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Join hosts Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos as they unpack the day 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 day 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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Newsom Promises to Get Tough With Local Homeless Programs

4/19/2024
After a state audit slammed California for not carefully tracking outcomes of public money spent on homelessness programs, Gov. Gavin Newsom said this week, “I’m not interested in funding failure any longer,” and promised to hold local governments accountable. And on Monday the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a major case that could change how West Coast cities police homelessness. Political journalist Nikki Laurenzo joins Political Breakdown to discuss these and more developments in California's approach to homelessness. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:25:45

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Meet the O.C. State Senator Guiding California’s AI Regulations

4/18/2024
State Senator Tom Umberg from Orange County is a retired Army colonel, a former federal prosecutor and he once served as a deputy drug czar under President Bill Clinton. He’s known for his pragmatism, his ability to reach across the aisle and now, in his position of senate judiciary committee chair, as a gatekeeper of artificial intelligence regulations being proposed in Sacramento. Sen. Umberg joins Marisa and Scott to talk about those regulations, the state's drug crisis and political sea change in Orange County. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:31:02

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Ready or Not, Autonomous Vehicles Are Here. Lawmakers Try To Keep Up

4/17/2024
Despite bumps in the road, literally and politically, driverless cars and trucks continue expanding their reach even as critics – including organized labor, regulators and some local governments – say “not so fast.” KQED Transportation Editor Dan Brekke to joins Political Breakdown to talk about several bills being heard in Sacramento that aim to regulating the autonomous vehicle industry. That plus this week’s protester shutdown of Bay Area bridges and the impact on commuters and the overall make-or-break moment facing public transit in this post-pandemic moment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:31:55

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Veteran Organizer of Women Voters on How Abortion Is Scrambling the 2024 Election

4/16/2024
Since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, leaving abortion access up to the states, extreme legal decisions and abortion restrictions from Florida to Arizona have mobilized women and supporters of abortion access. Heidi Sieck, co-founder of #VOTEPROCHOICE, joins Scott and Marisa to discuss the changed political landscape and how it's impacting the 2024 election. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:28:55

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How Trump, Election Deniers and Barriers to Voting Threaten Our Democracy

4/15/2024
After the U.S. Supreme Court decimated much of the Voting Rights Act in 2013, casting a ballot has become harder, not easier, in many states. Limits on how and where to vote, gerrymandered voting districts that diminish the power of voters of color, challenges to vote-by-mail laws and former President Donald Trump's lies that legitimate election results were not valid all contribute to the problem. Richard Hasen is a professor of Law and Political Science at UCLA Law School, where he directs the Safeguarding Democracy Project. His new book titled, "A Real Right to Vote" suggests the only way to really address these barriers to voting is an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:28:43

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At 90, Willie Brown Reflects on His Rise to Top of California Politics

4/12/2024
The name Willie Brown is synonymous with power politics in California. He became the first Black Speaker of the State Assembly in 1980 and held the job for a record 14 years, often with help from Republicans. After term limits forced him to leave the legislature, he ran for mayor of San Francisco, serving 8 years in that job. Scott and Marisa sit down with Brown in his San Francisco office to discuss his path from segregated Mineola, Texas to the height of power in California. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:26:24

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Inside or Out of Government, Jessica Bartholow is an Advocate for Economic Equity

4/11/2024
Jessica Bartholow has worked behind the scenes at the state capitol for years. She’s known for her fierce anti-poverty advocacy and budget expertise, as a lobbyist and more recently as Chief of Staff to East Bay State Senator Nancy Skinner. Bartholow now works for SEIU, the state's largest and most powerful union. She joins Scott and Guy to talk about the revolving roles she's played inside and outside of state government. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:31:07

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What’s Behind The Rightward Shift of Voters of Color?

4/10/2024
Why are voters of color shifting toward Republicans, including Donald Trump? Black, Latino and Asian American voters have long been solid Democratic Party voters, but polls and voting trends show that is changing. Scott talks about why and how the trend might affect the 2024 elections with Brakkton Booker, a national political correspondent for POLITICO where he covers the intersection of race, politics, culture and power. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:25:02

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Meet the 19-year-old From Silicon Valley Leading the Youth-Led Charge on AI

4/9/2024
Sneha Revanur is quickly establishing herself as the leading Gen Z voice on generative AI. In 2020, at the age of 15, the San José native founded Encode Justice, a youth-led group pushing policymakers and AI companies to put people at the center of the AI revolution. Plus, a package of bills introduced Tuesday in Sacramento aims to target large scale retail theft operations. KQED's Guy Marzorati joins to explain the bills, how they would change theft prosecutions and how they fit within the context of California's Proposition 47. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:26:46

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The Money Behind San Francisco’s Move to the Political Middle

4/8/2024
San Francisco has long been a beacon for liberal politics and social causes. But lately a steady diet of viral videos of car break-ins and smash-and-grabs have put the city on something of a mid-course correction. Plus, the recalls of progressive District Attorney Chesa Boudin and three members of the San Francisco school board, and the recent passage of measures bolstering police powers and requiring drug screenings, have added to the sense that something is shifting in San Francisco. Scott is joined by New York Times San Francisco Bureau Chief Heather Knight, who recently penned a profile of Garry Tan, the controversial leader of a well-known venture capital firm in the Bay Area, and Joe Garofoli of the San Francisco Chronicle, who’s been reporting on an attempt to move the Republican Party in San Francisco toward more moderate positions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:27:45

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SF Mayor London Breed Facing Stiff Competition from the Left and Right

4/5/2024
The race for mayor of San Francisco gets a new heavyweight contender as Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin throws his hat into the ring. Peskin is the most prominent progressive challenging incumbent Mayor London Breed. Scott and Marisa are joined by KQED politics reporter Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez to talk about the San Francisco mayor's race. Plus, in the race to replace retiring Congresswoman Anna Eshoo in Silicon Valley, Assemblyman Evan Low and County Supervisor Joe Simitian tied for second place, deadlocking at 30,249 votes each in the March primary. That means three Democrats will compete in a general election for Congress, in what's believed to be a first in California history. Guy Marzorati joins Scott and Marisa to talk about the unpredictable path to November. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:21:54

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Rep. DeSaulnier on How to Make Flying More Safe

4/4/2024
Summer travel season is approaching, but after months of headlines about safety issues on airplanes, some travelers may be questioning whether air travel is the best bet. Marisa and Scott are joined by East Bay Congressman Mark DeSaulnier who has some thoughts on the matter after years of digging into aviation safety. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:31:10

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California’s Former Water Czar on the State’s Coming “Water Nightmare”

4/3/2024
Yesterday, Gov. Gavin Newsom surveyed the Sierra snowpack and outlined a new state water plan focused on climate change. Scott and KQED climate reporter Ezra David Romero are joined by California's former top water regulator Felicia Marcus. As the state’s top water czar, she navigated severe droughts, balancing demands for scare water by cities, farms, businesses and homeowners. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:30:07

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14 Bills Address the Legacy of Slavery and Racism in California

4/2/2024
After two years of work examining the legacy of slavery and racism, the California Legislative Black Caucus is prioritizing 14 bills aimed at addressing past wrongs. The bills range from ending involuntary servitude in prison to banning discrimination based on hair styles and a formal apology for the damage done by California’s role in supporting slavery before the Civil War. But one thing that's not on the agenda is cash payments for California residents who are descendants of slaves. Scott is joined by KQED's Guy Marzorati and Annelise Finney to talk about the importance of these bills as hearings get underway. Check out KQED's bill tracker following the progress of those 14 reparations bills. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:28:29

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Jail Populations Are Down. So Why Are Inmate Deaths Up?

4/1/2024
Fewer people are being held in county jails across California than a decade ago, and yet record numbers of incarcerated people are dying while in custody. Among the leading causes of death are drug overdoses and suicide. Scott talks with CalMatters reporter Nigel Duara, who spent the last nine months looking at the roots of these increased deaths in county jails and what's being done to address it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:24:29

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How Tomiquia Moss, Newsom’s Top Housing Official, Plans to Reduce Homelessness

3/28/2024
As California grapples with how to reduce homelessness, Marisa and Guy sit down with Governor Gavin Newsom’s top housing official. Tomiquia Moss spent her career trying to chip away at the state's homelessness crisis, starting as a social worker in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood to now, as the Secretary of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:31:28

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The Stakes in the Supreme Court's Abortion Pill Case

3/27/2024
The Supreme Court took up abortion access this week for the first time since overturning Roe v. Wade two years ago. This time, they're considering whether to restrict access to abortion pill mifepristone. Marisa talks with POLITICO health care reporter Alice Miranda Ollstein about what the conservative-led court might do. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:30:54

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Silicon Valley Lawyer Wins RFK Jr. Veepstakes

3/26/2024
Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. announced his running mate in Oakland today: Silicon Valley lawyer Nicole Shanahan. Guy and Marisa talk about what the Oakland native brings to a presidential ticket that's adding a wild card to the 2024 race for the White House. Plus, can California Democrats find a way to transition to clean energy while promoting equity and affordability? Guy talks with New York Times reporter Ivan Penn about the political question lurking beneath the skyrocketing energy bills facing Californians. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:30:32

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California Voters Could Require High School Personal Finance Class

3/25/2024
How can young Californians prepare for today’s turbulent economy? Supporters of personal finance education say a mandatory class in pocketbook economics is the answer. Guy Marzorati talks with Tim Ranzetta, co-founder of Next Gen Personal Finance, who's pushing to place a personal finance measure on the November ballot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:23:02

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Garvey’s Huge Tax Bill, Newsom Calls for a Ceasefire and RFK Jr’s Running Mate

3/22/2024
Republican Senate candidate Steve Garvey owes at least $350,000 in back taxes. Plus, Gov. Gavin Newsom calls for a ceasefire and former Mayor of San Francisco Willie L. Brown Jr. celebrates his 90th birthday. Scott, Marisa and Guy talk about all that and other top political stories from the week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:21:43