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

The Liberal Media? Seriously?

We can consider national media as being divided into four conduits. Television and social media are solely digital, which receive the most attention from the political parties. The primarily non-digital ones are radio and print media, which have not received the attention or the wrath from either party for being biased. However, both mediums have experienced an increase in the concentration of ownership. Has that development moved public opinion to support "small government?" 

How Republicans and Democrats Switched Sides

The factors in these big switcheroos were: the Civil War, racism, economic realities, and religion. Notable was the change of the Solid South as a Democratic base to a Republican stronghold.

The Coming Civil War

Although America will avoid a classic civil war, it already is in a “cold” civil war of heightened polarization and mistrust between the MAGA base and liberals. That condition has morphed into violence and threatened violence against individuals doing their civic duty.

Justifying Slavery: A Losing Game for Republicans

A cultural battle to excuse Black slavery is a loser for DeSantis and Republicans. Not only because this is a merciless message but also because he ineptly initiated his plan.

Red Scare: Why Republicans are Finding Communists Everywhere

The reality of a Marxist communist revolution in America is a delusion. After a hundred years of organizing, communists accomplished less than President Donald Trump almost accomplished in only four years: toppling the federal government.

Debt Ceiling? A Made-Up Crisis We Need to End

Democrats and Republicans offer two competing solutions that depend on interpreting or amending the Constitution. If either solution were successful, the next battle between any Administration and Congress to balance the budget by raising a debt ceiling would be eliminated. 

Did the Supreme Court Just Recognize Systemic Racism?

Both Roberts and Kavanaugh are on the same page agreeing that Voting Rights Act outlaws voting practices that discriminate based on race. That's a significant shift from their earlier skepticism about the Act.

The Debt Ceiling Deal: Toting up the Score

The Republicans did not have a winning strategy.  And they have little to show to voters in the next election.

Why You Should Know What the Federalist Society Is

Founded in 1982, the Federalist Society focused on spreading conservative ideas in law schools, hoping their members would someday deconstruct the liberal-dominated legal system.

Busting the Myths Around Universal Health Care

Let's examine how each assumption is challenged by how our healthcare compares to other nations' healthcare plans.