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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
Republicans aren’t offering what California voters want. And that’s why they’re irrelevant in this state

A new poll shows sharp differences between Democrats and Republicans on several issues, especially immigration, illustrating why the GOP is a collapsing party in California.

  • Capitol Journal
With a powerful supermajority, California Democrats want to spend, spend, spend. Will Newsom rein them in?

The new two-year legislative session wasn’t even a day old when Democrats introduced bills to spend countless billions of tax dollars. Money to provide Medi-Cal healthcare coverage for immigrants of all ages living here illegally. A big boost in K-12 school funding.

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