Archive for April, 2012

Badges?!? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

On credentials and nametags As in all ponds, there is a food chain in the Washington puddle and it helps to know the various trophic levels. There are the classic ways of doing this – noting cues like the caliber of shoes, briefcases/handbags and watches/jewelry – but in D.C. you have another very important clue…credentials. [...]

Direct Political Action

Friday, April 13th, 2012

So I like politics. If the earth opened up tomorrow and swallowed every major league sports franchise, I doubt that I would notice. At least until the Times ran a story on the political backlash to developers’ efforts to convert the empty stadiums into condos. To me, the gerrymandering of Congressional districts is the blood [...]

The Fastest Week in History

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Hello everyone! My name is Eric Deeble and I am third year veterinary student at the University of Pennsylvania and, for the month of April, the extern for the American Veterinary Medical Association Governmental Relations Division. The staff of the GRD has kindly provided me this venue to share some of my experiences here in [...]

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Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Policy and markets, networking and cherry blossoms, briefings and street musicians, meetings and shopping – it’s amazing how much can be packed into just four weeks.  Life in D.C. has been wonderfully perspective-altering and mind-opening, as well as culturally stimulating, and I imagine I could have filled an additional month with worthwhile experiences.  Like the [...]