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