Neena Satija
Neena Satija
@washingtonpost; former @texastribune / @reveal / @newhavenindy / @ctmirror / @wnpr. Proud @PostGuild member. @IRE_NICAR board member. Austin-based thru 2021.Source
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A grandmother didn’t answer her phone during a class. She was sent back to prison.

A grandmother didn’t answer her phone during a class. She was sent back to prison.

In the year she was out of prison, Gwen Levi, 76, was thriving. After serving 16 years in different federal facilities for dealing heroin, Levi was allowed to leave last June and finish her 24-year sentence in home confinement under the supervision of federal prison officials. She moved in with her 94-year-old mother in Baltimore and volunteered at prisoner advocacy organizations, hoping for a paying job to come along. She was also building her relationships with her sons and grandsons. But Levi’s season on the outside ended June 12 after she attended a computer word-processing class in...

June 26, 2021
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Ted Cruz maintains ties to right-wing group despite its extremist messaging

Ted Cruz maintains ties to right-wing group despite its extremist messaging

On Aug. 4, 2019, the day after a gunman who had posted a hateful diatribe against Hispanics fatally shot 23 people at an El Paso Walmart, a leader of a tea party group in Texas said on Facebook: “You’re not going to demographically replace a once proud, strong people without getting blow-back.”His wife, the founder of the group, in the Fort Worth suburbs of Tarrant County, added in a comment: “I don’t condone the actions, but I certainly understand where they came from.”Ten days later, amid a brewing backlash over the comments by Fred and Julie McCarty, the Northeast Tarrant Tea Party...

April 23, 2021
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Texas’ chief energy regulator fiercely defended fossil fuels after historic blackouts. She also profits from oil and gas.

Texas’ chief energy regulator fiercely defended fossil fuels after historic blackouts. She also profits from oil and gas.

Late last month as Texans were from a historic winter storm and dayslong , the state’s chief oil and gas regulator had a clear message: Natural gas producers are not responsible for the disaster.“Some media outlets would have you believe that natural gas producers and frozen transmission lines caused the power shortages across the state,” said Christi Craddick, who chairs a three-member commission overseeing the industry, during a Texas House of Representatives Feb. 26. “But … these operators were not the problem. The oil and gas industry was the solution.”Craddick and her father, a...

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March 19, 2021
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Newsom accuses PG&E of 'corporate greed,' but the company helped fund his and his wife's career

Newsom accuses PG&E of 'corporate greed,' but the company helped fund his and his wife's career

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has accused his state's largest utility company of mismanaging funds he said it should have used to upgrade an aging electrical grid prone to deadly wildfires. But over the past two decades, Newsom, a Democrat, and his wife have accepted more than $700,000 from the Pacific Gas & Electric Co., its foundation and its employees as the utility has supported his political campaigns, his ballot initiatives, his inauguration festivities and his wife's foundation, including her film projects, according to records reviewed by The Washington Post. The contributions...

November 13, 2019
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