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.
Mayor Bruce Harrell extends Seattle's eviction moratorium just as New York’s expires
Seattle's eviction moratorium is extended as is Sandeep and Erica's witty repartee on the latest "short but not so sweet" edition of Seattle Nice.
Can Mayor Bruce Harrell bridge Seattle's political divides?
Bruce Harrell's swearing in speech this week was all about love and unity. Or was it? This week Sandeep and Erica slice, dice and analyze the new mayor's first address to the city. Are the comparisons to New York City's new mayor Eric Adams valid? Plus, Debora Juarez was elected Seattle's first Native American city council president. How did she land the position?
Seattle Mayor Durkan's Legacy is up for Debate
New Year's Eve is Jenny Durkan's last day in office, and her legacy is now up for debate. Sandeep and Erica dive into the juiciest issues she faced during her mayoralty including an unflattering nickname, homelessness, police reform, protests, and political labels. They also speculate about what might be different under Mayor Bruce Harrell, who is being compared to other blue city mayors, including the incoming mayor of New York City, Eric Adams.
Unlike the sun, politics rises in the West and sets in the East
Seattle recently elected its first Republican to any office since the 1980s. Sandeep and Erica debate what that means for other blue cities, and what a new Republican city attorney means for the future of Seattle.
You Can't Recall Kshama Sawant
In this inaugural episode, Sandeep and Erica explain why Seattle socialist Kshama Sawant appears to have survived a recall campaign and speculate on what it might mean for the future of Seattle and the American left. Erica also discovers she has something in common with Sawant: They both love HBO's Succession. Finally, Erica and Sandeep are tearful over the death of singer, guitarist, and libertarian Michael Nesmith. Note: In the recall campaign, Sandeep consulted for a political action committee, "A Better Seattle," which supported the recall effort.