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

Possibilities for CA as President's NAFTA retool begins

President Trump called NAFTA "a disaster." After backing off his plan to withdraw the U.S. from the agreement, trade negotiators began Wednesday to hammer out a renegotiation of the pact.

How should universities treat extremist protests?

White supremacists with torches marched at UVA before the violence in downtown Charlottesville. How should universities handle extremist protests?

Examining the overlooked history of racist violence in America

Charlottesville is just the latest chapter in the history of racially motivated violence in America. But Monmouth University professor Walter Greason says many people look past important episodes of racially motivated attacks.

What is the LA Sheriff's Department's drone program up to?

Protesters are upset the LAPD has asked to test out a drone program. But the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department has been using an unmanned aircraft since January.

What to listen to in tough talk between US and North Korea

North Korean and U.S. leaders are ramping up threats to use military action in the disagreement over Pyongyang's nuclear program and U.N. sanctions.

Cuts to sex ed grants threaten Compton, LAUSD program

A local program is reeling after the Trump Administration told over 80 teen pregnancy prevention efforts nationwide their grant funding would dry up 2 years early.

Women engineers not surprised by anti-diversity essay

A Google employee wrote a 10-page essay blasting his company's efforts to encourage more women and minorities to enter tech. The internal posting went viral.

Rand Paul and Kamala Harris have a bill to reform cash bail. CA may move faster.

Bail reform has sparked an unexpected partnership between Senators Kamala Harris and Rand Paul. They support reforms already being considered in Sacramento.

No Place like LA: Luisa, forgetting how to use windshield wipers

Driving in the rain is natural when you live outside of LA. But once you've been here for too long, you might forget a few things...

AG Sessions is expanding asset forfeitures. What is CA law?

AG Sessions wants to expand a controversial program seizing property from suspected criminals. California has some protections but advocates say it's not enough.

Venice artists want producer Joel Silver to give back a famous mural

Venice neighbors are tussling with a major Hollywood producer over delayed construction and a famous work of art.

Some private student loans lack key paperwork proving who owns the debt

Judges in several states have entirely wiped away borrowers' private student loan debt because of missing or inaccurate paperwork.

Take Two explores the connection between environmental legislation and affordable housing goals.

With rents rising and vacancy rates low, California is facing a deep housing crisis. 

State of Affairs: Gov. Brown pitches cap-and-trade in Sacramento

California Governor Jerry Brown told Sacramento lawmakers on Thursday that the upcoming cap-and-trade extension will be the "most important vote of your life."

No Place Like LA: David, au revoir Paris et bonjour Los Angeles

"L.A. is a vibe, it's a lifestyle. It's freedom."