Pundits a poppin’

The Commonwealth Club of California is bringing a couple big political-media names to the Bay Area in the next few weeks.

krugman.jpgNew York Times columnist Paul Krugman, also a professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton and author of “The Great Unraveling: Losing Our Way in the New Century,” will speak on the state of the U.S. economy and the future of America’s social and fiscal policy, particularly with regards to what happened to the middle class of the 20th century. That’s Tuesday, October 30 in the Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. in San Francisco, for a 5:30 p.m. wine and cheese reception, his speech at 6 p.m. and book signing at 7 p.m.. It’s $15 for club members, $30 for non-members.

matthews.jpgThen, on Thursday, Nov. 14, Chris Matthews — host of MSNBC’s Hardball and author of “Life’s a Campaign: What Politics Has Taught Me About Friendship, Rivalry, Reputation, and Success” — will provide a behind-the-scenes look at candidates and their campaigns. This is a morning event — a 7:45 a.m. continental breakfast, the 8:15 a.m. program and a 9:15 a.m. book signing — in the SRI International Events Center, 333 Ravenswood Ave. in Menlo Park; tickets cost $21 for club members, $28 for non-members.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.