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Major hurdles for independent candidates like Michael Shellenberger

May 7, 2022 at 8:48 p.m.
Michael Shellenberger is a “No Party Preference” candidate, so there’s no party to raise money in big clumps, no non-profit mailing permit, no “members” list.

Why is Rob Bonta suing the Postal Service?

May 3, 2022 at 2:34 p.m.
California says the Postal Service isn’t up to date on the latest technology and hasn’t adequately studied the impacts of its new vehicles on “air quality, environmental justice and climate...

‘Disinformation’ and the totalitarian impulse to punish wrongthink

April 30, 2022 at 8:00 a.m.
Galileo died in his home in 1642 at the age of 77, under house arrest for the heresy of being right when the government was wrong.

You can have a new showerhead, but you can’t have any new water

April 26, 2022 at 2:36 p.m.
We have enough showerheads. What we need is better government.

Why housing doesn’t get built in California

April 23, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.
Blithering idiocy. It’s the California Way.

Judge’s ruling striking travel mask mandate draws unjustified grousing

April 20, 2022 at 8:55 a.m.
Happy travelers shared videos of airline passengers cheering wildly on Monday at the announcement that the Transportation Security Administration, better known as the TSA, would no longer enforce a mask...

Candidates offer serious, credible solutions to our homelessness problem

April 16, 2022 at 8:24 a.m.
Ballots mail out in early May. Mark your calendar to hold everybody accountable.

George Gascón’s social experiment in Los Angeles County

April 14, 2022 at 7:55 a.m.
If we are achieving the opposite, check your premises.

Did President Biden know what Hunter Biden was up to?

April 9, 2022 at 8:59 a.m.
What we’ve learned since then is that there’s no easy way to get the real answer to that question.

Another day, another homelessness settlement in Los Angeles

April 6, 2022 at 8:21 a.m.
The city’s settlement of the L.A. Alliance lawsuit will cost an estimated $2.4 billion to $3 billion over the next few years, including what the city already planned to spend...

How Trump Won

The key moments of the 2016 campaign, captured as they happened, in this collection of columns by Susan Shelley: "How Trump Won."

"How Trump Won": Key moments of the 2016 campaign, captured in columns by Susan Shelley




Susan Shelley

Photo of Susan Shelley, columnist for the Southern California News GroupSusan Shelley is a columnist and editorial writer for the Southern California News Group, eleven daily papers including the Orange County Register, the Los Angeles Daily News, the Long Beach Press-Telegram and the Riverside Press-Enterprise. She’s also Vice President of Communications for the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, the most influential taxpayer advocacy group in California. Susan's a frequent guest on Southern California radio and TV news and interview shows, and she's the host of the Howard Jarvis Podcast for KABC.


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