Political columnist George Skelton has covered government and politics for 60 years and for The Times since 1974. He has been a Times political writer and editor in Los Angeles, Sacramento bureau chief and White House correspondent. He has written a column on California politics, “Capitol Journal,” since 1993. Skelton is a Santa Barbara native, grew up in Ojai and received a journalism degree at San Jose State.
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Fifty-five years ago this month, California enacted the nation’s most liberal abortion law. Back then, more legislators used to think for themselves, columnist George Skelton writes.
It is indisputable that we’re waiting a lot longer these days to find out who won or lost, columnist George Skelton writes.
Thanks to time-honored democratic politicizing, public pressure was heaped on enough Republican U.S. senators to prod them into agreeing last week on a framework for very modest gun legislation.
The candidates’ positions on issues usually have little to do with the results because voters aren’t even aware of them, and that’s especially true in a primary election, columnist George Skelton writes.
Voters in perhaps the nation’s most liberal city recalled a progressive district attorney. What does it mean for L.A. politics?
Assemblyman Robert Rivas seems to have the upper hand, but Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon still has the office, writes columnist George Skelton.
“Living with a handgun owner is associated with substantially elevated risk for dying by homicide,” concludes a Stanford University study of nearly 18 million Californian adults over a 12-year period.
We won’t know the full political impact of the economic hardships, natural disasters and lifestyle aggravations until November, George Skelton writes.
Politicians have been railing about the proliferation of gun violence for a very long time, and gun murders have been escalating to the nation’s embarrassment, columnist George Skelton writes.
Lanhee Chen has the best chance of any Republican in many years to capture a statewide office in Democrat-dominant California, columnist George Skelton writes.