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What do you know about your elected officials? Do you know what makes them, and the districts they represent, unique? Or why they ran for office in the first place? When we talk about politics, the national conversation seems to overshadow everything. But when it comes to the policies that impact your everyday life, your neighborhood officials are just as important as who’s in the White House. Join award-winning Spectrum News journalist Lindsey Christ as she helps you get to know "The People ...
 
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This week we discuss the New Jersey Governor's race with Gerry Gibbs, a founding principal at the Trenton, New Jersey-based Capital Impact Group (CIG). Gerry’s areas of focus are business development and financial services where he utilizes his extensive networks and expertise on behalf of his clients. Prior to founding CIG, Gerry held high-level p…
 
David Rollins says that back in the 1960s, very few people in Augusta, Maine would have expected a certain high school athlete to one day be mayor. But looking back at his 16 years of civic service, Rollins says this may have been the best period of his life. He ran for office in an attempt to bring more civility to the local government, and he say…
 
We are joined this week by Rich Gold, who is a Partner at Holland & Knight, one of the largest lobbying firms in D.C., where he serves as a leader of the firm’s Public Policy and Regulation team. Rich provides us with a real-time update on reconciliation, the infrastructure package, and more. Help us grow! Leave us a rating and review - it's the be…
 
Kate Snyder always keeps a tab open on her computer with the mayor of Portland’s powers and duties, as written in the city charter, to remind herself what her role is—and isn’t. She is only the third full-time, popularly elected mayor in modern Portland history and says she is still helping define what that means for the city, especially as everyth…
 
On this throwback episode of The Political Life, Jim interviews Elizabeth Bartz of State and Federal Communications - helping companies and lobbyists comply with ethics rules in all fifty states and globally. About Elizabeth Bartz Borrowed money and bought the compliance department of State and Federal Associates in 1993. She moved the department t…
 
With family roots that extend back in Auburn many generations, Mayor Jason Levesque is an advocate for his city and state. He tells journalist Lindsey Christ why he returned to his hometown after years away at college and in the U.S. Army. Mayor Levesque also shares how confident he is in Auburn’s resilience, and that, even after weathering the imp…
 
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 effectivel…
 
While Senator Susan Collins is often in the national news for her decisions in Washington, her conversation with journalist Lindsey Christ focuses on who she is and how she became such a significant national figure. Senator Collins describes growing up near the Canadian border with two parents who believed it was wrong to complain if you don’t get …
 
Rick C. Wade is senior vice president of Strategic Alliances and Outreach at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Wade develops and implements programs and initiatives to help the Chamber create new business relationships and partnerships across diverse audiences. He also provides counsel on policy issues and leads special projects. Wade’s wealth of knowl…
 
Being the chief executive of a state during a pandemic is a job nobody could prepare for, but Maine Governor Janet Mills learned to work through challenges and thrive through adversity at an early age. In the debut episode of The People’s People podcast, Governor Mills speaks with journalist Lindsey Christ about the more unusual experiences that he…
 
Today on the show we speak to Wesley Smith, the Vice President for Policy and Public Affairs at Western Governors University. Western Governors University (WGU) is an online university where students can earn an affordable, accredited, career-focused college degree at an accelerated pace. WGU was born at a meeting of the Western Governors' Associat…
 
Gary Ginsberg is the author of the New York Times Best Seller First Friends - The Powerful, Unsung (and Unelected) People Who Shaped Our Presidents. Gary grew up in Buffalo New York, home to two US presidents. A lawyer by training, he has spent his professional career at the intersection of media, politics, and law. He worked for the Clinton admini…
 
Michael D. Cohen, Ph.D. is CEO of Cohen Research Group, a leading political, public affairs, and corporate research firm. He publishes the pioneering and award-winning Congress in Your Pocket suite of mobile apps and teaches graduate courses at Johns Hopkins University on research methods, digital strategy, political campaigns, and public policy. H…
 
Matthew McKnight is the Chief Commercial Officer of Ginkgo Bioworks. Headquartered in Boston, Ginkgo Bioworks uses the most advanced technology on the planet—biology—to grow better products. The company’s cell programming platform is enabling the growth of biotechnology across diverse markets, from food to fragrance to pharmaceuticals. Ginkgo is al…
 
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. After running a nonprofit for former Atla…
 
Debra Dixon is a principal at Ferox Strategies, a strategic advisory and government relations firm based out of Washington DC. As former Chief of Staff to then Rep. Xavier Becerra, Debra’s more than a decade and a half of work on Capitol Hill included supporting the Congressman’s efforts on the Ways and Means Committee, the Congressional Hispanic C…
 
Barrett Thornhill is a partner at Forbes Tate and advises life sciences companies on legislative issues before the U.S. Congress and on regulatory matters before the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Barrett’s health care focus includes developing thematic and product-specific strategies in the…
 
What do you know about your elected officials? Do you know what makes them, and the districts they represent, unique? Or why they ran for office in the first place? When we talk about politics, the national conversation seems to overshadow everything. But when it comes to the policies that impact your everyday life, your neighborhood officials are …
 
Adam Probolsky is the President and founder of Probolsky Research, a non-partisan opinion research organization that conducts polling and analysis for a range of clients including government, non-profit and political candidates. Adam is also a thought leader. He has contributed to The New York Times, Politico, the San Francisco Chronicle, and MSNBC…
 
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 appea…
 
This week we sit down with Alex Kouts of Indigov - a next-generation constituent experience management platform designed for the government. Indigov has built a modern constituent service platform for government that has reduced average response time from months to a matter of minutes/hours and given representatives unprecedented capabilities and d…
 
Lawrence Jackson is a former official White House staff photographer for President Barack Obama, and currently serves as the official White House photographer for Vice President Kamala Harris. When Lawrence Jackson took the job as White House photographer in early 2009, he knew he’d have a front row seat to history. What he didn’t expect was the de…
 
As a co-founding member of Capital City Consulting, Nick Iarossi has worked on local, state, and federal government policy issues for over 20 years. Recently named by Influence Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Florida, Nick is considered the best in his field representing a diverse client base before Florida’s government includ…
 
Todd Piro currently serves as a co-host of FOX & Friends First (weekdays 4-6 AM/ET) alongside Jillian Mele. He also contributes to the "Breakfast with Friends" diner series, which showcases how Americans across the country feel about the political news driving the day. He joined the network in June 2017. Prior to joining FNC, Piro was the weekday m…
 
This week we speak with Melissa Dargan, a former Congressional House staffer turned tech entrepreneur. She is the Co-founder of TourTrackr.com (product of Appmy, LLC), a platform that digitizes the tour management process for Members of Congress. During quarantine, Melissa also created Congre$$: A Personal Finance YouTube Series for Congressional S…
 
Jean Becker, the author of The Man I Knew, George H.W. Bush was President George H.W. Bush's chief of staff for nearly twenty-five years, from March 1994 until his death on November 30, 2018. As chief of staff, Jean had a ringside seat to the never-boring story of George Herbert Walker Bush's life post-presidency, including being at his side when h…
 
Laura Claster Bisesto is Head of Policy & Privacy at Nextdoor, where she leads Nextdoor’s privacy counseling program and is responsible for developing Nextdoor’s global product policy, public policy, and government relations programs. Laura has extensive experience advising technology companies at different stages of growth, including Lyft, Checkr …
 
Michael A. Nutter is a senior advisor in Dentons' Public Policy group and member of its Local Government Solutions team, composed of former local government elected and appointed officials who have played integral roles in city halls and county governments. This group works with local governments seeking solutions to complex challenges requiring an…
 
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 effectivel…
 
Wes Fisher is the Director of Federal and State Affairs at the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA), the national trade group representing the $31 billion US convenience services industry (vending and unattended retail). He leads state government affairs and grassroots organizing across the US and works closely with NAMA’s state coun…
 
Michael O'Brien is the founder and principal of MOB Advocacy. He has more than ten years experience as a state and local lobbyist. Michael has lobbied governors, mayors, legislators, state and local agencies and regulators in more than 40 states. Before launching MOB Advocacy, Michael led the nation-wide state and local program for RISE (Responsibl…
 
Katie Neer is the Head of Industry Affairs at Lantern, an e-commerce marketplace that facilitates cannabis home delivery. Headquartered in Boston, MA, Lantern currently operates in Massachusetts, Michigan, and Colorado. Prior to joining Lantern, Katie was in private practice and gained in-house cannabis experience as the Director of Government Affa…
 
Mark Dober is the Founder of Dober Partners, an Executive Search & Consultancy firm operating in Brussels and around Europe since 2010. Dober Partners headhunts senior communication and public affairs executives for corporates, associations, consultancies and law firms. Mark has recruited many senior communication, public affairs and association le…
 
Kajsa Stenström is the managing partner of Managing Partner, Stenström Consulting. The company offers advice on EU policy and regulatory developments and provides services to clients from different countries and different industry sectors. Kajsa has more than 20 years of experience in providing strategic advice to clients in the area of EU affairs.…
 
Stuart Thomson is the Head of Public Affairs at BDB Pitmans. He is a public policy and communications specialist advising clients on all elements of their public affairs strategies including political and corporate communications and reputation management. He is a CIPR Chartered PR Practitioner (Chart. PR). His work also includes consultation and p…
 
Kristin Smith is the Executive Director of the Blockchain Association, the Washington DC-based trade association representing the most prominent and reputable organizations in the crypto industry. The mission of the Blockchain Association is to improve the public policy environment so that crypto networks can thrive in the United States. Kristin se…
 
This week we speak with Alicia Leahy, the Vice President for Federal Affairs for the Motion Picture Association ("MPA"). The MPA is the leading advocate of the film, television and streaming industry around the world. MPA’s members are Disney, Netflix, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Universal and Warner Bros. In this role she informs Members of Congress…
 
We are joined today by Rich Gold, who is a Partner at Holland & Knight, one of the largest lobbying firms in D.C., where he serves as a leader of the firm’s Public Policy and Regulation team. Rich provides us with a real-time update on the status of the American Rescue Plan, the return of earmarks (now known as "community project funding"), and the…
 
Mike Cuzzi is a Principal at Cornerstone Government Affairs, a full-service, bipartisan consulting firm specializing in federal and state government relations, public affairs and strategic communications, and advisory services. Mike’s expertise is focused on energy and environmental issues. He is based in Maine and is assisting the firm in building…
 
Victoria Waddail is Senior Director of Research and Analysis at Cygnal, LLC. She joined the firm following its acquisition of Harper Polling in 2020. Victoria joined Harper Polling before the 2014 cycle. In her current role, Victoria provides expert guidance to clients in survey instrument design, leads the writing and presentation of analysis, and…
 
Jennifer Stojkovic is a preeminent governmental affairs leader for the world’s largest tech companies in the capital of innovation, San Francisco. In her role as Executive Director of sf.citi, Jennifer advocates for leading tech companies, including Google, Microsoft, and Airbnb, to build sound policy with legislators across the political spectrum.…
 
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, sta…
 
Abigail Slater is a Senior Vice President for Policy and Strategy at Fox Corporation in Washington, DC. She is a seasoned policy professional with expertise in a host of communications issues. From 2018-2019 she served on the White House National Economic Council where she managed the technology, telco, and cyber policy portfolio. Her prior roles i…
 
Hugh Martin is chairman and CEO of Lacuna Technologies, Inc, the leading provider of open source digital tools that allow cities to create and enforce dynamic transportation policies. Hugh joined Lacuna in November 2018. Previously, Hugh was VP of Strategy for Verizon Smart Communities. He joined Verizon through the acquisition of Sensity Systems b…
 
Braden Cox is the Head of US Public Policy and Social Impact for Pinterest. He develops public policy strategy at the federal, state and local levels to support Pinterest’s mission to help inspire people to create a life they love. Before Pinterest, Braden was the Director of Public Policy at Amazon, where he launched the state and local public pol…
 
This week we have Cesar Fernandez of Converge Government Affairs on the show. Cesar has spent his career navigating some of Florida’s most challenging issues facing companies, political campaigns, and government. He has been at the forefront of advocacy in the innovation and technology sector, held senior positions in six political campaigns, and w…
 
This week on the show we have Dr. Daniel Peart, a Senior Lecturer in American History at Queen Mary University of London in the UK. Daniel is the author of Era of Experimentation: American Political Practices in the Early Republic and Lobbyists & the Making of US Tariff Policy, 1816-1861. The latter was awarded an Honorable Mention in the British A…
 
Darrell Conner is a government affairs counselor at K&L Gates' public policy and law practice group, one of the largest policy groups in the United States. As a government affairs counselor for K&L Gates, he has more than 26 years of experience working with Congress and the executive branch. Since 2017, he has been recognized by The Hill as one of …
 
Fred Ferguson serves as Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications for Vista Outdoor, Inc. (NYSE: VSTO) and its 40+ consumer brands. In this capacity, Ferguson supports the investor relations portfolio and directly manages corporate communications, government relations and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reporting. Ferguson’s du…
 
This week on the show we have Chaz Cirame, the founder and principal of CC: External Affairs. Cc: External Affairs helps corporations, trade associations, public affairs firms and non-profits develop long-term partnerships to reach and exceed their goals - be they shaping public opinion, achieving legislative outcomes, or building lasting strategic…
 
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