The Washington State Democratic Caucuses are here! When are they? Where are they? And how does one actually caucus? At 1:22, Jaxxon Ravens, Chair of the state Democratic Party, walks you through it all. Then, at 17:20, Chelsea Clinton is on the show to answer some questions and make a closing argument for Hillary Clinton. After that, at 26:17, State Senator Pramila Jayapal answers some questions and then makes a closing argument for Bernie Sanders. Listen closely, choose wisely, at good luck at your caucus site! (Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.)
The biggest thing to happen in Seattle this week is actually happening this weekend: A new light rail extension is opening, and it’ll connect downtown, Capitol Hill, and the University District! It’s gonna be A-mazing. So I’ve devoted the entirety of Blabbermouth to light rail this week. First, at 1:18, Stranger editor Christopher Frizzelle will tell us what it was like to get a special early ride on the new line. After that, at 11:46, King County Executive Dow Constantine—who also chairs the Sound Transit board—will catch us up on the history of public votes and wonky plans that got us to this point, and he’ll also remind us where light rail is going next (assuming we all vote for Sound Transit 3 this fall, as we should). Then, at 21:43, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray—also on the Sound Transit board—answers the question: Who’s likely to bring us more federal funds for light rail, Bernie or Hillary? Finally, at 25:36, Stranger food writer Angela Garbes talks about all there is to eat around the Othello station. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!
Is Donald Trump a fascist yet? At 2:22, I haul local fascism expert David Neiwert back onto the show for a ruling. After that, at 9:48, new Seattle City Council Member Lorena Gonzalez is on to discuss the Seattle Police Department’s shooting of Che Taylor and the vastly different narratives about the shooting that are coming from the SPD and Taylor’s family. Council Member Gonzalez also weighs in on a troubled Seattle homeless encampment called “The Jungle” and $1 million dollars in new state money that may result in a giant, razor-wire-topped fence around the area. Then, at 25:11, Reuven Carlyle, who represents Seattle in the state senate, offers his view on the fence. Gonzalez has compared it to right-wing dreams of putting a giant wall along the US-Mexico border, and Carlyle responds to that critique. Plus a remembrance of longtime Stranger Art Director Aaron Huffman and, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.
Wow, that was a week. Donald Trump is on the march to becoming the Republican nominee for president. Hillary Clinton is looking more and more likely to be the Democratic nominee, but Bernie Sanders is still fighting hard. There’s talk of an historic split within the Republican party, and also feelings of epic schadenfreude (not to mention genuine terror) about Trump’s ascendancy. Let’s take a moment, breath deeply, and look at something with a lot more pure, joyous hope involved: a local candidate, Danni Askini, who’s running to be the first openly transgender member of the Washington State Legislature. At 1:36 I talk to Dani about her reasons for getting into the race for Seattle's open 43rd District state house seat. Then, at 12:13, I finally get a voice from the local Hillary Clinton campaign on the show to make the case for Hillary ahead of the March 26 Washington State Democratic caucuses. That voice: State Senator Marko Liias. After that, at22:55, David Spring of Washington for Bernie Sanders is back on the show to offer his very energetic rebuttal. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!