McKenna on KIRO: Lawmaker takes on social media Ethics Board case

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the Legislative Ethics Board case that Rep. Melanie Stambaugh (R-Puyallup) chose to fight. The issue centers on whether or not public officials are allowed to share taxpayer-funded legislative videos and updates on campaign Facebook pages. Rob McKenna: “And the Ethics Board isn’t saying that Rep. Stambaugh can’t […]

McKenna on KIRO: Horrific Oakland warehouse fire

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about last week’s Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland, where 36 people died. It came out today that the Oakland Fire Department has no record of ever inspecting the building. Dave Ross: “Apparently the guy who set this up was actually leasing the building from a landlord who […]

McKenna on KIRO: Should Trump worry about the Emoluments Clause?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Given president-elect Donald Trump’s property assets, some are talking about what kinds of payments his businesses would and would not be allowed to accept after Trump is inaugurated. Dave Ross: “This has to do with making sure that the president […]

McKenna on KIRO: New arena vs. renovating Key Arena

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the hopes for a new privately-financed Sodo arena vs. renovating Key Arena to attract a new Sonics team. Some on the Seattle City Council are exploring, once again, renovating Key Arena. They’re worried that by having an NBA team elsewhere, Key Arena is guaranteed to be an […]

McKenna on KIRO: Electoral College vs. the popular vote

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the Electoral College, its history and its future prospects. With Hillary Clinton losing the presidential election but winning the popular vote, some are questioning the wisdom of electing presidents this way. Dave Ross: “So it sounds like our current set up is here to stay.” Rob McKenna: […]

McKenna on KIRO: Did the FBI director break the law in Clinton revelations?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the accusations by some that FBI Director James Comey violated the Hatch Act by announcing new developments regarding Hillary Clinton’s email. Rob said he didn’t buy that theory. Rob McKenna: “The reason that Comey is getting so much attention for the Hatch Act specifically is that he […]

McKenna on KIRO: Court throws out evidence defendant recorded himself

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about Washington’s laws on recording conversations, which are some of the strictest in the nation. The state Court of Appeals recently threw out an attempted murder conviction of a Vancouver man whose own voicemail recorded him saying “I will kill you” to his wife, who he was assaulting. […]

McKenna on KIRO: Income tax vote in Olympia

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the city income tax on the ballot in Olympia. Supporters admit that it’s simply a way to try to get an income tax case before the state Supreme Court, with the eventual goal of a statewide progressive income tax. Dave Ross: “Whether you endorse this or not, […]

McKenna on KIRO: Can Seattle U be forced to recognize union?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about adjunct faculty at Seattle University voting to unionize. The university, a Jesuit institution, argues that because it is a private religious institution, its employees are not covered by the National Labor Relations Act and it cannot be compelled to recognize the union. Dave Ross: “So I presume…[Seattle […]

McKenna on KIRO: How much should Samsung owe for copying iPhone?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a long-running dispute between Apple and Samsung over copying the look of the iPhone. Dave Ross: “Where do you come down on this, what would encourage innovation – to let Apple win, or to reduce the damages so that more people could copy that?” Rob McKenna: Well […]