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

Beyond Comfort: The Impacts of Air Conditioning

"When AC became available, it was concentrated in large commercial spaces where you had to spend money to stay cool. Consequently, movie theaters or shopping malls received air conditioning, while there were far fewer public spaces providing shelter from the heat. Libraries are the major exception to this."

The Politics (and Effective use) of Fear

Democrats also fear the Republicans, but rather than holding rallies they issue policy papers about how Republican’s social and economic policies favor the few over the many. Which party’s approach attracts lines of people waiting to attend their events?

Critical Thinking: American History Through a Lens of Race and How it Shapes our Future

There is no set definition of Critical Race Theory because, as a theory, it is constantly changing. It’s been around for 40 years, and as any social, political, or legal theory ages, there arise multiple interpretations.

Infrastructure: How Democrats Can Reconnect with Blue-Collar Workers

Blue-collar workers identifying as Democrats have declined. An NBC survey found that drop over the last decade was by 8 percentage points, while the number who call themselves Republicans has increased by 12 percentage points. That trend is not limited to white workers.

Why Progressives Should be Wary of Killing The Filibuster

Progressives should pause and consider that there will be different outcomes when the Republicans come to control the Senate. In exactly half of the congressional sessions since 1989 to the end of Donald Trump’s term, they were the majority party in the Senate.

How can America Succeed if its People don’t know How it Works?

Most citizens are unaware of how their government works. Only 36 percent of those surveyed could name all three branches of the U.S. government, and 35 percent could not name a single branch.

How we got here: The Toxicity of Media Consolidation on our Democracy

Freedom of the press is guaranteed in our constitution, meaning that the government does not control expression. However, the constitution is silent on what happens when a few hawkers dominate the marketplace, and the free press is effectively narrowed to near-monopolies controlling most outlets.

The Three Groups that Participated in the Capitol Insurrection

Two important studies have been recently released that take a closer look at the insurrectionists' makeup, and one looks closely at who makes up the MAGA Movement. Together they point to something that the TV commentators didn't dwell on, namely that there is a growing domestic anti-democracy movement.

Can Biden Derail the Nuclear Arms Race that Trump Re-started?

Since Clinton, Republican opposition to arms treaties has stopped the progress on agreements. Trump pretty much tossed out all the previous pacts.

The Big Lie and the Weaponizing of American Politics

There is an element of truth in recognizing that there is no perfectly fair election. But to argue that all elections are corrupt and stolen because they are unfair is to promulgate a lie, as much a lie as Putin's claim that his nation’s elections are "democratic."

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