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Author: Bill Boyarsky & Sherry Jeffe

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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, bureau chief and political reporter for the newspaper. Previously, he reported on politics for the Associated Press in Sacramento.

He is the author of two biographies of Ronald Reagan, a biography of Jesse M.Unruh; Inventing L.A.: The Chandlers and Their Times, and, with co-author Nancy Boyarsky, Backroom Politics.

Bill is a columnist for the websites Truthdig and Fox&Hounds and a contributor to UCLA Luskin's public policy magazine Blueprint. He is the winner of three Pulitzer Prizes for team reporting

Sherry Bebitch Jeffe recently retired as professor of the practice of public policy communication at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California.

Sherry has been political analyst for KCAL-TV, NBC4 Los Angeles NBC's "Today" show and the BBC where she was an analyst on American politics for programs in London, Scotland and Wales. In 2006, she was a nominee for the Los Angeles Area Emmy Award for NBC4’s news feature, “Decision 2005: A Voter’s Guide,” NBC4.

She has also appeared on MSNBC and Al Jazeera English and on radio shows in the United States and internationally. Sherry is a columnist for the California political web site Fox&Hounds.

Sherry has a Ph.D in government from Claremont Graduate University and a master's in political science from Rutgers, where she was a fellow at the Eagleton Institute of Politics.

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We discuss whether the Republicans are taking the "white rage" road in their effort to win the mid-term elections.  We examine the impact of white rage on California's recall election.Nancy Boyarsky is the producer-director of Inside Golden State Politics
We examine how California and Newsom performed during the  pandemic.   We talk about an uptick in gun violence.  We examine bad behavior as pandemic restrictions ease--and we vow  to be polite, ourselves.Nancy Boyarsky is  the producer-director of Inside Golden State Politics.
With our guest, broadcaster Warren Olney, we take on racially tinged topics of the day.  We wade into the academic morass that  is critical race theory, influencing politics in California and other places.    We tackle the political morass that is voting rights legislation.  And we agree that a Swiss Army knife is not as deadly as an assault  weapon. Nancy Boyarsky is the producer-director of Inside Golden State Politics
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Democracy?

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We agree that the controversy over voting rights legislation could end in compromise--a smaller bill that Biden would sign.   We speculate on why the Republicans are so opposed to a bipartisan commission investigating the January 6 insurrection.Nancy Boyarsky is the producer-director of Inside  Golden State Politics
 Our guest, Thomas Wong, president of the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District,  gives us a grassroots view of the threatened California drought and its impact on politics.  We also discuss with him the recent wave of hate crimes afflicting the country. Nancy Boyarsky is the producer and director of Inside Golden State Politics
We dig into the Mideast conflict,  but like everyone else, have no solutions.  The California budget  is rich with solutions.  But are they solutions?Nancy Boyarsky is the producer and director of Inside Golden State Politics
We briefly discuss the dumping of Liz Cheney from Republican House leadership.  We agreed that democracy was threatened and Cheney was a victim of sexism.  We examine Gov. Gavin Newsom's plans to give billions in surplus tax dollars and federal largesse to Californians in the face of his recall election.  And we wonder what might happen to Los Angeles and its huge homeless problems if  rumors are true and Mayor Eric Garcetti becomes ambassador to India.
With our guest, former California Assembly Republican leader Bob Naylor, we explore how Democratic Gov.  Gavin Newsom could lose his  job in  the recall election.  We also discuss whether Republicans are hurting themselves by passing new voting restriction laws.Nancy Boyarsky is the producer-director of Inside Golden State Politics.
In her new book Madame Speaker,  our guest USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page describes Nancy Pelosi as the most powerful woman in the history of the federal government. She tells of Pelosi's rise from Baltimore's Little Italy  and San Francisco politics to her present job,   boss of the U.S. House of Representatives.Nancy Boyarsky is the producer-director of Inside Golden State Politics
What's next on police reform?  Is it even possible? The aftermath of the Rodney King beating and the Rampart police scandal in Los Angeles in the 1990s shows the difficulty of cleaning up a police department with long-entrenched habits of brutality.Nancy Boyarsky is the producer-director of Inside Golden State Politics
Along with our guest, television journalist Dave Bryan, we discuss whether police are too quick on the trigger when they confront African American and Latino men.   We examine the possibility of police reform and ask why the mayor of California's largest city, Eric Garcetti, isn't taking the lead.  Nancy Boyarsky is the producer-director of Inside Golden State Politics
We examine how President Joe Biden could emerge a winner with his hotly contested jobs and infrastructure plan. We detail blue  collar jobs and projects big and small that could be created.  California could be a real beneficiary.  Finally,  we discuss the economic and political impact of moving the baseball all star game from Atlanta to Denver.Nancy Boyarsky is the producer-director of Inside Golden State Politics 
Now that  recent polls  are out,  can Gov. Gavin Newsom breathe easier in his fight against the recall?  And could Sen. Dianne Feinstein, criticized by her party's progressives,  be a valuable ally in  President Joe Biden's efforts to clamp down on guns?Nancy Boyarsky is the producer and director of Inside Golden State Politics
We explore whether economically troubled  journalism is up to the challenge of covering the complexities  of modern society and politics.    Inside Golden State Politics is produced and directed by Nancy Boyarsky
With our guest, political analyst Bill Schneider,  we explain the filibuster and its importance to the voting rights legislation in the Senate.  We wonder exactly what Gov. Gavin Newsom has done to deserve a recall.Nancy Boyarsky is the producer and director of Inside Golden State Politics.
With our guest, political analyst Bill  Schneider, we explain the filibuster and its importance to the voting rights legislation in the Senate.  We wonder exactly what Gov. Gavin Newsom  has done to deserve a recall.Nancy Boyarsky is the producer-director of Inside Golden State Politics
We wonder whether Gavin Newsom's  State of the State  address  was just another campaign speech.  We also critique the governor's speaking style.  Bill said he was easier to understand.  Sherry said he spoke too fast.  Nancy Boyarsky is the producer-director of Inside Golden State Politics 
With our guest, Politico's Carla Marinucci, we chat about how the Recall Newson campaign needs a star out front--just as the Recall Davis  effort in 2003 had Arnold.  Is Dwayne Johnson, The Rock, the new Arnold?   We also explore the recall's connection to the anti-vaccination movement.Nancy Boyarsky is the producer-director of Inside Golden State Politics.
We note the misogyny of the on-line attacks on Vice President Kamala Harris and political women in general.   Then we discuss the sad statistic of more than a half million Americans dead from Covid-19 and the way President Biden remembered their passing with grace and empathy.
We  examine the media's continuing obsession with Donald Trump.   And we dig into the current buzz around  California politics. Nancy Boyarsky is the producer and director of Inside Golden  State Politics
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