Seattle’s Progressive Agenda

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“Seattle is really one of the most interesting places in the country right now”

Reporting on one of the brighter spots in the 2015 election, John Nichols pointed to several progressive initiatives that passed in Seattle during an interview on Democracy Now!.

Among the local races and issues discussed:

  • first time majority-female City Council
  • innovative public financing law (see quote, below)
  • massive funding initiative for pedestrian, bike, public transit
  • Kshama Sawant‘s re-election
  • expansion of oversight for King County Sheriff’s Department

“Seattle appears to have passed [an] incredibly innovative public financing law that allows citizens to have vouchers that they then give to candidates, so that you actually have citizen-funded elections rather than big money-funded elections.”

All this, even with a low turnout.

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