Week in Review: March 12, 2021 - with Heather Weiner

Week in Review: March 12, 2021 - with Heather Weiner

his week Crystal and co-host Heather Weiner, local political consultant, dissect the news of the week, including:

  • The Washington State Senate’s passage of a capital gains tax;
  • Mayor Durkan refusing FEMA funding for Seattle to support the city’s efforts to house homeless folks;
  • Kroger’s closing of grocery stores in response to the hazard pay requirement by Seattle (and now King County);
  • Our city’s ongoing vaccination efforts; AND
  • The record number of women of color running for office this year in our region!

As always, a full text transcript of the show is available below and at officialhacksandwonks.com.

Find the host, Crystal Fincher on Twitter at @finchfrii. Find today’s co-host, Heather Weiner at @hlweiner. More information is available at officialhacksandwonks.com.


Find out how to engage in Monday’s hearing on capital gains tax here:   https://app.leg.wa.gov/CSIRemote/Testimony/Form?chamber=House&meetingFamilyId=28825&agendaItemFamilyId=141418&remoteLocationId=52&testify=False

Learn more about this week’s passage of capital gain’s taxes in the senate:   https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/after-fierce-debate-washington-senate-approves-new-tax-on-capital-gains-by-one-vote/

Read Publicola’s coverage of tech bros advocating against capital gains, while receiving taxpayer funded paychecks: https://publicola.com/2021/03/02/capital-gains-tax-opponents-received-taxpayer-funded-aid/

Get into our state’s current upside down tax code here: https://crosscut.com/opinion/2021/02/can-wa-lawmakers-finally-flip-states-upside-down-tax-system

Learn more about Mayor Durkan’s rejection of FEMA funding here:   https://www.realchangenews.org/news/2021/03/03/mayor-durkan-rejects-federal-funding-hotel-shelters-city-opening-new-permanent-vaccine

Read about King County expanding hazard pay to unincorporated areas here: https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/health/king-county-approves-hazard-pay-for-grocery-workers-in-unincorporated-areas/

Follow continued vaccination efforts at the Washington State Department of Health website: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/vaccine

Support women of color running for office at https://www.persistpacwa.org/, or https://www.opportunity-pac.com/

Learn  about National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington trainings,  including an upcoming training specifically for women of color running  for office, here: https://www.nwpcwa.org/events


Crystal Fincher: [00:00:00]  Welcome to Hacks and Wonks. I'm your host Crystal Fincher. On this  show, we talk with policy wonks and political hacks to gather insight  into local politics and policy through the lens of those doing the work  with behind-the-scenes perspective on politics in our state. Full  transcripts and resources referenced in the show were always available  at officialhacksandwonks.com and in our episode notes. Today we're  continuing our Friday almost-live shows where we review the news of the  week with a cohost. Welcome back to the program friend of the show and  today's cohost, local political consultant and wonderful, incredible  woman, Heather Weiner.

Heather Weiner: [00:00:45] Hi, Crystal. So excited to see you. So much to talk about today.

Crystal Fincher: [00:00:50]  Lots to talk about. There has been a lot happening and I guess we can  start off by talking about - Hey! Capital gains passed through the  Senate, it's moving through the Legislature, it's over to the House.  This is a big deal.

Heather Weiner: [00:01:07] This is a really big deal. I mean, okay. Taxes - not that sexy, but boy is this exciting! Okay.

Crystal Fincher: [00:01:13] Taxes are hot.

Heather Weiner: [00:01:14]  All right. Taxes are so hot. You want to, you want to get my attention,  baby? Come over here and talk to me a little bit about progressive  revenue. Look - here's what's happening. We have got probably the most  movement that we have had in the last eight years from the State  Legislature. They are finally finally listening when we say that  Washington State is the worst - #50 in the country - when it comes to  how we tax ourselves. We let the richest people get away with paying the  least and we make the lowest income people pay the most - the highest  percentage of their income in sales, property, and other taxes. So it is  time to fix that. And it's also time to jumpstart our economy by  putting a bunch more money in.

And  here's how the Legislature says they want to do it. They want to tax  the extraordinary profits that are being made on the stock market by the  uber-rich - not your real estate, not your mom and pop small business,  not even selling your yacht. If you sell a bunch of Amazon stock and you  make - for every dollar over quarter million dollars. So quarter  million dollars free. But when you start making money over a quarter  million dollars, you've got to pay a modest tax of 7%. You would think  though, that we were ripping people's eyelashes out because the amount  of opposition that's coming out about this and hysteria has just been  shocking.

Nevertheless,  State Senate just passed it 25-24, over the last weekend. It was a very  long Saturday for me. And there's going to be a hearing on it in the  House on Monday.

Crystal Fincher: [00:02:50]  Yes, there is. Lots of people organizing and planning on attending the  hearing on Monday. We will include information in the show notes about -  if you want to make your voice heard - now is as easy a time as it's  ever been to participate in the legislative process from home. And you  don't even have to testify. You can just say, you know what? I just want  noted on the record that I agree with this. I'm holding a pro position.  Really simple and easy to do. We'll include links for how to do that.

Meanwhile,  we've got a hundred billionaires in the state who are just coasting and  literally paying nothing. There is no income tax and so it is just  letting people skate by.

Heather Weiner: [00:03:29]  No, and right - and so they will tell you, Oh, well, we're going to  move. We're going to go somewhere else. But that's not true. The data  shows, I mean, look, 40 other states in the country already have capital  gains tax, so where are you going to go? Idaho has a capital gains tax,  people. Come on, we're letting Idaho beat us on this? So people saying  that they might leave? No, not true.

So  listen to this. The Washington Tech Industry Association, which is all  the founders of all the big tech startups, they sent a letter signed by  more than a hundred of these CEOs of these tech startups. I mean, these  are companies that do really interesting things. Although some of them  do things like trade Bitcoin. And what they said is, Ahh! You don't put a  capital gains tax on us for childcare and early learning. It's gonna,  it's gonna - we won't be able to bring smart people to Washington State  for this. But it turns out PubliCola reports that over half of those  CEOs scooped up federal taxpayer subsidies and money over the last year  to subsidize their own freaking salaries. So here's what they're saying.  No, no, no, no, no. We don't want to pay our share, but we'll be happy  to take it.

Crystal Fincher: [00:04:34]  As it has always been and using some of the old tired talking points  that we're used to hearing whenever someone talks about raising the  minimum wage, paying workers a living wage - that has been debunked and  proven false every time it has happened. Seattle is actually the perfect  place to look at, to see how the economy grows and expands when you pay  workers more and you make sure people at the bottom are not neglected  by people at the top - that we all have to pay our fair share.

Heather Weiner: [00:05:06]  As studies show that you - for every dollar that the government invests  back into the economy, pays off $3 for our communities, for small  businesses, to keep people employed, and to keep consumers with money in  their pockets. It's so much better than having that money being hoarded  in - up at the top. When - where do they put it? They put it into, you  know, real estate in other countries, they put it into REITs, they put  it all kinds of places. No, that money needs to be flowing through the  economy and helping us rebound from this recession. So how's it - is it  going to pass? What do you think Crystal?

Crystal Fincher: [00:05:37]  It is definitely gonna pass. They have the votes for it in the House.  The big issue was the Senate, with capital gains. The House is more  progressive than the Senate is. And it definitely took last election to  get the Senate in the place, with a composition, to pass it. And it  wasn't clear that it was going to pass until - really the last minute.  This was not a vote that people knew which way it was going to go.

Heather Weiner: [00:06:03]  It was a tough Saturday for me. I definitely had a bottle of wine out  by about 9:00 PM after watching all that Senate debate. But let me just  give a shout out to my friend, Crystal Fincher. Because Crystal, one of  the campaigns that you worked on actually ended up being key. I mean,  elections matter people. Crystal, you worked on Senator Nobles'  campaign. And because we elected Senator Nobles and replaced a  conservative, Steve O'Ban , that helped change the makeup of the Senate  where we finally did have enough votes to overcome and get that  through.

This is the  first step though. Look, it raises half a billion dollars a year from  these extraordinary stock market profits. That's only 7% of  extraordinary stock market profits - is a half a billion. So raises half  a billion dollars a year for childcare, early learning, and taxpayer  assistance - low-income taxpayer assistance. And that's just the first  step. We need at least another $2-3 billion a year before we can start  doing things like really helping low-income taxpayers and small  businesses by reducing B&O and sales taxes and other things. First,  we got to get the money into the system. Very excited about this. This  is groundbreaking stuff. Elections matter. Let's do it.

Crystal Fincher: [00:07:16]  Elections matter. And I'm so thrilled to have Senator Nobles in our  Legislature and to just watch her leadership - and make a difference on a  very consequential vote that is going to help people who needed the  most.

Moving over to the  City and contrasting legislators and leaders coming through. One who has  not been - who we've talked about on this program many times - Mayor  Durkan. And this week and in "What is Mayor Durkan doing to antagonize  people in the city and not meet basic needs of people? "

Heather Weiner: [00:07:52] WTFMD.

Crystal Fincher: [00:07:55]  Is you know - we talk about funding being such a major problem. We talk  about homelessness being such a major problem. She's talked about that  and has talked about how we definitely need more funding. So it turns  out FEMA's like, Hey, we have more funding over here. And Durkan was  like, Nah.

Heather Weiner: [00:08:15] Doesn't want it.

Crystal Fincher: [00:08:16] Yeah. What is the deal?

Heather Weiner: [00:08:17]  Has been making a ton of excuses - really just putting up a bunch of  roadblocks to not taking this money for non-congregate shelter. That  means for people who are homeless, who would normally go to be offered  shelter where there's many, many, many, many people in the room that's  not COVID safe. And so what we've been trying to do for the last year is  to try to get some FEMA money in, to pay for motel rooms where people  could have some shelter and still be safe from COVID. San Francisco has  taken in this money. Other cities are taking this money. But for some  reason, this mayor has been really highly, highly resistant.

And  so I was really pleased to see that Council President González - now  full disclosure, I do a little bit of work with her on her campaign -  but in her official capacity, called BS on this, and I'm just not going  to wait around anymore and just went ahead and went over her head.  Whatever the Mayor said, and just went right to FEMA and had her own  meeting with FEMA, and then released a statement saying, I'm not going  to accept these excuses anymore. We can and should do this. We have got  to do it. So let's see if that gets the gates open and that's going to  be a lot of fun.

Crystal Fincher: [00:09:26]  Yeah, certainly. And her other colleagues on the Council have signaled  that they certainly intend to pursue this funding and that that's  something that we should be doing. We just recently talked with Erica  Barnett about this, of PubliCola, and she's done a lot of reporting.  There's a lot of great information you can find on this subject there,  but it really is confusing. I mean, Mayor Durkan seems to make these  decisions that don't have a connection to the people of Seattle. And I  just wonder, who is she listening to for this advice where she thought  it would be a good idea to not get additional funding to address what  she has called the top problem facing the city she is in charge of  governing.

Heather Weiner: [00:10:09]  Yeah, we have this double emergency problem of the pandemic, which is,  you know, I know that we're all feeling very optimistic, but we are  still in the middle of a massive pandemic. And the massive emergency  crisis of the lack of housing for everyone who needs it in the City of  Seattle. So how do we address that issue? Eh, ignore it. Don't accept  money from the federal government. I just don't get it.

Crystal Fincher: [00:10:34]  Yeah. I mean, it's really confusing. And it's infuriating because this  is a problem that we all should be invested in solving. We have to get  people off the street and into shelter, and then we have to get people  into permanent stable housing. And funding is certainly an issue for  this. And you know, a lot of it comes down to priorities, but we do need  more money. And if someone is willing to say, FEMA is willing to say,  Hey, we can help out with this. We have a national interest in solving  this problem , as we do at all levels of government, then we should take  that. For no other reason than that gives us more money to address this  problem or other problems.

Heather Weiner: [00:11:17]  Well, and you save lives. You're literally saving lives and saving  money in terms of all the health care that needs to be done when people  are outside, exposed to the elements, or exposed to COVID. Speaking of  outside and being exposed, the other big news that's happening right now  in the City of Seattle is the City Council passed a requirement that  grocery stores like QFC pay their workers hazard pay. Just an extra $4  an hour, because they're having to pay for childcare while they're  continuing to work. They themselves are under a lot of stress and they  have been the frontline heroes - the grocery store workers have.

And  Kroger, QFC's owner, instead of actually paying - not only do they sue  to stop having to pay their own employees hazard pay. But then in  retaliation, they close two stores in Seattle. They announced they're  closing two stores in Seattle and blame hazard pay. They didn't just do  that in Seattle. They just did it in LA this week - threatened to close  two more stores. What a bunch of whiny bullies. What's going on there?

Crystal Fincher: [00:12:23]  Whiny bullies and extremely disingenuous because this is happening in a  backdrop of them being more profitable than they have been in quite  some time during the pandemic. This has driven people to grocery stores  because dining out is not as much of an option as it has been. People  are buying more groceries. They're buying more at home, they're getting  groceries delivered. And so they have seen windfall profits. This is not  a situation where, as they've tried to spin it, our margins are razor  thin and this is going to make the prices go up. They have been reaping  profits during the pandemic.

That's  one of the dynamics - that the rich have gotten richer during the  pandemic. And people who were hurting are hurting worse. And so all  we're saying is that it is not possible for you to reap these profits  without the risks that these people are taking on the front lines, to  secure all that profit for you. They deserve a portion of that. What  you're doing is not possible without that. They are putting themselves  and anyone else in their households at greater risk in order to provide a  service to the public. You're reaping windfall profits - a tiny  percentage of that can go to the workers who made this possible.

Heather Weiner: [00:13:36] Temporarily.

Crystal Fincher: [00:13:37]  And they've said, yeah, and it's not even permanent. It's temporary.  And they said, I know I am receiving a multi-million dollar salary. And I  know that we are letting our shareholders profit from this. But we must  draw the line at the workers who were on the front lines. We cannot  give them just a few more dollars, but we just can't, we can't afford  it. We can't do it. It's a slippery slope, all of those arguments. It's  ridiculous. And so they have decided that they're going to try and play  hardball and say, Well, we're just going to close.

Heather Weiner: [00:14:13]  Yeah. And so they, you know, look, Kroger made a billion dollars more  in profits last year. They doubled the profits they made during so far  during the pandemic. They made so much money that they then did a stock  buyback, which means they bought a bunch of their shares back at massive  increase in price from their shareholders. And the CEO, this guy,  McMullen - Rodney McMullen - just made - makes $21 million a year in  salary alone. And yet does not want to pay hardworking QFC workers an  extra $4.

Now despite  this kind of intimidation and bullying tactics, the King County Council  voted to extend hazard pay to stores in the unincorporated parts of King  County this week, which is great. So that's like White Center, um, and  some of the other unincorporated -

Crystal Fincher: [00:15:04] Skyway yeah.

Heather Weiner: [00:15:05]  Right. And Burien has already passed this. I hear that Auburn is  thinking about passing it. Bainbridge is thinking about passing it.  Bellingham. So there's lots of other places that will continue to do  this. What's QFC going to do? Close every single one of its Fred Meyer  and QFC stores? Come on. This kind of corporate bullying is really going  to weaken their brand and in the long run hurts communities that need  these grocery stores.

Crystal Fincher: [00:15:29]  Absolutely. And also we've seen PCC decide to make the $4 nationwide  for all of their workers - and we can afford this right now, we've done  quite well.

Heather Weiner: [00:15:44]  Trader Joe's, which is a non-union grocery store has gone ahead and  just given everybody across the country - all of their staff - hazard  pay increases. I mean, come on.

Crystal Fincher: [00:15:58] You're listening to Hacks and Wonks with your host Crystal Fincher on KVRU 105.7 FM.

Heather Weiner: [00:16:08]  All right. Well, which leads us now to vaccinations. I mean, so grocery  store workers have been saying, we're on the front lines, we need to be  vaccinated. Teachers are saying we have to be vaccinated before we go  back to schools. But people haven't been talking very much about the  people who've already been out there around customers without their  masks on. And that's - restaurant workers.

Crystal Fincher: [00:16:28]  It's restaurant workers. And we recently had some updates and guidance  in eligibility.   It was recently announced by Governor Inslee that all  teachers and childcare workers are now eligible to receive the vaccine.  They announced that coming up in the next, I don't even have the exact  date, but couple of weeks that frontline workers are going to be  eligible for that. So grocery store workers and others, and they will  deserve to be. But one group that is left out are restaurant workers.  And restaurants are one of the only areas where even when masks are  required, it's acceptable for people to take them off as they eat,  because you can't eat with a mask on. And they're expanding now - the  capacity in restaurants for reopening. So we still have a large  percentage of the population unvaccinated. The risk is very present and  real. And there are areas where people can congregate in even greater  numbers now without wearing a mask. Why are restaurant workers not  considered essential frontline workers? I hope that changes fairly  soon.

Heather Weiner: [00:17:35]  Yeah, I sure do too. As someone who lives with two people in the  industry - I have, my best friend is a chef. And her wife is a somm. And  the somm lost her job in March - last March, has been unemployed for a  year. And my friend Becky continues to go to work and is exposed on a  daily basis. Yeah. Very important. Let's go to some good news.

Crystal Fincher: [00:18:00]  Good news. Good news is good. There is a lot happening in terms of  elections. And we've certainly seen calls and demands and the necessity  to broaden the voices who represent us in public office. We just talked  about Senator Nobles, the only Black woman in the Senate right now.  There was not one before she came in - immediately prior. So having more  representation, broader representation, and empowering more people -  sharing power with a more diverse set of people is - just helps us to be  better represented across the board. And we are certainly seeing, a  greater percentage, in particular, women of color, running for office  across the board, which is really exciting.

Heather Weiner: [00:18:52]  Super exciting. It's amazing. I can't believe how many women of color  are running for office in this year. And these are in municipal level  elections - county and city level elections. But those are the jumping  off places for a lot of people who then go on to run for Legislature or  Congress. Here's where it gets hard - is when they start running against  each other. Do you want to talk about some of the women of color who  are running? Can we gossip about them?

Crystal Fincher: [00:19:17]  We can, um, you know, lots of people are familiar with the women  running in the City of Seattle. Certainly for Mayor, we have Lorena  González, who's the sitting Seattle City Council President, who's  running for mayor. Colleen Echohawk - also running for mayor.

Heather Weiner: [00:19:35] Smart, great woman.

Crystal Fincher: [00:19:36]  Yeah. Teresa Mosqueda - running for her city-wide position for  reelection. And then we have Brianna Thomas and Nikkita Oliver, who are  running for the other city-wide seat, the one being vacated by Lorena  González.

Heather Weiner: [00:19:53] So how do you - let's - how do you think this is going to play out with Brianna and Nikkita?

Crystal Fincher: [00:19:59] I don't know.

Heather Weiner: [00:20:00] Oh my gosh. Listeners, you should have seen her face - the way she just threw her hands up in the air. Oh my gosh.

Crystal Fincher: [00:20:06]  You know, it is - I have deep respect for both of them, and have known  Brianna for quite some time, have worked alongside Brianna. Have admired  and respected Nikkita for quite some time. But as we said before, it is  not a bad thing for people to run against each other. And as I talk  about a lot of times, if you are in political spaces in Seattle, which  is, you know - basically elects Democrats and people to the left of  Democrats. If you have friends in that space, it is inevitable that you  are going to have friends or people that you respect and admire run  against each other.

But  certainly with Brianna, she has a lot of experience within the system.  But she very much came from outside. She was instrumental to getting the  first $15 an hour -

Heather Weiner: [00:21:01] In SeaTac

Crystal Fincher: [00:21:02]  - ordinance passed, in the country. In SeaTac, before there was the 15  Now campaign that I think people think about. Before it happened in  Seattle, it happened in SeaTac.

Heather Weiner: [00:21:14] Yup. I worked with her on that campaign.

Crystal Fincher: [00:21:16] Yes, you did.

Heather Weiner: [00:21:18]  She was ah-mazing. She was the grassroots person and she just organized  the heck out of that. Door knocking - I mean, there's really only 7,000  voters in SeaTac and I think every single one of them knows Brianna.

Crystal Fincher: [00:21:29] I think so.

Heather Weiner: [00:21:31]  Oh gosh, here she is at my door again. That's true. The other thing  that Brianna did, has done, I mean there's so many things. She also  worked on the Democracy Voucher campaign and now - which is one of the  reasons why Nikkita , and Colleen Echohawk, and Lorena, and Teresa are  all able to run - is because Brianna helped to pass the Democracy  Voucher campaign, by working on the campaign before she ever ran for  office.

Crystal Fincher: [00:21:53]  Yeah. And you know, I think it's an example of people working often in  service of the same policy and with the same goal, but working in and  using different methodsand different tracks. Because, you know, Nikkita  certainly has been a voice of moral clarity. They have been instrumental  in the push to defund the Seattle Police - to reduce the funding. And  that, that is a critical piece. We cannot maintain funding or increase  funding and expect things to change. But also in not stopping the  conversation at defund or not, which a lot of the opponents like to just  put that as, Would you believe in defunding? And that's not, that's not  even - like that's just the start of the conversation.

I  think this is going to be a spirited and exciting time. And I also  think the mayoral race is going to be really interesting and have some  real substantive conversations. And two people who've done a lot of  positive work.

Heather Weiner: [00:22:53]  It sounds to me like what you're saying a little bit is , if you were  to say what the main policy issues are that are going to be focused on  during these campaigns.It almost sounds to me like you're saying, the  big - the issue around police reform and the different ways to address  police reform, are kind of symbolized by Brianna's - uh, you know,  Nikkita has an abolitionist perspective and Brianna has a change the  system, work within the system perspective. Uh, I'm probably misstating  that. And then I would say between Colleen and Lorena, probably the  biggest issue is going to be how to deal with homelessness. It's going  to be really interesting policy debates. I can't wait to watch them.

Crystal Fincher: [00:23:31]  Really interesting policy debates. And I am really wanting to hear -  that there is, there is a lot of conversation to talk about how do you  turn activism into policy? And that is not a simple and easy thing. And I  think what we have seen in recent years is people who have been  activists , and who have been on the front lines organizing and moving  policy and campaigns elsewhere being elected into government, or being  hired onto staff.

Heather Weiner: [00:24:01]  Well, let's talk about some other cities, where there are people of -  women of color running. Um, where else are they running?

Crystal Fincher: [00:24:07]  Well, I mean, I will talk about the city of Kent where, there was a  great South Seattle Emerald article, I think from this past Monday,  about Dawn Bennett, who's running for mayor.  Running as a challenger  against an incumbent mayor. Satwinder Kaur running for reelection on the  City Council and another familiar name, Brenda Fincher, running for  reelection on the Kent City Council.

Heather Weiner: [00:24:31] Do you - is there any relation?

Crystal Fincher: [00:24:33]  She is my mom. She is a wonderful, kind woman. She's much more kind and  compassionate than I am.  I am a fan of hers. But the progressives on  that council are a minority. Um, and so it is notable and novel that we  have three women of color running in the city of Kent. And  races in the  suburbs oftentimes solidify later than races in big cities. So we've  seen like tons of announcements in the city of Seattle. A lot of times  in the suburbs that - we don't have a firm idea of exactly who's going  to be in until filing week in mid May.

Hamdi  Mohamed is running for the Port of Seattle. Lots of excitement about  her. Shukri Olow is running for King County Council District 5. In  Tacoma, there are a number of candidates - Kiara Daniels and Anne Artman  for City Council, Chelsea McElroy for the School Board. There - just a  lot of wonderful women of color running across the board. A lot of great  Black women running. So I'm excited to continue to see women who have  been leaders in their spaces to grow their power, and to grow power  within their communities.

Heather Weiner: [00:25:47]  Amazing. This is great. And is there any kind of group that people can  go to if they want to support all of these women at once? Like, is there  - are there any PACs or anything like that they could contribute to?

Crystal Fincher: [00:25:57]  That's a great question. I don't necessarily know that - there are a  whole slew of PACs, obviously. Persist PAC, who I've done some work  with, who supported Black women running for office last year and SeaTac  City Council candidates running for office the year before - is going to  be involved in these races. So certainly keep an eye on Persist.  Opportunity PAC is another PAC that has been in the space. If people are  interested in running for office, supporting people for office, there  is a training with the Northwest Women's Political - National Women's  Political Caucus of Washington for that, that I would highly encourage  people to attend. That link will be on the website and in the show  notes, so absolutely.

And  just a really exciting time. So I'm really excited to see how these  continue to unfold. You know, it is sometimes an uncomfortable feeling  when two people you like and respect, or more sometimes, run against  each other. But really it's a sign that power is becoming more  accessible and more attainable and that we can have these debates. We,  as you pointed out, I've talked a lot about us not being a monolith. Um,  you can't lump communities of color together. You can't lump the Black  community together as if we all have the same opinion. But our varied  opinions are important and it's important for that to be part of the  national discourse , because we are. We are here, we exist and that's an  important element, as it is with all communities.

So,  and that's pretty much our time for today. But thank you once again for  joining us today. I always love when you're on the show, Heather.

Heather Weiner: [00:27:36]  Aww, I love chatting with you and gossiping with you. It's just - I  always bring myself a cup of tea for this cup of tea.

Crystal Fincher: [00:27:44] Always fun. And the gossip is top notch with you always.

Thank  you to everyone for listening to Hacks and Wonks on KVRU 105.7 FM on  this Friday, March 12th, 2021. Our chief audio engineer at KVRU is  Maurice Jones Jr. The producer of Hacks and Wonks is Lisl Stadler. And  our wonderful co-host today was Seattle political consultant, Heather  Weiner. You can find Heather on Twitter @ hlweiner - that's W E I N E R.  You can find me on Twitter @finchfrii - that's F I N C H F R I I. And  now you can follow Hacks and Wonks on iTunes, Spotify, or wherever else  you get your podcasts. Just type "Hacks and Wonks" into the search bar,  be sure to subscribe to get our Friday almost-live show and our mid-week  show delivered to your podcast feed. You can also get a full transcript  of this episode and links to resources referenced in the show at  officialhacksandwonks.com and in the podcast episode notes.

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