the run up the blueprint

On today’s episode: How the Republican grass roots got years ahead of a changing country, and whether the Democrats can catch up.

Emil Lippe for The New York Times
  • J. David Goodman, The Times’s Houston bureau chief, covering Texas.

  • Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of New York.

  • Patriot Mobile, a Christian cellphone company, is spending money to promote conservative views on race and gender in schools. Read J. David Goodman’s reporting on how the company has become a rising force in Texas politics.

  • Buoyed by polls that show the end of Roe v. Wade has moved independent voters their way, Democrats in difficult re-election races are reorienting their campaigns around abortion rights.


“The Run-Up” is hosted by Astead W. Herndon and produced by Elisa Gutierrez and Caitlin O’Keefe. The show is edited by Frannie Carr Toth, Larissa Anderson and Lisa Tobin. Engineering by Corey Schreppel and original music by Dan Powell, Marion Lozano and Elisheba Ittoop. Fact-checking by Caitlin Love.

Special thanks to Paula Szuchman, Sam Dolnick, David Halbfinger, Julia Simon, Mahima Chablani, Shannon Busta, Nell Gallogly, Jeffrey Miranda, Maddy Masiello and Eslah Attar.

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