East Bay political discourse will never be the same! Political reporter Steve Tavares and Alameda County insider Shawn Wilson provide insights, dish the scoop, while also detailing the lighter side of Alameda County, state, and national political scene.
Retirement and the Legend of Cracker McCracker
It's already a tumultuous 2021. Steve is hanging up his notebook and tape recorder and Shawn is under fire for calling a white guy a "Cracker McCracker" in Episode 29. Down to business, we look at the undercurrent of opposition in Alameda County to Rob Bonta's bid for state attorney general, and analyze the early 2022 campaigns for Alameda County DA and sheriff.
2020 wrap-up, 2021 crystal ball
Annus Horribilis is behind us. Coronavirus, masks, hand sanitizer, defund the police, recession, George Floyd dominated a memorable, yet forgettable year. We also look ahead to 2021 and the changes that may happen in the new year. Happy New Year!
Swalwell and the Fang Gang Christmas special
Rep. Eric Swalwell and Fang Fang, the Chinese spy who shagged him, is riveting the 15th Congressional District. What might be Swalwell's future? An Alameda County elected official won two races last month and one jurisdiction wants him and the other, not so much. Plus, the rise of the councilmember/public works employee.
Election recap: Trash talk and infighting begins
The covid-19 election in the East Bay is in the books. There were some upsets and voters were clearly apprehensive about too much change during a year of uncertainty. But the election also revealed fissures within the local Alameda County Democratic Party as one of the own, although tacitly supported, took one on the cheek on Election Night.
Election Night Extravaganza
It's Election Day! How will the night shakedown in Alameda County and the East Bay? We take a look at some of the races and offer insights and some bold predictions. Plus, a look ahead to 2022.
Shortly after this episode was recorded, Eden Health District board director Charlie Gilcrest passed away. At the beginning and end of this episode, Steve Tavares and Shawn Wilson remember the man who gave so much to San Leandro. Also, the fall election season is here. We take quick looks at races in Alameda and Fremont, and Oakland races destined to be dominated by the movement to defund police.
This is great
I read Steve’s work in the east bay news outlets and like his good solid reporting. His podcast is a nice mix of humor, politics and is a lot of fun. He’s got his own take on things and I dig it. Also, he’s an opened minded person. As a fellow progressive, I like to hear my conservative friends opinions because we’re friends and that matters most! So listen to the podcast with his friend who’s the republican consultant and you’ll see what I mean.
Not what I thought it would be 😕
This was my first experience and I’m not impressed. The two hosts seem to be trying to be a “morning zoo”. Maybe because Scott Haggerty is on?? The lady they had on was good at trying to get the conversation back on track. I wanted to find a podcast that would give me info on east bay politics - this is not that. I might try one more just to see if it gets better.
Local at its best
I've been a member of local media in several markets over the past 35 years- local coverage is being ignored at most levels & independent journalists like Steve Tavares are needed now more than ever.
Podcasts like his are THE only way for me to keep track of what’s going on in my former home town- Keep it up Steve, congrats on the launch