Welcome to Fixing California, a re-booted version of the Crossing Lines podcast with Lanhee Chen. In this new series, Lanhee and Troy Senik (and occasionally, some guests) will be placing the Golden State under a microscope and offering up actual solutions to the many issues facing the country’s biggest state. This week, Lanhee and Troy look at the coming recall election of Governor Gavin Newsom. What caused it (spoiler alert: decades long single party rule), how it might play out, and what the long term implications it may have for the state and possibly for the country. Also, the coming scandal at the California EDD (Employment Development Department) involving huge amounts of money, including large amounts of money that went into the pockets of (not kidding) prisoners in the California penal system.

Lanhee is joined by long-time election lawyer Ben Ginsberg to talk about what could (but probably won’t) go wrong in this year’s election. They talk about everything from ballot harvesting to recounts in a effort to help us understand what is likely to transpire in the last two weeks before Election Day, and beyond.

Ahead of the first presidential debate this week, Lanhee is joined by Elaine Quijano of CBSN and CBS News, who moderated the general election VP debate in 2016. They discuss what it was like for her to moderate such a significant debate, how she prepared for the role, and how debates influence campaigns and elections.

Lanhee is joined this week by Zac Moffatt, the digital director of the 2012 Romney campaign and Founder of Targeted Victory, a leading digital media firm. Zac talks about some of the ways that the 2020 campaigns are using digital media and trends to watch for over the last several weeks before the election.

The re-launch of Crossing Lines features conversations with campaign insiders and veterans about the decisions that the major political campaigns will be making this Fall. Get a behind-the-scenes look at political conventions and what they mean with this week’s guest, Republican ad-man and strategist Russ Schriefer.

Lanhee sits down with new Congressional Budget Office director, Phill Swagel, to talk about his journey to the agency, what it does, and why people should care.  They also talk about the state of the economy and why trillion-dollar deficits are a problem.  

The Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services, Eric Hargan, joins Lanhee to talk about the Trump Administration’s health care policy initiatives and the coming debate over Medicare for All. Lanhee also previews next week’s Democratic primary debates and talks news of the day.

Lanhee is joined by Olivier Knox, the Chief Washington Correspondent for SiriusXM radio and current president of the White House Correspondents Association.  They talk about the state of the media, what to expect as they cover the 2020 campaign, and how to restore public trust in the institution.  Lanhee also provides his thoughts on whether Joe Biden is doomed already, and where Republicans are on the tricky topic of health care reform.

Lanhee sits down with Mitt Romney for his first podcast interview since being elected to the United States Senate last November.  They talk about life in the Senate, the state of US politics, and some of the policies he plans to focus on over the coming months.  Lanhee also talks about the Trump-Kim summit and other events of the week.

Lanhee is joined by Dana Perino, host of the FOX News anchor of The Daily Briefing and co-host of The Five. They talk about Dana’s time as White House Press Secretary, the state of the media, and the lessons that journalists and citizens should take from the 2016 and 2018 elections as we look ahead to 2020. Lanhee also gives us his thoughts about the Democrats’ “Green New Deal” and why the State of the Union was President Trump’s “opening salvo” in the 2020 presidential campaign.

Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari joins Lanhee on the fourth episode of Crossing Lines and reveals what keeps him up at night in his role as an economic policymaker.  He also talks about his personal journey to the job and provides some insight into how he makes the important decisions impacting our nation’s economy.  Also, Lanhee shares his thoughts about the current government shutdown, immigration reform, and the economy.

In this episode, Lanhee interviews Wall Street Journal Chief Economics Commentator Greg Ip about the US-China trade dispute and likely impacts on the US economy.  He also reflects on the life and political legacy of President George H.W. Bush, as well as other events of the last week.

In this episode, Lanhee recaps the midterm elections and talks about how Republicans should address health care reform going forward.  His guests are James Hohmann, a reporter at the Washington Post, who provides his reflections and analysis of the results of the midterm elections, and Neil Newhouse, Republican pollster and partner at Public Opinion Strategies, who shares insights from polling in the wake of the 2018 election, and takes us behind the scenes of the polling industry to talk about lessons learned from past election cycles.

In the first episode of Crossing Lines, Lanhee explains how he came up the with the name of his podcast and shares a little bit of his own background and journey.  He interviews House Speaker Paul Ryan about the upcoming midterm elections, accomplishments of the Republican-led House, and the future of the conservative movement.  He ends the podcast with some observations about Ryan and where things stand in key U.S. Senate campaigns with just a few weeks left before Election Day.

Introducing the Crossing Lines podcast, hosted by Lanhee Chen. This podcast will cross the line between politics and policy; we’ll talk about what it takes to get campaigns across the line to a successful outcome; we need to cross some lines and boundaries to fix our politics.

Lanhee Chen is a policy expert, academic, and political commentator. Chen currently serves as the David and Diane Steffy Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution,  Director of Domestic Policy Studies and Lecturer in the Public Policy Program at Stanford University, and Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School.