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

SoCal survivors are forming support groups after Vegas

Survivors of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history are showing up to public memorials and forming online communities for support and healing.

Social issues take center stage at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival

L.A. Times flim reporter, Steven Zeitchik, is on the ground in Toronto. He told The Frame why Toronto matters to awards season and gave us his top picks this year.

Reconciling California's (very) racist history

There are 109 federally recognized American Indian nations in California, one expert says. Several suffered at the hands of the state's earliest settlers.

Journalist relives shielding a man at Berkeley political rally

Journalist Al Letson, host of the public radio show "Reveal," was there to cover the story, but ended up jumping into the fray to stop the violence.

SoCal fire departments help with rescue efforts in Houston

Over the weekend, Southern California firefighters packed their equipment for a 20-hour drive to San Antonio, where they're joining the ongoing rescue efforts.

Why LA loves to talk about 'Game of Thrones'

It's become a Monday tradition for many: Get to work and talk about Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones." Some in L.A. have taken those recap discussions to the internet.

State of Affairs: Assemblyman Chad Mayes gets replaced, Rendon reconsiders single-payer

Political news from the Golden State.

Ousted Google employee teams up with Republican party official

San Francisco lawyer Harmeet Dhillon is representing former Google employee James Damore now. Her firm says it's investigating Google's employment practices.

How Afghanistan veterans fight the war within

After nearly 16 years of conflict, victory in Afghanistan remains elusive. But when does the war end for a veteran?

Surkus: The app that pays you to just show up

Surkus is one of the latest apps to support your side-hustle: just sign in, go where the app tells you to and collect your payment.

LA artists take a symbolic surf across US-Mexico border

Los Angeles artist Diego Palacios and the non-profit art space Machine Project recently spent a day surfing in the ocean at the border between San Diego and Tijuana.

LA councilman: Homeless housing needs to build community buy-in

Thanks to city and county voters, Los Angeles has a lot more funding in the pipeline to tackle homelessness. But money isn't the only barrier.

Possibilities for CA as President's NAFTA retool begins

President Trump called NAFTA "a disaster." After backing off his plan to withdraw the U.S. from the agreement, trade negotiators began Wednesday to hammer out a renegotiation of the pact.

How should universities treat extremist protests?

White supremacists with torches marched at UVA before the violence in downtown Charlottesville. How should universities handle extremist protests?

Examining the overlooked history of racist violence in America

Charlottesville is just the latest chapter in the history of racially motivated violence in America. But Monmouth University professor Walter Greason says many people look past important episodes of racially motivated attacks.