**NOTE: THIS MEETUP (and subsequent) WILL TAKE PLACE IN A NEW LOCATION. INSTEAD OF OUR USUAL SPOT AT BROOKFIELD PLACE, WE'LL BE MEETING AT THE DINING AREA OF NEARBY WHOLE FOODS (270 Greenwich)**
Hi all! Sorry for the late topic post, but nothing should be much of a surprise! We'll start with this week's off-year 2019 election results. While nuanced, they do appear to be good for Democrats - both chambers and the governorship of Virginia are now Democratically controlled, and a Democrat appears to have narrowly won the governorship of Kentucky (against a uniquely unpopular Matt Bevin). The results are a small sample and somewhat specific, but how much do you think they can indicate about 2020?
We'll also talk about impeachment: House Democrats have voted to formalize their impeachment inquiry of President Trump, which means subsequent hearings will be publicly televised, etc. A few questions:
- What do you think of the quality of the charge itself? The idea that there was improper pressure placed on Ukraine to investigate the Bidens (and maybe even investigate the Muller probe) seem heavily corroborated. But will this go up to Trump or is it "dodgeable" (i.e. maybe Giuliani will take a fall or something)
- What do you think are the potential outcomes of the inquiry? Do you think Trump will actually be ousted?
- Could this actually hurt Democrats for the 2020 election? For instance, all senators have to be present for an impeachment trial - which will mean Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Cory Booker cannot campaign potentially for the Iowa primary.
Next we'll chat about recent NYC elections, use of early voting, and the decision for New York to use ranked voting from now on. Thoughts on this? We'll close with talk of climate change: the west is on fire again (we talk about this every year), fears are reaching a fever pitch, and it seems unconvincing that we're able to really do much about it. Thoughts? Sorry to end so pessimistically. :)
Miss you guys very much and have fun tomorrow!