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The Political Life - from campaigns to capitols and everywhere in between. A show about the people whose lives are immersed in the political world, and how they got there. Politicians, lobbyists, pollsters, and business people. If they're on the show, they're living the political life.

Hosted by Jim O'Brien, The Political Life introduces you to the personalities and "day in the life" experiences of some of the most interesting and dynamic individuals in the field. 

Dec 30, 2022

This week Jim chats with Peter Ruddell from Honigman LLP about the makeup of the Michigan legislature heading into the 2023 session. 

Peter is an accomplished attorney and government relations advisor with more than two decades of experience around state government, public policy, and elections. He is widely recognized...

Dec 23, 2022

This week Jim chats with Tom Manatos from Block about his oversight of his noted D.C.-area job aggregator website as well as his tips for networking in the Capitol.

Tom Manatos is the Head...

Dec 16, 2022

This week Jim chats with Sarah Mercer and Steven Stenzler from Brownstein about the recent legalization of psychedelics in Colorado as well as recent legislative trends in California, Colorado, and states in the Western U.S. more generally.

Steven Stenzler is a Policy Advisor in the Sacramento office of Brownstein Hyatt...

Dec 9, 2022

This week we are happy to present an incredible panel from WASRG's first ever in-person Inside the Dome – moderated by Jim! – featuring on-the-ground consultants from high-impact states giving their candid insider insight on the impact of the November elections and the major legislation expected in 2023. 


Dec 2, 2022

This week we once welcome back Howard Franklin to the podcast to provide yet another critical update on the runoff Senate race in Georgia.

Howard Franklin is the President and CEO of Ohio River South, a high-stakes strategy firm rooted in the New American South and led by professionals from government, business and...