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Why Political-ish?  Q has spent decades mastering the ins and outs of CA politics but politics isn’t his sole focus, and he knows it’s not yours either. Political-ish looks outside the realm of politics for insightful and entertaining conversations about history, social justice, pop culture, business, music, and sports, with a dash of politics from time to time. So political...ish. Welcome to the show and enjoy! 

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David Quintana’s professional history spans nearly two decades in and around the State Capitol. Mr. Quintana provides clients with strategy development, policy analysis, relationship-building, campaign consulting, and unapparelled direct lobbying services.  Quintana’s reach extends into numerous sectors, including high-tech/social media, finance, energy, education, health and business districts and gaming.

After serving in the United States Air Force for a decade, Mr. Quintana then graduated from the University of California, Davis and the Boston College School of Law. He has the unique ability to combine his political connections with policy knowledge. This is why whenever there is a big fight brewing in the political arena, David Quintana is brought in to generate results.

Mr.Quintana launched his famous Back to Session Bash 15 years ago and it has since become the “Must Attend” event of each year since. The event has grown from a modest gathering for Capitol staffers to a star-studded blowout drawing in thousands of guests with lines to get in around the building. With each Bash it has hosted an array of Celebrity performances, from Coolio in 2015, to Lil Jon in 2020. Lets just say Mr. Quintana knows how to throw a party.

Mr. Quintana has been a regular guest on major media and paper outlets. In 2019, for the ninth time in 10 years, Capitol Weekly named Mr. Quintana one of the Capitol’s Top 100 “Power Players” in their annual list. In December of 2016 he was also featured in Sacramento Magazine as one of the key power players in state politics. 

Burger Records: The Rise and Demise Ft. Jessica Gelt: LA Times Entertainment Writer

This is the meteoric rise and overnight demise of Burger Records, with LA Times reporter Jessica Gelt.   Gelt wrote the landmark  story that pulled the curtain back on the toxic sexist culture behind the SoCal indie label. Burger Records was known for a DIY atmosphere, a place where outsiders could create and celebrate the music they loved. But there was a darkness of sexual harassment, predation, and assault that brought the label down overnight, and left a complete fandom wondering what happened and why — this answers both those questions.  

 Q has spent decades mastering the ins and outs of CA politics but politics isn’t his sole focus, and he knows it’s not yours either. Political-ish looks outside the realm of politics for insightful and entertaining conversations about history, social justice, pop culture, business, music, and sports, with a dash of politics from time to time. So political…ish.

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Max “Pain” Griffin: UFC’s Most Entertaining Fighter

Today we introduce Max “Pain” Griffin to Politicalish! He not only has arguably the most entertaining fighting style in the UFC, but he is a phenomenal storyteller. AND the only guy that’s knocked off a dude’s ear in MMA! Listen as he talks about everything from why he wants to be a Ninja Turtle growing up, his days runnin’ wild,  the long road to the UFC, stories about bouncing that will have you ROTFL, the behind-the-scenes of so many fights, and why his mental game is so strong now.  He also doesn’t hold back on fighters such as “Platinum” Mike Perry, Zelim Imadaev and his UFC 264  foe, legendary Carlos Condit. 

 Q has spent decades mastering the ins and outs of CA politics but politics isn’t his sole focus, and he knows it’s not yours either. Political-ish looks outside the realm of politics for insightful and entertaining conversations about history, social justice, pop culture, business, music, and sports, with a dash of politics from time to time. So political…ish.

 Listen and subscribe!

Aspen Ladd: UFC’s Quiet Killer

Today we talk to the scariest nice person Q has ever met: Aspen Ladd, number three ranked bantamweight in the UFC. We discuss her quiet intensity, her rocket-like rise in MMA – from amateur to the UFC – her thoughts on her competitors, and the rigors of the weight cuts. But we also spend time on her love of dogs, and how her branding now is preparing her for a post-fight career.

Q has spent decades mastering the ins and outs of CA politics but politics isn’t his sole focus, and he knows it’s not yours either. Political-ish looks outside the realm of politics for insightful and entertaining conversations about history, social justice, pop culture, business, music, and sports, with a dash of politics from time to time. So political…ish. Listen and subscribe!

Pretty Evil: The Batgirl Killer Ft. John Cabrera

Facebook it’s as evil as you think. We explored that today with the Washington Post’s tech reporter Elizabeth Dwoskin. She’s been on this beat for a decade and knows all the in and outs. Between market manipulation and monopoly to disinformation and the descent to the bottom of the brain stem, you’ll hear from someone that’s reported on every story and tells us what she thinks is going to happen next.

Q has spent decades mastering the ins and outs of CA politics but politics isn’t his sole focus, and he knows it’s not yours either. Political-ish looks outside the realm of politics for insightful and entertaining conversations about history, social justice, pop culture, business, music, and sports, with a dash of politics from time to time. So political…ish. Listen and subscribe!

Facebook As Evil As You Thought Ft. Elizabeth Dwoskin

Facebook it’s as evil as you think. We explored that today with the Washington Post’s tech reporter Elizabeth Dwoskin. She’s been on this beat for a decade and knows all the in and outs. Between market manipulation and monopoly to disinformation and the descent to the bottom of the brain stem, you’ll hear from someone that’s reported on every story and tells us what she thinks is going to happen next.

Q has spent decades mastering the ins and outs of CA politics but politics isn’t his sole focus, and he knows it’s not yours either. Political-ish looks outside the realm of politics for insightful and entertaining conversations about history, social justice, pop culture, business, music, and sports, with a dash of politics from time to time. So political…ish. Listen and subscribe!

Featured Episodes

MLM’s : The Fast Track to BROKE ft. Robert Fitzpatrick

Today we take you inside the world of Multi-Level Marketing with the expert Robert FitzPatrick. Robert is the author of Ponzinomics, one of the few in-depth books on the subject. He explains the fraudulence of all MLMs, the hidden backstory of their origin and how they have used the money to buy political influence and protection, and the psychology behind why people join and how MLM keeps control.  

 

Breakin Down Jake Paul V. Ben Askren w/ UFC Star Josh Emmett

UFC badass Josh Emmett. He’s the 7th ranked UFC featherweight and today he’s giving his honest and eye-opening insider opinions on the Jake Paul / Ben Askren showdown. The YouTube star has the size and heavy hands but will it work on a former MMA world champ and Olympic-class athlete?  Emmett’s roots are in wrestling where he then grew into a devastating KO artist – can Askren do the same?   We also learn where Emmett is in his comeback journey and who he is ready to take on next in his quest for the belt.   

 

 

“The Iceman” Chuck Liddell Brings the Heat!

He’s a bonafide ring legend, a UFC Hall of Famer, and the baddest accountant on the planet! Today we welcome “The Iceman” Chuck Liddell. Three-time light heavyweight champion, with epic trilogies against Tito Ortiz and Randy Couture, Chuck takes us back to his humble beginning all the way through his career in this epic interview.

 

You might know of his name as California Assemblymember, Elk Grove Mayor, or even as Sacramento County Sheriff’s spokesman, but today we take you back to the beginning when Jim Cooper spent years undercover!  Living his life constantly under fear of his cover being blown and dealing daily with those who would snuff his life out without blinking an eye.   Hear the stories of being undercover in the early 90s during the worst days of the War on Drugs.  

 

What are the 8 greatest Morrissey songs? Listen to superfan California State Senator Lena Gonazalez discuss her love of Morrissey and the Smiths with Q in great detail! Q has spent decades mastering the ins and outs of CA politics but politics isn’t his sole focus, and he knows it’s not yours either.

Today we’re hopping on the zeitgeist with the smartest guy in the world, hotshot attorney, and former CA legislator Mike Gatto. They attempt to unravel and explain the story around GameStop, Robinhood, and WallStreetBets. Mike explains how hedge funds work, that information has value, how shorts and short squeeze work. They dive into the impenetrable Reddit thread Wall Street Bets, discuss whether or not there were hedge funds on both sides of the rise, why Gatto thinks Robinhood is nefarious, and why this is an example of how technology has changed the way the stock market works. At the end of the day, Wall Street is a casino and you are NOT going to win.

If you’ve seen documentaries or read the books about the Golden State Killer you might think you know about him and his crimes. You don’t. 

120 burglaries. 50 rapes. 13 murders.

The Visalia Ransacker, The East Side Rapist, The Original Night Stalker, The Golden State Killer. He was all of them.  

Today you’ll find out how he was brought to justice.  Listen as today’s guest, Sacramento District Attorney Ann Marie Shubert, takes us inside the cases, discusses what, when and where the East Area Rapist attacked, how he changed Sacramento forever, and how she was able to catch and convict Joseph James DeAngelo.

Today we bring you an update about the BASH: the preeminent political party in Sacramento. This year the BASH will be on July 15th of 2021 with a new format, smaller and invite-only to keep everyone safe. Our guest is Monique Vieira, who has helped Q plan 15 of the 16 years of the BASH. She and Q tell many of the hilarious, harrowing, and hair-raising stories from BASHs past. From how Q came up with a better party plan and convinced sponsors to sign on (hint: better to start the year with a party when everyone still likes one another!) to the many musical misshapes, learn the story from the inside. Featuring Coolio, Too Short, taiko drummers, Shock G, Warren G, rainstorms, Naughty by Nature, why you should never close the bar, and more! 

We take the way back machine to one of the craziest episodes of California history, the 2003 recall of Governor Gray Davis. Jill Stewart joins us as an expert in all twists, turns, and personalities she documented as a syndicated columnist. The overused phrase “perfect storm” here accurately describes the confluence of the late 90s dot com bubble burst, low voter turnout, an unpopular tax by an unpopular governor, and an energy crisis that led to only the 2nd recall of a governor in US history. And that’s where the real craziness began… with a field of 158 candidates including stand-ups, actors, porn stars, and personalities culminating in the election of bodybuilder, actor and celebrity Arnold Schwarzenegger. Looking back Q and Jill have to decide: was it worth it? 

This episode lives up to the title of the podcast. We welcome Assemblymember Kevin Mullin, who represented the southern part of the San Francisco Peninsula. He is the Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore, presiding over much of the floor debate in the California Assembly. He is a former mayor and city council, and a multimedia entrepreneur. And we have him on today to discuss… none of that. Instead, we turn back to an earlier chapter in his life as a DJ and break down the 12 Definitive Rap Hits of the 90s. Not the best lyrics or the best flow but the songs that both take you back and still make you get up and high five the person next to you.

         

      Joe Biden has won the presidential election, this is a clear fact. But President Trump has yet to concede. Does he have any way of challenging and changing the results? In this special episode, Q and returning guest Mike Gatto explore five desperate ways Trump could contest the results. While unlikely as an outcome, they are a fascinating look at how we elect an American presidents. Stick around for stories about John Tyler’s grandson, Teddy Roosevelt getting shot, and other political trivia on this episode of Politicalish. 

         Part 2 of The Devil Landlord of F Street the Dorothea Puente Story is here! We’ve introduced you to the killer: her past crimes, how she operated and how she pretended to be an upstanding citizen. Now in Part 2 we take you through her downfall and eventual arrest. Learn how a dogged social services worker, looking for a missing homeless man placed in Dorethea’s care became suspicious, which led to a routine check by law enforcement, which led to Dect. Cabrera and a shovel. When an avocado tree root actually turns out to be a human foot, this small time crime gains national traction, especially when Dorethea disappears. Find out how she was caught, who possibly could have helped her and what interrogating her was like on this episode of Politicalish.

          In the first of an amazing two parter, we bring back returning champion retired Detective John Cabrera with another fabulous real-life crime story: The Devil Landlord of F Street the Dorothea Puente Story. Part One lays out the life of a stone cold grifter, not the sweet old lady some press later portrayed. We start with Q and the detective ruminating on the number of famous killers and cases in the Sacramento area between 1970 and 1990, to include the Manson family and the Unibomber. Then we dig into the background and early criminal history of Dorthy Gray, aka Dorthea Puente. From her early childhood woes to her first criminal convictions we trace her life as well as we can. She was a pathological liar who told many tales to many people, from small lies about her Spanish ethnicity to dangerous ones about being a trained nurse. This first episode details it all from the man who caught her: prostitution, fraud, her early murders and how she used her ill gotten gains to engratiate herself in Sacramento.

             You might know him as the insurgent US senatorial candidate. You might know him as the President Pro Temp of the California Senate. You might know him as the newest Los Angeles City Councilman. But you haven’t heard these stories. Politicalish presents: The Rise of Kevin de León. Listen as Q and Kevin discuss his life story, from college dropout to political powerhouse, what shaped his vision for California, what he’s proud of from his time in the legislature, why he ran for Senate, and what is his vision for LA.

             Welcome to the first episode of a “lobbyist and a politician discuss” with former Assemblymember Mike Gatto. Today’ topic is how Hollywood gets politics and lobbying so very wrong. From the foolishness of grandiloquent speeches, to the lack of gurus with secret political knowhow, the complete lack of quid pro quos, and how one speech of a down ballot politician can change the world.  Q and Mike tackle the best and worst that film and TV have to offer. Pay attention for a great story of how a bill on cosmetic testing on beagle ears got killed by drunken stupidity and another about Chuck Calderon’s impassioned speech and the results.

 Today is all about the fight game. We welcome Josh Emmett, the 7th ranked UFC featherweight. We go deep on fighting while injured, mind coaches, why finger pokes are the worst, and the hardest he’s ever been hit. Then we get deep in the financial aspect of mixed martial arts, why the regional circuit pays more than the UFC, and when he expects to fight again after his devastating knee injury.

            Acid, mushrooms, LSD… today we trip the light fantastic and discuss the oneness of the universe… not exactly! Actually we have Ariel Clark of the law firm Clark Howell. She is one of the foremost experts on cannabis and hemp law, and at the forefront of the psychedelic legalization movement. Her firm specialize in cannabis, hemp, and psychedelic decriminalization and criminal justice reform. She and Q discuss what the different types and categories of the drugs are, the history of creation and criminalization in the United States, and how changes are being made especially for the treatment of opioid addiction and Alzheimers. The conversation dives deeply into the difference between legalization and decriminalization and how she thinks the next 3 to 5 years will change.

         Politicalish today brings you a great conversation with California State Senator Melissa Melendez. She represents the 28th senate district in Riverside County, stretching from Temecula to the Arizona border. Q and she discuss the reputation in Sacramento, and on Twitter, her background growing up in Youngtown, Ohio, her time in the Navy and how she went from a small business owner to state senator. The conversation turns to a discussion of the unemployment SNAFUs at the California EDD, and what the heck happened on the final legislative session day in the California Senate.

 

           Welcome back to Part 2 with the other Q! Politicalish continues the conversation with action star Maggie Q. In this episode she discusses the differences between working in Hong Kong and the US, the difficulties being both a woman and a minority in Hollywood, and how she got her role in Nikkita, the first Asian American lead on a drama in the US ever. Then she tells the most ridiculous fan interaction story, ever! The conversation turns to the Me Too movement, the need to acknowledge past sins so society can heal and move forward, and why she wants people to participate in the political process. She finishes talking about wage theft, animal rights, and some rapid fire questions from Q.

 

        Politicalish is pleased to welcome action star Maggie Q!  In part 1 we learn about her journey to Hollywood, starting from her childhood in Hawaii, why she moved to Hong Kong with only a phone number, getting chosen by Jackie Chan to be part of his new wave of action stars, how her career-changing meeting with J.J. Abrams was nearly derailed by illness, and why certain actors get constant work and other don’t. 

         Politicalish brings you a stylish episode today! We chat with Ryan Hammonds, owner of R. Douglas Custom Clothier. He grew up in the fashion mecca of Galt CA, with an interest in mens style and clothing and after  a poor experience with custom tailor decided he could do it better. Q and he discuss his rise to prominence, going from a travelling tailor to multiple offices, why he opened a showroom next to the Capitol, and why Q thinks R. Douglas has elevated the style in Sacramento. Then the conversation turns to style does and don’ts, what Ryan first notices in an ensemble, dressing Grammy artists,  UFC fighters, & NBA players, and a great story about a certain politician wanting the R. Douglas experience. Find out the one mistake that’s like nails on a chalkboard to him, on this episode of Policitcalish!

Part 2 on the Land Park Massacre with Detective John Cabrera starts with his description of the arriving on the scene and takes us through the investigation, and why it went cold. He explains why he suspects multiple assailants, what he thinks happened to Ricky McCarthy, the significance of what was in the safe, and his view of why the murders were committed. Then they discuss possible new DNA evidence and how, with help from the public, these brutal killers can still be brought to justice.

In this episode of Polticialish we shine a spotlight on the Land Park Massacre, an unsolved, brutal triple homicide of the Jacobs family that disappeared from the news because of the start of the  first Gulf War. Q sets up the story with Retired Sacramento Police Detective John Cabrera. First they discuss Dec. Cabrera’s background and how the Golden State Killer changed the way people in Sacramento lived. Then we set up the background for the crime itself by focusing on six “characters,” the neighborhood, victim Mick Jacobs, petty criminal Ricky McCarthy, victims Marcie and Jennifer Jacobs, and the last “character,” a safe of Ricky McCarthy’s that was fatefully at the Jacobs house. Then Dec. Cabrera begins to walk us through the recreation of the crime, why he thinks there were multiple assailants, and why he thinks 9 year old Jennifer Jacobs was tragically killed. 

Polticalish continues our conversation with Alex Vassar. Part 2 will introduce you to many of the dynasties in CA political history. But we start discussing the changes to CA politics due to the transition from rural to urban communities, the 1960s court cases about “one man, one vote,” and the rise of the professional legislator. Then Alex talks about dynasties including the family that was CA Secretary of State for 60 years and how one AG represented CA for 40 years. Then we hear about the CA Constitutional offices that no longer exist and finish with a historical character we should know more about, Katherine Niehouse, the only women in the legislature for a decade.

Politicalish welcomes a great historian of California politics: Alex Vassar. He and Q have a fascinating discussion of California legislative history. But don’t think it’s dry and boring! Part one is filled with duels and violence, along with details of early CA politics. Redistricting is a contentious topic, but in the 1860s it led to a stabbing on the floor of the Assembly. We get stories from both Alex and Q about prolific CA historian Dr. Kevin Starr. Then they discuss how different politics was in the late 1800s, with massive turnover, non-professional politicians, completely different political power bases, and how one dude organized all CA law and had more impact than any other legislator in early CA. This episode finishes with the story of David Terry, an early Chief Justice of the CA Supreme Court who loved to stab people with his Bowie knife and how it finally went wrong for him.

Welcome to Part 2 with Lyrics Born. The conversation continues about the way changing technology and the internet caused a democratization of music. Then he tells Q why artists can’t just make music but need a team and a brand just to survive and why he wants to get back to making music with other artists in the studio. They switch to COVID: how it’s shut down the entire entertainment sector and why the closing of the festival circuit hurts musicians. Finally they  discuss being Asian American in the entertainment game, the advances that have been made and the struggles that still exist. Stick around for stories about Coolio, Too Short and muscle funk.

Politicalish is happy to welcome Lyrics Born to the podcast. He and Q discuss what got him into hip hop and how he was able to build a career on an independent label. They also discuss how important radio stations used to be for success, how they went from being an absolute power to a piece of the puzzle. They finish part 1 talking about the changing nature of the music business, how the last ten years have been a whirlwind for artists trying to navigate changing technology and the internet caused a democratization of music.  There’s also discussions of Lenny White’s Peanut Butter, Sly Stallone, and why Steve Jobs died with all Lyrics Born’s money!

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