<p>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.</p>
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
“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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
"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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
The real legacy of George H.W. Bush
Rita Beamish covered the first President Bush for the Associated Press from the 1988 campaign through his years in the White House and his unsuccessful run for re-election in 1992. As the media paints a glowing picture of the 41st president, Beamish talks to Joe Garofoli about the real George Bush. And she has something surprising to say about Vice President Dan Quayle!
Stacey Abrams on fighting voter suppression
Stacey Abrams may have lost her historic run to be the first African-American female governor in the U.S., but she did not concede her race to be Georgia’s governor. That is because she is starting a new effort: To fight voter suppression that plagues Georgia and many other states. We talk with her about Fair Fight Action, a new organization that wants to modernize Georgia’s voter rights laws — an effort that could have national implications.
What Nancy Pelosi must do to be Speaker of the ...
Nancy Pelosi is on her way to becoming Speaker of the House — but she’s not quite there yet. Thirty-two Democrats voted against her and three handed in blank ballots during Wednesday’s closed-door, secret-ballot vote. San Francisco Chronicle Washington correspondent Tal Kopan explains it to us — and whether ageism and sexism was behind Rep. Barbara Lee losing out on a leadership position.
Election 2018: Analysis from The Chronicle's po...
Breaking down the props, the measures, the midterms and looking ahead to 2020
On the midterms: Live from the Grand Theater
The propositions, the battles, the blue wave?
Will Michael Avenatti run for President?
The LA lawyer has a warning for Democrats: Don’t underestimate Trump’s chances of re-election.
The Dems will flip two GOP House seats in Calif...
Find out why as Joe Garofoli and John Wildermuth discuss the midterm elections
ANALYSIS: Sen. Dianne Feinstein and state Sen. ...
Billed as a “conversation,” the event was a historic occasion as Feinstein had not engaged a challenger one-on-one since 2000.
Julian Castro on Running for President
Is he is tough enough to stand up to President Trump?
Washington: "Epically Dysfunctional"
Meet Tal Kopan, The San Francisco Chronicle’s new Washington, D.C., correspondent. Tal and Joe Garofoli preview what will happen if Democrats win the House. Tal forecasts what’s next in D.C. — including an “epically dysfunctional” scenario.
Breaking down the California gubernatorial debate
Joe and John Diaz analyze the KQED gubernatorial debate between Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Republican John Cox
California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom
How did Gavin Newsom’s childhood and time as SF mayor shape how he’d be as governor?
Rock the Vote? Is that still something?
Joe sits down with Carolyn DeWitt, Rock the Vote president and executive director
John Cox, Republican candidate for CA governor
Joe Garofoli talks with Republican candidate for CA governor John Cox
Do you believe Kavanaugh or Ford?
Chronicle staffers discuss the cultural impact of the Kavanaugh, Ford Senate committee hearing.
UC Berkeley Professor John Yoo
Liberals love to loathe John Yoo. Some still want him tried as a war criminal for co-authoring the legal memo that the George W. Bush Administration used to justify authorizing “enhanced interrogation” after 9/11. But Yoo is a sharp legal...
Gina Ortiz Jones, Stephanie Schriock
Gina Ortiz Jones is a first-time candidate running for Congress in what may be the most expensive House race ever in Texas. She’s 37, a Filipina American daughter of a single mother immigrant, and a former Air Force officer who would be the first...
Can Democrats win back statehouses?
Democrats blew off organizing in many states during the Obama presidency and lost more than 1,000 legislative seats over the past decade. That’s led to GOP control in two-thirds of statehouses — and more restrictions on abortions and fewer on guns...
Dan Pfeiffer on how to win the media war
“Pod Save America” co-host Dan Pfeiffer talks about how the next presidential campaign will be fought on Facebook, and right now Democrats are losing that battle. In conversation with Joe at the San Francisco headquarters of Scribd, Dan explains...
When techies and scientists run for office
Joe talks with Shaughnessy Naughton, founder of 314 Action, an organization that recruits and funds scientists, technologists and doctors to run for office. Tons have expressed interest, but so far only about half have won their races. Naughton talks...
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee
Joe talks with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee about Trump, wine, weed, homelessness — and whether Inslee plans to run for president in 2020. Theme music: "Cattle Call" by Randy Clark’s Crowsong.
Joe talks with talk show host turned activist Chelsea Handler at the Swedish American Hall in San Francisco. Handler, who has put her entertainment career on hold to concentrate on activism, appeared at an event to promote IGNITE, a nonprofit that...
San Francisco has a new mayor: London Breed
The S.F. mayor's race has finally come to an end, and London Breed will be the first African American woman to be elected to the city's highest office. Former state Sen. Mark Leno conceded defeat after more than a week of suspense. Listen in as The...
2018 California Primary Election recap
In a special election night podcast, the San Francisco Chronicle politics team breaks down the 2018 California primary. Listen in as John Diaz, Heather Knight, Joe Garofoli, Dominic Fracassa and John Wildermuth analyze results from San Francisco, Bay...
Virginia Delegate Danica Roem
San Francisco Chronicle senior political writer Joe Garofoli talks with Danica Roem, who made history as the first transgender person to be elected to a U.S. state legislature (in Virginia). But that isn't the only reason she is unique. She may be the...
Congressional candidate Shahid Buttar
San Francisco Chronicle Senior Political Reporter Joe Garofoli talks with Congressional candidate Shahid Buttar, a Nancy Pelosi challenger who is a Muslim immigrant, a Stanford lawyer, a street activist, a privacy advocate ... and a rapper. Yes, this...
Chuck Todd from Meet the Press
Chuck Todd, moderator of “Meet the Press” – and of the May 8 California gubernatorial debate in San Jose – chats with us. He explains East Coast media bias, dishes on the White House Correspondents Association dinner, offers his take on the...
What can we learn from James Comey?
John Diaz, John McMurtrie and Joe Garofoli discuss the political ramifications of “A Higher Loyalty,” the book by former FBI Director James Comey, that takes aim at President Trump.
Leon Panetta offers clarity on Washington chaos
Even for unusually chaotic times, there’s been an unusual amount of chaos lately in the Trump administration. In this episode, Joe Garofoli speaks with White House veteran Leon Panetta, who has dealt with plenty of crises in one form or another.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein offers a rare look at how...
Sen. Dianne Feinstein makes her debut appearance on "It's All Political" - for a slightly different kind of chat. We sit in The San Francisco Chronicle archive for a look back at several photos that tell the story of her political career in California.
God and politics with Rep. Jared Huffman
We talk God and politics in a very personal, revealing chat with Rep. Jared Huffman, the only member of Congress to say that he does not believe in God. The Marin County Democrat explains why — and who else in Congress is in the “nonbeliever...
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...
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...
'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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...