What lobbyists do in the off season?

By Elizabeth Emerson

There are several common questions that I get when I tell people I’m a lobbyist: What exactly do you do for a living? What are politicians really like? If the Legislature only meets for a few months a year, what do you do the rest of the year?

I have to start out with a disclaimer that there are different types of lobbyists and I certainly can’t speak for all of them. But, as a contract lobbyist working with a team of folks, I think my experience is pretty typical.

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Q&A with Shawn Hogendorf, editor of the Stillwater Patch

1. What drew you to Patch? It’s been coined an experiment; how could I resist? Seriously, community journalism has a special place in my heart, and this sounded like a dream job – an opportunity to try new ways of sharing information and engaging the Stillwater community in conversation. I saw it as a chance to step out of the traditional box, learn new skills, and experiment with digital storytelling methods. Another very big factor was the opportunity to launch a Patch site in Stillwater. I’m from the east metro, and I have always been drawn to this community. Stillwater is a journalist’s playground, chalked full of history, beautiful scenery, colorful characters, interesting politics, and an enormous sense of community pride. Continue reading