221 episodes

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.

    Dominance of the Offense, Dominance of the Defense; Martin Gold Returns

    Dominance of the Offense, Dominance of the Defense; Martin Gold Returns

    This week Jim welcomes Martin Gold back to the podcast as they focus on the process of what the senate parliamentarian had to go through to determine what could be considered for the Inflation Reduction Act as part of the budget reconciliation process.
    Martin B. Gold is a partner with Capitol Counsel, LLC. In service to our clients, he brings over 40 years of legislative and private practice experience. He is a recognized authority and author on matters of congressional rules and parliamentary strategies, and U.S. policy in Asia. He frequently advises senators and their staff and serves on the adjunct faculty at George Washington University. In 2022, he received the College of Professional Studies Faculty Excellence Award. Before domestic business, professional, and academic audiences, he speaks about Congress as well as political and public policy developments.
    Capital Counsel works closely with their clients to set achievable goals, craft strategic arguments, and devise winning plans to address legislative challenges and opportunities. They implement winning strategies that help their clients meet their policy goals.

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    • 24 min
    Should You Make the Move From In-House to a GR Firm? Saat Alety Makes the Leap and Joins "Fed Hall"

    Should You Make the Move From In-House to a GR Firm? Saat Alety Makes the Leap and Joins "Fed Hall"

    This week we welcome back friend of the podcast Saat Alety as he gives Jim an update on his recent move from Allstate to Fed Hall.
    Saat Alety is a Partner at Federal Hall Policy Advisors (Fed Hall), a leading bipartisan government affairs firm in Washington, D.C. Named to The Hill's Top Lobbyist list in 2021, Alety most recently led Allstate’s advocacy efforts with Congress, the White House, and federal agencies, in addition to its public policy development at the federal, state, and local level.

    Alety previously served as Majority Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development under U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. As Sen. Scott’s senior policy advisor on financial services issues, Alety led efforts that resulted in the enactment of legislation to grow consumer access to banking services, prevent synthetic identity theft, and modernize mortgage credit standards.

    Prior to his tenure as a Senate staffer, Alety spent three years as Communications Director to U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. While spokesperson, Alety was also a Legislative Assistant to Rep. Royce for his House Financial Services Committee portfolio. In addition to his Capitol Hill experience, Alety has held positions with the Financial Services Roundtable (now Bank Policy Institute), the leading trade association for the financial services industry, and the Romney 2012 presidential campaign.

    A native of Naperville, Illinois, Alety began his career in the office of U.S. Representative Judy Biggert (R-IL). He serves on the boards of directors/advisors for College to Congress, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, and the One Love Foundation. Alety is also an alumni advisor to the Congressional Asian Pacific American Staff Association and a recipient of its Jose M. Montano Jr. Award for "going above and beyond to sustain a pipeline of AAPI Hill staffers and leaders on the Hill."

    In 2022, Alety joined his undergraduate alma mater Loyola University Chicago as an adjunct professor in its political science department, teaching PLSC 238: Political Advocacy for the school's Washington program. He has also guest lectured for students at the University of Chicago, New York University, and American University.
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    • 19 min
    Foreign Service or Politics? Mike Bober Chose Politics. Hear from the thoughtful leader of the Pet Advocacy Network.

    Foreign Service or Politics? Mike Bober Chose Politics. Hear from the thoughtful leader of the Pet Advocacy Network.

    This week we welcome Mike Bober to the podcast as he shares a bit about his personal story and tells Jim how he ended up in his current role as the President and CEO of the Pet Advocacy Network.
    After more than a decade in various political outreach roles, Mike now oversees all aspects of the pet care community’s agenda at the federal, state and municipal levels for the pet trade’s largest legislative trade association. He works to engage and educate elected officials on a variety of issues affecting companion animals and those who care for and about them.

    The Pet Advocacy Network's mission is to champion pets and responsible pet professionals with expertise and integrity. They envision a future with expanded opportunities to enjoy the companionship of healthy and well-treated pets, in which responsible pet care professionals are respected and seen as having the best interests of pets in mind.
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    • 20 min
    First Ever! WASRG In-Person Inside the Dome Symposium! Maggie Mick gives us a sneak peek

    First Ever! WASRG In-Person Inside the Dome Symposium! Maggie Mick gives us a sneak peek

    This week we welcome Maggie Mick to the podcast as she gives Jim a sneak peek of WASRG's upcoming In-Person Inside the Dome Symposium in Washington, D.C.!
    Maggie Mick serves as Assistant Vice President at MultiState. Before joining the firm's leadership team, she spent nearly 12 years at The Council of State Governments, or CSG, nationally headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky. Her final role was Chief Advancement Officer.

    Prior to her tenure at CSG, she was an aide in the United States Congress. In addition, she held public office as a member of the Lancaster City Council for two terms.
    The Washington Area State Relations Group (WASRG) is one of the nation’s largest organizations dedicated exclusively to serving state government relations professionals. Since the mid-1970s, WASRG has been providing its corporate, trade association and public sector members with a unique and valuable opportunity to interact with their peers, key state officials and public policy experts.
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    • 17 min
    Get the Inside Scoop from Tim Storey, the Executive Director of NCSL

    Get the Inside Scoop from Tim Storey, the Executive Director of NCSL

    This week we welcome Tim Storey to the podcast to give Jim the rundown on what it's like to oversee the largest state legislature conference in the country.
    Tim Storey serves as the Executive Director of the NCSL. Prior to that, Storey spent the past 30 years working for and studying legislatures—specializing in elections, redistricting, legislative organization and leadership. As Executive Director of NCSL, he provides leadership and vision to diverse constituencies in achieving NCSL’s goals and implement organizational change in response to the shifting needs of legislatures and a dynamic political environment.
    Check out Tim's podcasts here: https://www.ncsl.org/podcast-portal
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    • 35 min
    Democrats Achieve Legislative Wins before The August Recess - We Dive in with Rich Gold

    Democrats Achieve Legislative Wins before The August Recess - We Dive in with Rich Gold

    This week we welcome back friend of the show Rich Gold to discuss the recent wins for Democrative policy-makers in Congress.
    Rich Gold is the leader of Holland & Knight's Public Policy & Regulation Group and focuses his practice at the intersection of complex policy and political issues involving Congress, the executive branch, and the media. Mr. Gold has been recognized as a top lobbyist in Washington by The Hill, The National Journal, Washington SmartCEO, Super Lawyers, Washingtonian and The Washington Business Journal.
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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
94 Ratings

94 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

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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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