No. 99: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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99. George Skelton

There’s not a whole lot we can say about George Skelton that we haven’t said before. But in addition to being a first-rate columnist for the Los Angeles Times, he embodies a journalistic tradition: He watches everyone in power with the same level gaze and challenges them all. His bluntly written prose invariably angers some. On repealing the gas tax: Politics “is what the repeal effort is mostly about. It’s not so much about killing a tax increase. It’s about saving Republican U.S. House members who are in danger of losing their seats to Democrats in November.” Earlier, referring to the gas tax, Skelton wrote, “His clever campaign ploy eight years ago has come back to bite Gov. Jerry Brown as he packs to leave office while fighting to save an unpopular gas tax increase.” Skelton was a United Press International reporter, and has been at newspapers — mainly the L.A. Times — for decades. Anyone who wants to keep on top of California politics is well advised to read Skelton, not only because of his knowledge, but because he’s always a fun read and never doctrinaire.

Updated Aug. 15, 2018

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