STAFFER

By Jim Papa

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There are many titles for these over-caffeinated, overworked, underpaid, Washingtonians, but just one name: STAFFER. There's no other workplace in the world where one might find themselves picking up coffee, shaping legislation that will impact global markets, ordering an Uber, and standing shoulder-to-shoulder with world leaders, all in the same day. Capitol Hill has long been the launching pad for very BIG careers, a cauldron that forges our country's most influential leaders. Our mission is to share their stories.

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Neera Tanden
01:01:51

Neera Tanden joins Jim Papa to discuss her long career in politics and her role as a staffer. Neera is the President and CEO of the Center for American Progress and a veteran staffer. While attending UCLA, she found her interest in politics and public policy while working on Michael Dukakis’s presidential run in 1988. She then received her law degree from Yale University and moved to DC to continue her pursuit of a career in politics in the Clinton White House. Neera has gone on to have a storied career working closely with the Clintons, from President Bill Clinton’s administration to Hillary Clinton’s race against Donald Trump in 2016, she has been a close ally, trusted advisor, and friend to the Clintons over the years. Today, she plays a critical role in leading progressive Democratic policy and fighting back against the Trump White House.

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Sep 17, 2020
Steve Schmidt
01:05:30

In this episode, Jim Papa is joined by political strategist, Steve Schmidt. Steve has been working in politics for 30+ years and has managed election campaigns ranging from state Attorney General to, most notably, John McCain’s 2008 presidential run. Today, he is a founding member of The Lincoln Project -- a group of current and former Republicanpolitical operatives dedicated to the defeat of Donald Trump in 2020. Go back in time to when Steve first got interested in politics, hear some fresh perspectives on the 2008 presidential election, and learn about what Steve believes is necessary in order to help get this country back on track.

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Sep 10, 2020
Steve Schmidt
01:07:27

In this episode, Jim Papa is joined by political strategist, Steve Schmidt. Steve has been working in politics for 30+ years and has managed election campaigns ranging from state Attorney General to, most notably, John McCain’s 2008 presidential run. Today, he is a founding member of The Lincoln Project -- a group of current and former Republican political operatives dedicated to the defeat of Donald Trump in 2020. Go back in time to when Steve first got interested in politics, hear some fresh perspectives on the 2008 presidential election, and learn about what Steve believes is necessary in order to help get this country back on track.

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Sep 10, 2020
Jim Papa on "Off the Record"
00:48:21

Paul Howes and Matt Robison interview Jim Papa, one of the most experienced staffers in Democratic politics. Jim gives a behind-the-scenes look at what it's like to help new members of congress to do their jobs and win their re-election campaigns, explains what it was like working for President Obama and Rahm Emanuel, and shares some of the best insider stories from his own new podcast "Staffer."

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Sep 08, 2020
Symone Sanders
00:50:36

On this episode of STAFFER, Symone Sanders joins host Jim Papa to discuss her life in politics. In August 2015, she joined Bernie Sanders's presidential campaign, serving as the youngest national press secretary on record (25 years old). Currently, she is a Senior Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden's 2020 presidential campaign. In this episode, they discuss her upbringing, getting her start in politics, and she shares stories about life on the campaign trail.

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Sep 03, 2020
BONUS: Jim Papa joins Doug Thornell on The Electables
00:55:56

Our host, Jim Papa, joins The Electables hosted by Doug Thornell to discuss the launch of STAFFER and to reminisce on their times working as staffers at the White House and on The Hill.

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Aug 24, 2020
This is STAFFER
00:01:12
There are many titles for these over-caffeinated, overworked, underpaid Washingtonians, but just one name - STAFFER. There is no other workplace on Earth where employees find themselves picking up coffee, shaping legislation that will impact global markets, ordering an Uber and standing shoulder-to-shoulder with world leaders, all in the same day. Capitol Hill has long been the launching pad for very BIG careers, a cauldron that forges our country's most influential leaders. Our mission is to share their stories.
Aug 18, 2020