was a spring 2023 reporting fellow based in Washington, D.C. Julia is a senior at the University of Michigan, where she studies the intersection of media and public policy. She previously freelanced for the Michigan Advance and worked as a reporting intern for Bridge Michigan and OpenSecrets.org. She is originally from Makaha, Hawaii, and has developed a passion for telling the stories of how money influences political decision-making — which, in turn, affects real communities.
A new report found that companies in Texas have had 21,000 unexpected pollution releases that emitted 400,000 tons of air pollution over six years, but only 1% of them prompted action by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Full Story
The Austin Republican is the staunch conservative who led 19 House members in blocking Kevin McCarthy’s bid for the speakership. “I believe it’s time for a new generation of leadership,” he said of DeSantis. Full Story
At the conservative political convention, the Texas senator also criticized President Joe Biden for his response to the Ohio train derailment and Dr. Anthony Fauci for his role during the COVID-19 pandemic. Full Story
The several dozen contractors for YouTube Music are fighting a push to return to in-person work. Their strike has gained the support of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, and U.S. Rep. Greg Casar, D-Austin. Full Story
One year later, there have been no arrests or charges filed related to the case. Cuellar maintains that he was never the target of the investigation and will ultimately be cleared of wrongdoing. Full Story