Inside Golden State Politics

Inside Golden State Politics

Two experienced California political experts argue about politics from Los Angeles to Sacramento to Washington with Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Bebitch Jeffe. Bill Boyarsky is former city editor of the Los Angeles Times and was also a columnist, …


Asian Americans join Latinos as targets of Trump’s bigoted rhetoric
Jul 30 • 31 min
We take a hard look at how President Trump is stacking the deck against Asian Americans and Latinos. Asian Americans are damaged by his racist description of the coronavirus pandemic, giving bigots permission to assault them verbally and, in some…
Pandemic Politics: Is Trump Channeling Newsom? Is Newsom Channeling Trump?
Jul 23 • 32 min
The coronavirus pandemic has confronted Gov. Gavin Newsom and President Donald Trump with different kinds of troubles. We examine how Newsom faces the hands-on matters that Trump has long avoided—opening schools, finding masks and other supplies,…
Bigger Than Politics: The Future of Public Education
Jul 16 • 30 min
As the school semester grows near, we discuss whether to open the schools or rely on home schooling, often in the hands of overworked parents. This is bigger than political campaigns. Each day, the pressure increases on Gov. Gavin Newsom, his…
Electoral college, the pandemic, Trump’s psyche: What a mess!
Jul 9 • 28 min
Sherry digs into the labyrinth of the electoral college, explaining its history and the role of slavery in its creation. We debate the future of the institution, with Bill more optimistic than Sherry about chances of eliminating it. We also examine…
Newsom, Trump, Roberts: Politics and Policy
Jul 2 • 27 min
Did Gov. Gavin Newsom dig himself into a hole by first embracing strong enforcement of coronavirus regulations, then easing up, and finally reversing himself? We examine the twists and turns of the governor’s decision making. We also wonder whether…
Trump: Wild on the trail
Jun 25 • 31 min
We dissect President Donald Trump’s erratic, inflammatory return to the campaign trail amid rising numbers of coronavirus victims and polls showing he faces a tough re-election fight. We also handicap the competition for the Democratic vice…
Are Latinos being ignored in the debate over police brutality
Jun 19 • 34 min
Where have Latinos gone in the raging controversy over police misconduct? Why is the issue usually framed in terms of black and white ethnicities? Bill and Sherry tackle the subject against a backdrop of police killings of African American men. They…
Protests: Anger and hope
Jun 11 • 28 min
Were the police too rough with demonstrators protesting the death of George Floyd? Bill and Sherry zero in on the Los Angeles Police Department for a discussion of this controversial subject. They want to know who was responsible for the LAPD tactics…
The protests: Our takes
Jun 4 • 31 min
Bill and Sherry debate the pace and reality of change demanded by protesters in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by police. They also discuss one of the most significant developments in American politics, the emergence of a strong new generation…
Disruption
May 28 • 28 min
Bill and Sherry explore President Donald Trump’s potent weapon, disruption, throwing the bright shiny object into the national debate to take attention away from the rising coronavirus toll and a distressed economy. His targets include vote by mail and…
The Media, Obamagate and Gavin Newsom
May 21 • 35 min
Bill and Sherry wonder if Governor Gavin Newsom is being politically smart—or gutless—in cutting education to help make up the $54 billion state budget deficit. They question whether the media is digging up the full story on state finances. And…
Woes: Budget and political
May 14 • 29 min
Bill and Sherry explore the immediate and long-term damage caused by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s $54 billion in California state budget cuts—a result of the stubborn coronavirus pandemic. We also look at how President Donald Trump is reacting to the pandemic…
Newsom, Biden, and the poor
May 7 • 32 min
Bill and Sherry explore whether Gov. Gavin Newsom is caving in to rebels against his shelter-at-home policy. The podcasters disagree over Joe Biden’s campaign strategy. Sherry favors Biden laying back, a version of the great heavyweight boxing…
Coronavirus: Tracing, Privacy—a Challenge for California
Apr 30 • 26 min
Bill and Sherry examine the difficult job of tracing those exposed to the coronavirus. They take a hard look at how Gov. Gavin Newsom is handling the challenge of the pandemic. They also discuss how testing for the virus is focusing attention on the…
Searching For Joe Biden, Voting By Mail
Apr 23 • 29 min
Bill and Sherry examine voting by mail in the midst of a pandemic. They agree on the need but disagree over whether it can be implemented by the November election. They also search for an answer to a big question: Where’s Joe Biden?
Social Media, Politics and the Coronavirus
Apr 16 • 28 min
Sherry and Bill argue over the impact of social media on the presidential campaign and on coverage of the coronavirus epidemic. They also discuss whether the mainstream media was too slow in covering Tara Reade’s allegations of sexual assault against…
The Media:Covering Politics and the Pandemic
Apr 9 • 29 min
Inside Golden State Politics takes a close look at how journalism is covering the coronavirus epidemic. We find good work, some gaps and conclude surprisingly that among the best reporters on the beat are California Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles Mayor…
Politics And Policy In The Time of Coronavirus
Apr 2 • 25 min
The Inside Golden State Politics podcast examines how the Coronavirus is changing politics and policy making. It has has shifted power and influence to state and local political leaders such as California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New…
Leadership
Mar 26 • 27 min
President Donald Trump and Gov. Andrew Cuomo each put a different face on the handling the Coronavirus pandemic. What makes a leader? Bill and Sherry discuss this and look back at the Kennedys and others who demonstrated great leadership.
MIXED BAG: Polls, politics and the virus
Mar 22 • 25 min
Sexism and the Presidential Race
Mar 10 • 20 min
Did sexism cost Elizabeth Warren and the other women candidates a chance to win the Democratic presidential nomination?