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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.

    The 2022 Red Wave, & Why Speaker Pelosi is Talking About "Chunks" of Build Back Better

    The 2022 Red Wave, & Why Speaker Pelosi is Talking About "Chunks" of Build Back Better

    This week on the show we welcome back Rich Gold, who is a Partner at Holland & Knight, and the leader of the firm’s Public Policy and Regulation team.
    In this episode, we cover a number of topics:
    The impending release of the latest Federal lobbying firm revenue figures Filibuster reform and the voting rights act - where does Congress go from here? Why Speaker Pelosi is talking about "Chunks" of Build Back Better What the wave of Democratic retirements from Congress means for the party's chances in the 2022 elections  Help us grow! Leave us a rating and review - it's the best way to bring new listeners to the show. Don't forget to subscribe!
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    • 21 min
    Why Georgia is at the Center of the Political Universe in 2022

    Why Georgia is at the Center of the Political Universe in 2022

    Howard Franklin is the Founder and Managing Partner of Ohio River South, a strategy firm focused on "the New American South."
    Splitting time between state capitals and the campaign trail, Howard Franklin has worked across two dozen states to advance the careers and policies of the South’s leading lawmakers.
    Howard has been recognized as ‘Top 40 Under 40’ by Georgia Trend Magazine and The Network Journal. He is a member of the Georgia Professional Lobbyists Association, a frequent contributor on CNN, NPR and MSNBC
    In this episode, we discuss:
    The reaction on the ground in Georgia to the Bulldogs' win over the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2022 College Football National Championship The newly elected Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens, and Howard's role as Co-chair of the Mayor's transition team The Secretary of the State, Gubernatorial, and U.S. Senate races coming up in 2022.  Help us grow! Leave us a rating and review - it's the best way to bring new listeners to the show. Don't forget to subscribe!
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    • 19 min
    What Lies Ahead for Congress & Pres. Biden's Agenda in 2022

    What Lies Ahead for Congress & Pres. Biden's Agenda in 2022

    This week on the show we welcome back Rich Gold, who is a Partner at Holland & Knight, and the leader of the firm’s Public Policy and Regulation team.
    In this episode, we cover a number of topics:
    How has Rich put together one of the top lobbying shops in DC? What was January 6th like on the Hill? The impact of COVID-19 and rising inflation on the President's polling numbers & the 2022 Congressional elections  Filibuster reform The Electoral College Reform Act The future of Build Back Better 
    Help us grow! Leave us a rating and review - it's the best way to bring new listeners to the show. Don't forget to subscribe!
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    • 30 min
    Throwback: A Conversation with Legendary Investor Jim Rogers

    Throwback: A Conversation with Legendary Investor Jim Rogers

    Jim Rogers, a native of Demopolis, Alabama, is an author, financial commentator and successful international investor. He has been frequently featured in Time, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Barron's, Forbes, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, and most publications dealing with the economy or finance. He has also appeared as a regular commentator and columnist in various media and has been a visiting professor at Columbia University.
    After attending Yale and Oxford University, Jim Rogers co-founded the Quantum Fund, a global-investment partnership. During the next 10 years, the portfolio gained 4200%, while the S&P rose less than 50%. Rogers then decided to retire - at age 37. Continuing to manage his own portfolio, Jim Rogers kept busy serving as a professor of finance at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, and, in 1989 and 1990, as the moderator of WCBS's 'The Dreyfus Roundtable' and FNN's 'The Profit Motive with Jim Rogers'.
    In 1990-1992, Jim Rogers fulfilled his lifelong dream: motorcycling 100,000 miles across six continents, a feat that landed him in the Guinness Book of World Records. As a private investor, he constantly analyzed the countries through which he traveled for investment ideas. He chronicled his one-of-a-kind journey in Investment Biker: On the Road with Jim Rogers. Jim also embarked on a Millennium Adventure. He traveled for 1101 days on his round-the-world, Guinness World Record journey. Passing through 116 countries, he covered more than 245,000 kilometers, which he recounted in his book Adventure Capitalist: The Ultimate Road Trip. His latest book "A Gift to My Children: A Father's Lessons for Life and Investing" was published in 2009.
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    • 37 min
    Throwback: Josh Gray — A Story of Hardship, Perseverance, and Hope

    Throwback: Josh Gray — A Story of Hardship, Perseverance, and Hope

    Josh Gray is the Vice President of Strategic Alliances & Policy at The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation.
    The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation is a 501 (c) 3 non-partisan civic engagement organization that strives to cultivate institutional base-building capacity and intergenerational leadership models at the local, state and national levels. 
    Josh shares his incredible story of hardship, perseverance, and hope with us this week, and we hear about the power of foster parents, adoption, and mentorship. 
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Can "Build Back Better" Come Back from the Dead?

    Can "Build Back Better" Come Back from the Dead?

    This week on the show we welcome back Rich Gold, who is a Partner at Holland & Knight. Holland & Knight is one of the largest lobbying firms in D.C., and Rich serves as the leader of the firm’s Public Policy and Regulation team.
    Rich provides some insights as to what Congress and the President will do next in the wake of Sen. Manchin's announcement yesterday that he will not support the "Build Back Better" proposal. 
    We also discuss a number of other issues:  

    Whether Sen. Manchin will remain in the Democratic Party, or if he'll end up becoming an Independent that caucuses with the Democrats; Senator Cruz's deal to get a vote on sanctions tied to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in exchange for removing holds on numerous presidential nominees; The impacts of rate increases by the Fed; and, The impact of several changes in the auto industry to reduce carbon emissions.  Help us grow! Leave us a rating and review - it's the best way to bring new listeners to the show. Don't forget to subscribe!
    Have a suggestion, or want to chat with Jim? Email him at Jim@ThePoliticalLife.net 
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    • 23 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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