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.

A Cannabis Tax Revolt is Coming in California
Mikey Steinmetz, co-founder of the Flow Kana cannabis brand, is so frustrated with the industry’s high taxes and regulations that he says he’s not going to pay cultivation taxes next year if things don't change.
28 min
How Michael Tubbs Plans to End Poverty in Calif...
As mayor of Stockton, he launched a universal basic income (UBI) pilot program that's become a nationwide model. Now he's about to launch a new anti-poverty program in California — and he's talking about his new memoir.
32 min
San Francisco's Archbishop on Abortion and Not ...
Conservative Catholic bishop Salvatore Cordileone talks about the Supreme Court hearing a Mississippi case that could overturn Roe vs. Wade. And he breaks some news on his vaccination status.
30 min
Jackie Speier on Her Retirement Announcement
The longtime Bay Area congresswoman announced Tuesday that she won't seek reelection in 2022. She talks with Joe Garofoli, Tal Kopan and Kevin Fagan of The Chronicle about her decision. 
22 min
San Francisco Housing Politics Go Statewide
In this episode of the Fifth & Mission podcast, It's All Political host Joe Garofoli joins Heather Knight and Cecilia Lei to talk about the Board of Supervisors' rejection of a housing project, and what it means politically.
19 min
Youngkin's Virginia Win: Could It Happen in Cal...
The Republican's upset victory over Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the governor's race shocked many. Could something like it happen in super-blue California? Tal Kopan and Joe Garofoli talk about Youngkin's strategy: Less Trump, more parents.
19 min
Congressional Underdogs’ Uphill Fight Against I...
Joseph Rocha and Tamika Hamilton have overcome long odds their whole lives. Rocha, a Democrat from near San Diego, and Hamilton, a Republican from Dixon, talk about trying to break into one of the nation’s most exclusive clubs: Congress.
26 min
Adam Schiff on the Crisis in Democracy
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, returns to talk to Joe Garofoli about his new book, “Midnight in Washington,” and share insider stories on Donald Trump, Robert Mueller, Reps. Kevin McCarthy and Devin Nunes and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
34 min
A $32M Progressive Campaign to Win Texas
NextGen America executive director Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez joins Joe Garofoli to talk about the youth voter organization's new campaign across eight states — with a heavy investment in the Loan Star State.
33 min
What's Next for California GOP After Recall Dru...
Jessica Millan Patterson, chairwoman of the California Republican Party, joins Joe Garofoli to talk about the future of the state Republican Party after its failed attempt to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom. Is Larry Elder part of that future?
22 min
Hakeem Jeffries on Pelosi, Trump, Biggie and Tupac
Rising Democratic Party star Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York chats with Joe Garofoli about possible new taxes in the infrastructure bill, what he's learned from Speaker Nancy Pelosi and more.
25 min
Fifth & Mission: Now What for Gavin Newsom?
"We said yes to pluralism," the governor said after Californians voted overwhelmingly to let him finish his term. Joe Garofoli, Dustin Gardiner and Alexei Koseff join Demian Bulwa to talk about what's next.
22 min
Gavin Newsom on French Laundry and Other Errors
Alexei Koseff, the reporter who broke the story of that ill-advised dinner during lockdown, talks to the governor about it on the eve of the recall election. Newsom also discusses his achievements and what he’ll do differently if he’s allowed to finish his term.
15 min
CNN’s Dana Bash on California’s Two Recalls
The longtime political correspondent talks about Total Recall: California’s Political Circus, her new podcast series on the 2003 recall that made Arnold Schwarzenegger governor, and compares it to the current recall campaign against Gov. Gavin Newsom.
27 min
Crime in California: Is Proposition 47 a Success?
Joe Garofoli talks criminal justice reform with Lenore Anderson, co-author of the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act and co-founder of Californians for Safety and Justice, one of the leading criminal justice reform groups in California.
39 min
Good News for Newsom while Elder Dominates GOP ...
Sacramento reporters Alexei Koseff and Dustin Gardiner join host Joe Garofoli to break down a new poll and explore what Republican Larry Elder would do if he became governor
26 min
Total Recall Podcast: Can Larry Elder Really Be...
State Capitol reporters Alexei Koseff and Dustin Gardiner break down the Republican front-runner's chances, preview The Chronicle’s candidate debate Wednesday, and endure host Joe Garofoli's hacky Arnold Schwarzenegger impersonation.
21 min
Behind the Scenes of the Barbara Lee Documentary
East Bay director Abby Ginzberg talks to Joe Garofoli about “Barbara Lee: Speaking Truth to Power,” her new film about the longtime Oakland progressive icon, and about how she convinced a reluctant Lee to participate.
29 min
Rep. Barbara Lee Gets Personal to Explain Her P...
The Oakland Democrat and progressive icon rarely discusses her private life, especially its most painful chapters. But she does so here as she chats with Joe Garofoli about a new documentary about her, “Barbara Lee: Speaking Truth to Power.”
30 min
How Gavin Newsom Could Get Recalled
California Gov. Gavin Newsom seemed to be on a gilded path to surviving a recall attempt against him. But new polling shows that likely voters are now split.
21 min
Can a Tough on Crime ex-Republican Be Californi...
Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert is running like a traditional Republican. But she's running as an independent candidate after leaving the GOP. Among Joe Garofoli's questions: Can she win without the party’s backing?
31 min
Can Media Star/Policy Wonk Lanhee Chen Make the...
Californian Lanhee Chen is the GOP policy wonk who regularly turns up on Sunday political chat shows. On today’s podcast, the former policy director for Mitt Romney and Marco Rubio announces his plans to run for office in California -- and the challenges he faces.
35 min
Can This Republican Be California’s Next Attorn...
Nathan Hochman has never run for elective office, but the ex-George W. Bush-era Justice Department attorney and federal prosecutor promises to be tougher on crime than Democrat Attorney General Rob Bonta.
34 min
Rob Bonta Says He’s "The People’s Attorney" Not...
California Attorney General Rob Bonta is the most progressive person to hold the position in a long time. He will soon find out if California voters agree with his stances on how to discipline bad cops, whether to eliminate cash bail and ending the death penalty.
34 min
Are Republicans Softening on LGBTQ Issues? 
A new Gallup poll says that for the first time, a majority of Republicans support same sex marriage -- just four years after only 40% supported it. What’s changed? Log Cabin Republicans managing director Charles Moran guests to explain and talk about the GOP and transgender issues, too.
39 min