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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 players—Political Breakdown pulls back the curtain to offer an insider’s glimpse at how politics works today.

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 players—Political Breakdown pulls back the curtain to offer an insider’s glimpse at how politics works today.

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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 players—Political Breakdown pulls back the curtain to offer an insider’s glimpse at how politics works today.

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Episodes

Juan Rodriguez on How the Newsom Campaign Defeated the Recall

9/16/2021
Scott and Marisa discuss Governor Gavin Newsom's defeat of the recall attempt, ongoing recall attempts at the local level, the possibility of changes to the recall process and California Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar's decision to step down from the court. Then, Juan Rodriguez, manager of the campaign to defeat the recall, joins to discuss investments in the field campaign and how that organizing carries over into the 2022 midterms, lessons for national Democrats about...

Duration:00:29:26

Kevin Faulconer on Governing San Diego and His Agenda on COVID and Crime

9/9/2021
With just days until voting ends in the recall election, Marisa and Scott talk with Paul Mitchell, vice president of Political Data Inc. about what early returns tell us about the electorate and what he's watching as in-person voting ramps up. Then, Kevin Faulconer, former Republican mayor of San Diego, joins to talk about his campaign for governor in the recall election, how his parents shaped his career path, his fellowship in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood and his plans on...

Duration:00:28:47

Kevin Paffrath on Running for Governor and Building a Pipeline to the Mississippi River

9/2/2021
Scott and Katie Orr talk with Kevin Paffrath, a Democrat running for governor in the recall election. The YouTube star and real estate investor talks about whether he'd really try to pipe water in from the Mississippi River, why he shouts out conservative news organizations on his channel and why he thinks Larry Elder would make a better governor than Gavin Newsom -- at least for now.

Duration:00:28:49

John Cox on Lessons From His Mom, Housing Solutions and Yes, the Bear

8/26/2021
Scott and Marisa are joined by John Cox, Republican candidate for governor in the recall election. Cox shares stories about his single mother's career as a teacher and discusses his ideas to boost construction of housing in California. He also talks about his opposition to mask mandates in schools and his initial reaction to the idea of campaigning with a live bear: "I didn't want to do it," he said.

Duration:00:28:45

Recall Election Preview and Talking About Larry Elder

8/19/2021
Larry Elder, the leading candidate to potentially replace Governor Gavin Newsom in the recall election, cancels his appearance on Political Breakdown for the second straight week. Marisa and Scott call up Politico California senior writer Carla Marinucci and KQED politics reporter Katie Orr to discuss Carla's story about Elder brandishing a gun at his ex-fiancée. They also discuss Elder's attitude toward women, the latest GOP candidate debate and preview the biggest themes in the recall...

Duration:00:28:44

What is the Newsom Campaign Missing? Ludovic Blain Has Some Ideas

8/12/2021
Scott and Marisa discuss Governor Gavin Newsom's vaccine mandate for teachers and the sharp contrast it draws with his Republican challengers in the recall election. Then, Ludovic Blain, Executive Director of the California Donor Table joins to discuss the organization's work, the California law that is shrinking the electorate in local races and what's missing in the message and strategy of Newsom's campaign to defeat the recall.

Duration:00:28:43

Teri Holoman on Being a 'Political Firefighter' for the California Teachers Association

8/5/2021
Marisa and Guy Marzorati recap the first recall candidate debate and discuss how the Newsom campaign is responding to the emergence of Larry Elder as the leading replacement candidate. Then, Teri Holoman, Associate Executive Director of Governmental Relations at the California Teachers Association joins to discuss her early mentors in politics, the importance of creating space for Black women in policymaking, how her role is like a "political firefighter," last year's negotiations around...

Duration:00:28:43

Kevin Kiley on His Recall Bid and Plans for California Schools

7/29/2021
With weeks until ballots are mailed out in California's September 14th gubernatorial recall election, Guy Marzorati and Katie Orr talk with Republican Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, one of the candidates vying to potentially replace Governor Gavin Newsom. Kiley shares how he would respond to the latest rise in COVID-19 cases, whether California should change its recall laws, his experience in Teach for America and his proposal for a school voucher program in California.

Duration:00:28:12

Todd Gloria on Creating a 'Bigger City Vision' for San Diego

7/22/2021
The field of candidates hoping to replace Governor Gavin Newsom in the September 14 recall election is set at 46 contenders. Scott and Katie Orr discuss court rulings this week that reshaped the ballot. Then, San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria joins to discuss his early interest in politics and coming out, the changing politics of his city, how to create a "bigger city vision" for San Diego and his favorite animals at the world-famous San Diego Zoo.

Duration:00:28:47

Suzette Martinez Valladares on the Reagan Legacy and Why 'We Need More Moms' in the Legislature

7/15/2021
Before the Friday deadline for candidates to enter the recall election, Marisa and Guy Marzorati discuss the state of the race and the challenge of turning out voters for a summer election. Then, Suzette Martinez Valladares, Republican Assemblywoman from Santa Clarita, joins to discuss her family's history in California and how it has shaped her views on issues like criminal justice, her recent resolution to honor Nancy Reagan, her work in the legislature's Problem Solvers Caucus, and why...

Duration:00:28:47

Jennifer Granholm on Biden's Infrastructure Push and Governing Michigan

7/8/2021
As President Joe Biden pitches a bipartisan infrastructure plan, Scott and Marisa revisit their May interview with Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, who discusses the rational for clean energy investments, and reflects on her time governing a purple state and how she has balanced career and political aspirations in her marriage. This interview first aired on May 27, 2021.

Duration:00:28:47

Mark Arax on Whether Drought Could Change California Water Politics

7/1/2021
Governor Gavin Newsom will face voters on September 14, as Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis announces the date of the recall election. Marisa and Scott discuss the latest in the recall campaign and Thursday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling on voting rights. Then, author Mark Arax joins to discuss whether California's latest drought could reshape the state's water politics, his reporting on the Resnick family in his latest book, "The Dreamt Land," and grower politics in the Central Valley.

Duration:00:29:19

Kim Foxx on Biden's Anti-Crime Plan and Pursuing Reform in Chicago

6/24/2021
Scott and Marisa talk to Kim Foxx, the State's Attorney for Cook County, Illinois about President Joe Biden's plan to push back against a national surge in violent crime. Foxx also discusses what's causing the increase in crime and reacts to criticism of progressive prosecutors, before sharing stories of her childhood and 8th grade election victory.

Duration:00:29:43

California and Florida's Pandemic Paths and Jessica Post on the Battle for Statehouses

6/17/2021
Marisa and Scott talk with WLRN's Caitie Switalski Muñoz to compare the pandemic response and recovery in California and Florida. Then, Jessica Post, president of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, joins to discuss what went wrong for Democrats in statehouse campaigns in 2020, her ten-year vision to flip state legislatures and the most important statehouse battlegrounds in 2022.

Duration:00:29:27

Honey Mahogany on Activism and Drag

6/10/2021
California Democrats vow to fight a federal ruling overturning the state's assault weapons ban. Scott and Marisa reunite in-studio to analyze the political fallout from the ruling and discuss Vice President Kamala Harris' trip to Guatemala and Mexico. Then, Honey Mahogany, chair of the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee joins to discuss her childhood in the city, her career as a drag performer, her vision for the Democratic party in San Francisco and the nexus of politics and...

Duration:00:28:56

Karen Tumulty on the Politics of Nancy Reagan

6/3/2021
Could Californians vote on the recall of Governor Gavin Newsom as soon as this summer? Scott and Marisa discuss the potential and politics of an expedited recall timeline with KQED's Guy Marzorati. Then, Washington Post columnist Karen Tumulty joins to discuss her book "The Triumph of Nancy Reagan," sharing stories of the first lady's time in Sacramento and Washington, the Reagans as parents, and Nancy's role in the administration's handling of the AIDS epidemic.

Duration:00:29:29

Liz Mair on the Newsom and Walker Recalls and Why Devin Nunes is Suing Her

5/20/2021
Marisa and Guy Marzorati are joined by Republican consultant Liz Mair to discuss Governor Gavin Newsom's vulnerabilities in the recall election. Mair also shares her experience on the 2012 campaign to defeat the recall of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, why California Rep. Devin Nunes is suing her and why she has remained in the Republican Party as a critic of former President Donald Trump.

Duration:00:28:46

Anthony Rendon on the State Budget and Newsom's Executive Powers

5/13/2021
Marisa and Scott discuss Governor Gavin Newsom's plans for a projected $75.7 billion surplus, and new polling that finds flatlining support for recalling the governor. Then, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon joins to discuss the state budget, investments in transitional kindergarten, when the governor's emergency powers should end and his pandemic reading list.

Duration:00:28:46

Mary Nichols on California's Climate Leadership and Biden's 'Inflection Point'

5/6/2021
Scott and Marisa discuss the growing spectacle of the recall campaign, including John Cox stumping with a live bear and Caitlyn Jenner's interview on Fox News. Then, former California Air Resources Board chair Mary Nichols joins to discuss how she arrived in California, working for Jerry Brown and Arnold Schwarzenegger, how Joe Biden has followed California's lead on climate policy and the potential for ongoing collaboration with China on lowering emissions.

Duration:00:28:59