Nick Licata

Nick Licata, was a 5 term Seattle City Councilmember, named progressive municipal official of the year by The Nation, and is founding board chair of Local Progress, a national network of 1,000 progressive municipal officials. Author of Becoming a Citizen Activist. Subscribe to Licata’s newsletter Urban Politics

Debt Ceiling? America’s Enormous Military Budget Enables Worldwide Intervention

Some members from both parties question if the spigot of money flowing to the military should be turned down a bit. That's unlikely, unless there is a change of strategy.

Freedom to Fail: Kevin McCarthy’s Perilous Path to Power

To get elected Speaker, McCarthy must do the bidding of the Freedom Caucus, especially Jim Jordan and Marjorie Taylor Green.

Time for Seattle to Join the Ranked Choice Voting Brigade?

Nationwide, 50 jurisdictions employ some form of ranked choice voting. On Election Day eight other cities and counties vote on whether to convert to ranked-choice voting.

How Much a Threat to the Republic are Christian Nationalists?

Stopping Christian Nationalism from becoming malignant must begin at the local and state levels, and with civic education.

Memo to Trump: Democracies Often Prosecute Former Heads of State

Has our image of exceptionalism, seeing ourselves as the most democratic and free republic, blinded us from applying the law to our former leaders?

Lessons from Hungary: How to Undermine a Democracy

Hungary's Orban lays out the insidious steps that toss out democracy and accountability, while remaining popular with the electorate.

Key to Winning Independent Voters: First Know Who They Are

There is a growing trend of more minority voters becoming independent voters, switching from Democrats. Hispanics have turned away from Biden more than any other racial or ethnic group.

Beyond Roe: Looking to the States

If Congress, in its current makeup, is unable to protect the right of women to have freedom over their choice in having a child, then the Democrats will have to focus on state politics.

Trust No One: The Toxic Brine of Misinformation

Systemic disinformation efforts are designed to undercut democracy by dividing people, feeding their emotions, destroying their ability to recognize truths, and undermining their capacity to find them. 

Regime Change? Putin in the Hot Seat

There are serious political conditions brewing that threaten 69-year-old Vladimir Putin's 22-year autocratic control over Russia.