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Politics
9:45 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Kshama Sawant On Why It's Time For Socialism In Seattle

Councilmember Kshama Sawant.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Coming up on Speakers Forum, April 17 at 9:00 p.m.

Kshama Sawant is the first socialist on Seattle’s City Council. Last year, she ran on a campaign platform of raising the minimum wage to $15, taxing the wealthy and rent control.

She spoke with The Stranger’s Charles Mudede about why now is the time for socialism in Seattle. This talk was recorded at Town Hall on March 18, 2014.

Hidden Racial Appeals
9:31 am
Thu February 27, 2014

‘Dog Whistle Politics’ With Ian Haney López

Ian Haney Lopez's book "Dog Whistle Politics."

Dog whistle politics means using language that appeals to one group of people but may have coded meanings to another. For example, one reason Ronald Reagan did so well with white voters was because he told stories of the “welfare queen” – a woman with “eighty names, thirty addresses, [and] twelve Social Security cards [who] is collecting veteran’s benefits on four non-existing deceased husbands. She’s got Medicaid, getting food stamps, and she is collecting welfare under each of her names. Her tax-free cash income is over $150,000.”

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Politics
3:13 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Is The Tea Party Over?

Is it the beginning of the end for the tea party movement?
Flickr Photo/Rob Chandanais (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with political scientist Raymond Smith about his argument that the tea party — like all fringe parties in the United States — is coming to an end.

State Of The Union
3:55 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

From Establishment To Tea Party, Republicans Rebut President

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., rehearses the GOP response to the State of the Union on Capitol Hill. She delivered it Tuesday following the president's speech.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 6:23 am

Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the highest-ranking female Republican in the U.S. House, occupied a coveted spot Tuesday night: She delivered the televised rebuttal to the president's State of the Union.

Yet the Washington congresswoman and mother of three young children didn't have the spotlight to herself. She faced competition from within the ranks of her own party, a stark reflection of the divisions that have riven the GOP.

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Education
1:58 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Political Rivals Find Common Ground Over Common Core

Silver Lake Elementary School in Middletown, Del., has begun implementing the national Common Core State Standards for academics. The GOP largely backs the standards that are rolling out in 45 states, but Tea Party conservatives have been critical — and liberals increasingly have the same complaints.
Steve Ruark AP

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 9:25 am

Supporters of the new Common Core education standards adopted by 45 states say the standards hold American students to much higher expectations, and move curriculum away from a bubble-test culture that encourages test preparation over deeper learning.

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Author Interview
3:19 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

How Politicians Use Racial Coding To Win Elections

Ian Haney Lopez's book "Dog Whistle Politics."

David Hyde talks to University of California, Berkeley, professor Ian Haney Lopez about his book "Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class."

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Advocacy Groups
9:46 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Wealthy Donors Fund Never-Ending 'Progressive' Campaign In Washington State

Staff at Fuse Washington meet to update their communications and community organizing efforts.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 9:02 am

You’ve heard of Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS and other issue advocacy groups that don’t have to disclose their donors. They are transforming American politics.

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Rise In Violence
4:31 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

What Is Causing The Conflict In Iraq's Anbar Province?

Areas of the Anbar Province in Iraq have seen a recent surge in violence.
Flickr Photo/James Gordon

Marcie Sillman discusses the rise of violence in Iraq with Dan Murphy, Middle East correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor.

Bridge Scandal
3:16 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

The History Of Revenge Politics

George Washington Bridge, which connects New York with Fort Lee.
Flickr Photo/Wally Gobetz

David Hyde gets some historical perspective on revenge politics from Kenneth C. Davis, historian and author of "Don't Know Much About History," in light of the New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's recent traffic scandal.

Campaign Finance
3:16 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

How The Koch Brothers Raised $400 Million In Anonymous Campaign Funds

Marcie Sillman talks with Washington Post reporter Matea Gold about the Koch brothers involvement in a complex network of political donors to avoid campaign finance laws.

Politics
2:50 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Looking Ahead: Congress Convenes For The New Year

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

Marcie Sillman talks with DecodeDC's Andrea Seabrook about the new session of Congress and the future of long-term unemployment benefits, budget deals, immigration and partisan platforms. 

Local Government
2:50 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Seattle Politics 2014 And Inauguration Preview

Ed Murray will be inaugurated today as Seattle's next mayor.
Flickr Photo/Matt Westervelt

David Hyde speaks with Erica C. Barnett, news editor at Publicola, about Seattle politics and previews the inauguration of Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant and Mayor Ed Murray. 

The Week In Review
10:00 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Mandela’s Life, Minimum Wages, And A Seattle Police Shakeup

Nelson Mandela casting his vote in 1994. He passed away yesterday at the age of 95.
From Wikipedia.

The world remembers Nelson Mandela, the Seattle Police Department shakes up its top ranks and supporters of a $15-an-hour minimum wage walk from SeaTac to Seattle. We talk over those stories and more of the week's news with Joni Balter of the Seattle Times, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and Crosscut's Knute Berger.

Week In Review Extra

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International Politics
2:53 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

What Is Happening With The Protests In Ukraine?

Protests in Ukraine sparked after the government declined an association deal with the European Union.
Flickr Photo/Ryan Anderson

Marcie Sillman talks with Steven Pifer, former ambassador to Ukraine and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, about the recent political demonstrations in Ukraine.

Author Interview
2:27 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

An Inside Look At The Bush-Cheney Years In The White House

Peter Baker's book "Days of Fire."

Marcie Sillman interviews New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker about his chronicle of the Bush/Cheney administration called "Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House."

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