It’s All Political

It’s All Political is now a part of the Fifth & Mission podcast. You can hear It's All Political on Fifth & Mission by subscribing to Fifth & Mission, the San Francisco Chronicle's flagship daily newscast. Joe Garofoli is the Chronicle’s senior political writer, covering national and state politics. He has worked at the Chronicle since 2000 and in Bay Area journalism since 1992, when he left the Milwaukee Journal. He has previously written about the intersection of tech and politics and about the politics of the cannabis industry.

Who's Showing Leadership in the Pandemic?
As the coronavirus crisis grows, Chronicle editorial page editor John Diaz joins Joe to talk about the leadership performances of Donald Trump, Gavin Newsom, London Breed, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.
24 min
Elizabeth Warren Out: Revisiting "Electability"
In this episode from Aug. 14, 2019, Brenda Choresi Carter of the Reflective Democracy Campaign tells Joe Garofoli about her research, which shows that claims of candidate electability are more damaging than they are realistic, especially for women of color.
29 min
Fifth & Mission: What Did We Learn?
Super Tuesday is over and we're down to a two-man race. It's All Political host Joe Garofoli and John Wildermuth join Audrey Cooper on the Chronicle's flagship podcast to break down the results.
19 min
Fifth & Mission: Super Tuesday Troubles
It's All Political host Joe Garofoli joins Audrey Cooper and John Wildermuth on the Chronicle's flagship news podcast to break down what's likely to happen as Californians head to the polls.
29 min
Can Bernie Sanders win?
Addisu Demissie, the Oaklander who managed Cory Booker’s presidential campaign and Gavin Newsom’s gubernatorial run, stops by to untangle the Nevada caucuses and look ahead to the California primary.
40 min
What Nevada Voters Are Saying
Joe Garofoli spent several days in Las Vegas ahead of the Nevada caucuses. He talked to organizers and voters about what they're thinking. Somehow, soccer, crying and Harry Potter are involved.
16 min
What's a Never-Trumper To Do?
Top GOP consultants and longtime friends Rob Stutzman and Mike Madrid disagree on how to oppose Trump. Oppose any Republican who supports the president, or vote against Trump, but for the party?
38 min
Dan Pfeiffer: Who Can Beat Trump?
The Obama White House director of communications, now a co-star of Pod Save America and author of the new book “UnTrumping America,” talks about which Democrat would be Trump’s best and worst opponent.
47 min
California Lt. Governor Endorses Buttigieg
In an exclusive, Eleni Kounalakis tells Joe Garofoli why she's backing Mayor Pete and what it will take to win the California primary.
15 min
Democrats Explain How They Will Win California
The California state directors of four top Democratic presidential campaigns explain how they will win in California. Recorded live at a panel discussion Joe Garofoli hosted at the Sacramento Press Club.
62 min
Fifth & Mission Live: Primaries 2020
In this episode of the Chronicle's flagship news podcast, Fifth & Mission, Editor in Chief Audrey Cooper, politics writer Joe Garofoli and columnists Heather Knight and Phil Matier talk about Iowa, the upcoming primaries, and local politics at a Chronicle Talks event at Manny's in San Francisco.
60 min
Can Trump Win Again In Battleground States?
Justin Myers, CEO of For the Future, a progressive, labor-funded super PAC that’s planning to spend $80 million in seven battleground states, talks about lessons from 2016, how impeachment will affect the race and what Midwestern voters really care about.
25 min
The Most Political Super Bowl Ever
Howard Bryant of ESPN and NPR, author of “Full Dissidence,” talks about how the NFL is duplicitous around police misconduct protests, and the impact of its embrace of the military and law enforcement.
19 min
Bill Weld: The GOP Alternative to Trump
The former Massachusetts governor tells Joe Garofoli he thinks the president should be impeached and will likely vote for a Democrat if he doesn’t win the nomination. Yet he still thinks he has a path to victory.
20 min
Mike Bloomberg on Apologies, Facebook and Biden
At a campaign stop in Oakland, the former New York City mayor talks to Joe Garofoli about stop-and-frisk, how Facebook should be regulated and why he is a better candidate than Joe Biden.
7 min
Orange County: Still a Political Hotbed
Democrats shocked the world in 2018 when they flipped four seats in the GOP stronghold as they retook Congress. Can they hold those seats? The chair of the OC Democratic Party, Ada Briceño, tells Joe Garofoli how they'll try.
21 min
Diving Into the Mind of Jerry Brown
Jerry Brown is a California original, and the KQED's The Political Mind of Jerry Brown captures the state’s only four-term governor in all his glory — and in some of his defeats. KQED’s Scott Shafer and Guy Marzorati join Joe Garofoli to talk about it.
29 min
Can Barbara Lee Stop the War in Iran?
The Oakland congresswoman talks about what Congress can do to prevent President Trump from going to war with Iran.
33 min
Could This Democrat Win Texas?
Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez is running for John Cornyn’s Senate seat in Texas. Beto O’Rourke didn’t want to do it. Julian Castro didn’t want to do it. Why does Ramirez stand a better chance? And could any Democrat win statewide in Texas?
31 min
How Trump’s Inner Circle Profited From the Hous...
Award-winning journalist Aaron Glantz talks about his new book, “Housewreckers,” which explains how Wall Street titans, including President Trump’s treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, profited off those who lost their homes.
24 min
Debate Recap: In Vino (Cave) Veritas?
Chronicle editorial page editor John Diaz joins senior political writer Joe Garofoli to talk about Thursday's Democratic debate. It was a big night for Amy Klobuchar, a gaffe-free night for Joe Biden, and a tough night for wine caves.
17 min
How Latinos Will Decide the Presidency
Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, CEO of the Latino Community Foundation, talks about the nearly all-white Democratic debate; Latinos and the presidential race; her concerns about the 2020 census; and why Bernie Sanders is so popular among Latinos.
25 min
Tom Steyer: I'm ‘Completely Different’ Than Mik...
The former hedge fund manager and billionaire who’s running for president talks about why he’s running instead of spending his money elsewhere.
30 min
The Impeachment Veteran
Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose, is the only lawmaker who’s played a role in all three modern impeachments. Now, Lofgren is center stage again as the House Judiciary Committee hurtles toward a vote on Trump’s fate. She talks about what she learned from the Nixon and Clinton inquiries, and why Trump’s case is unlike any other.
14 min
Can Orange County Remain Blue?
Jason Berlin spent two decades working on reality TV shows. Now he's become a force in registering voters through his Field Team 6 organization. He talks about how Democrats can hold four House seats they flipped in Orange County.
21 min
How Old is Too Old to Be President?
Louise Aronson, a geriatrician at UCSF and author of the new book “Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life,” talks about whether the top three Democratic candidates and President Trump — all of whom are in their 70s — are too old to be president.
23 min
Scandalous Stanford
Just in time for the Big Game, Oakland author and journalist Roland De Wolk, author of “American Disruptor: The Scandalous Life of Leland Stanford,” talks about the robber baron’s dark side.
33 min
Trump, Impeachment and the California GOP
Jessica Patterson is in her first year as chair of the California Republican Party. There’s no place to go but up for the state’s GOP, and Patterson explains what she’s done so far to try to revive its fortunes — and how President Trump's unpopularity in California affects that.
39 min
What’s Next for Indivisible?
Ezra Levin and Leah Greenberg, the co-executive directors of Indivisible, the nationwide grassroots organization that led the anti-Trump resistance shortly after he was elected, talk about their new book, “We Are Indivisible: A Blueprint for Democracy After Trump.”
28 min
Could Voter Suppression Wreck the 2020 Election?
Robert Greenwald, the longtime liberal filmmaker, talks about his latest film: “Suppressed: The Fight to Vote.” It’s about voter suppression in Georgia in 2018, and how it could happen again there and elsewhere in 2020.
23 min
“How the Rich Dodge Taxes”
Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman are the UC Berkeley economists behind Bernie Sanders' and Elizabeth Warren’s tax-the-rich tax plans and the authors of the new book “The Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make Them Pay.” Joe talks to Saez in his campus office.
26 min
How Close Are Joe Biden and Barack Obama — Really?
Steven Levingston, author of the new book “Barack and Joe,” joins Joe Garofoli to talk about how close the former president and vice president really are. Can Biden count on his former boss to endorse him?
27 min
Tom McClintock: Impeachment Is a Terrible Idea
One of California’s few Republican congressmen talks about why he thinks impeaching Trump is a bad idea, plus why he thinks thinks concerns about climate change are overblown and what he thinks is wrong with the California GOP.
31 min
Bernie or Warren: Who Should Progressives Pick?
Maurice Mitchell, national director of the Working Families Party, talks about why the organization endorsed Elizabeth Warren. And he explains why his party sees a lot of Americans not being served by the “corporatist” Democratic Party.
21 min
A Master Class in Shade: Dem Debate Review
Chronicle Washington correspondent Tal Kopan and Deputy Opinion Editor Caille Millner join Joe to break down the fourth Democratic primary debate. Who gave that master class?
27 min
Ro Khanna on Impeachment and Bernie Sanders
Silicon Valley Rep. Ro Khanna breaks down the latest on the battle to investigate President Trump from his perch on the House Oversight Committee. He also talks about how the recent health problems of Sen. Bernie Sanders — Khanna is a campaign co-chair — will reshape the presidential race.
26 min
How Trump's Impeachment Could Help ... Julian C...
Castro sees a glimmer of hope in the impeachment inquiry for low-polling candidates like himself. If voters start to see Trump as a wounded candidate, then ex-Vice President Joe Biden’s “electability” argument becomes weaker.
25 min
Fifth & Mission: Pelosi Pulls the Impeachment T...
On The Chronicle's flagship news podcast, Joe Garofoli and John Diaz join Demian Bulwa to talk about Speaker Nancy Pelosi's announcement that the House of Representatives will open an impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Will her strategy of waiting pay off? Subscribe to Fifth & Mission wherever you get It's All Political.
17 min
Tommy Vietor: The Ball Has Moved on Impeachment
The Pod Save America co-host — and President Obama’s former national security spokesman — talks about Trump and Ukraine, impeachment, Iran on the brink, and whether Joe Biden has lost a step.
37 min
Is Getting Picked on Good for Joe Biden?
Will fellow Democrats' attacks on Biden make him tougher if he has to face President Trump, or will they cripple his candidacy? Joe breaks down the third Democratic debate with The Chronicle’s Caille Millner, Tal Kopan and John Wildermuth.
37 min
The Gig Worker War: Live Event
With California’s landmark AB5 bill pending about who should be classified as an employee, Joe moderates a conversation at an event hosted by TheBridge between labor leader Jim Araby and Postmates VP Vikrum Aiyer about how labor and tech will interact in the new economy.
58 min
The California GOP’s Great Hope
Kevin Faulconer is the pro-choice, pro-same sex marriage, climate-change acknowledging, Spanish-speaking mayor of San Diego who didn’t vote for President Trump. He explains the way forward for the moribund California Republican Party.
24 min
Michael Bennet: The Backup Joe Biden?
Could the Colorado senator be the moderate Democrats turn to if front-runner Joe Biden falters? He's spent the campaign dishing tough love to progressives about Medicare for All, the Green New Deal and the $15 minimum wage. Does he have a shot?
23 min
Kirsten Gillibrand on Gender Equality, Al Frank...
The presidential candidate talks about electability, her drive to get on the debate stage, and what she would do differently in the Franken case. Plus: Can Joe bait her into swearing on the campaign trail?
28 min
Democrats’ Health Care Plans in Plain English
Candidates have debated their plans but many Americans have no idea what they're talking about. Larry Levitt, a health policy expert from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, explains — and says what they’re omitting.
30 min
"The Democratic Party Is Like Eeyore”
Emily’s List president Stephanie Schriock tells Democrats to “stop wringing your hands” and worrying about losing to President Trump. She also has concerns about how female presidential candidates are being covered.
39 min
Marianne Williamson Comes Down to Earth
Her reputation is as the woo-woo candidate who talks about "dark psychic forces." But she connects to voters by addressing the nation's "low-level emotional civil war." She talks about that, her views on vaccinations and more.
31 min
“Electability” Is A Myth
Brenda Choresi Carter of the Reflective Democracy Campaign talks about her research, which shows that claims of candidate “electability” are more damaging than they are realistic, especially for women of color.
28 min
Terry McAuliffe Takes on White Supremacy
The former governor of Virginia and DNC chair sits down with Editorial Page Editor John Diaz to discuss his new book, "Beyond Charlottesville: Taking a Stand Against White Nationalism," and President Trump's response.
24 min
Big Finish for the California Legislature
Sacramento reporters Dustin Gardiner and Alexei Koseff join Joe Garofoli to talk about the last month of Gov. Gavin Newsom first "semester," with the Legislature considering bills on guns, rents, charter schools and more.
26 min
Rep. Josh Harder on Guns, Pelosi and the Death ...
First-term Central Valley Rep. Josh Harder makes Joe eat crow for predicting he'd lose last November, then talks about gun laws, what it's like to buck Nancy Pelosi, and where he's at on the death penalty — which his purple district supports.
26 min
Breaking Down the Second Democratic Debate
We analyze the second Democratic debate, from the candidates’ stark divisions over health care to round two of the Biden-Harris battle.
26 min
Washington Governor Jay Inslee
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, one of the many Democratic candidates for president, is basing his campaign on a call for dramatic changes in the nation’s environmental policy. He believes that without those changes, which include setting tight deadlines for ending the use of coal and fossil fuels, the country is facing a climate disaster. In the podcast, he talks about how he will make that case to voters and convince them that those changes are both necessary and possible.
23 min
Trump is Following Obama's Re-Election Playbook
Former top Obama aide Ben LaBolt explains how President Trump is following President Obama's 2012 re-election playbook and Democrats aren't doing enough to counter him. LaBolt talks about which candidates are creating an effective anti-Trump message, which aren't and which should get out of the race.
35 min
Best Of: Will Pete Buttigieg Be America’s First...
In February, we chatted with South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg. HIs resume is impressive: Harvard, Rhodes Scholar, combat veteran, mayor. But how can you leap from being the mayor of a city that’s smaller than most suburbs to being leader of the free world?
26 min
Best Of: What's Kamala Harris Really Saying?
From March: In many ways, Sen. Kamala Harris sounds like a typical presidential candidate. But other times, she talks about inspirational/aspirational themes that are unusual for a political campaign. San Francisco Chronicle Washington correspondent Tal Kopan and Joe Garofoli talk about the inspirational — and policy — points that Harris is making during her campaign.
20 min
What To Know from the First Democratic Debates
We watched four hours of Democratic presidential candidates debating so you didn't have to. Tal Kopan, Alexei Koseff and Joe break down how the debates reshaped the race and who might be dropping out soon.
23 min
Everything to Know About First Dem Presidential...
Subplots and intrigue abound in the back-to-back Democratic debates this week. Will everyone attack Joe Biden? Will Elizabeth Warren thrive being the lone top contender on stage the first night? Will Kamala Harris go full prosecutor? Which low-polling candidate will try something crazy to get noticed? Is Pete Buttigieg for real? The Chronicle’s political team previews the action.
31 min
Gov. Gavin Newsom on His Conversations with Tru...
Gov. Gavin Newsom talks about his proposed new wildfire deal with PG&E, what California would do if federal immigration raids started, what can be done to improve the recreational cannabis market and shares some of the conversations he's had with President Trump.
24 min
Mayor Michael Tubbs on Why Stockton Is Giving R...
While presidential candidates like Andrew Yang muse about giving all citizens a universal basic income, Stockton is actually trying it. Since February, a pilot program there has been giving 130 Stockton residents $500 a month to use as they see fit. Mayor Michael Tubbs, who at 28 is one of the nation’s youngest big city mayors, explains how his own upbringing in poverty helps him see how the program could work -- and potentially go statewide.
47 min
Pioneering Native American Rep. Deb Haaland on ...
New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland, the first Native American woman elected to the House, isn’t quite ready to call for impeachment yet. The Democrat also talks about her heritage, the racism she’s felt and what she thinks about Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s Native American identity.
28 min
Is Steve Bullock Too Much of a Red State Democrat?
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says he can beat President Trump because he won in a red state where Trump is very popular. But is Bullock’s brand of pragmatic progressivism too conservative -- on the environment and health care -- for a Democratic electorate that’s leaning left? Also Bullock explains his white male privilege and explains how he, as governor of a predominantly white state, would reach out to African-Americans and Latinos.
19 min
Beto O’Rourke Tries to Jumpstart His Campaign
Beto O’Rourke was hailed as the next big Democratic thing after his narrow loss to Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz last year. But his presidential campaign has yet to catch fire after its strong launch. We talk about what’s next for him.Plus, O’Rourke explains why The Clash is his favorite band and their song “Clampdown” is emblematic of his campaign.
23 min
Cory Booker Won’t Go Low To Battle Trump
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker’s presidential campaign has two early challenges. Can the man known as “Senator from Silicon Valley” convince Democrats he will be tough on tech companies. And can he keep his vow to run a positive, aspirational campaign when he’s got to stand out in a field of two dozen Democrats -- and counter President Trump.
24 min
Julian Castro takes on Police Brutality
Presidential candidate Julian Castro explains his new proposal to take on police brutality. And he explains why he, the only Latino candidate, is polling low among Latino voters in the early going.
13 min
Which Presidential Candidates Stood Out at the ...
The Chronicle's political team dives into Elizabeth Warren's strong showing at the state's Democratic Party convention, Juul's sponsorship of the event, John Hickenlooper's booing moment, Joe Biden's absence and much more.
30 min
When 14 Presidential Candidates Invaded San Fra...
Why are 14 Democratic presidential candidates coming to The California Democratic Party convention in San Francisco? Isn't Sen. Kamala Harris supposed to have California all wrapped up? Chronicle Washington correspondent Tal Kopan and political writer John Wildermuth preview the chaos with host Joe Garofoli.
27 min
How Donald Trump Will Be Re-Elected
Matt Morrison has spent a lot of time over the last two years talking to working class voters in Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania and he’s got a message for those living in the blue bubble: President Trump could easily win re-election. “If nothing were to change from today, I would give him a better than likely probability of being re-elected and winning pretty clear majorities in places like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin,” said Morrison, who leads the labor-funded organization Working America. He explains how Democrats could change that dynamic.
38 min
Why Jackie Speier Has Been a Vanguard of the Me...
Rep. Jackie Speier has made a career of fighting harassment and abuse of women. She spoke with It’s All Political about why it’s a personal fight for the San Mateo Democrat, and what she hopes to accomplish next.
29 min
Can Dan Baer Be the First Out Gay Man in the Se...
The former ambassador is running in Colorado, once the LGBTQ "Hate State," where it wasn't easy for him growing up. He talks about how the Russians had problems with his sexuality — and with his diplomatic stance toward them.
27 min
Seth Moulton Wants to Be the Dems Military/Fore...
Seth Moulton is the 2020 candidate who doesn’t support single payer health care -- in part because he’s the only one who receives it through the VA. The Massachusetts Congressman talks about his combat experience in Iraq -- including what haunts him --- and how it shapes his candidacy.
38 min
How Ted Lieu Became Trump’s Twitter Gadfly
The California Democrat talks with Tal Kopan about how he’s made a name for himself as one of the president’s top critics in Congress — and on social media.
22 min
The Wine Caucus: They Don’t Just Drink!
The Congressional Wine Caucus has been a force in Washington for 20 years. Founded by Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, the caucus just welcomed its first co-chair from outside California, Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash. Tal Kopan chats with both.
24 min
Meet John Hickenlooper, Dark Horse From the Roc...
The former Colorado governor makes his pitch for the Democratic presidential nomination in an interview with Editorial Page Editor John Diaz. Topics include impeachment, Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, voting rights for felons and how to restore civility in American politics and faith in our democratic institutions. Hickenlooper also talks about his business experience and how and why he overcame his past objections to his state's legalization of marijuana.
23 min
Do “Aspirational” Politics Work in the Age of ...
Political consultant (Al Gore and Hillary Clinton presidential campaigns) and messaging guru Doug Hattaway just spoke to House Democrats about how to talk about politics in more aspirational ways. What does that mean? And can that cut through the din in the Trump age? And we listen to four campaign launch speeches and break them down.
35 min
John Delaney? For president?
The former Maryland representative hasn’t gotten much traction in the Democratic campaign, though he’s been running the longest and has visited 99 Iowa counties. Joe Garofoli asks him about his path to victory.
25 min
How She the People, the First Women of Color Pr...
Oakland resident Aimee Allison is the mastermind of the first presidential forum focused on issues specific to women of color. We talk to her about the forum, which will be held at Texas Southern University in Houston on Wednesday, April 24th.
38 min
Tom Perez on Joe Biden and Too Many Candidates
Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez explains what should be done about Joe Biden, why the DCCC is banning consultants who work for candidates who challenge incumbents and whether the DNC set the bar too low for what candidates have to do to get into the debates.
32 min
What Shaped Robert Mueller
As the world awaits special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Trump Administration/campaign’s involvement with Russian interference in the U.S. elections, we talk with writer Garrett Graff about his new piece in Scribd titled “Mueller’s War” about what the largely secretive Mueller is really like. Graff writes about how Mueller’s life was shaped by his time serving in the Marines during the Vietnam War.
38 min
Rep. Adam Schiff On What Happens Next to Presid...
Rep. Adam Schiff previews what happens next for President Trump depending on what the Mueller report says -- and what the likelihood is of impeachment.
13 min
Can Midwesterner Amy Klobuchar Win Votes in Cal...
Sen. Amy Klobuchar positions herself as the centrist in the presidential field. So how can a centrist Midwesterner win votes in left-leaning California? We talk with Klobuchar after an appearance in San Francisco.
19 min
Why Andrew Yang Wants to Give Every American $1...
Andrew Yang is the candidate you’ve never heard of, but soon will. The New York technology investor has raised enough grassroots donations to make it onto the first debate. Plus, he’s got a lot of ideas ($1,000 a month to every American, free marriage counseling, etc.) to open your eyes.
38 min
Zoe Lofgren, ‘Mayor of Capitol Hill’
Longtime San Jose Rep. Zoe Lofgren, chair of the California Democratic delegation and an immigration subcommittee, is settling in as the head of the often under-the-radar House Administration Committee — a role nicknamed “mayor of Capitol Hill.” It’s All Political caught up with her to talk about her new roles in the Democratic majority and what she’s looking forward to this Congress.
23 min
Kamala Harris: What's She Really Saying?
In many ways, Sen. Kamala Harris sounds like a typical presidential candidate. But other times, she talks about inspirational/aspirational themes that are unusual for a political campaign. San Francisco Chronicle Washington correspondent Tal Kopan and Joe Garofoli talk about the inspirational — and policy — points that Harris is making during her campaign.
20 min
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Isn’t Afraid of Fox News
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand explains why she would be OK debating on Fox News -- unlike the DNC, which has banned the network from hosting its debates -- and why the Green New Deal is a good thing.
9 min
Burn the Boats: Why Rep. Eric Swalwell Wants to...
Rep. Eric Swalwell is a rising star in the Democratic Party with key seats on the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees. But he is ready to leave his safe Congressional seat for a longshot run for president. He explains why -- and what perspective that he, as a Millennial, has that his opponents don’t.
27 min
Will Pete Buttigieg Be America’s First Gay, Mil...
We chat with South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg. HIs resume is impressive: Harvard, Rhodes Scholar, combat veteran, mayor. But how can you leap from being the mayor of a city that’s smaller than most suburbs to being leader of the free world?
26 min
Who Can Rescue the California Republican Party?
We talk with Steve Frank, Travis Allen, and Jessica Millan Patterson, the three people running to be the next chair of the California Republican Party. What are they going to do to revive a party that has become virtually impotent in the nation’s largest state?
42 min
Can California Afford Everything Gavin Newsom W...
We talk with San Francisco Assemblyman Phil Ting, chair of the powerful Budget Committee, about California Gov. Gavin Newsom's ambitious agenda. Sure the state is flush -- until the next recession -- with a $21 billion budget surplus. But can it afford everything Newsom wants?
37 min
Is the Democratic Party Getting Too Liberal?
Rep. Pramila Jayapal is a rising star in the Democratic Party and one of the nation’s leading progressive voices. The Washington state House member is on on Judiciary Committee and a co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. We talk to her about the direction of the party and whether it is going too far left -- on impeachment, single payer health care and taxing the wealthy.
47 min
Can Any Republican Get Elected in California?
Former East Bay Assemblymember Catherine Baker was the only Republican to represent the Bay Area in the Legislature or Congress until she lost last November. But if she can’t win -- she pro-choice, pro-environment and pro-gun control - what Republican can? We talk to her as Gov. Newsom installs an even more progressive agenda than Jerry Brown, the Democrat super-duper majority grows in the Legislature and The California Republican Party is about to elect a new leader. What is the path forward for the GOP?
32 min
Nancy Pelosi on Trump, 2020 and Nuclear Weapons
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi talks to Joe Garofoli about the fight with President Donald Trump over the border wall, the 2020 presidential field — and how we might be on the brink of a new nuclear arms race.
32 min
Rep. Barbara Lee Thinks Cannabis Reform Is No L...
Oakland Rep. Barbara Lee was recently named co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus. She joined “It’s All Political” to talk about making sure people of color have a seat at the table as policymakers chart the future of marijuana in the U.S.
13 min
Does the Women’s March Still Matter This Year?
We talk with Sophia Andary, co-chair of Women's March San Francisco about how Saturday’s Women’s March is still important. It’s not about Trump — even though he will be invoked by all the speakers and marchers. It’s about something more than him.
23 min
Does Kamala Harris Have a Path to the White House?
Kamala Harris is about to announce her candidacy for president, but what has she accomplished as San Francisco district attorney, California attorney general and now U.S. Senator? We talk with Chronicle Washington, D.C. correspondent Tal Kopan, who just analyzed Harris’ Senate record and Chronicle editorial page editor and longtime Harris watcher John Diaz, who reviewed her new memoir, “The Truths We Hold.” And Joe, who has covered her campaigns and written about her appearance Saturday in San Francisco.
26 min
Richard Ojeda: The 2020 Candidate Democrats Fear
West Virginia State Sen. Richard Ojeda ran for Congress in 2018 and lost. And now he's running for president. Why would a Democrat who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 and couldn't win a House race do that? For one thing, he made a strong run in a House district that Trump won by nearly 50 points. For another, he might be the most progressive Dem in the field. Joe Garofoli talks to a decorated former Army major, and a major wild card in the 2020 campaign.
19 min
Best of It’s All Political: Gavin Newsom
The rest of the state and the country will get to know San Francisco’s former supervisor and mayor a lot better after he’s inaugurated as California’s governor, but the Bay Area’s been familiar with him for a couple of decades now. In October, then-candidate Newsom talked to Joe Garofoli about his Bay Area upbringing — not as privileged as you might think — his dyslexia and his relationship with outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown.
50 min
Miriam Pawel on the Legacy of Jerry Brown
Miriam Pawel, author of "The Browns of California: The Family Dynasty that Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation," joins Joe Garofoli to talk about Gov. Jerry Brown's legacy — a word he hates. Brown was the youngest, the oldest and the longest-serving governor in California history. His father, Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, was also governor, and Pawel's biography of the family is a panoramic history of the state going all the way back to the Gold Rush.
43 min
Best of It's All Political: Dianne Feinstein
Sen. Dianne Feinstein offers a rare look at how tragedy, death and illness shaped her. In this episode from April 3, 2018, the longtime senator talks with Joe Garofoli about growing up in San Francisco and her time in local politics — including the time she lost a bet while serving as mayor and had to wear a bathing suit to a public event.
39 min
Best of It's All Political: Julian Castro
Julian Castro, the former Housing and Urban Development Secretary and mayor of San Antonio, has just announced—via his twin brother Joaquin on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert"—that he's running for president in 2020. That was already pretty clear in October when he talked to Joe Garofoli for an episode of "It's All Political."
30 min