66. Dan Morain
Dan Morain, a columnist at the Sacramento Bee for the past seven years and that paper’s editorial page editor, is more than a good political writer. He’s a good writer, period, with an ability to get behind politics and policy and describe the human dimension. Consider his Aug. 5 column, a legitimate tear-jerker about lobbyist Joe Lang’s efforts to find answers about his daughter’s mysterious illness, or his June piece on a lawmaker facing a recall: “This is what happens when a ‘great guy’ goes into politics.” Morain, who worked for the L.A. Times for 27 years, most of it in Sacramento, came to the Bee following a brief stint with the Consumer Attorneys of California. He tracks the ins and outs of state politics with a deft, authoritative touch, and he follows political money with great skill – as the lobbyists know very well. “If you’re a lobbyist, the last thing you want is a call from Dan Morain,” one told us as we were putting together this list.
Updated Aug. 29, 2o17