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Scott Martelle

Scott Martelle spent more than 30 years in newsrooms before moving to opinion writing. He has covered presidential elections, books and publishing, and countless other topics in a career given mostly to general assignment reporting. Martelle is the author of several history books, and previously worked as a journalist in Western New York and Detroit, where he honed an interest in labor issues. A native of Maine, he lives with his wife in Irvine, where they raised their two sons.
Small steps toward better gun control after Parkland could be cause for hope

Could it be that hell has frozen over? Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott — as NRA-hugging as the worst of them — said Friday morning that he would push gun reforms in his state, one of several positive moves toward better gun control and against the lobbying power of the NRA.

Trump indirectly trashes California law enforcement in diatribe about immigration

President Trump on Thursday essentially told every law-enforcement agency in California that were it not for the presence of federal immigration and border agents, we “would see crime like no one's ever seen crime in this country.” No, we wouldn't.

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