Make Every Vote Count in Washington State! This week we welcome our favorite politician, Steven Nielson! Steven is an American statesman, political activist, Washington Libertarian Party officer, and Libertarian author. Nielson was the 2014 Libertarian candidate for Washington State Representative District 2 Position 2 of the Washington House of Representatives, and the first Libertarian candidate to survive a contested primary challenge since Washington's 2004 adoption of the top-two primary.Recently Nielson has created and spearheaded "Make Every Vote Count Washington". Initiative 1380, will allow voters across the state to win representation in the Electoral College system by appointing Electors for the winning Presidential candidate as counted in each congressional district, with two "at-large" Electors reserved for the state-wide winner.
Nielson attended Green River Community College in Auburn WA, as an undergraduate, with an emphasis on pre-engineering. In 2000, he was recognized as ASME Student of the Year after leading his college to victory in design innovation competitions.Nielson transferred to the University of Washington where he earned his B.S.in Astronautical Engineering in 2004, with a specific focus in aerospace composite structures. Nielson was heavily involved with education outreach and on-campus politics. He served as advisor for the Resident Hall Student Association, Vice-President of his residence hall, Hansee Hall, President and Founder of the Mars Society at University of Washington, and the President of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics UW Chapter. He was awarded a scholarship for Professional Potential in the field of aerospace engineering.
In early 2014, Nielson accepted a request from the Libertarian Party of Washington to explore a campaign as a Libertarian for the state legislature. On May 31st of 2014, Nielson was unanimously nominated by the state party to represent the party in the race for State Representative in Washington's 2nd Legislative District, challenging Republican Incumbent and House Floor Minority Leader JT Wilcox. A third contender entered the race on the final day of filing from the Democratic Party, Rick Payne. Despite attempting to register as a "Marijuana Party Democrat", Payne's official party preference from the Secretary of State's office indicated "Prefers Marijuana Party." Nielson received 21% of the total vote in the primary, defeating the Democrat for Marijuana candidate and advancing to the General Election. Nielson went on to finish the general election with 28.13% of the final vote.
We also discuss on this show: Pragmatic Libertarianism, Armchair Purists, Affordable Health Care Act (Obama-care), State and National Debt, Different Tax Systems, Civil Asset Forfeiture, Experimental Drugs, IP, Second Amendment, The U.S. and Washington State Constitution, and the (NAP).
Band Of The Week: The Fraidies
Our Band Of The Week is" The Fraidies.
The Fraidies is a band composed of new friends, old friends, friends of friends, and classmates. Jon and Andrew grew up in Moses Lake, Washington. Jack, Evan, and David grew up in various Midwestern locales. Though miles apart, they have a shared history of sitting in basements going mad for Oasis and the 90s Britpop bands that kept 60s and 70s classic rock alive. They came together in 2013 via Craigslist. Jon formed the band to help his friend Bradley fill a bill at Seattle's Sunset Tavern.Check Them Out!