Nota Bene Episode 44: Executive Branch Forecast Q3: Mueller’s Testimony, the Fiscal Cliff, and Gerrymandering with Jonathan Meyer


As we enter the third quarter of 2019, we’re joined by our Executive Branch expert, Jon Meyer, to look at anticipated happenings during the second half of the year including what to expect from Mueller’s testimony, the Congressional fiscal cliff, the results of the 2017 tax cuts, the Supreme Court’s decisions regarding gerrymandering and its effect on the right to vote, and election year paralysis.

Jon Meyer is a partner at Sheppard Mullin and counsels clients on their interactions with federal and state government, as well as cybersecurity, homeland security, Congressional oversight and immigration, among other challenges.

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What We Discuss in This Episode:

What is the most prominent item on the Executive Branch’s upcoming list in Q3?

Why did Mueller change his mind about testifying?

Is Mueller likely to testify about anything new that is not mentioned in his report?

Will Mueller’s testimony even matter? Will his testimony sway the American people’s opinions of what happened?

Will there be any substantive progress made when it comes to the fiscal cliff or will there simply be a temporary band-aid to get us through the next election?

What predictions are made in the recent Congressional Budget Office report regarding the economy?

Did the 2017 tax cuts accomplish their intended objectives?

What is most striking about the Supreme Court’s ruling regarding political gerrymandering?

Is the best way to address the gerrymandering issue to vote on it through elections on the State level?

Resources Mentioned:

Congressional Budget Office report  

Congressional Research Service report 


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