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Phil Willon

Phil Willon covers Gov. Gavin Newsom and California politics for the Los Angeles Times. He reports from Sacramento and his previous assignments included the 2018 governor’s race and the 2016 U.S. Senate race. Before heading north, Willon covered Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and roamed Southern California’s mountains and deserts as the paper’s state correspondent in the Inland Empire. Prior to joining The Times, Willon served as the Washington, D.C., correspondent for the Tampa Tribune. At the Tribune, Willon also covered Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles, Hurricane Andrew and the investigation leading to the arrest of serial killer Danny Rolling. He began his newspaper career as the Kent Island correspondent for the Capital in Annapolis, Md. Willon grew up in Southern California and graduated from UC San Diego.
The rich buying names on college buildings is ‘legal bribery,’ Gov. Gavin Newsom says

Gov. Gavin Newsom, during a national media tour to defend his decision to ban California death row executions, decried "legal bribery" in the college admissions process, including favors given to big donors. Newsom's comments come amid the college admissions scandal that touched UCLA and USC.

Politicians don’t normally overrule voters. On the death penalty, Gavin Newsom just did

Pro-death penalty groups expressed outrage over California Gov. Gavin Newsom's announcement that he will halt death row executions while he's in office, as top Democrats lavished him with praise.

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