is an investigative fellow at the Texas Tribune. He is a graduate student in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he is a writer and an editor for the Kennedy School Review. He has previously worked at the Australian National University, the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center, and Danwei Media.
State Rep. Cecil Bell is a member of a committee that oversees utility districts in Texas. Many of those districts give his construction companies big contracts, while some of their lawyers contribute to his campaign.
Since 2016, public entities have had to reveal the businesses they have large contracts with. These "1295 disclosures" reveal numerous legislators among the contractors — and some of those lawmakers have sponsored or voted on bills that help those same public entities.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is pushing legislation to rename the street outside the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C., after pro-democracy dissident Liu Xiaobo, a Nobel Peace Prize winner who died in Chinese custody on Thursday.