Libby Denkmann

Senior Politics Reporter

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In Southern California, the political system is changing in front of us, from how we vote to who is running for office. I cut through the jargon and provide a “road map” for navigating our democratic process. My coverage aims to help you understand important elections, untangle policies that impact your life, and find ways to get your voice heard.

Stories by Libby Denkmann

GOP tax bill could make it harder for California vets to get home loans

California voters are being asked to extend a state veteran home loan program, but the House tax reform bill puts the program's bonds on the chopping block.

Veterans Day voices from Southern California

Three veterans share stories from the time they served.

Helping veterans pursue their Hollywood dreams

Hollywood is a notoriously tough industry to break into, but an L.A. nonprofit offers a boost to military veterans who are aspiring playwrights and screenwriters.

OC veteran celebrates judge blocking Trump transgender troop ban

A transgender Navy veteran who operated sonar for fast attack submarines says transgender troops deserve to be honest about who they are while serving their country.

VA still has years to go to finish housing effort in West LA

The plan to revitalize the sprawling West L.A. VA campus calls for 1,200 units of permanent housing — but the first 500 of those won't come online until late 2020.

These Dodgers fans finally get to see their team in the World Series — from their own backyard

There's a special atmosphere in the neighborhood around Chavez Ravine right now: "This is something I've been dreaming about."

Job protections under fire for military reservists

A Navy Reservist was going to deploy to Afghanistan for a year. His boss laid him off. He tried to sue for discrimination, but was blocked by an arbitration agreement.

SoCal survivors are forming support groups after Vegas

Survivors of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history are showing up to public memorials and forming online communities for support and healing.

Social issues take center stage at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival

L.A. Times flim reporter, Steven Zeitchik, is on the ground in Toronto. He told The Frame why Toronto matters to awards season and gave us his top picks this year.

Reconciling California's (very) racist history

There are 109 federally recognized American Indian nations in California, one expert says. Several suffered at the hands of the state's earliest settlers.

Journalist relives shielding a man at Berkeley political rally

Journalist Al Letson, host of the public radio show "Reveal," was there to cover the story, but ended up jumping into the fray to stop the violence.

SoCal fire departments help with rescue efforts in Houston

Over the weekend, Southern California firefighters packed their equipment for a 20-hour drive to San Antonio, where they're joining the ongoing rescue efforts.

Why LA loves to talk about 'Game of Thrones'

It's become a Monday tradition for many: Get to work and talk about Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones." Some in L.A. have taken those recap discussions to the internet.

State of Affairs: Assemblyman Chad Mayes gets replaced, Rendon reconsiders single-payer

Political news from the Golden State.

Ousted Google employee teams up with Republican party official

San Francisco lawyer Harmeet Dhillon is representing former Google employee James Damore now. Her firm says it's investigating Google's employment practices.