We met up at the Very office, had a great chat, and sampled some snacks and sips. A few main topics emerged, including:
Reliability of news sources
FiveThirtyEight podcast: mentioned as a data-driven, scientific approach to looking at political developments
Equal air time requirements in local news: discussion of how there can be a lack of equal representation in geographical areas that are adjacent to (or overlapping with) hotly contested races — even in spite of this rule — since candidates won’t necessarily ‘request’ coverage in all areas
Sinclair corporate messaging: pitfalls of politically biased parent companies putting words in the mouths of local anchors without transparency to the public
Voting & political action
Are ‘Millennials’ more likely to turn out / believe their vote is important after the 2016 result?
Anti-Trump protest and Danielle Mitchell rally occurring at the same time: what are the most effective ways to protest? Is “for” more or less effective than “against” in the current climate?
Voter suppression: absentee ballot access, purging voter rolls, gerrymandering
Electoral college: what modifications are needed, and what are the drawbacks of direct democracy?
Three-party system: will it ever happen, and would we like the outcome?