The Capitol Backstory: California Politics Podcast

28 min
State Sen. Jean Fuller, R-Bakersfield, was elected by her party's senators as GOP leader of the upper house on Thursday, Aug. 28. (Max Whittaker/KQED)

Sometimes, you don't know how to evaluate what happens in front of the public in Sacramento until you understand what happened behind closed doors.

On this week's California Politics Podcast, we examine a busy week of policy and political wrangling over bills clearing the legislative fiscal committees and their "suspense files," a place where bills are killed without any legislator fingerprints.

We also discuss a presidential boost for a closely watched climate change effort, and a change in leadership for state Senate Republicans.