ESP Tribe Founders Note:
When initially creating Members of Congress On-Demand, I had several things in mind.
Right now I sit in Woodinville, WA just a short 5 minute drive from the home of Jeff Bezos (Amazon CEO).
Amazon is just one of the hot topics being discussed amongst the House of Representatives, especially in the camps of Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and it's for good reason, I think.
Earlier this year, Amazon hit $1 Trillion in market cap.
Most recently, the company announced that HQ2 will be located in Long Island City, New York and Crystal City, Virginia. This has launched rhetoric from the Left and has started a new strategy for issues like these. Cover them in full, and put them into context whenever possible.
I want to share a bit about the Seattle experience so far. As a Washington Native I have seen the rise of Amazon, and during this last Summer I drove around as during peak construction months, the entire crane operators union conducted a 17-day strike, and it was surrounding the business practices of Amazon and other companies. In short, there are growing pains even at this stage, and I forsee there being similar protests/strikes in New York and Virginia.
I will let the opinions of Bernie and Alexandria speak for themselves. Before the HQ2 ground-breaking begins, I'm sure the tone will change once more. But one thing's for sure - Amazon is trying to increase its presence and politics will play a role. Local Seattle politics have been a warm-up for the company, and what happens next will be too good to miss.