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George Skelton

Political columnist George Skelton has covered government and politics for more than 50 years and for The Times since 1974. He has been a Times political writer and editor in Los Angeles, Sacramento bureau chief and White House correspondent. He has written a column on California politics, “Capitol Journal,” since 1993. Skelton is a Santa Barbara native, grew up in Ojai and received a journalism degree at San Jose State.
  • Capitol Journal
Gov. Gavin Newsom is developing a bad habit: ignoring the will of voters

If a powerful elected official were perceived as two-faced with his word and dismissive of the voters’ desires, he’d be headed for the political cliff.

  • Capitol Journal
Give Newsom credit for halting the death penalty in California. Brown and Harris dodged the issue

Harris and Brown remained utterly mute when death penalty repeals were on the ballot in 2012 and 2016.

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