beto O’Rourke is the winner of one half of our annual booby prize!
Beto O'Rourke, Dennis Bonnen, and the Houston Astros make our annual dishonor roll, along with assorted lesser-known idiots and evildoers.
Chip Roy, Chris Putnam, and the specters of Trump and Beto were also running this week.
Spooked by the gun control debate, some rural Texas communities say they will defy ”unconstitutional” gun laws, though it’s not clear how they would do so.
Our hero’s odyssey ends where it started: with him.
Despite obvious talent and a dedicated fanbase, the El Paso native’s big national release is uninspired.
When Beto left Texas, he lost his way.
Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey tweeted support for protesters in Hong Kong, and all hell broke loose—in ways that even united the two rivals.
Veronica Escobar, the first Latina to represent El Paso in Congress, isn’t afraid of playing the Washington game—as long as it means the Texas borderlands get the respect they deserve.
Beto vs. Julian, Castro tries to shank Biden, why the debate format sucks, and (bonus!) a snoozy Latinos for Trump rally.
A decidedly unscientific appraisal of why the hell they bother.
In the aftermath of the El Paso shooting, party leaders expect the presidential candidates to address racism and immigration.
An analysis of the two Texan presidential candidates’ rally songs.
O'Rourke and Castro's polling in Texas is virtually unchanged from a month ago. That’s good news for only one of them.
His fundraising is bad, his poll numbers are worse, and some Texans still think he should run for Senate.
Texas Democrats still love Beto O’Rourke. In polls of the state, he leads every candidate in the field except Joe Biden. His improbable 2018 Senate campaign, which earned him more votes than any Democrat in the history of Texas, still carries a lot of goodwill in…
The debate had the feel, at times, of an episode of Survivor—the little guys teaming up to clear their ranks before the real fight begins.
Seven Democratic hopefuls are within striking distance of Trump, with Joe Biden leading the pack.
A Q&A between filmmaker David Modigliani and Texas Monthly's Eric Benson, who followed O'Rourke for the 2018 'Underdog' podcast.
In a new presidential poll of Texas, Beto, Bernie, and Biden all look competitive against Trump. But it's far too early to make too much of that.
The strengths of Beto O'Rourke's senate candidacy have been cast in a harsher light now that he's a presidential contender.
A Joaquin Castro candidacy instantly makes next year's Senate race competitive, observers say.
The outspoken congressman left a promising career in the CIA and became a rising Republican star. But his political balancing act is dicier than ever.
On the latest National Podcast of Texas, the 2014 gubernatorial candidate on her latest thinking about a potential run against John Cornyn, Beto O’Rourke’s future, and the status of the upcoming Sandra Bullock film centered on her filibuster.
A recent poll of Texas voters shows opinions about President Trump’s wall depend on where in the state you live.
The president also seemed focused on a nearby counter-protest featuring Beto O’Rourke.
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey today, O'Rourke left his options wide open.
Our hero returns to his old stomping grounds in anticipation of the big Oprah interview.
John Cornyn may be vulnerable and 2020 looks even better than 2018 for Democrats—but who will run?
Plus reflections on the world's largest hairball, in Garden City.
Our hero reflects on hot dogs, ‘The Odyssey,’ and a killer Replacements track.
After more than four decades as one of the state's top political reporters, Ratcliffe has decided to retire from 'Texas Monthly.'
Immigration authorities dropped busloads of immigrants at a Greyhound bus station without giving warning to local officials, despite having promised to do so.
As the congressman from El Paso and former U.S. Senate candidate departs the House, he expresses regret and pride about his effort at teaching America about the border.
Beto O’Rourke came out on top of a poll of progressives, prompting Bernie Sanders supporters to complain.
Beto O'Rourke said contractor is asking the Trump Administration to stop sharing information of potential sponsors with immigration agents.
Texas's senior U.S. senator says he will have to make the case for his re-election based on his positions, not those of the president.
Let's take a non-serious suggestion seriously.
Texas law would allow Beto to take a shot at the White House and at Senator John Cornyn at the same time.
In his first town hall since narrowly losing his election, O'Rourke shows he may not be ready to leave public arena.