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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 • 98 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.

    Columbine is 25. A conversation with Monisha Henley of Everytown for Gun Safety.

    Columbine is 25. A conversation with Monisha Henley of Everytown for Gun Safety.

    April 20th marked the 25th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado, which at the time was deemed the worst in America's history. In this episode, Maggie hosts Monisha Henley, senior vice president of government affairs for Everytown for Gun Safety. Everytown was formed in 2014 following Columbine, the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and others. In this conversation, we learn more about the motivators for Monisha's work, Everytown's policy priorities and bipartisan policy successes in the past 10 years, and what's next for Everytown in its second decade.
     

    Monisha Henley is the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs at Everytown. Before joining Everytown, she honed her expertise at the American Nurses Association and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). She began her career in the United States Senate. Monisha is originally from Wilmington, DE and now resides in New York City. 

    • 25 min
    Celebrating Mother’s Day with Governor Laura Kelly and Kathleen Kelly Daughety 

    Celebrating Mother’s Day with Governor Laura Kelly and Kathleen Kelly Daughety 

    In a special Mother’s Day episode, Maggie Mick interviews Kansas Governor Laura Kelly and her eldest daughter Kathleen Kelly Daughety. The conversation focuses on both of their careers, the governor raising her daughters in Topeka - the state capital, and insights for working moms in policy and politics.  
    Governor Laura Kelly is the 48th governor of Kansas. A member of the Democratic Party, she represented the 18th district in the Kansas Senate from 2005 to 2019. Kelly was elected governor in 2018 and was reelected in 2022.
    Kathleen Kelly Daughety is the Vice President of Campaigns and Civic Engagement at Inseparable. Kathleen began her career in Kansas politics, campaigning to elect Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius twice. She continued her career with the Democratic Governors Association (DGA), Governor Jay Nixon (MO), U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (CO), Priorities USA and has held private sector posts with Liberty Media and Uber.

    • 30 min
    Jim and Maggie interview 2 state political experts; Steve Palmer and Paul Dioguardi.

    Jim and Maggie interview 2 state political experts; Steve Palmer and Paul Dioguardi.

    In their maiden episode as co-hosts, Jim O’Brien and Maggie Mick interview friend of the show, Steven Palmer, and first-time guest Paul DioGuardi. Two Partners at Forbes Tate. In addition to learning about Paul’s impressive career including time with the Democratic Governors Association as well as the Obama Administration and his work on the Affordable Care Act, we dove into a discussion on upcoming primaries and a forecast for the 2024 gubernatorial races, current characteristics of gubernatorial candidates, and the debate on the viability of state trifectas in the coming years and election cycles.  
    Links to Steven’s past TPL appearances:  
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-political-life/id1401504350?i=1000603590856
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-political-life/id1401504350?i=1000496060064

    • 53 min
    TPL Podcast is back with a new season!! With a new Co-Host!

    TPL Podcast is back with a new season!! With a new Co-Host!

    Maggie Mick has joined The Political Life podcast as co-host. Maggie is in the leadership group of the state and local government relations consultancy, MultiState - a PPHC firm, located in the Washington, D.C. area. The first episode of the new season will be next week with Reid Wilson from Pluribus News!! 

    • 3 min
    Bradley Tusk returns to discuss his new book Obvious in Hindsight, investing in tech start-ups and Election Predictions

    Bradley Tusk returns to discuss his new book Obvious in Hindsight, investing in tech start-ups and Election Predictions

    This week Jim welcomes Bradley Tusk back to the show to discuss his new book "Obvious in Hindsight".  
     
    Bradley Tusk is a venture capitalist, political strategist and writer. Bradley is the Founder and CEO of Tusk Ventures. Tusk Ventures is the world’s first venture capital fund to work with and invest solely in high growth startups facing political and regulatory challenges. Previously, Bradley served as campaign manager for Mike Bloomberg, as Deputy Governor of Illinois and as Communications Director for Senator Charles Schumer. Tusk Montgomery Philanthropies, Bradley’s family foundation, funds and runs campaigns in states across the U.S. to increase funding for anti-hunger programs like school breakfast and food stamp enrollment. They are also working to create mobile voting so people can vote in elections on their phones. Bradley writes a regular column for Fast Company. Bradley is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he received his BA and has a JD from the University of Chicago Law School. 

    • 43 min
    Looking for a Job in Government Relations? Matthew Guilbault has Some Very Good Advice to Share

    Looking for a Job in Government Relations? Matthew Guilbault has Some Very Good Advice to Share

    Matthew Guilbault is Director of Government Affairs at Corebridge Financial – a new position for Matthew since he was last on the podcast.  Matthew walks us through his job hunting experience – I think you will find it very helpful if you are looking for a job or thinking about looking for a new job.  Some interesting facts about Matthew:

    Matt studied to be a pilot before deciding to focus on pre-law studies at the College of St. Rose. He got his first job in politics for a State Senator after networking at the restaurant he worked at in Albany. After almost seven years working at the New York General Assembly, Matt transitioned to an in-house lobbying position. After 10 years working in-house, he worked as a contract lobbyist. Matt owns many motorcycles, and used to race them professionally.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
98 Ratings

98 Ratings

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Steve Palmer

Great interview with lots of insights into issues, candidates and the lobby industry.

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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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