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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

London Breed’s New Life as Mayor-elect and What Delaine Eastin Learned in Her Run for Governor

6/14/2018
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San Francisco Mayor-elect London Breed talks with Scott and Marisa about her victory and shares the good (and bad) advice she’s gotten since (00:38) Then, Delaine Eastin joins the show to talk about what inspired her to take on a longshot run for Governor (10:52), her impact on the race (13:22), the Me Too effect … Continue reading London Breed’s New Life as Mayor-elect and What Delaine Eastin Learned in Her Run for Governor →

Duration:00:28:46

The #MeToo Movement’s Primary Impact and Josh Newman on the Lessons of His Recall

6/7/2018
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Scott and Marisa are joined by KQED’s Katie Orr and the San Francisco Chronicle’s Joe Garofoli to recap Tuesday’s primary, look ahead to the general election in the Governor’s race, and analyze the impact of the #MeToo movement on some state contests. State Senator Josh Newman, recalled by Orange County voters, calls in to discuss … Continue reading The #MeToo Movement’s Primary Impact and Josh Newman on the Lessons of His Recall →

Duration:00:28:46

June Primary Special: Newsom and Cox Advance to November Governor’s Race

6/6/2018
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After a heated jungle primary, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and Republican businessman John Cox are set to face off in the November Governor’s race. Plus, both Democrats and Republicans appear pleased with their performances in some of the state’s hotly contested Congressional races. In this Political Breakdown special, hosts Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos are … Continue reading June Primary Special: Newsom and Cox Advance to November Governor’s Race →

Duration:01:28:20

California Chief Economist Irena Asmundson on the Governor’s Charts and Projecting the State’s Fiscal Future

5/31/2018
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With the primary election less than a week away, Marisa Lagos and Scott Shafer run through the latest poling in the Governor’s race (00:40) and the one issue that San Francisco voters seem to be prioritizing in the mayoral election (5:55) Then, California Chief Economist Irena Asmundson joins to discuss her path to the Brown … Continue reading California Chief Economist Irena Asmundson on the Governor’s Charts and Projecting the State’s Fiscal Future →

Duration:00:28:34

Former FEC Commissioner Ann Ravel Talks Money in Politics, Russian Election Meddling and Stormy Daniels

5/24/2018
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The race for California Governor heats up as Antonio Villaraigosa and John Cox vie for the second spot behind front-runner Gavin Newsom (0:55), and Dave Jones sues his rival for Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, over a courthouse campaign ad (4:10). Then, Scott and Marisa are joined by former Federal Election Commissioner Ann Ravel, who talks … Continue reading Former FEC Commissioner Ann Ravel Talks Money in Politics, Russian Election Meddling and Stormy Daniels →

Duration:00:28:32

‘Call Me a San Franciscan’: Angela Alioto on Political Lessons from Her Dad and Her Run for Mayor

5/17/2018
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The State Assembly wraps up its sexual harassment investigation of Cristina Garcia, and California Republicans gather at the White House to denounce the state’s ‘sanctuary’ law (0:45) Then, Scott and Marisa are joined by San Francisco mayoral candidate Angela Alioto, who talks about growing up as the daughter of the mayor (8:20), her mother’s brief … Continue reading ‘Call Me a San Franciscan’: Angela Alioto on Political Lessons from Her Dad and Her Run for Mayor →

Duration:00:28:32

The Sacrifice Question and a Look Inside The Press Office with Gil Duran

5/10/2018
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The six leading candidates for Governor square off in a high-profile debate, and (try to) talk about sacrifices in their lives. Political Breakdown hosts Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos recap the debate with KQED’s Guy Marzorati, and talk about where past GOP donors are spending their money in the race. Then, Democratic political operative Gil … Continue reading The Sacrifice Question and a Look Inside The Press Office with Gil Duran →

Duration:00:28:28

Mark Leno on Playing the Legislative Long Game and His Run to ‘Shake Up’ City Hall

5/3/2018
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An internet privacy measure appears headed to the November ballot (00:45) and Republican endorsements coalesce around businessman John Cox in the California governors race (2:55). Then, former State Senator and San Francisco mayoral candidate Mark Leno joins Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos to talk about his time in rabbinical school (8:30), the strangest sign he … Continue reading Mark Leno on Playing the Legislative Long Game and His Run to ‘Shake Up’ City Hall →

Duration:00:28:27

‘The Week That People Start to Melt Down’ with Consultant Eric Jaye

4/26/2018
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A new poll shows two Republicans rising in the race for governor (1:05), and Jerry Brown is gearing up for what could be a final campaign to protect criminal justice reforms (5:12). Political Breakdown hosts Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos talk with political consultant Eric Jaye about attacks heating up in the governor and San … Continue reading ‘The Week That People Start to Melt Down’ with Consultant Eric Jaye →

Duration:00:28:23

SB 827 Goes Down and Republican Consultant Tim Miller Shares the Art of Opposition Research

4/19/2018
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The latest feud between Donald Trump and California continues over sending National Guard troops to the southern border (00:30). Then, Kim-Mai Cutler talks with Political Breakdown hosts Marisa Lagos and Katie Orr about the death of the most controversial housing bill at the Capitol (2:40). And Republican consultant Tim Miller joins to talk about his … Continue reading SB 827 Goes Down and Republican Consultant Tim Miller Shares the Art of Opposition Research →

Duration:00:28:27

Jane Kim on Learning from Losses, Clean Streets, and Wu-Tang Love

4/12/2018
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A shakeup of leadership in the House of Representatives sets California up for increased influence in 2019 (00:25), and a California mayor has his sights on Iowa (3:23). Then, San Francisco supervisor and mayoral hopeful Jane Kim joins Political Breakdown hosts Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos to talk about Wu-Tang as her campaign anthem (6:55), … Continue reading Jane Kim on Learning from Losses, Clean Streets, and Wu-Tang Love →

Duration:00:28:23

Alameda County Public Defender Brendon Woods on Mass Incarceration, Racial Bias and Bail Reform

4/5/2018
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to testify before Congress next week amid a privacy scandal involving data from tens of millions of users . NPR tech reporter Aarti Shahani brings us the latest on the social media giant (00:50). Alameda County Public Defender Brendon Woods joins to talk about why he became a defense … Continue reading Alameda County Public Defender Brendon Woods on Mass Incarceration, Racial Bias and Bail Reform →

Duration:00:28:26

Attorney John Burris on How to Turn Police Shootings into Long-Term Reforms

3/29/2018
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The shooting of Stephon Clark sparks protests in Sacramento and renews the conversation around statewide policing reforms. KQED’s Katie Orr gives an update from Sacramento after Thursday’s funeral. (00:37) Oakland civil rights attorney John Burris joins to talk about how the city of Sacramento has handled the response to the shooting (9:00), what he looks … Continue reading Attorney John Burris on How to Turn Police Shootings into Long-Term Reforms →

Duration:00:28:39

For the Love of Organizing with Newsom Campaign Manager Addisu Demissie

3/22/2018
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A mayoral forum in San Francisco gets wild (1:10), and new poll numbers in the Governor’s race show Republican John Cox hopping over Antonio Villaraigosa into second place behind Gavin Newsom (3:12) Then, Newsom’s campaign manager Addisu Demissie joins the program to talk with Scott and Marisa about his years of field organizing (9:38), data … Continue reading For the Love of Organizing with Newsom Campaign Manager Addisu Demissie →

Duration:00:28:25

Trump in California and Harmeet Dhillon on Life as a San Francisco Republican

3/15/2018
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President Trump visits California and calls out Governor Jerry Brown. Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos talk to Los Angeles Times reporter Seema Mehta about her hunt to find Trump’s L.A. fundraiser (1:00) Then, Republican National Committee committeewoman Harmeet Dhillon joins to talk about her childhood in North Carolina (8:15), interviewing for a job with the … Continue reading Trump in California and Harmeet Dhillon on Life as a San Francisco Republican →

Duration:00:28:34

Sessions in Sacramento and Consumer Politics with Shannon Coulter

3/8/2018
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions visits the Capitol on the heels of the Trump administration’s immigration lawsuit against California (00:20). Devin Katayama, host of The Bay, joins to discuss the continued fallout from Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf’s decision to warn of an immigration raid (1:00). Shannon Coulter, founder of #GrabYourWallet, tells Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos … Continue reading Sessions in Sacramento and Consumer Politics with Shannon Coulter →

Duration:00:28:34

Angie Wei on Organized Labor’s Clout in Sacramento and Life After Janus

3/1/2018
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California Democrats meet in San Diego but leave without endorsements in the Senate and Governor’s race. (00:50). In Oakland, Mayor Libby Schaaf draws the Trump administration’s ire for warning of an immigration raid (6:00) Angie Wei, chief of staff for the California Labor Federation, joins Marisa Lagos and Scott Shafer to talk about learning of … Continue reading Angie Wei on Organized Labor’s Clout in Sacramento and Life After Janus →

Duration:00:28:35

Willie Brown on Power at the Capitol, the Mayoral Election, and His Newspaper Column

2/22/2018
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Former California Assembly Speaker and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown talks with Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos about the levers of power in Sacramento (5:40), growing up in Texas (12:15), his weekly newspaper column (23:25), and the Mayor’s race (26:00).

Duration:00:28:31

Immigration Stalemate and Gubernatorial Conspiracies with Mike Madrid

2/15/2018
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A bipartisan immigration proposal splits California senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein (00:40). Then, Republican consultant Mike Madrid joins KQED Political Breakdown hosts Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos (7:25) to talk about his work for Antonio Villaraigosa, Latino voter turnout, and conspiracies around Amanda Renteria’s gubernatorial bid.

Duration:00:28:32

Supervisor London Breed on Her Childhood in San Francisco and Her Run for the Mayor’s Office

2/8/2018
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The latest turn in the #MeToo movement in Sacramento finds Legislative Women’s Caucus chair Cristina Garcia in the spotlight, with new harassment allegations against her. KQED Political Breakdown hosts Marisa Lagos and Scott Shafer also talk about how sexual transgressions will play out in the governor’s race. Then, San Francisco Board of Supervisors President London … Continue reading Supervisor London Breed on Her Childhood in San Francisco and Her Run for the Mayor’s Office →

Duration:00:28:30