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George Skelton

Political columnist George Skelton has covered government and politics for more than 50 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.
California is the first state to require solar panels on new homes. Here's why Big Brother is on to something

Should solar buying be simply mandated by a government bureaucracy without even a vote by our elected representatives in the Legislature? Perhaps forcing all buyers of new homes to go green is prudent, desirable and inevitable, George Skelton writes.

California's top-two primary could be rendered useless thanks to a hyper-polarized electorate

Thanks to ultra-polarized politics Republicans won't support Democrats in the primary, at least according to polls.

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