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 […]

It’s true – partisanship kills off smart legislation

There’s a saying we all know, with a few variations, that goes something like this: “There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.” But that’s not really the way of politics, is it? I can tell you, it’s not in Olympia (even though […]

McKenna on KIRO: Alleged drunk driver hits, kills homeless camper

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about an alleged drunk driver in Seattle who left an offramp on I-5 at 50th and slammed into a tent, killing the homeless occupant. Dave Ross: “Now does it change the circumstances because he was drunk? For example, in the scenario you talked about where somebody has a […]

McKenna on KIRO: ACLU wants eviction rules for homeless encampments

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a push by the local ACLU and other groups to put in place rules for removing homeless encampments in Seattle that would be similar to eviction rules for homes and apartments. One proposed rule would require the city to provide housing before it could evict someone camping […]

Tolerating a “heroin camp” has earned Seattle a reputation

A consultant brought in to advise city leaders on Seattle’s homelessness problem says city government is long on talk but short on action. “(Seattle is) much more inclined to discussion and planning and process that goes on and on and on,” said Barbara Poppe, an expert on cities’ approaches to homelessness. That’s no surprise to […]

The Jungle isn’t a “refuge,” and turning a blind eye isn’t compassion

After years of turning a blind eye to the festering problem that is Seattle’s largest homeless encampment, the Jungle, the City of Seattle is finally doing something about it. Mayor Ed Murray deserves credit for making the decision. Ignoring the Jungle and the problems it creates is not compassion. With the mayor’s encouragement, the Union […]