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

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."

Presidents Trump and Macron meet in Paris

Ideologically, Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron couldn't be more different. But both pulled off surprise election wins by throwing out the political playbook.

State of Affairs: Brown's climate summit, Jimmy Gomez still in the Assembly

A month ago, voters in the 34th district chose Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez to take Xavier Becerra's old seat in Congress — so why hasn't Gomez been sworn in?

No Place Like LA: Julie, hating the Cubs but loving the Dodgers

She'll forever hate the Cubs, but she grew to love the Dodgers.

No Place Like LA: Jen, the LA Lady

What was your own moment that you realized L.A. truly felt like home?

Survey finds gaps in assistance for CA's non-English speaking voters

A newly released survey says too often, voters who don't speak English didn't get the assistance they needed - and the law requires - at California polling places last November.

More California Republicans react to Comey firing

Democratic senators expressed shock and concern Thursday over the firing of FBI director James Comey during an intelligence committee hearing on Capitol Hill. 

What a special counsel on Russia would mean

Tuesday's announcement that President Trump had fired FBI Director James Comey appeared to take lawmakers of both parties off guard.

Sinclair is buying Tribune: What it means for Los Angeles viewers

Sinclair Broadcast Group is not content with being pretty big. It wants to be huge. Sinclair announced Monday it will buy Tribune Media for almost $4 billion.

Inland Empire airports look to spread their wings

Southern California travelers usually have to look west when booking departure flights. But LAX, John Wayne, and even Burbank Bob Hope Airport are all quite a hike for air travelers from inland counties.

'Promise,' 'Ottoman Lieutenant' take Armenian genocide to the screen

The recent films feature very different accounts of Turkey's history and involvement with death of 1.5 million Armenians during WWI.

Facing 'harshest spotlight in Washington,' Nunes steps back from Russia

Rep. Devin Nunes is stepping aside from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. Politico's Carla Marinucci explains how we got here.