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: Can California stop IMDb from publishing actors’ ages?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a new California law that would require the Internet Movie Database (IMDb.com) to take down the birthdates and real ages of actors who request it. The law “was meant to combat ageism in the industry,” but IMDb is fighting it in court on First Amendment grounds. Dave […]

McKenna on KIRO: Distracted driving lawsuit against Apple

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a case in Texas in which a young child was killed by a distracted driver using FaceTime. The driver was charged with manslaughter, and the family is going after Apple in a civil suit. Rob McKenna: “The really interesting question is, when are we going to have […]

Parents know best, the WEA thinks it knows better on charter schools

It’s Round 2 of the judicial fight over charter schools in Washington. In a new wrinkle last week, a King County judge tossed several plaintiffs off the case, ruling that they don’t have standing to sue against public charter schools. Now groups like the Aerospace Machinists, the League of Women Voters, El Centro de la […]

Let’s not be glib about dams – they help power Washington’s economy

Washington state’s dams, power-producing and not, have been much in the news lately. A WSU study suggests that dams are not as carbon-neutral as we might assume, because reservoirs produce methane – at least initially. A judge says the federal government must consider breaching dams on the lower Snake River as one of the options […]

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: 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 […]

McKenna on KIRO: Unions suing to stop charter schools, again

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the latest lawsuit to stop charter schools. The state teachers union is joined by other non-education unions in the suit to block state funding for the schools. Dave Ross: “Part of the problem, of course, is that these charter schools are not unionized. I know that’s one of […]

State’s filing cuts to heart of problem with court’s McCleary approach

You’ve got to hand it to the Attorney General’s Office: its latest filing in the McCleary lawsuit cuts right to the heart of how the Supreme Court has mishandled the case. In 2014 the court found the Legislature in contempt for not having a written “plan” to fully fund K-12 education. Last summer, the court levied sanctions […]