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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Michael Finnegan

Iowa Man’s Worldview A Lot Like Trump’s

Recent events — terrorist massacres in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., Syrian refugees pouring into Europe, political clashes in the U.S. over guns and immigration — have only strengthened Trump’s bonds with these voters.

December 15, 2015
Ben Carson

Carson’s Bias Against Muslims Breaks Unwritten Rule Of Using Veiled Language

When Republican Ben Carson declared Muslims unfit to be president, he crossed a line that historians say no major White House hopeful has breached since the 1940s — openly expressing prejudice.

October 5, 2015
Donald Trump immigration pinata

On Immigration, Trump Takes A Page From Pete Wilson’s 1994 Playbook

Some people are calling Trump’s comments “fringe rhetoric.” But others are worried that the Republicans will take on anti-immigration and anti-Latino sentiment.

July 14, 2015

Boxer’s Exit Opens ‘Door Of Opportunity’

Barbara Boxer’s retirement will set off a fierce battle within the next generation of California Democrats.

January 9, 2015

California Democrats Sign Up Thousands Of New Voters, But Will They Cast Ballots?

Will enough of the newly registered voters in California turn out to cast their ballots in Tuesday’s election?

November 4, 2014

Neel Kashkari Faces 20-point Deficit Leading Up To Debate With California Gov. Jerry Brown

By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times After months of struggling to disrupt California Gov. Jerry Brown’s widely presumed glide to re-election, Republican Neel Kashkari will have a chance to shift the dynamics of the lopsided contest Thursday in the candidates’ first and only debate. The televised one-hour encounter in Sacramento gives the novice Laguna Beach […]

September 4, 2014

Tuesday’s Primary Will Be A Test Of California’s ‘Top-Two’ System

By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Millions of Californians will cast ballots in races for governor and hundreds of other public offices Tuesday in the first full-scale test of a new primary system aimed at curbing entrenched partisanship in state politics. In contests for statewide office, Congress and the Legislature, candidates who finish […]

June 3, 2014

California Republicans Say Democrats Harris, Newsom Looking Ahead To 2018

By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Republicans trying to unseat California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Attorney General Kamala Harris share a common complaint: The two Democrats are so confident of re-election that they’re already laying ground to run for governor in 2018. “She’s looking right past us,” David King, a Harris […]

May 19, 2014