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It’s getting harder and harder to talk about politics, especially if you disagree. Well, screw that. Seattle Nice aims to be the most opinionated and smartest analysis of what’s really happening in Seattle politics available in any medium. Each episode dives into contentious and sometimes ridiculous topics, exploring perspectives from across Seattle's political spectrum, from city council brawls to the ways the national political conversation filters through our unique political process. Even if you’re not from Seattle, you need to listen to Seattle Nice. Because it’s coming for you. Unlike the sun, politics rises in the West and sets in the East.

Seattle Nice Erica Barnett, Sandeep Kaushik, David Hyde

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It’s getting harder and harder to talk about politics, especially if you disagree. Well, screw that. Seattle Nice aims to be the most opinionated and smartest analysis of what’s really happening in Seattle politics available in any medium. Each episode dives into contentious and sometimes ridiculous topics, exploring perspectives from across Seattle's political spectrum, from city council brawls to the ways the national political conversation filters through our unique political process. Even if you’re not from Seattle, you need to listen to Seattle Nice. Because it’s coming for you. Unlike the sun, politics rises in the West and sets in the East.

    Will the last person leaving Seattle City Council — turn out the lights

    Will the last person leaving Seattle City Council — turn out the lights

    Seattle Council member Teresa Mosqueda is one of the more powerful people in city government. But this week she announced she's got other plans - a run for the King County Council.  Sandeep and Erica discuss and debate the motivations behind the big news.   

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    • 20 min
    Billions and billions to end homelessness in King County

    Billions and billions to end homelessness in King County

    The pod takes a closer look at a new 5-year plan to “dramatically reduce" homelessness in King County.  Erica and Sandeep discuss the merits of the plan including the estimated $12 billion price tag. 

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    • 26 min
    Emergency Podcast: Socialist Alternative's Kshama Sawant won't run again

    Emergency Podcast: Socialist Alternative's Kshama Sawant won't run again

    We process the political earthquake that just hit Seattle: Kshama Sawant's announcement that she won't run for council in 2023. Sawant is moving on to launch a new national worker's movement.

    The pod debates Sawant's legacy, speculates about the motives behind this big move, and gets into how this might affect the Seattle city council and the 7 council races in 2023. 

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    • 43 min
    Does historic preservation in Seattle go too far?

    Does historic preservation in Seattle go too far?

    Today we bring you a lively debate on the future of Seattle's past after the city council acted this week on a mid-century modern former bank building on Denny, which is today a Walgreens.

    In a rare moment of agreement, Erica and Sandeep both think the city needs to find a way to tear down more landmarked buildings like that one to make way for more affordable housing or other uses.

    Guest Chris Moore, who directs the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, defends landmarking against the Seattle Nice onslaught.

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    • 44 min
    Why isn't Seattle's Alex Pedersen running for re-election, really?

    Why isn't Seattle's Alex Pedersen running for re-election, really?

    Now a third Seattle City Council member, Alex Pedersen, has announced he's not running for re-election. That's leading politics buffs to wonder, WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON? Tune in for definitive answers to that question, and ratings of Alex Pedersen's record on council so far. 

    Bonus content:  Some pundits are also asking a counterfactual question this week: Would Seattle be better off if Amazon had never landed here in the first place? Hear Erica and Sandeep debate that one without bringing up the Seattle Spheres a single time.  





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    Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell's Year in Review

    Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell's Year in Review

    Erica and Sandeep reluctantly rate Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell's first year in office.  
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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

lost_on_trails ,

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I love staying up to date on Seattle politics. Erica and Sandeep are great foils for one another. It’s so rare to see actual well-meaning disagreements on any political shows these days, local or national.

As the moderator, David needs to push on his co-hosts more, Warren Olney-style, to press them to respond to the point the other person made and not just go back to talking their book.

Also wish there was more county/regional politics. Seattle gets all the ink.

Hopelessly Liberal ,

Please replace Sandeep

Erica and David are great. With these two alone, this is a 4-star podcast.

One less star because community of color interests aren’t really represented here, and when so much of seattle politics is about the displacement of those communities, it feels like a real oversight.

Three less stars because Sandeep is cruel and mean-spirited. Additionally, his political analysis is often hollow and he constantly shifts the frame of the debate whenever he feels exposed. He spends almost the entirety of his air time being defensive, attacking leftist activists instead of making a positive case for what he believes in. I’ve listened to almost every episode and I couldn’t tell you what he believes in — other than serving as a good spokesman for clients.

guacandchips+salsa ,

A great show!

A must-listen for any Seattle dweller. Goes deep into the local/regional issues with insight and humor.

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