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Personal Privilege

  If you’ve ever held a position at a state capitol, especially the Texas State Capitol, you know that turnover can be high. Staffing needs and policy positions adjust from day to day and anyone who signs up for the job either as a staffer or even as an elected official must always be prepared […]

Jessica Magee: House Republican Caucus Policy Director

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“I’m Practical” and Other Clap-Worthy Moments with LeadingAge Texas Lobbyist Alyse Meyer           Something that I’ve particularly enjoyed about starting Pink Granite earlier this summer is the relationships that I’ve been able to build with my fellow female lobbyists – especially those who I might not otherwise get to know through our […]

Alyse Meyer: Director of Public Policy for LeadingAge Texas

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Not very long after launching Pink Granite, I received a lovely note from Catherine Van Arnam who serves as District Coordinator for Austin City Council Member Ellen Troxclair. Catherine shared with me how much she admired her boss and that I “had” to interview Troxclair. I was staggered that Catherine would see Pink Granite as […]

Austin City Council Member Ellen Troxclair and District Coordinator Catherine Van Arnam

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    This blog has been an amazing avenue for me to make new relationships and to share the same goal of advancing the role of women in Texas policy and politics – even with partners I admittedly don’t know very well.  Susan Patten and I were introduced via LinkedIn since starting le blog, and […]

Susan Patten: Former Vice President of Government Affairs for Time Warner Cable

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  I am so very pleased to bring you all this week’s interview with veteran Texas Capitol staffer-turned lobbyist, Bonnie Bruce. Bonnie is truly a force at the Capitol building where she represents the interest of the state’s (physician) Anesthesiologists. When I relocated to Austin two years ago Bonnie was one of the first lobbyists […]

Bonnie Bruce: Director of Governmental Affairs for the Texas Society of Anesthesiologists

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    If you are new to Texas, old to Texas or just looking to land that job in politics, policy or journalism in Texas – you’ve got to know Christine Garrison Rodriguez, OR at least her website. Christine is the founder of her eponymous job board Christine’s List. Christine’s list is a website that […]

Christine Garrison Rodriguez: Founder of Christine’s List

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