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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 • 94 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.

    A Recap of the All-in Summit + How a Recession Could Impact the GR Sector

    A Recap of the All-in Summit + How a Recession Could Impact the GR Sector

    Today on the show we welcome back Chris Massey, the Operating Partner, Government Relations & Public Affairs at Craft Ventures.
    Craft Ventures is an early-stage and growth fund dedicated to the craft of building great companies. Comprised of entrepreneurs and operators, they're a team of founders helping founders.
    Chris provides us with a recap of the All-in Summit, which recently took place in Miami. Featured speakers included Elon Musk, Nate Silver, Tim Urban, and more. 
    He also covers what an impending recession could mean for the government relations industry. Specifically, he touches on the potential for a decrease in spending on GR by startups. 
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    • 36 min
    Eric Tanenblatt on the State of the Autonomous Vehicle Industry

    Eric Tanenblatt on the State of the Autonomous Vehicle Industry

    This week we are pleased to present part two of our conversation with Eric Tanenblatt. As a reminder, Eric is the Global Chair of Public Policy and Regulation at Dentons, the world's largest law firm. At Denton's, Eric started up an autonomous vehicle practice, which now collaborates with 70+ partners around the globe within the autonomous vehicle ecosystem.
     
    In this episode, Eric gives Jim a concise update regarding the current state of the growing autonomous vehicle industry and shares some insight on the progress of electric vehicles in the United States - with particular focus placed on industry leaders like Waymo and Cruise and their work in metro areas like San Francisco, Phoenix, and New York City.

    Check out Eric's writing on autonomous vehicles and keep an eye out for Denton's 'Global Autonomous Vehicle Index' here: https://www.thedriverlesscommute.com
     
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    • 19 min
    Eric Tanenblatt on Georgia's Legislative Session and Upcoming Elections

    Eric Tanenblatt on Georgia's Legislative Session and Upcoming Elections

    Eric Tanenblatt is the Global Chair of Public Policy and Regulation at Dentons, the world's largest law firm. He also leads the firm's US Public Policy Practice, leveraging his three decades of experience at the very highest levels of the federal and state governments.
    Eric also heads up the firm’s 50-state practice. To name just a few of his accomplishments, Eric has served in the administration of three U.S. Presidents, as senior advisor to U.S. Senators and Governors, and helped coordinate the 2004 G8 Economic Summit, which was hosted in Sea Island, Georgia.
    In Georgia, Eric also served as chief of staff to the former Governor Sonny Perdue. Because of his deep roots in Republican politics in the state, Eric updated Jim on recent activity in the Georgia state legislative session, and provided some insight into the gubernatorial and senate races there.
    This is part one of a two part conversation, and next week Jim and Eric will chat about Eric’s past work helping disruptive companies navigate the complicated laws and regulations surrounding the innovation economy – with a particular focus placed on Eric’s work and writing around autonomous vehicles.
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    • 51 min
    April Mims' Journey from Law School to Government Relations Part II

    April Mims' Journey from Law School to Government Relations Part II

    We are excited to present part two of Jim’s interview with April Mims, the SVP of Public Policy at hims & hers. In our previous episode April shared a bit about her journey through law school and her experience serving as the Director of Public Policy at Lyft before joining the team at hims & hers.
    In this week’s episode, Jim and April discuss her work at hims & hers, a direct-to-consumer telehealth and wellness platform dedicated to de-stigmatizing healthcare and making it easier for people to access the care they need. The company was launched as  “hims” back in November of 2017 with the goal of providing more accessible healthcare for men - particularly sexual health, skin care, and and hair loss - all from the convenience of a laptop or smartphone. “Hers” was launched about a year later (late 2018), and the company went public in January of 2021.
    Since then, the company has been approved to provide synchronous telehealth care in all fifty states and asynchronous care in the majority of them. It is April’s job to work with the handful of states that have not yet approved asynchronous care and help them understand this method of care, why it’s safe, why it’s convenient, and how it will create better access to care across the board.
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    • 21 min
    April Mims' Journey from Law School to Government Relations Part I

    April Mims' Journey from Law School to Government Relations Part I

    April Mims is the SVP of Public Policy at hims & hers. Prior to taking this position, she worked as the Director of Public Policy at Lyft, where she negotiated new regulations for the ride-share industry back in her home state of Texas. April grew up outside of Houston before heading to North Carolina to earn her bachelor’s degree from Duke University; she later earned her J.D. at Georgetown University.
    While studying at Georgetown, she realized that she wanted to forego the white-shoe law firm route and focus instead on public policy. In part one of this conversation, April reflects on her time as a law student, discusses her experience as a Law Clerk at the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and  shares some of what she learned during her time as the Public Policy Director at Lyft during the early 2010s.
     
    Be sure to tune in next week when we share part two of our conversation with April, in which we’ll focus on her work at hims & hers and how her previous experience has helped her succeed in her current position.
     
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    • 27 min
    Texas Politics Revisited with A.J. Bingham and Andrew Cates

    Texas Politics Revisited with A.J. Bingham and Andrew Cates

    Today's episode features the returning guest, A.J. Bingham, Founder and CEO of The Bingham Group, LLC. An Austin, TX based lobbyist, we previously discussed A.J.'s journey to launching Bingham Group. He is joined by Andrew Cates, a recent addition to Bingham Group, who will head up Bingham Group's work at the Texas Legislature as a Managing Principal. 
    The Bingham Group, LLC is a full service lobbying firm representing clients before municipal governments in Austin Metro, and the legislative and executive branches of Texas government.
    Bingham Group produces their own weekly podcast titled “The BG Podcast ” where they interview Austin’s leaders and influencers. “A conversation at the intersection of business, policy and community.” You can find the podcast on sound cloud, Google play or iTunes.   
    To continue the conversation with A.J. and Andy you can connect with them via the following platforms
    Instagram: @binghamgroup
    Twitter: @binghamgp
    Facebook
    LinkedIn 
    BG Podcast
    Email: aj@binghamgp.com and andrew@binghamgp.com
    www.binghamgp.com
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    • 19 min

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94 Ratings

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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!

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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

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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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