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Samantha Young

Contributing Writer and Editor
Samantha Young is a veteran political journalist who has covered local, state and national politics from Arkansas to Washington, D.C., and California. As a former reporter for The Associated Press, Samantha spent five years covering the state Assembly and statewide political campaigns, including Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2010 gubernatorial bid. She developed expertise in California’s groundbreaking environmental regulations and challenging water landscape. Samantha has been recognized for both her explanatory and watchdog reporting of complex policy issues. She is graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia journalism school.

GOP candidate John Cox is claiming victory in his primary bid for governor, crediting California voters with preventing a one-party general election race in November.

The Trump administration today reinstated federal greenhouse gas rules on cars and trucks, backing down from its suspension of climate standards on the transportation industry.

California has its own Civil War history, but it also has a painful colonization history—one academics believe ought to be told more in schools. It’s a tale of a state…

A bill that would have allowed Californians to buy "pro-choice" license plates—designed as a small but symbolic rebuke to President Trump and congressional Republicans—has died in an Assembly fiscal committee.

It’s rare that a California lawmaker seeking a policy model would turn to Kentucky. But with the Legislature on summer recess, that’s precisely what Sen. Bob Hertzberg is doing. The mission: travel...

After a man held a knife to her throat, forced her into her car and repeatedly raped her, Helena Lazaro underwent a painful and humiliating medical forensic examination. The 17 year old wanted her...

More than half of Californians worry they will lose health insurance if the Republican Congress and President Donald Trump repeal what's commonly known as Obamacare, according to a poll released…

Democrats in the state Senate have OK'd legislation that would give Californians the option to buy “pro-choice” license plates – a small but symbolic rebuke to GOP threats to cut…

A Senate panel this week approved legislation that would give Californians the option to buy a pro-choice license plate—a direct response to Trump efforts to strip federal funding from any…

In their proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the House GOP plan now being touted by President Trump includes an anti-abortion provision at odds with California law. Their bill…

If President Trump and conservative Republicans in Congress succeed in cutting off Planned Parenthood from receiving any federal funds, the impact will be particularly strong in California—a state where legislators…

A small brown paper bag in her hand, Julie walked out of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Roseville with a new supply of birth control. It didn’t matter that she didn’t have health insurance. “It’s...

“Unicorn” opens his mod device and lets a few drops of clear juice fall. His vaporizer replenished, he deeply inhales and slowly exhales—an enormous amount of smoke billowing out of his nose and...

Parents have a right to know how their particular local schools are performing, but California’s new accountability system fails to provide that information, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio...

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