The Orrick Public Policy Podcast Series

Welcome to the Orrick Public Policy Podcast, hosted by Jeremy Kudon, Chair of Orrick’s Public Policy Group, and with participation from other practice group members.

There are dozens of podcasts that focus on the President, Congress, and everything else that happens "inside the Beltway." This podcast, like our group, focuses on the places where things really happen - where, unlike Congress, ideas don't go to die, but are instead introduced, debated, and passed into law. Those places are the state legislatures, and while they might not be getting the same level of attention as the President, Dr. Fauci, or a handful of Governors, they are playing a major role in the response to national movements that play out in our own backyards: the COVID-19 recovery and vaccination distribution, addressing social, race and gender equity issues, and responding to their respective state's economic needs in the road to recovery.

Join us and thought leaders from around the country as we demystify the state legislatures and give our listeners a better understanding of the role they play, the issues that they are dealing with, and the people that lead them. 

Podcast Episodes:

Vermont Senate President Pro Tempore Becca Balint #21 – A Conversation with Vermont Senate President Pro Tempore Becca Balint

In its latest episode, Orrick Public Policy Hosts Michelle McGann and Jon Mandel were joined by Vermont Senate President Pro Tempore Becca Balint to talk about the legislative priorities of this session, the most recent federal stimulus package, managing the uptick in hostile rhetoric towards lawmakers and hate crime, and navigating a second legislative session remotely.

D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine #20 – A Conversation with D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine

In its latest episode, Orrick Public Policy Host Rob McKenna was joined by D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine to talk about his experience as the first elected Attorney General in the District of Columbia and his initiative as the President of the National Association of Attorney Generals to combat hate and hate crimes.

Iowa Speaker of the House Pat Grassley #19 – A Conversation with Iowa Speaker of the House Pat Grassley

In its latest episode, Orrick Public Policy Partner Scott Ward and Associate Jon Mandel were joined by IA Speaker Pat Grassley to talk about how the Iowa House GOP surpassed expectations leading up to the 2020 elections and expanded its majority, the Speaker’s priorities for the 2021 session, and how the legislature has maintained a healthy budget even amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

#18 – Election Recap Special with DLCC & RSLC Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Executive Director Jessica Post. Republican State Leadership Committee President Austin Chambers

In its latest episode, Orrick Public Policy Orrick Public Policy hosts Michelle McGann and Jon Mandel were joined by Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee President Jessica Post and Republican State Leadership Committee President Austin Chambers for an election recap and the redistricting agenda for 2021.

Arizona House Minority Leader Charlene Fernandez #17 – A Conversation with Arizona House Minority Leader Charlene Fernandez

Orrick's Michelle McGann and Jon Mandel were joined by Arizona House Minority Leader Charlene Fernandez to talk about the possibility of the Arizona House flipping blue, her experience working with the Republican majority on bipartisan efforts, including drought relief, and why investing in universities and infrastructure are key priorities for future legislative sessions.

Minnesota Senate Minority Leader Susan Kent #16 – A Conversation with Minnesota Senate Minority Leader Susan Kent

Orrick's Michelle McGann and Jon Mandel were joined by Minnesota Senate Minority Leader Susan Kent to talk about the historical and current political dynamics of the North Star State, the legislature’s comprehensive approach to racial justice and police reform in the wake of George Floyd’s killing, Minnesota’s voting preparations for the upcoming general election, and how the presidential race impacts down-ticket legislative races.

Pennsylvania Speaker Bryan Cutler #15 – A Conversation with Pennsylvania Speaker Bryan Cutler

Orrick's Scott Ward and Michelle McGann were joined by Pennsylvania Speaker Bryan Cutler to talk about the Pennsylvania legislature’s election reform efforts, how the legislature is addressing the economic crisis through the budget, and how adapting to remote voting has led to the legislature’s busiest session in years.

Louisiana Senator Sharon Hewitt #14 – A Conversation with Louisiana Senator Sharon Hewitt

Orrick's Michelle McGann and Jon Mandel were joined by Louisiana Senator Sharon Hewitt to talk about Louisiana’s recovery from this hurricane season, the Senator’s efforts to recruit more women to run for state office, and alligator hunting.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox #13 – A Conversation with Montana Attorney General Tim Fox

Orrick's Rob McKenna was joined by Montana Attorney General Tim Fox to talk about his leadership of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), how multistate AG investigations have shaped industry trends, and how his office is making progress in the fight against human trafficking.

Maine Treasurer Henry Beck #12 – A Conversation with Maine Treasurer Henry Beck

Orrick's Michelle McGann and Jon Mandel were joined by Maine Senator Henry Beck to talk about Treasurer Beck’s duties, a refresher on the bond issuance process and two recent bond measures approved by Mainers, and the types of relief that would be helpful from the federal government in tackling COVID-19’s toll on state budgets.

photo of Missouri Senate Majority Floor Leader Caleb Rowden #11 – A Conversation with Missouri Senate Majority Floor Leader Caleb Rowden

Orrick's Michelle McGann and Jon Mandel were joined by Missouri Senator Caleb Rowden to talk about what topics the Missouri legislature will address in the upcoming special session, how schools at all levels in his district, including Mizzou, are adapting to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, and what additional arrangements the legislature advanced for the health and safety of voters for the upcoming primary election.

photo of Arizona Senate President Karen Fann #10 – A Conversation with DC Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie

Public Policy Podcast is turning to the nation’s capital for its first-ever July Fourth episode. Orrick's Michelle McGann and Jon Mandel were joined by District of Columbia Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie to talk about how local governments are handling the reopening process, what new approaches to the public safety budget and criminal justice system the DC Council is contemplating, and the recent U.S. House vote on DC statehood.

photo of Arizona Senate President Karen Fann #9 – A Conversation with Arizona Senate President Karen Fann

Orrick's Michelle McGann and Jon Mandel were joined by Arizona Senate President Karen Fann to talk about how her experience as a small business owner and in local government is shaping how Arizona tackles COVID-19, how Arizona government and businesses are working together to make public spaces safer, and which topics the Arizona legislature is considering to address during a special legislative session or next session.

photo of Maryland Senate President Bill Ferguson #8 – A Conversation about Black Lives Matter with Illinois Senator Elgie Sims

Orrick stands with the Black Lives Matter Movement and strives to promote dialogue concerning racial equality and policies that work towards safe and inclusive societies. For Public Policy Podcast’s eighth episode, hosts Jeremy Kudon and Michelle McGann have the pleasure of discussing these important topics with Illinois Senator Elgie Sims.

photo of Maryland Senate President Bill Ferguson #7 – A Conversation with Maryland Senate President Bill Ferguson

Orrick's Jeremy Kudon and Michelle McGann sit down with Maryland Senate President Bill Ferguson about how states in his region are coordinating during the pandemic, how he uses his experience as a teacher to lead the Maryland Senate, and the state’s innovative approaches to economic recovery in a post-COVID world.

photo of  Ron Ryckman, Kansas House Speaker #5 – A Conversation with Kansas Speaker of the House Ron Ryckman

Orrick's Scott Ward and Michelle McGann sit down with Kansas House Speaker Ron Ryckman about how his state legislature is addressing the response to COVID-19 in Kansas, including the constitutional, procedural, and budgetary challenges they have faced as a result of the outbreak.

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