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Mark Z. Barabak

Mark Z. Barabak covers state and national politics for the Los Angeles Times, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. A reporter for more than 40 years, Barabak has covered campaigns and elections in 49 of the 50 states, including 11 presidential campaigns and scores of mayoral, gubernatorial, congressional and U.S. Senate contests. He also reported from the White House and Capitol Hill during the George H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations.
Trump raises a new menace — socialism — and Democrats can’t agree how to respond

As a 2020 campaign issue, the attack on the party's left wing not only resonates with the president's supporters but threatens to divide older and younger Democratic voters, who have different views of what socialism means. The tactic echoes Trump's 2016 campaign.

Kamala Harris celebrates Oakland, but the feeling isn’t necessarily mutual

The California senator used the vibrant, multi-racial city as a launch pad for her 2020 Democratic presidential candidacy. But even though Harris was born in Oakland, many there don't see her as part of the community because she grew up in Berkeley and pursued a political career in San Francisco.

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