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Hacks & Wonks

Aug 29, 2021

This week on the show we have the second half of the Consultant Roundtable, featuring Consultants Riall Johnson of Prism Consulting, Michael Charles of Upper Left Strategies, and Heather Weiner discussing the results of the primary elections, and what we can expect from the general election in November. Discussion points include the Kathy Lambert’s risks in the King County Council race, the upset in the City Attorney’s race, the possibility of having abolitionists both on the Seattle City Council and in the City Attorney’s office, the low hanging fruit that is Senator Reuven Carlyle, the frequent mischaracterization of Seattle voters as being far more conservative than they actually are, and the fact that real live Republicans exist in King County.

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

Find the host, Crystal Fincher on Twitter at @finchfrii, Michael Charles at @mikeychuck, Heather Weiner at @hlweiner, and Riall Johnson at @RiallJohnson. More info is available at



“Lambert leads District 3 primary for King County Council” by Conor Wilson from the Issaquah Reporter:

“Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes concedes primary election” by David Kroman from Crosscut:

“Four reasons Seattle’s left will likely prevail in November” by Katie Wilson from Crosscut:

“Progressive Trend Emerging in Late Primary Election Returns” by Doug Trumm from The Urbanist:

“Ranked-Choice Voting Gets A Prime-Time Shot Under New York City’s Bright Lights” by Domenico Montanaro from NPR:

Washington State’s voter registration portal: