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WTF JUST HAPPENED TODAY? ASK MATT KISER 🤔

Speaking of elections, tomorrow marks a year since we elected our president – an event that deepened cultural divides across the U.S. and changed the way Americans talk about politics. All this week, we’re highlighting how our fellow Seattleites have reacted to the 2016 election, and today we’re starting with Matt Kiser.

Matt, who lives in the Central District, started a newsletter that asks a question many of us probably ruminate on as we scroll through our newsfeeds: “What the F*ck Just Happened Today?” Matt’s initial goal in tracking and sharing news about Trump’s first 100 days in office is this: Give folks an accessible, “no-bullshit, direct, to-the-point” guide of what’s happening in the White House.

Here’s what Matt told us WTF is all about.

Know other Seattleites who have launched smart, thoughtful projects in response to the election? Hit reply and tell us — we’ll add them to a list that we’re sharing out soon.

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NOW HERE’S WHAT’S GOING ON IN YOUR CITY 🇺🇸

There’s a lot riding on this Eastside election. It’s a special election for a seat in our state senate, and get this — if candidate Manka Dhingra wins it, it’ll give Democrats control of the entire west coast. That’s all three governorships plus each state legislature. Democrats are calling this dream scenario of theirs a name even President Trump might appreciate: the “blue wall.” (The New York Times)

Seattle library cards just got a lot more awesome. You can now use them to stream all these classic and indie movies for free. Take that, Netflix. (Kanopy)

How are Nikkita voters feeling? She didn’t make it past the primaries in our race for mayor. But attorney and activist Nikkita Oliver got a lot of people – especially people of color – excited about what she could do for the city. There’s always next election, but one fan’s worried that this was the last Seattle contest she was able to vote in. The way these rents keep climbing, she said, she’ll probably have to move. (KUOW)

Wow that’s a tough question. Homelessness is complicated, and so is the question Crosscut asked our mayoral candidates about it: “What do you do when you encounter a homeless person on the street?” If you’re still not sure who you trust more on one of the city’s toughest and pressing issues — Jenny Durkan or Cary Moon — this two-minute video could be worth a watch. (Crosscut)

Need a break to get the creative juices flowing? Open up a blank page and read this writing prompt. It’s about the Space Needle, the donut-shaped scaffolding people put up there to remodel it, and the end of the world. (Seattle Review of Books)

HERE'S WHAT'S COMING UP 📅

OUR EVENTS / PARTNER EVENTS

🇺🇲 11/7: Crosscut Election Night Party! — join us there tonight!
⚖ 11/8: We the Public
🎉 11/29: The Evergrey Turns One!

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Check out this event from our advertiser, Between Americans.

  Let's talk politics & sip hot chocolate!
Nov. 8 marks one year since Election '16. Come to Westlake Park (Wed, 5-8:30pm) to see art and performances reflecting on this past year.

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AROUND TOWN

🗳 11/7: Watch returns with Jenny or Cary
🌲 11/8: Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name
🚗  11/9-12: Seattle International Auto Show
💃  11/9: The Poetry Brothel Masquerade Tour
🎨 11/10-12: Best of the Northwest Fall Art and Fine Craft Show
🏔  11/10: Pray for Snow Party
🛠  11/10-11: Engineer It!
🍫  11/11: Northwest Chocolate Festival
🌃  11/11: SAM Teen Night Out
✈  11/11: Museum of Flight Honors Veterans
🛍  11/12: 34th Annual Glitter Sale
🐛  11/12: Amazing Animals

See more upcoming events (and submit your own) on our events page

JOHN OLIVER ON AMAZON’S HQ2  💰

When Amazon announced it was looking for a second headquarters, 238 cities sent in their bids. A lot of them are offering huge tax breaks to sweeten the deal, and that’s where comedian John Oliver had something to say.

“Think about what that means,” John said on his show this week. “That could mean billions in tax dollars that would not be collected for things like roads or schools or hospitals. And Amazon already has more money than it knows what to do with. How else could you explain the existence of Goliath, a show that — and this is true — literally nobody has ever seen?” Check out the whole bit on GeekWire.

We’ll see you tomorrow. — The Evergrey