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Join hosts Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos as they unpack the week in politics with a California perspective. Featuring interviews with reporters and other insiders involved in the craft of politics—including elected officials, candidates, pollsters, campaign managers, fundraisers, and other political players—Political Breakdown pulls back the curtain to offer an insider’s glimpse at how politics works today.

Join hosts Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos as they unpack the week in politics with a California perspective. Featuring interviews with reporters and other insiders involved in the craft of politics—including elected officials, candidates, pollsters, campaign managers, fundraisers, and other political players—Political Breakdown pulls back the curtain to offer an insider’s glimpse at how politics works today.
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Join hosts Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos as they unpack the week in politics with a California perspective. Featuring interviews with reporters and other insiders involved in the craft of politics—including elected officials, candidates, pollsters, campaign managers, fundraisers, and other political players—Political Breakdown pulls back the curtain to offer an insider’s glimpse at how politics works today.

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Episodes

Adam Schiff on His Mother’s Campaigning, Prosecuting an FBI Agent, and Working with Devin Nunes

6/13/2019
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A new poll finds Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren surging in California. Marisa and Scott discuss how the top candidates are fairing in the Golden State. Then, Los Angeles congressman Adam Schiff discusses how his kids view his newfound political celebrity, his mother’s campaigning skills, his prosecution of an FBI agent, and his relationship with California … Continue reading Adam Schiff on His Mother’s Campaigning, Prosecuting an FBI Agent, and Working with Devin Nunes →

Duration:00:28:55

Cory Booker on His Push for ‘Civic Grace,’ Football at Stanford, and Dating in the Projects

6/6/2019
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California takes center stage in the Democratic primary, as fourteen candidates make their case to delegates at the party convention in San Francisco. Scott and Marisa recap the speeches and the election of a new party chair. Then, an interview from the convention with New Jersey Senator and presidential hopeful Cory Booker, who discusses his … Continue reading Cory Booker on His Push for ‘Civic Grace,’ Football at Stanford, and Dating in the Projects →

Duration:00:28:55

Julián Castro on Growing Up in Texas and Taking On President Trump’s Immigration Policy

5/30/2019
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California Democrats are gearing up for their annual party convention in San Francisco this weekend, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is blasting Facebook after the tech giant didn’t take down a doctored video of her. Then, presidential candidate Julián Castro joins the breakdown to discuss growing up in Texas, tying with his twin brother in … Continue reading Julián Castro on Growing Up in Texas and Taking On President Trump’s Immigration Policy →

Duration:00:28:09

The Identity Politics of Being ‘Enough’ with Tonya Mosley, and Jenifer Ancona on Organizing a New American Majority

5/23/2019
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Tonya Mosley, host of KQED’s new podcast Truth Be Told, joins Marisa and Scott to talk about identity politics and the struggle for candidates of color to be “enough.” Then, Jenifer Ancona of Way to Win discusses the group’s focus on voters of color, the importance of year-round organizing, why funding candidate campaigns isn’t sustainable, … Continue reading The Identity Politics of Being ‘Enough’ with Tonya Mosley, and Jenifer Ancona on Organizing a New American Majority →

Duration:00:28:10

Kimberly Ellis on ‘Losing with Grace,’ Her Brother’s Death, and Her Run for Party Chair

5/16/2019
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Scott and Marisa discuss how Governor Gavin Newsom is spending his political capital, as the legislature stalls a clean water tax and legislation to increase housing density. Then, Kimberly Ellis joins to discuss her 2017 loss in the Democratic party chair race, her childhood in a military family, the death of her brother from cancer, … Continue reading Kimberly Ellis on ‘Losing with Grace,’ Her Brother’s Death, and Her Run for Party Chair →

Duration:00:28:10

Pollster David Binder on Focus Groups, the Myth of Voters in the Middle, and the 2020 Primary

5/9/2019
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Gavin Newsom lays out a revised state budget, and Marisa and Scott discuss the governor’s break with Attorney General Xavier Becerra over the release of police misconduct records. Then, pollster David Binder joins to talk about polling vs. focus groups, early indications of Trump’s electoral success, the myth of voters in the ‘middle,’ and the … Continue reading Pollster David Binder on Focus Groups, the Myth of Voters in the Middle, and the 2020 Primary →

Duration:00:28:11

Jay Inslee on Hooping with Obama and His Climate Change Campaign for President

5/2/2019
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California Senator Kamala Harris grabs the spotlight in her questioning of Attorney General William Barr. Then, Washington Governor Jay Inslee joins Scott and Guy Marzorati to talk about his Jimi Hendrix connection, hooping with Obama, the vote that cost him his House seat in 1994, climate change politics, and his campaign for President.

Duration:00:28:09

David Chiu on Rent Control, San Francisco Politics, and Electric Violining

4/25/2019
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Joe Biden enters the 2020 fray, more Democratic nominees head west, and Scott and Marisa are joined by Guy Marzorati to talk about the latest in housing politics at the state Capitol (0:30). Then, San Francisco Assemblyman David Chiu joins to talk about renter protections, his relationship with Governor Gavin Newsom, growing up with a … Continue reading David Chiu on Rent Control, San Francisco Politics, and Electric Violining →

Duration:00:28:36

Rusty Hicks on His Campaign for Democratic Party Chair

4/18/2019
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The race for California Democratic Party chair is heating up, and Scott and Marisa discuss what’s at stake. Then, they’re joined by Rusty Hicks, candidate for chair, who discusses his vision for the state party, meeting his father at age 11, his decision to join the Navy Reserves, and the political work of the LA … Continue reading Rusty Hicks on His Campaign for Democratic Party Chair →

Duration:00:29:24

Laphonza Butler on Her Move from Labor Leadership to the Harris Campaign

4/11/2019
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A lukewarm poll and an ongoing utility crisis greet Governor Gavin Newsom upon his return from El Salvador. Then, Scott and Marisa are joined by Laphonza Butler, campaign advisor to Kamala Harris, who discusses her role on the campaign, her childhood in Mississippi and time at Jackson State, advocating for home care workers at SEIU … Continue reading Laphonza Butler on Her Move from Labor Leadership to the Harris Campaign →

Duration:00:28:36

Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert on the Death Penalty, Stephon Clark and Forensic DNA

4/4/2019
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The debate over a proposed navigation center in San Francisco exposes the challenge local electeds face in addressing homelessness in California. Then, Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert joins Marisa and Scott to talk about opposing her brother at the ballot box, Governor Newsom’s death penalty moratorium, leading a breakthrough in the use of … Continue reading Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert on the Death Penalty, Stephon Clark and Forensic DNA →

Duration:00:28:35

TJ Cox on His Nail-Biting House Victory, the Green New Deal and High-Speed Rail

3/28/2019
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Freshman Congressman TJ Cox tells Scott and Marisa about waiting three weeks before emerging victorious in his Central Valley House district, the moment he knew the Democratic Party was abandoning his race, his childhood and the early death of his father, the Green New Deal, high-speed rail, and his bi-coastal family.

Duration:00:28:36

Amy Klobuchar on Early Moments of Leadership, Adding ‘The Voice of a Midwesterner’ on Climate Change, and Prom Night Trauma

3/21/2019
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Minnesota Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar joins Scott and Marisa to talk about embracing leadership at an early age, prom night trauma, why it’s important to have “the voice of a Midwesterner” on climate change, her treatment of Senate staff, and using Dr. Seuss to convince colleagues to allow babies on the Senate … Continue reading Amy Klobuchar on Early Moments of Leadership, Adding ‘The Voice of a Midwesterner’ on Climate Change, and Prom Night Trauma →

Duration:00:28:36

Inside the Horseshoe With Newsom Chief of Staff Ann O’Leary

3/14/2019
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Gavin Newsom places a moratorium on executions in California, and Scott and Marisa delve into the factors that weighed into the governor’s decision. Then, Newsom’s chief of staff Ann O’Leary joins to discuss life inside the governor’s office, her childhood in Maine, clipping newspapers in the Clinton White House, running the Clinton-Kaine transition, and the days … Continue reading Inside the Horseshoe With Newsom Chief of Staff Ann O’Leary →

Duration:00:28:36

Aimee Allison on Empowering Women of Color, Rep. Omar Controversy and Identity Politics in the 2020 Election

3/7/2019
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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra says the two Sacramento police officers who shot and killed Stephon Clark last year will not face criminal charges, and advocates are calling for a change to the state’s use of force standards (0:45). Then, Marisa and Scott are joined by Aimee Allison, president of Democracy in Color, to discuss … Continue reading Aimee Allison on Empowering Women of Color, Rep. Omar Controversy and Identity Politics in the 2020 Election →

Duration:00:28:21

Pete Buttigieg Rides a Presidential Boomlet

2/28/2019
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Before the Buttigieg boomlet gained full speed, the progressive Democrat sat down with KQED Politics Editor Scott Shafer and Political correspondent Marisa Lagos on the weekly show Political Breakdown.

Duration:00:28:53

BONUS Breakdown: Jeff Adachi, 1959-2019

2/24/2019
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San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi died Friday night at 59. Scott and Marisa share their memories of Adachi’s life and work, and revisit his recent appearance on Political Breakdown.

Duration:00:28:53

Sam Liccardo on His Early California Roots, Bringing Google to San Jose, and High-Speed Rail

2/21/2019
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Political Breakdown from San Jose! President Trump jumps into the controversy over California’s high-speed rail system, and Marisa and Scott preview the weekend’s California Republican convention (0:30). Then, San Jose mayor Sam Liccardo discusses his recovery from a serious bike accident, his roots to early California, his (very) brief stint in private law practice, Google’s … Continue reading Sam Liccardo on His Early California Roots, Bringing Google to San Jose, and High-Speed Rail →

Duration:00:28:55

Anthony Rendon, from Dostoyevsky to Social D, His Leadership Style, and Working with Governor Newsom

2/14/2019
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Governor Gavin Newsom delivers his first state of the state, and struggles to keep his high-speed rail announcement on track (0:40). Then, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon joins Scott and Marisa to discuss his journey from school struggles to a Ph.D, what he learned from his first run for speaker, whether his leadership style is too … Continue reading Anthony Rendon, from Dostoyevsky to Social D, His Leadership Style, and Working with Governor Newsom →

Duration:00:28:53

Carl Guardino on Representing Silicon Valley in the Halls of Power

2/7/2019
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi becomes a meme again, and California’s delegation tries to flex its muscle as the majority on House committees. Scott and Marisa also look ahead to Gavin Newsom’s first State of the State and new legislation on policing and deadly force (0:46). Then, Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Carl Guardino joins to … Continue reading Carl Guardino on Representing Silicon Valley in the Halls of Power →

Duration:00:28:54