Does Donald Trump spell trouble for Amazon? Why did local GOP candidates do better than some expected them to? How was U.S. Sen. Patty Murray both a winner and a loser this week?

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Does Donald Trump‘s election spell trouble for Seattle mega-employer

When Trump took aim on Twitter last year at Amazon headman Jeff Bezos and the newspaper he owns, The Washington Post, Bezos shot back with the hashtag #sendDonaldtospace.

The president elect has vowed to tear up international trade deals that benefit Amazon, and the e-commerce giant’s shares dipped the day after the election.

In Episode 11, we chat with Seattle Times business reporter  about the South Lake Union-based company’s prospects now that Trump has made political prime time.

At 4:00,  explains why Amazon “was one of the few companies that was treading water” on the stock market last week. Trump has said he wants a “pullback from globalization,” and that could hurt retailers.

“A lot of the things we buy come from other countries and are manufactured in the same factories Trump criticized for moving overseas, so there’s a tension there,”  says.

Don’t expect Amazon to suddenly collapse, though. The company is still “growing gangbusters,”  says at 14:30.

We then talk to Republican consultant Keith Schipper about why Washington state’s GOP candidates did better than some expected they would at the ballot box.

Though Trump’s views on immigrants, women and nuclear weapons likely hurt Republicans in King County, there was no statewide down-ticket disaster, Schipper says.

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The GOP held on to control of the state Senate and some other bodies, such as the Pierce County Council. The party picked up two statewide positions.

Though they were apprehensive when Nov. 8 dawned, “I think Republicans had a very decent night,” partly because many working-class voters in areas such as Cowlitz County voted red, Schipper says at 18:00.

Ties to the next president may yet prove problematic. At 24:25, Schipper calls Trump’s appointment of Stephen Bannon “a little off-putting.”

Under Bannon, a favorite of white nationalists, the alt-right website kept a running tab of news stories titled “black crime,” used a slur for transgender people and published the headline “Birth control makes women unattractive and crazy.”

Rather than repudiating Trump, Schipper’s recipe for Republicans here involves their “unique local brand.” He says U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan will keep the next president “on the straight and narrow.”

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