Discussions and debates with top newsmakers about the most controversial and interesting issues impacting California, hosted by FOX 11’s Elex Michaelson and airing on several TV stations across the state.
In this week's The Issue Is, Rep. Katie Porter discusses the Orange County oil spill. Brian Tyler Cohen and Michael Knowles debate vaccine mandates and Secretary of Veteran Affairs Denis McDonough stops by to chat with Elex.
Progressive attorney Lisa Bloom, Professor Dan Schnur and California GOP Chair Jessica Patterson join Elex for our first in-person studio panel since March 2020 to discuss recall politics, campaign strategy and the Texas abortion law.
This week, Elex is joined by Governor Gavin Newsom, who discusses his recall strategy and his agenda for the year ahead. Dan Schnur, Gustavo Arrellano of LA Times and OC Register's Susan Shelley join The Issue Is to discuss the state of the recall race.
This week on The Issue Is, Elex speaks with Caitlyn Jenner on homelessness and the rising spread of the delta variant. Democratic strategist Bob Shrum and Republican strategist Mike Murphy both discuss the state of the recall race. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Maxine Waters discuss the child tax credit.
Elex spoke with astronaut Victor Glover on his time on the International Space Station. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh and Rep. Mark Takano also stopped by to discuss child tax credit and the state's infrastructure. Elex also spoke with Gov. Gavin Newsom on his efforts to clean up California.
Elex sits down with former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer on his run for Governor. Politico's Carla Marinucci and Jeremy B. White joins the show to discuss Gov. Newsom's rollercoaster week and the recall challengers.
California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon stops by to discuss budget negotiations and the recall election. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg chats with Elex on the ongoing infrastructure talks and vaccine incentives and Edward-Issac Dovere discusses his new book.
Friday, in her first TV interview with a California journalist since launching her bid for Governor, Caitlyn Jenner sat down with FOX 11's Elex Michaelson for an extensive conversation on The Issue Is. The sit-down comes roughly six weeks after the Olympian, reality TV star, and transgender activist announced plans to challenge Governor Gavin Newsom in his impending recall election. Among the many topics Jenner and Michaelson discussed, were Jenner's qualifications for office, the state's growing homeless crisis, education policy, her 2020 voting record, and Jenner's longtime friendship with the state's former Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
This week on The Issue Is, Elex Michaelson welcomes two former small-town Mayors, both elected in their 20's, who now, in their 30's, have recently accepted new roles on the state and national stages. Pete Buttigieg served as Mayor South Bend, Indiana from 2012 through 2020. After unsuccessfully seeking the Democratic Presidential nomination in 2020, Buttigieg would ultimately be appointed President Joe Biden's Secretary of Transportation. Michael Tubbs was elected Mayor of Stockton, California at age 26. An early proponent of a Guaranteed Income, or Universal Basic Income, Tubbs was recently appointed Special Advisor for Economic Mobility and Opportunity for California Governor Gavin Newsom.
This week, prior to announcing his $268B California budget proposal, Governor Gavin Newsom made stops across the Golden state, touting various aspects of his spending plan, from expanding access to education and health care, to combating homelessness and issuing tax rebates to some 78% of the Californians. On Tuesday, while promoting a $1.5B proposal aimed at clean-up and beautification, Newsom spoke with FOX 11's Elex Michaelson for The Issue Is, the two talking budget surpluses, recall politics, and the state's planned economic reopening on June 15, among many other subjects. Following Newsom, Michaelson is also joined this week by John Myers, the Sacramento Bureau Chief of the Los Angeles Times, and Laurel Rosenhall of CalMatters, to break down the Governor's proposed budget and his chances of defeating a recall later this year.
This week, Elex speaks with Senator Alex Padilla to hear about the Senator's first 100 days in office. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo discusses GDP growth and being a part of the Biden Cabinet. Michael Knowles also stops by to talk government spending and the California recall election.
This week, Elex caught up with Dr. Anthony Fauci to discuss vaccine passports and the future of masking. Politico's Carla Marinucci and LA Times' John Myers also stopped by to discuss the effort to recall Gov. Newsom and VP Kamala Harris' return to Oakland.
This week, Elex speaks with Assemblymember Rob Bonta as the Newsom AG pick discusses fight against Asian hate. LA Times sports columnist Bill Plaschke chats California's reopening of ballparks.
In this week's The Issue Is, Randy Economy discusses the push to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom, Wolfgang Puck on changes to the restaurant industry and Matthew Friend does his impressions of Dr. Fauci, Former President Donald Trump and Governor Newsom.
Sen. Alex Padilla weighs in on the impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump. Elex also speaks with Politico's Carla Mrinucci and KCBS Radio's Doug Sovern to discuss Gov. Newsom and the fight to reopen schools.————— The Issue Is: with Elex Michaelson is California's only statewide political show. For showtimes and more information, go to TheIssueIsShow.com.
FOX 11's Elex Michaelson chats with Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia on the city's successful vaccine distribution, Hero Pay and Gov. Newsom. Elex also brings in FOX News' Gianno Caldwell and The Young Turks' Ana Kasparian to debate Congressional COVID-19 relief, former President Trump and possible recall of Gov. Newsom.
This week, the peaceful transfer of power so many feared would not take place, did. At noon on Wednesday, Joe Biden took the oath of office, becoming the 46th President of the United States. It was an inauguration unlike any in modern history, most notably because of the absence of outgoing President Donald Trump, as well as the presence of some 25,000 National Guard troops, deployed to Washington DC over fears of attacks akin to those on January 6. All this in a week when an additional 1.32 million Americans contracted coronavirus, and more than 21,000 lost their lives to the pandemic. To break down this moment in American history, and much more, Elex Michaelson is joined on The Issue Is by Chris Wallace, anchor of FOX News Sunday, and Alex Padilla (D-CA), who this week was sworn in as California's newest Senator.————— The Issue Is: with Elex Michaelson is California's only statewide political show. For showtimes and more information, go to TheIssueIsShow.com.
FOX 11's Elex Michaelson speaks with former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer on the push to recall Gov. Newsom. Rep. Eric Swalwell speaks on the ongoing threat that led to both the impeachment of President Trump and last week's deadly U.S. Capitol riot.
This summer, amid racial justice protests following the death of George Floyd, Emmanuel Acho launched "Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man", a YouTube series that would go on to spawn a best-selling book of the same name. In the process, Acho, a former NFL linebacker, who co-hosts Speak For Yourself on FOX Sports 1, brought together Americans of various backgrounds, opening the floodgates on a series of frank, honest, viral, and, yes, uncomfortable, conversations about race in America. This week, Acho joined Elex Michaelson on The Issue Is to discuss the success of, and inspiration behind, Uncomfortable Conversations, communication barriers between White and Black people in America, how to properly approach sensitive racial issues in everyday life, working with Oprah Winfrey, his hopes for 2021, and more.
Following the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, one of the biggest questions in California politics became who Governor Gavin Newsom would select to fill the Senate seat soon-to-be vacated by Vice President-Elect Harris. This week, Newsom put the question to rest, selecting California's Secretary of State Alex Padilla. On the heels of his selection, Padilla joined Elex Michaelson on The Issue Is to react to his appointment, discuss his quarter century in California politics, his family's immigrant story, his policy priorities, resolutions for 2021, his favorite movie, and more.————— The Issue Is: with Elex Michaelson is California's only statewide political show. For showtimes and more information, go to TheIssueIsShow.com.
After going head-to-head on The Issue Is this past October, Brian Tyler Cohen and Tomi Lahren are back for Round 2. On the left, Cohen is the progressive host behind the No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen podcast. With more than a million subscribers on YouTube, Cohen's videos have also been viewed some 600,000,000 times. On the right, Lahren is the conservative host of First Thoughts and Final Thoughts on FOX Nation, the FOX News streaming service. Lahren, with more than 1.7 million Twitter followers, is also the author of Never Play Dead: How the Truth Makes You Unstoppable. The two join Elex Michaelson on this week's The Issue Is to debate California's coronavirus lockdowns, the effort to recall Governor Gavin Newsom, claims of voter fraud in the 2020 Presidential election, the Georgia Senate runoffs, Hunter Biden, the best Christmas movies, and more.————— The Issue Is: with Elex Michaelson is California's only statewide political show. For showtimes and more information, go to TheIssueIsShow.com.
This week, coronavirus cases continued to surge, congressional relief remained hanging in the balance, court challenges to the Presidential election were halted, and members of Congress were revealed to have been targeted by foreign intelligence. With insight on those stories, and others, Elex Michaelson is joined on The Issue Is by three members of California's House delegation for the upcoming 117th Congress: Adam Schiff (D), Michelle Steel (R), and David Valadao (R).