Political Breakdown

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Join hosts Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos as they unpack the week in politics with a California perspective. Featuring interviews with reporters and other insiders involved in the craft of politics—including elected officials, candidates, pollsters, campaign managers, fundraisers, and other political… read more

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Mayor Eric Garcetti on the Homeless Crisis, Kosher Burritos and LA’s Green New Deal

September 13th, 2019


Some Trump administration officials take a trip to California’s biggest city for “fact-finding” on homelessness. Scott and Marisa sit down with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti in his office to talk about the Trump team’s visit …

Ted Lieu on Tweeting at Trump, Running Against Kamala and Selling Jade

September 6th, 2019


Governor Gavin Newsom’s request to amend a vaccination bill causes confusion in the legislature. Scott and Marisa analyze Newsom’s move, and how he has dealt with other controversial bills as the legislative year draws …

Jordan Cunningham on Coastal Republicanism, Charter Schools and Nuclear Energy

August 30th, 2019


Negotiations over gig worker regulations heat up and lawmakers and the governor reach a deal on charter schools. Katie Orr joins Scott and Marisa for …

Andrew Yang on Support from Tech Workers, Universal Basic Income, and the ‘Bizarre’ Democratic Debates

August 23rd, 2019


Governor Gavin Newsom signs landmark legislation changing California’s police use-of-force law, and Scott and Marisa recap a big win for the Newsom …

Marianne Williamson on Reparations, Vaccinations, and Spirituality in Politics

August 16th, 2019


Author and presidential candidate Marianne Williamson joins Marisa and Guy Marzorati to discuss her childhood travels, discovering A Course in Miracles, her charity work with AIDS patients in Los Angeles, her stance on …

Massaging the Message with Anat Shenker-Osorio

August 9th, 2019


Governor Gavin Newsom warns of white nationalism’s threat to California, and faces a legal challenge over his decision to sign a presidential tax return bill, plus Scott asks Marisa about her trip to prison with the …

Ro Khanna on Anti-War Activism, Regulating Silicon Valley, and Keeping His Kids Off of Social Media

August 2nd, 2019


A new California law could keep President Trump off of the state’s 2020 primary ballot, and Marisa and Guy Marzorati discuss how Senator Kamala …

Amanda Renteria on Central Valley Politics, Working for DiFi, and Life on the Hot Corner

July 25th, 2019


Marisa and Guy Marzorati preview next week’s Democratic presidential debates, and discuss why criminal justice policy could take center stage on …

Scott Wiener on Coming Out to His Frat Brothers, San Francisco Politics and Fashion Tips from Kamala

July 18th, 2019


House Democrats are united against President Trump’s racist attack on four Congresswomen, but divided over how to respond. Marisa and Guy Marzorati also discuss the latest in California presidential fundraising and …

Chad Mayes on Cap and Trade, Working With Democrats and the Future of the Republican Party

July 12th, 2019


Eric Swalwell is out and Tom Steyer is in. Scott Shafer and Katie Orr discuss changes in the presidential race, the wildfire bill on its way to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk and the winning U.S. women’s soccer team.

Then …

Newsom’s First Budget, Kamala’s Big Night and Cory Booker on His California Roots

July 5th, 2019


Gov. Gavin Newsom takes an extended victory lap after signing his first state budget, and Sen. Kamala Harris tries to make the most of her standout performance at the first Democratic presidential debate. Plus, we …

Lorena Gonzalez on Labor Organizing, Working as a Single Mom, and Handling Online Harassment

June 28th, 2019


San Diego Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez tells Marisa and Katie about making it as a single mom in politics for most of her career, giving up on love …

Catharine Baker on Losing an Election, Overcoming Cancer, and Reaching Across the Aisle

June 21st, 2019


A Sacramento police officer was killed in the line of duty Wednesday night. Marisa and Scott discuss how that might affect the conversation on the …

Adam Schiff on His Mother’s Campaigning, Prosecuting an FBI Agent, and Working with Devin Nunes

June 14th, 2019


A new poll finds Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren surging in California. Marisa and Scott discuss how the top candidates are fairing in the …

Cory Booker on His Push for ‘Civic Grace,’ Football at Stanford, and Dating in the Projects

June 7th, 2019


California takes center stage in the Democratic primary, as fourteen candidates make their case to delegates at the party convention in San Francisco. Scott and Marisa recap the speeches and the election of a new party …

Julián Castro on Growing Up in Texas and Taking On President Trump’s Immigration Policy

May 31st, 2019


California Democrats are gearing up for their annual party convention in San Francisco this weekend, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is blasting Facebook after the tech giant didn’t take down a doctored video of her. …

The Identity Politics of Being ‘Enough’ with Tonya Mosley, and Jenifer Ancona on Organizing a New American Majority

May 24th, 2019


Tonya Mosley, host of KQED’s new podcast Truth Be Told, joins Marisa and Scott to talk about identity politics and the struggle for candidates of …

BONUS: Gay Candidates Then and Now, From Milk to Buttigieg

May 22nd, 2019

On what would have been Harvey Milk’s 89th birthday, we’re looking back on the San Francisco supervisor’s life and legacy, paired with a conversation …

Kimberly Ellis on ‘Losing with Grace,’ Her Brother’s Death, and Her Run for Party Chair

May 17th, 2019


Scott and Marisa discuss how Governor Gavin Newsom is spending his political capital, as the legislature stalls a clean water tax and legislation to …

Pollster David Binder on Focus Groups, the Myth of Voters in the Middle, and the 2020 Primary

May 10th, 2019


Gavin Newsom lays out a revised state budget, and Marisa and Scott discuss the governor’s break with Attorney General Xavier Becerra over the release …

Jay Inslee on Hooping with Obama and His Climate Change Campaign for President

May 3rd, 2019


California Senator Kamala Harris grabs the spotlight in her questioning of Attorney General William Barr. Then, Washington Governor Jay Inslee joins Scott and Guy Marzorati to talk about his Jimi Hendrix connection, …

David Chiu on Rent Control, San Francisco Politics, and Electric Violining

April 26th, 2019


Joe Biden enters the 2020 fray, more Democratic nominees head west, and Scott and Marisa are joined by Guy Marzorati to talk about the latest in …

Rusty Hicks on His Campaign for Democratic Party Chair

April 18th, 2019


The race for California Democratic Party chair is heating up, and Scott and Marisa discuss what’s at stake. Then, they’re joined by Rusty Hicks, candidate for chair, who discusses his vision for the state party, meeting …

Laphonza Butler on Her Move from Labor Leadership to the Harris Campaign

April 12th, 2019


A lukewarm poll and an ongoing utility crisis greet Governor Gavin Newsom upon his return from El Salvador. Then, Scott and Marisa are joined by …

Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert on the Death Penalty, Stephon Clark and Forensic DNA

April 5th, 2019


The debate over a proposed navigation center in San Francisco exposes the challenge local electeds face in addressing homelessness in California. Then, Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert joins …

TJ Cox on His Nail-Biting House Victory, the Green New Deal and High-Speed Rail

March 29th, 2019


Freshman Congressman TJ Cox tells Scott and Marisa about waiting three weeks before emerging victorious in his Central Valley House district, the moment he knew the Democratic Party was abandoning his race, his …

Amy Klobuchar on Early Moments of Leadership, Adding ‘The Voice of a Midwesterner’ on Climate Change, and Prom Night Trauma

March 22nd, 2019


Minnesota Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar joins Scott and Marisa to talk about embracing leadership at an early age, prom night trauma, why it’s important to have “the voice of a Midwesterner” on …

Inside the Horseshoe With Newsom Chief of Staff Ann O’Leary

March 15th, 2019


Gavin Newsom places a moratorium on executions in California, and Scott and Marisa delve into the factors that weighed into the governor’s decision. Then, Newsom’s chief of staff Ann O’Leary joins to discuss life inside …

Aimee Allison on Empowering Women of Color, Rep. Omar Controversy and Identity Politics in the 2020 Election

March 8th, 2019


California Attorney General Xavier Becerra says the two Sacramento police officers who shot and killed Stephon Clark last year will not face criminal …

Pete Buttigieg Rides a Presidential Boomlet

March 1st, 2019


When Democrat Pete Buttigieg announced he was exploring a run for president earlier this year, you could hardly blame anyone who asked “president of

BONUS Breakdown: Jeff Adachi, 1959-2019

February 24th, 2019


San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi died Friday night at 59. Scott and Marisa share their memories of Adachi’s life and work, and revisit his …

Sam Liccardo on His Early California Roots, Bringing Google to San Jose, and High-Speed Rail

February 22nd, 2019


Political Breakdown from San Jose! President Trump jumps into the controversy over California’s high-speed rail system, and Marisa and Scott preview …

Anthony Rendon, from Dostoyevsky to Social D, His Leadership Style, and Working with Governor Newsom

February 15th, 2019


Governor Gavin Newsom delivers his first state of the state, and struggles to keep his high-speed rail announcement on track (0:40). Then, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon joins Scott and Marisa to discuss his journey …

Carl Guardino on Representing Silicon Valley in the Halls of Power

February 8th, 2019


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi becomes a meme again, and California’s delegation tries to flex its muscle as the majority on House committees. Scott and Marisa also look ahead to Gavin Newsom’s first State of the State and …

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal on Her Journey to America, Negotiating with Pelosi, and How Democrats Should Talk About Single-Payer

February 1st, 2019


Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal joins Scott and Marisa to share the story of her move to America at 16, going from Wall Street to immigration advocacy, …

The Kamala Harris ‘Progressive Prosecutor’ Debate, and San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi

January 25th, 2019


Cal Fire finds that PG&E equipment did not start the deadly Tubbs Fire in the North Bay — what does that mean for the utility’s impending bankruptcy claim? Scott and Marisa also discuss Kamala Harris’ entrance into …

Buffy Wicks on Parenting in Politics, Running Campaigns vs. Running for Office, and Her Race for State Assembly

January 18th, 2019


The government shutdown turns into a Trump/Pelosi showdown, and Governor Gavin Newsom is greeted with a teachers strike in LA and the possible bankruptcy of PG&E (0:58). Then, Scott and Marisa are joined by East Bay …

Newsom’s First Budget and State Senator Holly Mitchell

January 11th, 2019


Governor Gavin Newsom releases his first state budget proposal, and relishes the opportunity to explain every detail (0:10). Scott and Marisa were there, and they run through the big takeaways with Katie Orr. Then, Los …

Newsom Inauguration Special: LIVE Coverage

January 8th, 2019


Gavin Newsom takes the oath of office to become California’s 40th governor. Live coverage and analysis from KQED’s politics team and Capital Public …

Aaron McLear on Working for Arnold and the ‘Campaign’ Culture at Uber

January 4th, 2019


Nancy Pelosi regains the gavel as the new Congress is sworn in, and California’s new members fall in line behind the speaker (0:25). Then consultant …

Gavin Newsom’s ‘Blurry’ Childhood, Political Rise and Personal Growth

December 28th, 2018


On Jan. 7, Gavin Newsom will be sworn in as California’s 40th governor. Scott and Marisa revisit their interview with Newsom during the campaign, when they discussed his parents’ two worlds, his rise in San Francisco …

Gov. Jerry Brown on Leaving Office, Leftover Campaign Cash, Lessons from His Mother, and Car Shopping

December 21st, 2018


Gov. Jerry Brown sits down with Marisa and Scott at the governor’s mansion in Sacramento to talk about life after office, his plans for his unspent campaign cash, what Democrats need in 2020, challenges for Gov.-elect …

Lobbying at the State Capitol with Amy Brown

December 14th, 2018


California’s Chief Justice leaves the Republican party, and Scott and Marisa discuss the deal that has Nancy Pelosi poised to recapture the Speaker’s gavel (0:40). Then, lobbyist Amy Brown discusses the ins and outs of …

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Inspirational Women, Winning in Rural America, and Softball Trash Talking

December 7th, 2018


The state legislature is back in session and Marisa and Guy Marzorati recap early bills on wildfires and housing (1:10). Then, a conversation with New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on the women in her family who …

Democrats Complete California Sweep, and Republican Strategist Matt Shupe on the Cox Campaign and Future of the GOP

November 30th, 2018


T.J Cox’s victory in the Central Valley gives Democrats a sweep of congressional swing districts, and Nancy Pelosi wins the backing of her caucus in her run for Speaker. Marisa and Scott also discuss the resignation of …

Thanksgiving Special: Nancy Pelosi Pursues the Speaker’s Gavel, Plus Patrick Murphy and David Jolly on Working Across the Aisle

November 22nd, 2018


On this Thanksgiving episode from Political Breakdown, Scott and Marisa revisit their interview with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, as she moves …

Congresswoman Jackie Speier on Surviving Jonestown and Fighting Back from Personal and Political Losses

November 16th, 2018


The blue wave crashes in California in the week after the election, nearly wiping out the GOP in Orange County and giving Democrats a supermajority in the state legislature.  Then, 40 years after the Jonestown massacre, …

Wrapping Up the California Midterms with Joe Garofoli

November 9th, 2018


Scott and Marisa are joined by San Francisco Chronicle senior political writer Joe Garofoli to recap the state and Congressional races, analyze the …

Making Sense of California’s Election Night

November 7th, 2018


Democrats take the House, but key California seats are still up for grabs. Gavin Newsom runs away with the Governor’s race, and Dianne Feinstein wins …

Election Preview: Under the Radar Issues and Races

November 2nd, 2018


You’ve heard a lot about California’s races for Governor, Senate, and Congress. But we’re devoting this episode to the races and propositions that have gotten less attention. Scott and Marisa are joined by Katie Orr and …

‘I Get Things Done’ Dianne Feinstein on Her History, Political ‘Style’ and the Future of Compromise in the Senate

October 26th, 2018


Running for a sixth term in the Senate, Dianne Feinstein talks with Scott and Marisa about how her childhood influenced her career, considering retirement before the assassination of Harvey Milk, the bill she wants to …

Ben Tulchin on Polling for Bernie and the Secret Sauce of Political Surveys

October 19th, 2018


Fresh off of their first live event of election season, Scott and Marisa recap the Senate “debate” between Dianne Feinstein and Kevin de Leon and …

San Francisco DA George Gascón Discusses Decision Not to Seek Re-Election and Reflects on His Push for Criminal Justice Reforms

October 12th, 2018


Scott and Marisa recap KQED’s gubernatorial debate and take up the Debate Over Debates: whether California needs a system to regulate debates …

Gavin Newsom on His Childhood, Personal Growth, and Teenage Wine Cellar

October 5th, 2018


Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom says the story of his childhood and career ascent is often misrepresented. So Scott and Marisa talk with the …

Analyzing the Californians at Center of the Kavanaugh-Ford Hearings

September 28th, 2018


Palo Alto professor Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh grip the nation with their testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary committee, with questions from Californian Senators Dianne …

Orange County Road Trip! Assessing a Potential Blue Wave with Gustavo Arellano

September 21st, 2018


Political Breakdown is in Orange County, where a handful of closely watched Congressional races could decide the balance of power in the House of …

State Senate President Toni Atkins on Her Appalachian Roots, San Diego’s Political Culture, and Leadership in the #MeToo Era

September 14th, 2018


Governor Jerry Brown takes center stage at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, and State Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins joins Marisa and Scott to talk about her journey from western Virginia to …

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye on Confirmation Hearings, Bail Reform, and the Vacancy on California’s High Court

September 7th, 2018


California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris take different tacts in their questioning of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (0:12) Then, Scott and Marisa talk  with California Chief Justice Tani …

End of Legislative Session Madness with Gubernatorial Advisor Dana Williamson

August 31st, 2018


We’re in Sacramento this week as lawmakers advance hundreds of bills to the Governor’s desk before Friday’s deadline. Scott and Marisa run through a major change to the state’s bail system, unfinished business on …

Nancy Pelosi on Running Against a ‘Culture of Corruption,’ Challenges to Her Leadership, and Dark Chocolate

August 24th, 2018


House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi talks with Scott and Marisa about this week’s indictment of San Diego Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter and the legal troubles of President Trump’s allies, learning to have thick …

Debbie Mesloh on Bail Reform, Working with Kamala Harris and Women in Politics

August 17th, 2018


It’s crunch time: The legislative session in Sacramento ends later this month, and lawmakers are deciding the fate of many bills. Marisa and Katie look at what’s been squashed and what’s staying alive (0:45). Then, …

Kevin de Leon on Fatherhood, His Legislative Battles, and Taking on DiFi in the U.S. Senate Race

August 10th, 2018


The state legislature continues to weigh reforms around utilities and wildfires, and Republicans jump on a failed attempt to audit the state DMV (00:40). Then, State Senator Kevin de Leon joins the show to talk about …

Eric Swalwell on His Iowa Roots, Lessons of Knocking Off an Incumbent, and How to Talk About Trump and Russia

August 3rd, 2018


The skyrocketing costs of California’s wildfires raise new fiscal questions for the Governor and the legislature, while Barack Obama and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez make splashes in California (0:40). Then, Congressman …

Governor Brown Unveils Controversial Plan on Wildfire Damages, and Drew Godinich Talks Orange County Swing Seats

July 27th, 2018


Governor Brown proposes new changes to laws governing utility liability in response to the state’s wildfires (1:12) and Scott and Marisa talk about new data that sheds a different light on poverty in California (6:46). …

Kristin Olsen on Challenges Facing Political Moderation and Barriers to Women Running for Office

July 20th, 2018


Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Scott and Marisa recap the demise of the ballot measure to split California, and discuss Rep. Devin Nunes’ ad attacking the Fresno Bee (1:25). Then, Stanislaus County supervisor and former …

Attorney General Xavier Becerra on California’s Legal Battles with the Trump Administration

July 13th, 2018


California Attorney General Xavier Becerra joins Scott and Katie Orr to talk about the recent dismissal of challenges to California’s sanctuary state law (1:30) how his parents dealt with bigotry as Mexican immigrants …

Rep. Barbara Lee on Activism with Pom-Poms, Fundraising for the Panthers, Her Toughest Votes, and First Pitch Jitters

July 6th, 2018


A federal judge blocks the Trump administration’s request to stop California’s sanctuary state law (1:02). Scott and Guy Marzorati also discuss the White House’s Twitter attack on California Senator Kamala Harris over …

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg on His Reforms to California’s Initiative System and Addressing Homelessness Locally

June 29th, 2018


Marisa and Scott run through a wild day in the state legislature, with last-minute deals on digital privacy, lead paint cleanup, and soda taxes to avoid ballot measure battles in November (0:50). Then, Sacramento mayor …

Emergency Breakdown: Anthony Kennedy, California’s Supreme Court Justice, Announces Retirement

June 28th, 2018


Scott and Marisa discuss the retirement of Supreme Court Justice (and Sacramento native) Anthony Kennedy, and his departure’s impact on California.

Reporting from Border Migrant Camps and State Senator Connie Leyva on Labor Politics and #WeSaidEnough Legislation

June 22nd, 2018


California Report host John Sepulvado joins Scott and Marisa to share his experience of reporting from migrant camps in Tornillo, Texas (0:45) Then, …

London Breed’s New Life as Mayor-elect and What Delaine Eastin Learned in Her Run for Governor

June 15th, 2018


San Francisco Mayor-elect London Breed talks with Scott and Marisa about her victory and shares the good (and bad) advice she’s gotten since (00:38) Then, Delaine Eastin joins the show to talk about what inspired her to …

The #MeToo Movement’s Primary Impact and Josh Newman on the Lessons of His Recall

June 8th, 2018


Scott and Marisa are joined by KQED’s Katie Orr and the San Francisco Chronicle’s Joe Garofoli to recap Tuesday’s primary, look ahead to the general …

June Primary Special: Newsom and Cox Advance to November Governor’s Race

June 6th, 2018


After a heated jungle primary, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and Republican businessman John Cox are set to face off in the November governor’s race. Plus, both Democrats and Republicans appear pleased with their …

California Chief Economist Irena Asmundson on the Governor’s Charts and Projecting the State’s Fiscal Future

June 1st, 2018


With the primary election less than a week away, Marisa Lagos and Scott Shafer run through the latest poling in the Governor’s race (00:40) and the …

Former FEC Commissioner Ann Ravel Talks Money in Politics, Russian Election Meddling and Stormy Daniels

May 25th, 2018


The race for California Governor heats up as Antonio Villaraigosa and John Cox vie for the second spot behind front-runner Gavin Newsom (0:55), and Dave Jones sues his rival for Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, over a …

‘Call Me a San Franciscan’: Angela Alioto on Political Lessons from Her Dad and Her Run for Mayor

May 18th, 2018


The State Assembly wraps up its sexual harassment investigation of Cristina Garcia, and California Republicans gather at the White House to denounce the state’s ‘sanctuary’ law (0:45) Then, Scott and Marisa are joined …

The Sacrifice Question and a Look Inside The Press Office with Gil Duran

May 11th, 2018


The six leading candidates for Governor square off in a high-profile debate, and (try to) talk about sacrifices in their lives. Political Breakdown …

Mark Leno on Playing the Legislative Long Game and His Run to ‘Shake Up’ City Hall

May 4th, 2018


An internet privacy measure appears headed to the November ballot (00:45) and Republican endorsements coalesce around businessman John Cox in the California governors race (2:55). Then, former State Senator and San …

‘The Week That People Start to Melt Down’ With Consultant Eric Jaye

April 27th, 2018


A new poll shows two Republicans rising in the race for governor (1:05), and Jerry Brown is gearing up for what could be a final campaign to protect …

SB 827 Goes Down and Republican Consultant Tim Miller Shares the Art of Opposition Research

April 20th, 2018


The latest feud between Donald Trump and California continues over sending National Guard troops to the southern border (00:30). Then, Kim-Mai Cutler …

Jane Kim on Learning from Losses, Clean Streets, and Wu-Tang Love

April 13th, 2018


A shakeup of leadership in the House of Representatives sets California up for increased influence in 2019 (00:25), and a California mayor has his sights on Iowa (3:23). Then, San Francisco supervisor and mayoral …

Alameda County Public Defender Brendon Woods on Mass Incarceration, Racial Bias and Bail Reform

April 6th, 2018


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to testify before Congress next week amid a privacy scandal involving data from tens of millions of users . NPR …

Attorney John Burris on How to Turn Police Shootings into Long-Term Reforms

March 30th, 2018


The shooting of Stephon Clark sparks protests in Sacramento and renews the conversation around statewide policing reforms. KQED’s Katie Orr gives an …

For the Love of Organizing with Newsom Campaign Manager Addisu Demissie

March 23rd, 2018


A mayoral forum in San Francisco gets wild (1:10), and new poll numbers in the Governor’s race show Republican John Cox hopping over Antonio …

Trump in California and Harmeet Dhillon on Life as a San Francisco Republican

March 16th, 2018


President Trump visits California and calls out Governor Jerry Brown. Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos talk to Los Angeles Times reporter Seema Mehta about her hunt to find Trump’s L.A. fundraiser (1:00) Then, Republican …

Sessions in Sacramento and Consumer Politics with Shannon Coulter

March 9th, 2018


Attorney General Jeff Sessions visits the Capitol on the heels of the Trump administration’s immigration lawsuit against California (00:20). Devin …

Angie Wei on Organized Labor’s Clout in Sacramento and Life After Janus

March 2nd, 2018


California Democrats meet in San Diego but leave without endorsements in the Senate and Governor’s race. (00:50). In Oakland, Mayor Libby Schaaf draws the Trump administration’s ire for warning of an immigration raid …

Willie Brown on Power at the Capitol, the Mayoral Election, and His Newspaper Column

February 23rd, 2018


Former California Assembly Speaker and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown talks with Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos about the levers of power in …

Immigration Stalemate and Gubernatorial Conspiracies with Mike Madrid

February 16th, 2018


A bipartisan immigration proposal splits California senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein (00:40). Then, Republican consultant Mike Madrid …

Supervisor London Breed on Her Childhood in San Francisco and Her Run for the Mayor’s Office

February 9th, 2018


The latest turn in the #MeToo movement in Sacramento finds Legislative Women’s Caucus chair Cristina Garcia in the spotlight, with new harassment …

Unpacking the Initiative Process with Sacramento Strategist Gale Kaufman

February 2nd, 2018


Political Breakdown hosts Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos run through President Trump’s State of the Union, and the latest campaign filings in …

Tom Steyer on President Trump’s ‘High Crimes’ and the Stigma of Being a Big Donor

January 26th, 2018


KQED Political Breakdown hosts Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos recap Gov. Jerry Brown’s final State of the State address.

(6:40) Democratic donor and …

Xavier Becerra on ICE Raids and Sean Walsh on the Politics of Immigration

January 19th, 2018


California Attorney General Xavier Becerra talks to KQED Political Breakdown’s hosts Marisa Lagos and Scott Shafer, and reacts to rumors of stepped …

Gov. Jerry Brown on Sexual Misconduct at the Capitol, Criminal Justice Reform, and Life after Office

January 12th, 2018


Governor Jerry Brown sat down with KQED’s Political Breakdown hosts Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos, hours after releasing his annual budget proposal.

Welcome to Political Breakdown

December 20th, 2017


Political Breakdown is a new series that explores the political intersection of California and the nation. Each week hosts Scott Shafer and Marisa …

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