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.

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