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East Bay political discourse will never be the same! Political reporter Steve Tavares, and Alameda County insiders Shawn Wilson and Dan Mendoza, dish the scoop on Alameda County, state, and national political scenes, with a few hijinks along the way.

East Bay Insiders Steve Tavares

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    • 4.0 • 26 Ratings

East Bay political discourse will never be the same! Political reporter Steve Tavares, and Alameda County insiders Shawn Wilson and Dan Mendoza, dish the scoop on Alameda County, state, and national political scenes, with a few hijinks along the way.

    He's just Ken

    He's just Ken

    The March Primary is around the corner. Don't forget to vote! Alameda County District 5 supervisorial candidate Ken Berrick joins the program to talk about his plans for the county--fixing Santa Rita Jail, caring for children, and helping Oakland. Later, we break down the big March Primary races in Alameda County, along with predictions.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Newsom's coup

    Newsom's coup

    Gov. Gavin Newsom is tired of the mayhem on the streets of Oakland and the East Bay, essentially sending in the troops and taking over the district attorney's office. We break down the unprecedented moves with Alameda County District 5 supervisorial candidate Chris Moore. Later, the boys dish on "Super Dan," Vegas' mayor telling the A's to go home, campaign commercials, and the anonymous article slamming Supervisor Nate Miley.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Has the entire county gone nuts?

    Has the entire county gone nuts?

    Alameda County Democrats went berserk earlier this month, now their brethren across the aisle are trying to match their lunacy. Is there something in the water? A Hayward school boardmember made an incendiary comment toward a staffer, Rep. Eric Swalwell's opponent releases attack ad, BDS movement joins Gaza conversation in the East Bay, plus much more!

    • 1 hr 15 min
    What's up with that, Dems?

    What's up with that, Dems?

    It was a wild first two weeks of 2024. Alameda County Democrats held a meeting that evoked a skit on Saturday Night Live, a judicial candidate undermined his own impartiality, and Vicki-Sparkle-Titz joined our political lexicon. We kickoff the new year with analysis on the demise of the Democratic Central Committee, legislation banning tackle football for kids, Libby Schaaf's return, and the Board of Supervisors primary races, and more.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Insidey Awards

    Insidey Awards

    The first annual Insidey Awards, already the least prestigious honor in Alameda County politics, makes it debut. Tune in for the best and worst performance by an elected official, best hair, and mayor of the year, among other categories, including the ultimate honor, Quote/Rant of the Year. We also chat up the Oakland Police situation and Gaza resolutions. Happy New Year!

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Shawn is back!

    Shawn is back!

    The long wait is over. Shawn Wilson makes his triumphant return to the podcast. He has a new title and lays out his first directive as the podcast's president of code compliance, censorship, and content filtering. With the filing deadline for the March Primary past us, we preview the big races for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors and State Senate. Merry Christmas and thank you for spending time with us this year.

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Digjazzalot ,

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.

Frequent Userman ,

Get there first

A true testimony to the stock phrase “rather be lucky than good.” The only game in town for people interested in Oakland, San Leandro, and Alameda elected officials. Basically a morning zoo crew on Zoloft doing mildly spicy takes on East Bay politics. Listen to two oafs try to out Dumb Guy each other in between morsels of the insider gossip that ought to be the show’s focus. The newsletter is MUCH better. Make sure you subscribe to that, and think of this podcast like a barnacle on the substack’s hull.

Gadyyyyyyyyh ,

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.

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