In Episode 65, we dissect Donald Trump's appearance in Everett, hear an intense left vs. left debate over this fall's carbon tax initiative, and explore the troubling statements of candidate Erin Jones. Nate Gowdy


Donald Trump was back in Washington State this week, and for this visit he read his favorite snake poem to the people of Everett. The Stranger’s Rich Smith was there and, at 1:19, talks about what went down.

After that, at 12:15, we host a debate between Ramez Naam and Jill Mangaliman over whether Washington State voters should approve a $2.2 billion carbon tax this fall to help fight global warming. This isn’t the usual debate between global warming deniers and people who want to tax big oil in order to save the planet. It’s a different kind of debate, a debate between people on the left and people on the further left. At issue: whether this particular carbon tax is progressive enough when it comes to helping disadvantaged communities.

Then, at 29:17, Stranger writer Sydney Brownstone explores troubling statements about LGBTQ youth made by Erin Jones, a candidate running for Superintendent of Public Instruction—the top education office in the state. Jones's statements caused the Stranger Election Control Board to rescind its endorsement of Jones this week.

Finally, at 37:11, The Stranger tells you what to do this weekend. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!