Two polls released nearly back-to-back this week paint dramatically different pictures of the Oregon Senate race. 

The surprising upset Tuesday for House Majority leader Eric Cantor has the GOP looking for a possible successor.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Washington state political consultant Randy Pepple about his take on the impact that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's primary defeat will have on Washington state and the Republican party at large.

When Nikita Khrushchev emerged as the leader of the Soviet Union after Stalin's death in 1953, one of the first things he addressed was the housing shortage and the need for more food. At the time, thousands of people were living in cramped communal apartments, sharing one kitchen and one bathroom with sometimes up to 20 other families.

Year After Skagit Bridge Collapse, Little Done To Improve Bridges

May 23, 2014
Harley Soltes

On the day that Jan Auman, a coffee shop owner in Skagit County, had planned to celebrate the one-year anniversary of her new business, the nearby I-5 bridge collapsed.

Even though it is a mid-term election year, some 300 candidates are vying for 162 local, state and federal positions in Washington state alone.

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David Hyde talks to Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about the latest news from Canada. Topics include Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau telling his party they better support pro-choice legislation, or else; the government in British Columbia encouraging people to get routine HIV testing; and an update on the Canadian rail crash of last July.

Ralph Nader's new book "Unstoppable."

David Hyde speaks with Ralph Nader about Seattle's minimum wage debate and his new book: “Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle The Corporate State.”

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David Hyde speaks with Erica C. Barnett of PubliCola about crime and the politics of public safety in Seattle.

Why Cities Like Seattle Lead The Progressive Agenda

May 5, 2014

Steve Scher talks with Harold Meyerson, editor at large of The American Prospect and op-ed columnist for The Washington Post, about the demographic shift happening in America's largest cities and the progressive politics that have followed.

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Ross Reynolds talks with Todd Myers, environmental director of the Washington Policy Center, about how conservative values align with the environmental movement. 

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

Apr 17, 2014
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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.

‘Dog Whistle Politics’ With Ian Haney López

Feb 27, 2014
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.”

Is The Tea Party Over?

Feb 18, 2014
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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.

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.