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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

Orange County Road Trip! Assessing a Potential Blue Wave with Gustavo Arellano

9/20/2018
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Political Breakdown is in Orange County, where a handful of closely watched Congressional races could decide the balance of power in the House of Representatives. Scott and Marisa recap their week of talking with candidates and voters with Guy Marzorati, and writer Gustavo Arellano joins to assess the potential of a blue wave and more … Continue reading Orange County Road Trip! Assessing a Potential Blue Wave with Gustavo Arellano →

Duration:00:28:59

State Senate President Toni Atkins on Her Appalachian Roots, San Diego’s Political Culture, and Leadership in the #MeToo Era

9/13/2018
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Governor Jerry Brown takes center stage at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, and State Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins joins Marisa and Scott to talk about her journey from western Virginia to California, national perceptions of the Golden State, San Diego politics, and her leadership style.

Duration:00:28:58

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye on Confirmation Hearings, Bail Reform, and the Vacancy on California’s High Court

9/6/2018
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California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris take different tacts in their questioning of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (0:12) Then, Scott and Marisa talk with California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye about being underestimated throughout her career, confirmation hearings, bail reform, and the vacancy on California’s Supreme Court (5:12).

Duration:00:28:59

End of Legislative Session Madness with Gubernatorial Advisor Dana Williamson

8/30/2018
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We’re in Sacramento this week as lawmakers advance hundreds of bills to the Governor’s desk before Friday’s deadline. Scott and Marisa run through a major change to the state’s bail system, unfinished business on wildfire reform, and end-of-session beef. Then, Dana Williamson, advisor to Governor Jerry Brown and Attorney General Xavier Becerra, joins to talk … Continue reading End of Legislative Session Madness with Gubernatorial Advisor Dana Williamson →

Duration:00:28:33

Nancy Pelosi on Running Against a ‘Culture of Corruption,’ Challenges to Her Leadership, and Dark Chocolate

8/23/2018
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House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi talks with Scott and Marisa about this week’s indictment of San Diego Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter and the legal troubles of President Trump’s allies, learning to have thick skin in politics, her faith, how parenting prepared her for keeping a caucus unified, and her outlook on California’s competitive congressional seats.

Duration:00:28:33

Debbie Mesloh on Bail Reform, Working with Kamala Harris and Women in Politics

8/16/2018
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It’s crunch time: The legislative session in Sacramento ends later this month, and lawmakers are deciding the fate of many bills. Marisa and Katie look at what’s been squashed and what’s staying alive (0:45). Then, longtime democratic strategist Debbie Mesloh joins to discuss bail reform (6:30), growing up in Kansas (7:36), working with Senator Kamala … Continue reading Debbie Mesloh on Bail Reform, Working with Kamala Harris and Women in Politics →

Duration:00:28:32

Kevin de Leon on Fatherhood, His Legislative Battles, and Taking on DiFi in the U.S. Senate Race

8/9/2018
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The state legislature continues to weigh reforms around utilities and wildfires, and Republicans jump on a failed attempt to audit the state DMV (00:40). Then, State Senator Kevin de Leon joins the show to talk about his childhood in San Diego, fatherhood, how he chooses his legislative battles, bringing organized labor into a clean-energy future, … Continue reading Kevin de Leon on Fatherhood, His Legislative Battles, and Taking on DiFi in the U.S. Senate Race →

Duration:00:28:33

Eric Swalwell on His Iowa Roots, Lessons of Knocking Off an Incumbent, and How to Talk About Trump and Russia

8/2/2018
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The skyrocketing costs of California’s wildfires raise new fiscal questions for the Governor and the legislature, while Barack Obama and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez make splashes in California (0:40). Then, Congressman Eric Swalwell joins Marisa and Guy Marzorati to talk about his Iowa roots (6:31) student loans (8:57), why his dad got fired from an Iowa police … Continue reading Eric Swalwell on His Iowa Roots, Lessons of Knocking Off an Incumbent, and How to Talk About Trump and Russia →

Duration:00:28:34

Governor Brown Unveils Controversial Plan on Wildfire Damages, and Drew Godinich Talks Orange County Swing Seats

7/26/2018
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Governor Brown proposes new changes to laws governing utility liability in response to the state’s wildfires (1:12) and Scott and Marisa talk about new data that sheds a different light on poverty in California (6:46). Then, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Drew Godinich discusses Democrat’s prospects in Orange County House races (9:19), political diversity in his Texas … Continue reading Governor Brown Unveils Controversial Plan on Wildfire Damages, and Drew Godinich...

Duration:00:28:30

Kristin Olsen on Challenges Facing Political Moderation and Barriers to Women Running for Office

7/19/2018
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Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Scott and Marisa recap the demise of the ballot measure to split California, and discuss Rep. Devin Nunes’ ad attacking the Fresno Bee (1:25). Then, Stanislaus County supervisor and former Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen joins to talk how media is in her blood (9:00) why she has stuck … Continue reading Kristin Olsen on Challenges Facing Political Moderation and Barriers to Women Running for Office →

Duration:00:28:30

Attorney General Xavier Becerra on California’s Legal Battles with the Trump Administration

7/12/2018
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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra joins Scott and Katie Orr to talk about the recent dismissal of challenges to California’s sanctuary state law (1:30) how his parents dealt with bigotry as Mexican immigrants (6:30) what’s to blame for California’s increase in hate crimes (10:00) how he prepared for an interview with Stephen Colbert (13:17) and … Continue reading Attorney General Xavier Becerra on California’s Legal Battles with the Trump Administration →

Duration:00:28:31

Rep. Barbara Lee on Activism with Pom-Poms, Fundraising for the Panthers, Her Toughest Votes, and First Pitch Jitters

7/5/2018
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A federal judge blocks the Trump administration’s request to stop California’s sanctuary state law (1:02). Scott and Guy Marzorati also discuss the White House’s Twitter attack on California Senator Kamala Harris over immigration (4:36). Then, East Bay Congresswoman Barbara Lee joins to share the secrets of her first pitch at Wednesday’s Oakland A’s game (7:27), … Continue reading Rep. Barbara Lee on Activism with Pom-Poms, Fundraising for the Panthers, Her Toughest Votes, and First Pitch...

Duration:00:28:46

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg on His Reforms to California’s Initiative System and Addressing Homelessness Locally

6/28/2018
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Marisa and Scott run through a wild day in the state legislature, with last-minute deals on digital privacy, lead paint cleanup, and soda taxes to avoid ballot measure battles in November (0:50). Then, Sacramento mayor Darrell Steinberg talks about his 2014 law that allowed the legislature to negotiate ballot measures (8:32), his reputation as a … Continue reading Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg on His Reforms to California’s Initiative System and Addressing Homelessness Locally →

Duration:00:28:45

Emergency Breakdown: Anthony Kennedy, California’s Supreme Court Justice, Announces Retirement

6/27/2018
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Scott and Marisa discuss the retirement of Supreme Court Justice (and Sacramento native) Anthony Kennedy, and his departure’s impact on California. With McGeorge School of Law Dean Michael Hunter Schwartz, Loyola Law School professor Jessica Levinson, Cook Political Report senior editor Jennifer Duffy, and the Family Research Council’s Travis Weber.

Duration:00:28:46

Reporting from Border Migrant Camps and State Senator Connie Leyva on Labor Politics and #WeSaidEnough Legislation

6/21/2018
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California Report host John Sepulvado joins Scott and Marisa to share his experience of reporting from migrant camps in Tornillo, Texas (0:45) Then, State Senator Connie Leyva makes the case for visiting Chino (9:49), her rise from working at a supermarket to leading the California Labor Federation (11:55), why California Democrats need to choose more progressive … Continue reading Reporting from Border Migrant Camps and State Senator Connie Leyva on Labor Politics and #WeSaidEnough...

Duration:00:28:46

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, Lt. 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