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A podcast about the people whose lives are immersed in the political world, and how they got there - from campaigns to capitols and everywhere in between. Politicians, lobbyists, pollsters, and business people. If they're on the show, they're living the political life.

The Political Life Jim O'Brien

    • Government
    • 4.9 • 93 Ratings

A podcast about the people whose lives are immersed in the political world, and how they got there - from campaigns to capitols and everywhere in between. Politicians, lobbyists, pollsters, and business people. If they're on the show, they're living the political life.

    From the Green Zone to Gainwell Technologies

    From the Green Zone to Gainwell Technologies

    Kristen Ballantine is Vice President of Government Relations at Gainwell Technologies, where she oversees Gainwell's state and federal legislative, policy, and regulatory agendas.

    Gainwell is a leading provider of technology, services and solutions that are vital to the administration and operations of health and human services programs. Gainwell is a new company with over 50 years of proven experience, a reputation for service excellence and industry expertise.

    • 29 min
    Understanding Stablecoins, and the Ever-Changing World of Crypto

    Understanding Stablecoins, and the Ever-Changing World of Crypto

    Scott Talbott is Senior Vice President of Government Affairs at the Electronic Transactions Association (ETA) in Washington, D.C. and is responsible for its governmental strategies, and directing ETA’s all of policy and advocacy efforts. Talbott has over twenty years of experience advocating for the financial services and FinTech industries. 

    • 18 min
    Demystifying the U.S. Senate and the Budget Reconciliation Process

    Demystifying the U.S. Senate and the Budget Reconciliation Process

    Martin B. Gold is a partner with Capitol Counsel, LLC. He has over 40 years of legislative and private practice experience, and is a recognized authority and author on matters of congressional rules and parliamentary strategies, and U.S. policy in Asia.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Growing up with Vice President Kamala Harris

    Growing up with Vice President Kamala Harris

    Stacey Johnson-Batiste is the author of Friends from the Beginning, which celebrates the dear friendship and shared experience between Stacey and her close, childhood friend Vice President Kamala Harris.

    • 29 min
    How Speaker Pelosi Passed the BIF, & the Impact of the VA & NJ Gubernatorial Elections

    How Speaker Pelosi Passed the BIF, & the Impact of the VA & NJ Gubernatorial Elections

    John Russell is a member of Dentons' Public Policy practice. Focusing on federal advocacy and strategic communications, John worked for nearly a decade on Capitol Hill, serving on the leadership staffs of a speaker, a House majority whip and the chairman of the House Campaign Committee. In his career, John has worked both extensively and effectively in the legislative, communications and campaign arenas.

    • 28 min
    An Insider's Perspective on the Virginia Governor's Race

    An Insider's Perspective on the Virginia Governor's Race

    Shawn Day is a Senior Director of Public Affairs at Capital Results – a Virginia-based full-service public affairs and business consulting firm helping a wide range of companies, associations and government entities achieve their public policy and business goals.

    Shawn directs integrated communications strategies designed to raise political and public support for clients primarily in the healthcare, technology and energy industries.

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
93 Ratings

93 Ratings

M.Archaga ,

Worth the time to listen, well crafted podcast.

Stumbled across this podcast and listen to it regularly now. Excellent content with good audio production quality. Well done!

Jonathan Kilman ,

THE podcast for government and public affairs

There is no doubt Jim has created and maintained the definitive podcast for government and public affairs professionals. As an industry insider, he knows what questions to ask and has built a vast network of professionals to provide fresh content on an evergreen basis - perhaps the hardest part of sustaining a podcast. - Jonathan Kilman? Converge Government Affairs

zro90 ,

Awesome

Great show with always insightful content. Jim and his guests have aided in inspiring me to pursue a career in lobbying. This is one of my favorite podcasts, by far!

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