McKenna on KIRO: Seattle suing over sanctuary city status

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the City of Seattle’s lawsuit against the federal government over a federal crackdown against “sanctuary cities.” The city is seeking a declaratory order because Seattle has not yet suffered any funding consequences from the federal government. Dave Ross: “Well what is federal law? There is some confusion […]

Constantine wants $469 million arts levy. What about homelessness, roads, crime?

Political candidates love to talk about priorities, but usually it’s only in a fuzzy “fight for what’s important” way. Talking about government’s priorities, after all, is sticky. It requires saying that A is more important than B, and that’s a pretty good way to get B’s fans mad at you. Keeping it all vague is […]

McKenna on KIRO: Send a GIF, get indicted for assault

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a bizarre case out of Texas in which a Twitter user allegedly intentionally sent a flashing GIF image to a Newsweek reporter, a known epileptic, causing a seizure. A grand jury in Dallas indicted the Maryland man on an aggravated assault charge. Dave Ross: “And now the person […]

McKenna on KIRO: Everett suing OxyContin maker over opioid crisis

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the City of Everett’s new lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin. In announcing the lawsuit, Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson said, “There is clear evidence that Purdue ignored their responsibility to stop the diversion of OxyContin into the black market, directly leading to the heroin crisis […]

McKenna on KIRO: Can sex offenders be barred from Facebook?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a case out of North Carolina, where a registered sex offender was caught using Facebook. North Carolina bars sex offenders from using social media sites that children can join, a law that some are challenging as too sweeping. The case landed before the U.S. Supreme Court on […]

McKenna on KIRO: Can gov’t force fingerprint to unlock phone?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a thorny case out of Minnesota, where a judge ordered a burglary suspect to provide his fingerprint to unlock his cell phone. The man appealed, arguing that doing so violated his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination. A Minnesota appeals court ruled against him, saying that providing the […]

It’s time to move on from the death penalty in Washington

Last week, I joined a bipartisan group of legislators and Attorney General Bob Ferguson in Olympia to support a bill that would repeal the death penalty in our state. The repeal would not be retroactive; those who sit on death row today would still be under the sentence they received for the murders they committed. […]

McKenna on KIRO: Repealing Washington’s death penalty

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about his presence at a bipartisan press conference on Monday, where Republican and Democrats backed a bill requested by state Attorney General Bob Ferguson to repeal Washington’s death penalty. Dave Ross: “Have you ever changed your mind about something of that magnitude before?” Rob McKenna: “I don’t know. […]

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: What counts as a weapon of mass destruction?

KIRO 97.3 host Colleen O’Brien asked Rob about the federal charges laid on Ahmad Rahami, the man accused of planting bombs in New York and New Jersey last weekend. Colleen O’Brien: “So how is this charge defined? Because this was a pressure cooker bomb made with parts bought on eBay, inside a dumpster, yet it’s […]