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Michael Finnegan

Michael Finnegan is a Los Angeles Times politics writer. Since joining The Times in 2000, he has covered elections for mayor, governor and president, most recently the Donald Trump campaign. In 2011, Finnegan and fellow Times reporter Gale Holland won the Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism for articles on rampant waste in the $6-billion rebuilding of Los Angeles community colleges. A Los Angeles native, Finnegan started newspaper work at the Hudson Dispatch in New Jersey. For seven years, he covered city and state politics at the New York Daily News. He plays piano on the side.
Democrat Gil Cisneros pulls further ahead of Republican Young Kim, putting GOP House seat in peril

Democrat Gil Cisneros extended his lead over Republican Young Kim in California's 39th Congressional District, further endangering the GOP's hold on its last House seat in Orange County.

Going, going ... with midterm wipeout, California Republican Party drifts closer to irrelevance

The once-proud home of Ronald Reagan and other national GOP figures may fall to as few as eight seats in Congress and faces impotence against a legislative super-majority in Sacramento. Some worry about the effects of one-party rule in the nation's more populous and important state.

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