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Hacks & Wonks

May 6, 2022

On this Hacks & Wonks week-in-review, Metro News Columnist and Opinion Editor for The News Tribune, Matt Driscoll, co-hosts with Crystal. They begin by diving into the impact of the leaked draft of the Supreme Court opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade, frustration with the response from many elected leaders, more rights that are on the chopping block, and–now more than ever–the importance of local government. The impact of Roe v. Wade being overturned on the LGBTQ+ community sparks a discussion on Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier’s actions to block pride flags from flying across the county. Crystal and Matt wrap up the show by discussing the harm that the War on Drugs has inflicted for decades and how I-1922, an initiative to replace the failed War on Drugs with proven approaches that address substance use disorder through prevention, outreach, and recovery services, would reduce that harm.

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

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“Think tossing Roe doesn’t affect WA? Try again. State must protect abortion, other rights” by Matt Driscoll from The News Tribune:  


“What the overturning of Roe v. Wade could mean for same-sex marriage rights” by Christine Pae from KING5: 


“Democrats Want Your Vote, Socialists Want Your Feet on the Street” by Hannah Krieg from The Stranger: 


“Slog AM: Seattle Public Schools Changes Sexual Harassment Policies, King County to "Explore Proposals" to Fund Abortion, and How to Vaccinate a Tiger” by Hannah Krieg from The Stranger:  


“Why Justice Alito’s Draft Opinion to Overturn Roe Makes No Fucking Sense”  by Will Casey from The Stranger: 


“End of Roe v. Wade looms large in Idaho, where women are likely to seek abortions in Washington” by Jim Brunner from The Seattle Times:  


“Will Pierce County buildings ever fly the Pride flag? Not at this rate, and it’s shameful” by The News Tribune Editorial Board from The News Tribune: 


“Legalize drug possession in WA? Initiative should be a no-brainer, but expect a fight” by Matt Driscoll from The News Tribune: 


“New Poll Suggests Most of Washington Wants to End the War on Drugs” by Rich Smith from The Stranger: 


“Could WA be the next state to decriminalize drugs? Voters might get to decide in November” by Shauna Sowersby from The Olympian: 


“WA introduces ballot measure to decriminalize drug possession” by MyNorthwest Staff from MyNorthwest: 


“Measure to decriminalize all drugs rolls out in Washington state” by Paige Browning from KUOW: 


“WA Ballot Measure to Decriminalize Drugs Has Early Poll Lead” by Ben Adlin from Filter:


Transcript will be uploaded as soon as possible.