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FAR November Luncheon Recap, Member Holiday Luncheon, Upcoming Nonprofit Member Breakfasts

FAR November Luncheon
"Economic Outlook: Post Election" 

Molly Reynolds
John Hudak

For several months now FAR members have looked forward to some post-election insight from Brookings Institution analysts Molly Reynolds and John Hudak. Following the unexpected outcomes of last week's election, Molly and John opened their presentation by describing the results as a "humbling experience." Why were the predictions so off? And what can we expect in 2017 and beyond? 

To answer the first question John pointed out that the election was far closer than the Electoral College results would suggest. Hillary Clinton won more of the popular vote than any candidate with the exception of Barak Obama. In states where she lost the electoral vote it was by no more than 50-60 thousand votes. Overall, voters struggled to find the right candidate when neither Trump nor Clinton really cut it. Trump's campaign - big on message but short on ideas - clearly won out. When asked if there were any historical campaigns that would parallel this one, John suggested that the closest we came to an upset like this was in 1980 when incumbent Jimmy Carter lost to Ronald Reagan, who was perceived by many as an entertainer and not a serious national leader. 

While voters went for a "change candidate" in the White House, an overwhelming percentage of incumbents were re-elected to Congress. Partisanship still rules the day. 

What can we expect in 2017? First off, look for changes in the Affordable Care Act, a new tax package, and a pull-back on government regulations. Less certain is how a unified Congress will work with a less conventional President, especially on issues of debt reduction, entitlements and the funding of an infrastructure package. The Republican majority in the Senate is slim and Republicans within that majority are not unified.  

As the program ended one FAR member asked "How can we trust the polls?" John made the points that, while polling science is quite good, the gaps revealed that something is going on in the electorate that the pollsters across the board had not considered. Polls are expensive, making it harder to get a good sample across the nation. State polls are more valuable than national pools and, overall, benefit the campaigns more than the voter. In some cases, the results of the polls may reduce voter turn-out.
FAR November Luncheon Highlights

Mindy Saffer, FAR Chair, welcoming November Luncheon attendees

Jacquelyn Williams & Yvette Brown from Alliance for Aging Research

FAR Members and Guests enjoying lunch in the Congressional Room at the Capital Hilton before the presentation 

FAR Holiday Luncheon
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Capital Hilton
11:15 am - 1:30 pm

Registration is open!

Gift Bag Inserts & Door Prizes Needed!

FAR Members:  Be a part of this annual member-only event!

Please consider donating gift bag inserts and door prizes.
Click here to download contribution form to donate
gift bag inserts & door prizes. 

Questions? Please contact Christina at hq@far-roundtable.org.
FAR December Nonprofit Member Breakfast

Office Space Trends
Host: Cresa

Date: December 15 2016
Location: Cresa | 1800 M Street, NW, Suite 3505 | Washington, DC 20036
Time: 8:30 - 9:30 am
Light breakfast refreshments will be served.

FAR January Nonprofit Member Breakfast

Topic: Succession Planning
Host: TBD

Date: January 26, 2017
Location: TBD
Time: 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Light breakfast refreshments will be served. 

**Gold Members - If you are interested in hosting this event, please contact
Jack Deeds at jdeeds@ncba.coop.**

FAR Charities Survey

We know FAR hearts are big and that many of our members have charities that are special to them. In this season of giving, please click on the link below and share your favorite charities and why they are special to you. 

Responses will be shared in the next FARSight newsletter.


Miss the September with "The Necessity of Strangers" with Alan Gregerman or the October luncheon on "Using Data Discovery to Improve Decision Making" 
with Tori Liu & Galina Kozachenko?  

If so, click on the button above to visit the FAR member audio files.  
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