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Los Angeles Times

Michael Finnegan

Michael Finnegan is a politics reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Since joining The Times in 2000, he has covered campaigns for president, governor and mayor. In 2011, Finnegan and his colleague Gale Holland wrote an award-winning series on rampant waste in the $6-billion rebuilding of Los Angeles community colleges. A Los Angeles native, Finnegan lived for many years in New York City, where he covered City Hall and the statehouse for the New York Daily News.

Recent Articles

  • Loretta Sanchez tests Senate race attack on Kamala Harris

    Loretta Sanchez tests Senate race attack on Kamala Harris

    Rep. Loretta Sanchez tested themes Monday for a U.S. Senate run, playing up her record on national security and civil liberties while casting Democrat Kamala Harris as ill suited to succeed incumbent Barbara Boxer in next year’s election. Sanchez, an Orange County Democrat, portrayed herself as...

  • Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris calls for more training to prevent police bias

    Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris calls for more training to prevent police bias

    California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris called Friday for more extensive training of law enforcement officers across California to avoid racial and ethnic bias in policing. The recent fatal shootings of black men by white officers in North Charleston, S.C., and Ferguson, Mo., have cast doubt on the...

  • Harris Senate run fueled by lawyers, Hollywood executives

    Harris Senate run fueled by lawyers, Hollywood executives

    California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris reported more than 2,800 contributions to her U.S. Senate campaign in a report Wednesday that underscored her quick emergence as a top contender to succeed Democrat Barbara Boxer. Harris, the only well-known Democrat in the race, raised $2.5 million in the...

  • Race relations in California better than elsewhere in U.S., voters say

    Race relations in California better than elsewhere in U.S., voters say

    A half-century after the Watts riots laid bare deep racial divisions in Los Angeles, nearly two-thirds of California voters say race relations in the state are better than elsewhere in America even as they acknowledge persistent tensions, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. ...

  • Wealthy scientist tries to rescue California's shrinking GOP

    Wealthy scientist tries to rescue California's shrinking GOP

    The California Republican Party struck another new low last week when news came that its shrinking ranks now make up less than 28% of the state’s registered voters. But Charles Munger Jr., a courtly Palo Alto physicist who fancies bow ties and suspenders, is determined to reverse the party’s two-decade...

  • GOP donor Charles Munger Jr. finds wealth buys few friends

    GOP donor Charles Munger Jr. finds wealth buys few friends

    A month after Charles Munger Jr. wrote his first $100,000 check to a political campaign, he got a taste of the chronic rejection familiar to California's big Republican donors: The 2005 ballot measure he backed lost by a landslide. Yet Munger, the son of a billionaire, went on to spend almost $78...

  • Steve Westly moving toward 2018 bid for governor

    Steve Westly moving toward 2018 bid for governor

    Former state Controller Steve Westly, a wealthy Silicon Valley businessman, is laying ground for a potential run for governor in 2018. Westly, who now runs a venture capital firm in Menlo Park, has been itching to return to public office since he lost the 2006 Democratic primary for governor. He...

  • Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia, Chicago mayoral candidate, seeks California dollars

    Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia, Chicago mayoral candidate, seeks California dollars

    Like many other big players in national politics, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has relied for years on campaign cash from California to fuel his career. But on Thursday in Los Angeles, scores of Californians who want to oust the mayor in Chicago’s April 7 election joined forces at fundraising receptions...

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