About Political Blotter

Matt Artz photographed at the Oakland Tribune studio on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group)

Matt Artz is the Bay Area News Group’s new state and federal politics reporter. He spent several years sitting in close proximity to the guy who had last covered this beat, so he knows he’s got big shoes to fill.

While Josh was busy posting  the tackiest Schwarzenegger movie clips ever uploaded to YouTube, I was writing about Fremont and then covering Oakland City Hall. My most recent beat was the A’s and Raiders’ stadium saga. That was a breeze since nothing ever changed.

This should be more of a challenge. A few clues about my own politics:  I’m a vegetarian, and I rely on my wife to put stuff together and fix things. I also have an extensive water gun collection.