Capitol Weekly Podcast: Education at the Ballot Box

Campaign consultant Gale Kaufman has run a ballot campaign (or two, or more) in every election cycle since 1998 – and, she’s won most of those. Many of the campaigns Kaufman has directed were tied to education, and she has been closely affiliated with the California Teachers Association for much of her career. Kaufman joined us to offer her thoughts on the lessons of 2020 and what may be in the pipeline for the 2022 election and beyond.


Capitol Weekly Podcast: An Economic Forecast

Lenny Mendonca, the former head of GO-Biz (The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development)for Governor Gavin Newsom, joined John Howard and Tim Foster to talk about the economic outlook for California as the pandemic continues, and what to expect when the era of COVID is over.


Capitol Weekly Podcast: Dan Morain on Kamala’s Way

Kamala Harris speaking at the 2019 National Forum on Wages and Working People in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Gage Skidmore, used by permission.

Journalist extraordinaire Dan Morain joined John Howard and Tim Foster to talk about his new book, Kamala’s Way: An American Life – the first biography of Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris. Morain covered Harris’ rise in real time for the Los Angeles Times, The Sacramento Bee and CalMatters; that background allowed him to write and research the entire book in a few months during the COVID-19 lockdown.


Capitol Weekly Podcast: What next for the CAGOP?

Stickers for sale at the 2016 California Republican Convention. Photo by Tim Foster, Capitol Weekly

On Tuesday we published journalist A.G. Block’s in-depth analysis of the woes plaguing California’s Republican Party: they run barely ahead of ‘Decline to State’ in voter registration, have no elected statewide officials, and hold a fraction of the state’s legislative and Congressional seats. A.G. joined John Howard and Tim Foster today to talk about the plight of California Republicans over the long haul, and what the events of the past few days might mean.


Capitol Weekly Podcast: The Bash 2021, Politicalish and more

What happens to The Bash for 2021? The good news: it’s on. The bad news: not til later. David Quintana fills in all the details for this year’s Bash, talks about the event’s humble origins, and shares Lil John’s drink of choice. We also discuss Quintana’s new podcast, Politicalish, which mixes politics with his other interests, including true crime, MMA and Hip Hop.


Capitol Weekly Podcast: Population in decline

Beacon Portraits all 2018

For the second year in a row, California has seen its population decline – After generations of growth, the state is losing more people than it gains every year.

What does that mean for a state that has nearly 40 million people already? How many can we afford to lose? And, who is leaving? For this episode of the Capitol Weekly Podcast we spoke with Adam Fowler, Director of Research for Beacon Economics, an independent research and consulting firm based in Los Angeles.


Capitol Weekly Podcast: The Vaccines are coming

A medical researcher at work. (Photo: National Cancer Institute, via Wikimedia Commons.

Capitol Weekly’s John Howard and Tim Foster were joined by Dr. Dean Blumberg, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, UC Davis School of Medicine and Acting Chief, Pediatric Infectious Disease Section, UC Davis Medical Center.


Capitol Weekly Podcast: Doug Moore, social justice union warrior

Moore joined Capitol Weekly’s John Howard and Tim Foster by phone to talk about the challenges his members face providing in-home care during the COVID pandemic, and about the larger challenges facing service employees – particularly people of color – every day. Moore credits then-Assemblywoman Maxine Waters for inspiring him to expand his labor platform into a broader movement for social change and racial equity.


Capitol Weekly Podcast: Craig Tucker on Klamath dam agreement

Last week, Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Kate Brown of Oregon, leaders of the Yurok and Karuk Tribes and billionaire investor Warren Buffett issued a joint announcement that four dams on the Klamath River will be removed.

The agreement follows decades of often-tense negotiations between the tribes, state and local governments and the dams’ owner, PacifiCorps, a massive power utility that serves roughly 600,000 customers in California and Oregon.

Karuk natural resources spokesperson Craig Tucker joined John Howard to talk about the historic agreement, its impact on the region’s Salmon fisheries, and the potential for replication in other places where dams are contested.

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