Julie Bykowicz, Wall Street Journal

Julie Bykowicz

Wall Street Journal

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Past articles by Julie:

A Mysteriously Financed Group That Could Upend a Biden-Trump Rematch

The centrist nonprofit group No Labels says voters want an alternative, but some say its efforts could hand the 2024 election to former President Donald Trump. → Read More

Labor Shortage Stymies Construction Work as $1 Trillion Infrastructure Spending Kicks In

Contractors are dangling an array of benefits—from signing bonuses to housing allowances—to attract and retain workers. → Read More

Tech Industry Warns That More Remote-Work Jobs Are Headed Out of U.S.

The industry says the remote-work trend will lead to more offshoring of software developer and other technology jobs unless the U.S. admits more high-skilled immigrants. → Read More

New Relief for the Really Bored: Watching Another Grounded Cargo Ship

Gawkers flock to Maryland park for glimpse of the Evergreen vessel, which ran aground in Chesapeake Bay. → Read More

Ukraine Steps Up U.S. Lobbying Campaign

Trade group representing state-owned energy companies leads charge, pressing for additional sanctions against Russia. → Read More

Austin Wants Mass Transit, but the New Infrastructure Law Will Give It a Bigger Highway

President Biden hoped the $1 trillion infrastructure bill would fund transformative projects, but highway spending still takes priority. → Read More

U.S. Will Spend $27 Billion to Repair Bridges

States will be awarded funds based on need, with California slated to get $4.2 billion. → Read More

Dentists’ Group Fights Plan to Cover Dental Benefits Under Medicare

The American Dental Association is mobilizing its 162,000 members to fight a proposal to include dental coverage for all Medicare recipients, opposition that could prove pivotal as Democrats look to make cuts in their $3.5 trillion domestic policy agenda. → Read More

As Congress Debates Trillions in Spending, Voters’ Minds Are Elsewhere

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Sen. Todd Young warned the few dozen conservatives gathered this month in the basement of a sushi restaurant that their activism could be the only thing to stop Congress from spending trillions of dollars of tax money. “You flooding the zone with your concerns will amplify for members just how serious they are,” the Indiana Republican said. → Read More

Fitness Industry Recruits Candy Lobbyist to Help Muscle Up

Gym owners blame lack of clout in failure to get pandemic bailout aid. They’ve turned to a Washington veteran who helped convince states that candy-making is an essential service; ‘a lifelong commitment to fitness—and to candy’ → Read More

Cannabis Goes Corporate: Lobbyists, Unions Seek to Shape Marijuana Industry

Cannabis companies, new trade organizations and banks are looking to shape marijuana-industry ground rules, sending in the lobbyists as more states legalize and Congress weighs measures to further legitimize use. → Read More

FEC Decides Not to Review Trump’s Role in Stormy Daniels’s Payments

The Federal Election Commission didn’t have enough votes to break a tie between Republicans and Democrats. → Read More

Gym Owners Take On New Role as Washington Lobbyists

Federal aid programs weren’t good fit, forcing fitness industry to navigate unfamiliar waters in seeking relief. → Read More

CDC Wants Cruise Ship Workers Vaccinated for Covid-19, but Doesn’t Say When Voyages Might Resume

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that ship and port workers be vaccinated against Covid-19 before leisure cruises begin again, but didn’t set a specific date for when those voyages might resume. → Read More

How Covid-19 Deepened Political Divides in Pennsylvania’s Capital

The pandemic has sparked anger and mistrust between lawmakers in the electoral battleground, where control of state government is split between the parties. → Read More

Poet Amanda Gorman Has Star Turn Reading ‘The Hill We Climb’ at Biden Inauguration

Youngest inauguration poet, a 22-year-old from Los Angeles, reads ‘The Hill We Climb,’ bringing former presidents, lawmakers and dignitaries to their feet. → Read More

Man With Gun, Ammunition Arrested at Capitol Checkpoint

A Virginia man was arrested by police for possessing an unregistered handgun and 500 rounds of ammunition after he drove to a U.S. Capitol security checkpoint and presented unauthorized credentials for the presidential inauguration. → Read More

Covid-19 Stimulus Package Delivers a Christmas Haul for Loggers

Tucked inside the new $900 billion coronavirus relief package is $200 million in aid for loggers and trucking companies, a coup for the industry that underscores the importance of lobbying and political connections. → Read More

Brace for Traffic and Tacky Souvenirs: Rehoboth Just Became a Presidential Retreat

President-elect Joe Biden’s weekend spot in Delaware joins the ranks of presidential digs in Palm Beach, Fla., and Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. → Read More

Biden Wins Nevada, Adding to Electoral Margin

Democratic President-elect Joe Biden picked up Nevada, the Associated Press says, clinching a win in a state that went blue four years ago but that President Trump had worked hard to flip. The AP called the Nevada race about 45 minutes after calling the election for Mr. Biden after he clinched Penn → Read More