Mary Plummer Senior Politics Reporter

Mary Plummer
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Mary Plummer is a Senior Politics Reporter for KPCC. Prior to that, she was a reporter on SCPR's education team, and an associate producer for Take Two and The Madeleine Brand Show.

Mary began her career in broadcast at ABC News in London, where she worked on TV stories for the network’s news lineup and regularly covered Europe for

Mary has a master's degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she won the Richard T. Baker Award for multimedia reporting. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Chapman University. Her work has been published by the Washington Post, The New York Times, PBS/THIRTEEN and the Yomiuri Shimbun. Plummer grew up in Anchorage, Alaska.

Stories by Mary Plummer

Should politicians wear their donors' logos on their sleeves?

If the California is Not for Sale initiative makes it to the ballot, lawmakers might end up looking like NASCAR drivers, with the logos of their top funders plastered on their jackets.

Carson city clerk subject of recall election

Voters in the city of Carson will decide next week on the fate of their embattled city clerk, who faces a recall in a special election.

College students' interest in politics rises to record level, survey finds

Study findings show that 40 percent of incoming freshmen say they want to become community leaders, while 60 percent of them are very likely to vote.

Fuentes' plan to leave LA City Council opens candidate gates

7th District councilman's decision not to run for reelection next year creates a rare open seat on the that many are hoping to fill.

What's your issue? Economy, environment, health care and more

We've been asking, and you've been telling us, what your major issue is in this election. Here's a check-in on what you've been telling us.

Records of ex-councilman recovered by his successor

Some 35 file boxes from former Councilman Tom LaBonge's office were recovered before they were shredded. The documents included land use and campaign finance records.

Fundraising separating candidates for LA supervisors seats

Incumbent Mark Ridley-Thomas is running unopposed. District 4 and 5 are up for grabs since longtime Supervisors Michael Antonovich and Don Knabe are termed out.

LA, California races for 2017 and 2018 already underway

In 2017, Mayor Eric Garcetti will be defending his seat against multiple challengers. Five so far have declared their intentions to try and unseat him.

Demographics changing, but challenges familiar in Watts

Decades after the 1965 riots, Watts remains a place dealing with poverty, unemployment and crime — and where voting is simply not a part of many lives.

State's new DMV voter registration law won't raise turnout rates anytime soon

One possible consequence of the new law could be lower voter turnout rates, at least initially, as more people join the state’s voter rolls but don’t necessarily show up to vote.

Poll: Should Governor Brown push for a 5th term?

Gov. Brown said in his State of the State address that he could stick around past his term limits — if he funded a ballot initiative to make it happen. He framed it as a joke, but was it?

Malibu City Council gets earful after chain store decision

Voters in Malibu who had thought they’d successfully blocked a large retail project before a court intervened got their first chance to air the issue before City Council Monday night.

Supporters seeking signatures for 70-plus state ballot measures

Backers of dozens of initiatives are trying to qualify them for the November ballot. One political analyst says the interest is the highest he's seen in 20 years.

2016 brings changes to California voting laws

California passed more election reforms than any other state in the country in 2015, according to one expert, and more proposals are in the works.

Citizens United: California court OKs advisory vote on campaign funding

The California Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for a non-binding state ballot measure asking voters for their opinions on corporate donations in political campaigns.