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The Capitol Weekly Podcast covers California politics and public policy, and features interviews with elected officials, staffers, advocates, analysts, newsmakers, and even, -gasp- journalists. Listen on SoundCloud, iTunes or at capitolweekly.net

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The Capitol Weekly Podcast covers California politics and public policy, and features interviews with elected officials, staffers, advocates, analysts, newsmakers, and even, -gasp- journalists. Listen on SoundCloud, iTunes or at capitolweekly.net

    Big Week for California Healthcare, with Anthony Wright

    Big Week for California Healthcare, with Anthony Wright

    California made national headlines this week with an aggressive push toward achieving Universal Healthcare in the state. First, Governor Newsom announced his proposed budget for 2022–23, which includes funding to expand MediCal coverage to undocumented immigrants of all age groups. This expansion of services closes a gap: undocumented immigrants aged 25 and under or 50 and older were already eligible for MediCal through previous legislation.

    On the legislative side, Democratic Assemblyman Ash Kalra introduced AB1400, a bill that would create a state-run Single Payer healthcare system to be called CalCare. On Tuesday, the bill passed its first hurdle, receiving an 11–3 vote in the Assembly Health Committee. Despite this early success, AB1400 faces a tough road ahead; the bill has already earned strong opposition from a long list of major healthcare players including The California Medical Association, The California Hospital Association and The California Association of Health Plans.

    This episode, we invited Anthony Wright of Health Access California to share his insights on these major developments in California healthcare policy, and what to expect next. Wright has spent his career working on expanding access to quality healthcare, and led the state's coalition effort to help pass the Affordable Care Act. His experience inside and outside government uniquely positions him to view healthcare policy as both an idealistic advocate, and as a pragmatist who understands the arduous political process of turning ideas into law.

    Plus - who had the #WorstWeek in California politics.

    • 34 min
    Chris Hoene: Budget Ahoy!

    Chris Hoene: Budget Ahoy!

    California's proposed new Budget is expected to drop this week. We decided to get ahead of the game and invited Chris Hoene, Executive Director of the California Budget and Policy Center, to talk about what to expect. The California Budget and Policy Center prepares fact-based, nonpartisan analyses of state budget and public policy issues, and is informed by California’s demographic, economic, and social contexts, while also advancing public policies they believe will help all Californians achieve shared prosperity. Chris spoke with us about what he expects to see in the new Budget, how it was shaped, the surplus, and the Gann Limit.

    Plus, as always, we tell you who had the #WorstWeek in California politics!

    • 25 min
    Water, Water Everywhere, but What About the Drought?

    Water, Water Everywhere, but What About the Drought?

    California has experienced a historic amount of rain this season, capping the Sierra with snow and stocking many Northern California reservoirs. Meanwhile, Colorado is plagued with devastating wildfires, burning through an unseasonably warm Winter. Are we seeing the effects of Climate Change in real time? Is California - finally - exiting the drought? And, should we be building more water storage to hold on to all this rain? Professor Jay Lund, of the Center for Watershed Sciences, our first guest of 2022, answers these questions and many more. Plus: we look back on 2021 to figure out who had the worst YEAR in California politics?

    • 28 min
    Jodi Hicks: What Next For Roe v. Wade?

    Jodi Hicks: What Next For Roe v. Wade?

    We are joined this episode by Jodi Hicks, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. Hicks has been one of many voices sounding the alarm as the Supreme Court's new conservative supermajority takes up the issue of abortion rights in cases from Texas and Mississippi. Will 2022 be the year that Americans in half the states lose access to legal abortion? And, how will California be affected? Plus: Who had the Worst Week in California Politics?

    • 30 min
    Campaign Keepsakes: Adam Gottlieb on Political Collectibles

    Campaign Keepsakes: Adam Gottlieb on Political Collectibles

    As the American Political Items Collectors society prepares to host their annual show this weekend in Sacramento we asked Adam Gottlieb to talk with us about his passion for collecting buttons and other campaign items. The APIC show runs from 10 AM to 2 PM in Curtis Hall at the Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th Street, Sacramento. Tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/political-and-pop-culture-memorabilia-show-sale-tickets-79476888513

    Also - The return of The Worst Week in California Politics!

    • 29 min
    Special Episode: An Energy Forum - Keynote by Wade Crowfoot

    Special Episode: An Energy Forum - Keynote by Wade Crowfoot

    This special episode of the Capitol Weekly Podcast was recorded live on November 17, 2021 at a panel discussion hosted by Capitol Weekly as part of our Energy Forum.

    California Secretary for Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot delivered the Keynote. He was introduced by John Howard, Editor of Capitol Weekly.

    • 21 min

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