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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. http://www.becomingacitizenactivist.org/changemakers/ Subscribe to Licata’s newsletter Urban Politics http://www.becomingacitizenactivist.org/

Rules, Rules, Rules: Senate On Trial (Not Just Trump)

Winning their general elections could be severely jeopardized if the public perceives the trial as phony or not taken seriously by the Republicans.

A Grassroots Guide to Boosting Local Minimum Wages

Local and state actions have become necessary because Congress, under the control of either party, has up to now been unwilling or unable to increase the minimum wage.

Republicans’ Rigged Senate Trial? It Might Be Democrats’ Best Option

A lengthy trial, without a damning quote from Trump, will allow him to play the victim, at which he is a master of portraying himself. The sympathy vote could turn out critical independent voters.

Books: Sound Transit’s Arduous Trek to Building Rail Transit

Approving a fixed-rail rapid transit for a city is one of the most contentious decisions that an urban populace can make. In Seattle, rail proposals were defeated at the election polls in 1968, 1970, and 1995. And it was still difficult after that.

The Impeachment Of Donald J Trump: Our Story So Far

Trump’s claimed role as a fighter of corruption has focused solely on just the one company, Burisma, which employed Hunter Biden. Neither Trump nor Giuliani ever pursued investigating any other corrupt company in Ukraine.

Eye Witness: WTO – The Battle of Seattle 20 Years Ago

Seattle, known as a tolerant city, was portrayed as naïve in expecting things to go peacefully. Perhaps, but more importantly, the City was not prepared for massive demonstrations.

Books: A Seattle Historian on How the West Rescued a Starving Russia

I was shocked by this story — it was so dramatic, moving, powerful, and historically important — yet few Americans, and even fewer Russians know about it.

Seattle City Council Races: Why So Much Corporate Money?

Money, yes, and the amount being spent has soared this year. But the story of spending on our Council races is more complicated than simple corporate influence.

The Climate Change Debate: Shift Focus to Weather

In a debate one side wins and the other side loses. How many debates end with the losing side agreeing that they...

REVIEW: “Seattle’s Medic One: How We Don’t Die”

Before Medic One, Seattle firefighters had responded to thousands of medical emergencies. But residents needed a faster and more effective life-saving service regardless of their location or ability to pay, and there needed to be an equitable way to cover the costs of this new service.

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King County, E-book-Lending Capital Of The World

King County Library System is the third-busiest e-book lender in the country (after the Los Angeles Public Library and the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium) and fourth-largest in the world (Toronto is No.1 with more than 6 million checkouts). But the Seattle region tops all libraries in digital checkouts when you add in Seattle Public Libraries, which posted more than 3 million digital checkouts in 2019.

Has Downtown Seattle Become a War Zone?

Add to the crime problem the coming years of "The Seattle Squeeze," caused by massive construction activity, and you have a Downtown Seattle under political strain.

Don’t Get Shot! Will Gray Wolves Be Dropped From The Endangered Species List?

If wolves lose all federal protection, as is now threatened, they still have the state. But Washington state policy looks uncertain.

Urban Asset: What To Do With Underused Churches

Purchasing a church is not easy, as the congregation is normally split between the sell-and-move faction and the nostalgic-stay-put group. It took the congregation of the Christian Science Church about 10 years to make a decision -- the kind of debate and delay that often chases off developers. But what lovely assets these old sanctuaries are!

Are We Going To Save Orcas Or Not? Another Blow to Chinook Salmon

"Fishery managers and NOAA could resolve this by moving Southeast Alaska’s Chinook fishery in or near the Alaskan rivers where their Chinook were born, allowing Chinook from down the coast to migrate back to their home rivers along the coast, and giving Southern Resident killer whales a chance to feed.”