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A deep-dive into Texas’ politics, economy and the reasons Californians should care




A 'Welcome to Texas' sign stands on the side of the road, May 9, 2017 near Dalhart, Texas.
A 'Welcome to Texas' sign stands on the side of the road, May 9, 2017 near Dalhart, Texas.
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Red state. Immigration. Oil. These words can all describe the wide pool of issues in Texas.

In the Trump era, the Lone Star state has been making headlines with it’s U.S.-Mexico border. But despite having an overwhelmingly conservative reputation, many blue communities of color call Texas home. In fact, non-whites, including the largest number of Muslim adherents in the country, have become the majority in Texas. The state has also surpassed California in technology exports. This could be a result of its low tax, low regulation system, which has boosted the economy, but left gaping income disparities. So how can the effects of Texas’ politics, economy and border control have an effect here in California? In author Lawrence Wright’s new book, “God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State,” Wright explores everything from local political traditions to the dichotomy of social classes within Texas.

He speaks with Larry Mantle today on what the state’s current ideological agenda could mean for the future of the entire country.

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Lawrence Wright, author of numerous books, including his latest, “God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State” (Knopf, 2018); staff writer for The New Yorker; he tweets @lawrence_wright