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The intrigue radiating from Uranium One

'Rim of the Valley' plan offers politicians a place in the sun

Hillary Clinton and the art of concealment

Settlement over DWP's 'city transfer' keeps the scam intact

Would California benefit from becoming a right-to-work state?

Will China's new recycling standards mean higher taxes in California

Lobbyists draw blood with Obamacare's essential health benefits'

Here's how to get rid of L.A.'s costly new trash-hauling monopoly

We have a right to defend ourselves

Is this the answer to the problem of homeless encampments?

A terrific voyage inside President Trump's mind

For 50,000 new Amazon jobs, will Los Angeles act 'stable and business-friendly'?

We'll all pay price for California's tunnel vision on water policy

Dangerous road diets are starving L.A. of common sense

As our appliances go high-tech, internet privacy concerns really hit home

Making deal with Dems, Trump shows he'll do what it takes

Drive-by lawsuits target parking lots for quick cash

Sewer-fee bill could leave us up to our necks in tax hikes

A pen and an eraser - Trump reverses Obama limits on military gear for cops

Constitutional convention is one way to amend a broken system

Hotels could see Olympic-sized subsidies from L.A. taxpayers

College quotas might be facing final exam in court

Classic Hollywood picture palace needs a better ending

To offer real public assistance, cut taxes

Causes of government fraud are right there on paper

DWP bills jacked up by rising charges for city services

Federal workers delivered for Hillary Clinton

Out-of-control panhandling needs a national solution

Push for cap-and-trade extension is about money, not the climate

Alarm bells are sounding about community college board leader

Blame the North Korea threat on Carter, Clinton

On the Fourth of July, a how-to guide for building a free country

State couldn't pull health-care funding out of a hat

Will outrageous DWP pay hikes ignite anti-union firestorm in California?

Don't stop worrying about our elections just yet

L.A. should revisit lawsuit settlement that allowed Skid Row conditions everywhere

Bailout's authors didn't bank on any of this

DWP settlement lets the ratepayer robbery continue

Comey should get his story straight on Clinton, Trump

It's the message behind the jokes that's the problem for Griffin and Maher

Paris climate deal was an accord the U.S. couldn't afford

California's in a sanctuary state of mind, but Trump has other ideas

Voter ID laws deserve their day in the Supreme Court

Edison's rate hikes raise questions as well as costs

In Trump-bashing, echoes of the Clintons

New research says salt helps with weight loss, but government causes bloat

Why California's economic "good times" aren't better

Leave the choice of jokes to the voters

Campaign finance laws look worse up close

'Sustainability' of freedom can't be taken for granted

In California, 'consent of the governed' is going down the drain

DWP customers could be soaked again by new groundwater agencies

Can Obamacare be defused before it blows up?

Food fight over LAUSD menus headed for court

In transportation tax rush, did Sacramento break the law?

Supreme Court's role in public safety is a judgment call


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The key moments of the 2016 campaign, 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


Columnist Susan Shelley...

Photo of Susan Shelley, columnist for the Southern California News Group...writes twice-weekly opinion columns for the Southern California News Group, eleven newspapers and their digital editions including the Los Angeles Daily News and the Orange County Register. Susan writes on national, state and local issues with a rare common-sense perspective. Her columns are loved by readers for their blend of deep research, clear thinking and a touch of humor. Susan speaks often to groups and organizations. Email her for information and availability.



Susan's bio

Susan Shelley is a columnist and a member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, eleven daily newspapers including the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Daily News. Prior to becoming a twice-weekly columnist, she was a candidate for the California Assembly in the west San Fernando Valley, making a shockingly strong showing despite a significant disadvantage in voter registration.

Susan began her career in the television industry and was the Associate Producer of the game show, “Jeopardy!” before going on to be a full-time writer. Her most recent book, available in paperback, is a collection of columns on the 2016 election entitled, “How Trump Won.”


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