It’s All Political

Joe Garofoli talks current events, upcoming elections and, occasionally, sports rivalries with guests from the local, state and national political arenas. Joe is the San Francisco 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.

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Ro Khanna on legal marijuana and SOTU
Joe talks with “Silicon Valley’s Congressman” Ro Khanna. First he dishes on how star-struck his fellow House members get during the State of the Union. Then he discusses all the issues in which he’s way out in front of even his fellow...
34 min
202
California state Sen. Kevin de Leon and the #Me...
Longtime politicos thought California state Sen. Kevin de Leon was crazy to take on incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein. He's got a fraction of her money, most voters don't know who he is -- and 96 percent know who she is. But his chances could get a huge...
28 min
203
'Liddle' Adam Schiff standing tall against Trump
Rep. Adam Schiff -- the thorn in the Trump Administration's heel for his dogged pursuit of the Russian meddling investigation -- joins the pod to talk about the probe, why talking about impeachment isn't helpful and why Trump has it all wrong on his...
13 min
204
George Lakoff on the art of political rhetoric
We get super wonky with George Lakoff, the message-framing guru who Democrats and progressive nonprofits turn to how to shape their ideas. He talks about the immigration battle, breaks down how progressives should respond to Trump’s tweets and...
46 min
205
Governor debates breakdown and Doug Ose interview
An “It’s All Political” double feature! Now that The Chronicle has hosted both the Republican and Democratic gubernatorial candidates, Joe breaks down what we’ve learned with Chronicle Editorial Page editor - and debate moderator - John Diaz....
50 min
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Retired Sen. Barbara Boxer discusses the women'...
Though she’s only been out of office for about a year, retired California Senator Barbara Boxer says she’s more active than ever. It's All Political host and San Francisco Chronicle senior political writer Joe Garofoli gets her thoughts on the...
30 min
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Candidate for California governor Delaine Eastin
In this episode of It’s All Political, we host former state superintendent of public instruction Delaine Eastin, the only woman running for California governor against six men. Theme music is "Cattle Call" by Randy Clark’s Crowsong. Opening...
38 min
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Heather Knight on the S.F. mayoral race
In this episode of It’s All Political (recorded Jan. 11, 2017), Chronicle columnist Heather Knight talks to host Joe Garofoli about the mayoral race, where four familiar figures - Mark Leno, Angela Alioto, Jane Kim and London Breed - go straight to...
18 min
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Heather Knight on the death of S.F. Mayor Ed Le...
In this episode of It’s All Political (recorded Dec. 12, 2017), Chronicle columnist Heather Knight takes a break from covering events surrounding the sudden death of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee to talk about his life, legacy and the future of the...
20 min
210
Political activist, TV host and author Van Jones
In this episode of It’s All Political (recorded in October 2017), CNN star Van Jones comes to the Chronicle archive podcast studio to talk about his new book Beyond the Messy Truth, his early years as an activist in the Bay Area and his friendship...
49 min
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Assemblyman Travis Allen
In this episode of It's All Political (recorded in October 2017), we host California gubernatorial candidate, Orange County Assemblyman Travis Allen, to discuss his gas tax repeal proposal and where the Republican differs—if anywhere—from...
24 min
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Assembly Candidate Buffy Wicks
In this episode of It's All Political (recorded in July 2017), we host political organizer Buffy Wicks to discuss her candidacy for Assembly for District 15, why she originally got involved in politics and why her name is Buffy. Theme music is "Cattle...
13 min
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EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock
In this episode of It's All Political (recorded in May 2017), we host EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock to talk about how more than 13,000 women have considered running for office since Donald Trump became president. Theme music is "Cattle...
27 min
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Crowdpac CEO Steve Hilton
In this episode of It's All Political (recorded in May 2017), we host Crowdpac CEO Steve Hilton to discuss the current state of American politics, his new Fox News show, The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton, and what it's like being a Fox News host...
35 min
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Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
In this episode of It's All Political (recorded in May 2017), we host former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at the Democratic Convention to talk L.A. versus San Francisco, his rivalry with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and his race for California...
35 min
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State Treasurer John Chiang
In this episode of It's All Political (recorded in May 2017), we host State Treasurer John Chiang to chat about Joe's vest, Chiang's childhood in suburban Chicago and his race for California governor. Theme music is "Cattle Call" by Randy Clark's...
26 min
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Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams
In this episode of It's All Political (recorded in September 2017), we host Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams to discuss her potential to be the first African-American female governor in U.S. history, ways to better unite the Democratic...
47 min
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Congressman Adam Schiff
In this episode of It's All Political (recorded in May 2017), we host Congressman Adam Schiff to cover navigating the Trump presidency, John Burton's creative vocabulary and whether or not he will run for Senate. Theme music is "Cattle Call" by Randy...
31 min
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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
In this episode of It’s All Political (recorded in July 2017), we host Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to discuss the 2028 Summer Olympics, his potential candidacy for president and his loyalty to the Lakers. Theme music is "Cattle Call" by Randy...
20 min