Christina Bellantoni

Writer

Christina Bellantoni has been assistant managing editor, politics since August 2015. She came to the Los Angeles Times after 12 years covering politics in Washington, most recently as editor-in-chief at Roll Call. Before that, she served as political editor at “PBS NewsHour” for two years. She has covered the White House, Congress, the 2004, 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, and the Virginia statehouse. Bellantoni, a California native, is a former vice president of the board of the Washington Press Club Foundation.

Recent Articles

  • Alabama Senate election makes life harder for President Trump

    Alabama Senate election makes life harder for President Trump

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell isn’t going to have to answer those questions, after all. At least, not today. Had the Alabama Senate race gone a different way, the hubbub in Washington was going to be about one thing: Would Roy Moore be embraced by Senate Republicans, or sidelined? Asked...

  • California Republicans face big decision on tax vote

    California Republicans face big decision on tax vote

    When GOP Reps. Mimi Walters and Ed Royce cast votes on the GOP tax plan, will they stick with it? That’s among the biggest questions setting the agenda for this week in politics. These maps showing the vast numbers of taxpayers in their districts who claim state and local tax deductions, and those...

  • Essential Politics: A pivotal week in Washington

    Essential Politics: A pivotal week in Washington

    Along the road to the airport as President Trump ended his holiday in Florida, people greeted the presidential motorcade with waving American flags, and signs reading “Puppies for Trump,” “Fire McMaster,” “Hillary for prison,” and “Trump Strong.” Then there were the others: “President Trump is...

  • Essential Politics: Swift fallout from Raul Bocanegra's planned resignation

    Essential Politics: Swift fallout from Raul Bocanegra's planned resignation

    As we previewed yesterday, sexual harassment stories involving the powerful in and around government are plaguing the political world. California’s capital was stunned Monday when Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra abruptly announced he would be resigning effective next September — a statement sent as...

  • Essential Politics: Sexual harassment issue clouds meeting of California Democrats

    Essential Politics: Sexual harassment issue clouds meeting of California Democrats

    There are a lot of serious policy debates going on right now and important campaigns underway. But claims of sexual harassment and misconduct in government have continued to expand, and it’s clear the issue is going to dominate the conversation for the foreseeable future in Sacramento and Washington....

  • Essential Politics: Alabama Senate race threatens Trump agenda

    Essential Politics: Alabama Senate race threatens Trump agenda

    What will get more attention in the coming days: the conclusion of President Trump’s trip through Asia, Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions’ appearance on Capitol Hill, or the GOP tax plan headed for a late-week vote? All of these storylines have the potential to captivate the country this week. Still, it...

  • Essential Politics: Coming to terms with elections past, present and future

    Essential Politics: Coming to terms with elections past, present and future

    One year from today, Californians will be choosing a new governor, and voters across the country will be deciding which party should control of Congress. Following a week marked by violence, indictments in the Russia probe and the release of the Republican tax plan, it’s impossible to foresee what...

  • Essential Politics: Women raise their voices on sexual harassment

    Essential Politics: Women raise their voices on sexual harassment

    “Why don’t you shut your mouth and open your legs because that’s what you do best.” That’s what Amy Brown said a male lobbyist on the other side of an issue said to her in front of a large group of people at the entrance to the state Senate chamber about a decade ago. Brown’s shocking experience...

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