Lobby Land

By Daniel Womack

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Lobby Land is a podcast about lobbying and Texas politics. Who are lobbyists? How do they do their jobs? How did they get into lobbying and in some cases, how did they get out? What works and what does not when talking to elected officials, staff and others? This is a podcast about the people whose lives are in and around the Texas political space. From campaigns to boardrooms to the capitol and everywhere in between, we will be interviewing lobbyist and those that work in Texas politics about these and other topics. Hosted by Daniel Womack, with contributions from Stephanie Simpson, Lobby Land will introduce you to personalities, experiences, history and occasionally a lesson in navigating politics. Through these conversations you will meet, and get to know better, some of the most interesting individuals working in Texas government. Welcome to Lobby Land!!!

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Episode 19: Amy Whited
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We are excited to welcome Amy Whited to Lobby Land.

Amy is a veteran campaign staffer and lobbyist. But she might be more known for the creation of Pink Granite and now the Pink Granite Foundation. Tune in to hear her discuss her journey from campaign staffer to city council staffer to lobbyist, as well as the creation of and her work at Pink Granite and all the stops in between.

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Sep 26, 2021
Episode 18: Amy & Steve Bresnen
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Lobby Land is happy to welcome Amy and Steve Bresnen to the pod.

Listen in to hear how these now veteran lobbyists got their start in the Capitol and how they work together as a married couple. We also discuss social media and  the local Austin camping ordinance. You don’t want to miss this.

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Sep 12, 2021
Episode 17: Brian Smith
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Lobby Land is excited to welcome Dr. Brian Smith to the pod. Brian is professor of political science and Associate Dean of the school of Behavioral and Social Sciences at St. Edward’s University in Austin.

Tune in to hear Brian discuss his path to becoming a tenured professor in political science. We also discuss growing up in the northeast, navigating the current political climate with his students, political commentating and his love of Philadelphia sports.

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Aug 29, 2021
Episode 16: Scott Stewart
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Lobby Land is pleased to welcome Scott Stewart. Scott  is well known around the capitol after working in the House before becoming a lobbyist.

Tune in to hear about Scott’s path from a kinesiology major to a lobbyist for the American Council of Engineering Companies of Texas, and all the stops in between.  Scott talks about meeting his wife during a job interview, his love of history and sweaty donuts and warm orange juice. Scott is also a weather-watcher and we get into that as well. 

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Aug 22, 2021
Episode 15: Brian Yarbrough
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Lobby Land welcomes Brian Yarbrough.

Brian is a Senior Principle at Erben & Yarbrough, which is an established governmental affairs consulting practice. Come hear Brian discuss his 20 plus years of working in and around the Capitol, his work on nuclear issues, his time doing campaign and ethics work for Governor Perry and his work with the Terry Foundation.

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May 30, 2021
Episode 14: Power Hour
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Lobby Land is excited to present Power Hour, featuring electric industry veterans Michele Richmond, Katie Coleman, and Jason Ryan.

Electricity has been a major legislative focus since the February winter storm.  Tune in to hear these three experts discuss their path to becoming lobbyists, their experiences during the winter event, and their take on the most active electricity session in decades. We also discuss tips on testifying, mentors, favorite cocktails and session music playlists.   

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May 16, 2021
Episode 13: Sam Gammage
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Lobby Land is pleased to welcome Sam Gammage. Sam is well known around the capitol after working in the Senate, the House, and a state agency before becoming a lobbyist.

Tune in to hear about Sam’s path from a psychology major to a lobbyist for the Texas Chemical Council, and all the pit stops in between.  Sam tells us about being a "fly on the wall" as a Senate Messenger, and carrying car parts through the capitol for a House member.  We also cover his love of the outdoors, fishing, and his impending fatherhood (Spoiler Alert, he is now a proud dad).

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Apr 25, 2021
Episode Twelve: JD Hale
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Lobby Land is excited to welcome JD Hale. 

JD is currently Director of Government Affairs with the Texas Association of Builders. Join us to hear about his career path from the piney woods of east Texas, to his time as a staffer in D.C. and Austin.  JD shares his thoughts on leadership, karaoke, shoveling manure, and former state Rep. Fred Head.

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Apr 11, 2021
Episode Eleven: Crystal Brown
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Crystal Brown visits Lobby Land.  Crystal is a public policy advisor at Locke Lord. In 2021, Capitol Inside ranked her 58th in the state in its list of Hired Guns. In 2017, she was ranked No. 6 on Capitol Inside’s Rising Stars list.

Hear how Crystal transitioned from a House staffer to a lobbyist, what it's like to work for members from different parties, and the value of being diligent no matter what.  She also educates us on the finer aspects of reality TV, and rum and Coke.

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Mar 28, 2021
Episode Ten: Jenn Saenz
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Lobby Land is pleased to welcome Jenn Saenz. Jenn is well known in the capitol and loved by all.

Tune in to hear how Jenn ended up in Boston for school, how she landed her first job in the capitol, her first lobby job and why she was denied entrance to the Senate floor the first time she tried to walk on as a staffer. She also discusses becoming a new mom and her new lobby partnership.

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Mar 14, 2021
Episode Nine: Marc Rodriguez
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We are excited to welcome Marc Rodriguez to Lobby Land!

Marc talks to us about valuable lobby skills, lobbying during a pandemic, that one time his car was stolen, and other important things like refrigerator manners.

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Feb 28, 2021
Episode Eight: Kwame Walker
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We are happy to welcome Kwame Walker to Lobby Land. Kwame is senior vice presidential for McGuireWoods Consulting's state government relations team.

Kwame talks about his journey from London to El Paso to becoming a lobbyist. You will learn about his love of basketball, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pulp Fiction.

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Feb 14, 2021
Episode Seven: Shera Eichler and Robby Cook
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We are excited to welcome Shera Eichler and Robby Cook to Lobby Land.

Shera and Robby have very different paths to becoming lobbyist. But together they have spent a signifiant amount of time in the Capitol. Come hear them talk about career paths, favorite meals, Speaker Bonnen and their new partnership.

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Jan 31, 2021
Episode Six: Jaime Capelo
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We are excited to welcome Jaime Capelo to Lobby Land! 

Jaime is the first former elected official to sit down with us.  His path to politics started with his grandmother's influence, while his debut in lobbying stemmed from a high-profile healthcare initiative. Join us to hear about his other stops along the way. 

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Jan 18, 2021
Episode Five: Becky Redman
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Lobby Land welcomes Becky Redman, Senior Manager of Government Affairs for Lockheed Martin. Becky has worked in politics for two different Texas state Senators before joining Lockheed. Come hear about her love for politics, Nolan Ryan and much more!!!

Jan 04, 2021
Episode Four: Wroe Jackson
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Wroe Jackson, Director of Government Affairs & Operations for the Texas Association of Manufacturers, visits Lobby Land and discusses his career as well as becoming a lobbyist during a pandemic. 

Dec 20, 2020
Introduction
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Welcome to Lobby Land!!! In this episode I attempt to explain what Lobby Land is and is not. Plus, you meet a special contributor. 

Thanks for checking us out. 

Dec 02, 2020
Episode Two: Gavin Massingill
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Gavin Massingill joins us in Lobby Land. 

Come hear Gavin talk about his start in the capitol, his time as Chief of Staff to Speaker Bonnen and what he is up to now. 

Dec 02, 2020
Episode Three: Lisa Craven
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Lisa Craven visits Lobby Land. 

Lisa has been around the capitol for a while, and while she is not a lobbyist she has trained staff that turned into successful lobbyist. Lisa is currently Deputy Comptroller and Chief of Staff to Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar.
 

Dec 02, 2020