Wealth & Poverty Review


Violent Evictions and the Anarchists of Reddit

Last spring, a tenant named “Eucytus” fired at deputies while barricaded in the apartment and then died by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Seattle detective David Easterly was critically injured by a gunshot wound during the incident. In a statement that feels grossly oversimplified, Housing Justice Project Attorney Edmund Witter said of the barricade-suicide-eviction, “Evictions for nonpayment of rent are preventable with more support and the right programs.” Read More ›
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Accusers Confront Steve Hickey After Fire Commissioner’s Board Meeting

A former secretary is now stepping forward and saying King County Fire Commissioner Steve Hickey installed locks for his very own fire district, even though his Meridian Build Group had its construction license suspended by the state. Some of his alleged victims also confronted him after Tuesday night's Fire Commissioner's board meeting in Ravensdale. So did I. Read More ›
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Mom & Pop Landlords Lead More Protests Against Deadbeat Tenants

Coalition of mom & pop landlords rallied again this weekend to bring attention to deadbeat tenants and squatters in WA. Whether it's Sang & Youjin Kim in Bellevue or King County Fire Commissioner Steve Hickey in Ravensdale, they plan on being out here until lawmakers wake up and fix the broken system. Read More ›
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Time to Take Sound Money to the Federal Level

The idea of “Sound Money” — this means using gold and silver as money — has been persistently popular among the states for over a decade. Beginning with Utah in 2011, one state after another has removed barriers and impediments to using gold and silver, and digital or other alternatives based on gold and silver, in a monetary role. With over 40 states now having passed some kind of Sound Money legislation, it is now time to take on the federal government. Representative Alex Mooney (R), of West Virginia, recently introduced the Monetary Metals Tax Neutrality Act, HR 8279, into the US House. The bill aims to repeat, at the federal level, what has already been accomplished in many states. Read More ›
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Protestors Demonstrate Against Squatter and Deadbeat Tenant Epidemic

This weekend, a coalition of angry mom & pop landlords rallied in Maple Valley to spotlight the squatter and deadbeat tenant epidemic in Washington. While many came out to blast embattled King County Fire Commissioner Steve Hickey for taking over Katrina Freitag's house, we also heard other related horror stories. Read More ›
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Exposing Steve Hickey: Part Two

Depending who you ask, King County Fire Commissioner Steve Hickey is a serial con artist or a faithful public servant moonlighting as an independent journalist. Either way, he's now facing numerous legal challenges and his entire reputation is on the line. In part two of our series, YouTube journalist Tyler Oliveira and I take a closer look at fresh allegations and Hickey's troubled past. Read More ›
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Memorial Day: More than Honoring Lives Lost in American Wars

Most people rightly associate Memorial Day with paying homage to those who gave their lives for America in war. But the holiday has roots that go back to the aftermath of the Civil War. At that time America was as or more divided than it is today. The Civil War cost at least 620,000 men—a greater cost than all of America’s successive wars combined. Read More ›

Exposing Steve Hickey: White Collar Squatter?

King County Fire District Commissioner Steve Hickey is accused of squatting, fraud, and intimidation by a growing list of victims. Complicating matters, he's a well-known independent journalist with more than a million followers on TikTok and Instagram. YouTube's Tyler Oliveira and I recently confronted him and tried to get his side of the story. Read More ›