It’s my privilege to stand up for charter schools and students

Politicians tend to overuse some phrases. “It’s such an honor” to be part of this, “it’s a privilege” to do that. So considering I’m a recovering politician, you might wonder if I’ve lapsed into saying things that sound rote. But I mean it sincerely when I say it’s a great honor and privilege to represent […]

McKenna on KIRO: Olympia can stop Seattle’s head tax

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about Seattle’s authority to levy a head tax, or employee tax. When the Legislature reconvenes, state Sen. Mark Schoesler (R-Ritzville) says he will introduce a bill that explicitly prevents cities and counties from levying head taxes. Dave Ross: “So there’s nothing against the law about it as passed…but […]

The three H’s – heroin, homelessness, and the head tax – hurting Seattle’s reputation

Has Seattle’s leadership lost its collective mind? Many are wondering lately. A glance at the headlines shows a city government that is of activist groups, by activist groups, and for activist groups. Because let’s be honest, it not average everyday voters who are pushing a head tax that will reduce jobs in the city. They’re […]

McKenna on KIRO: What’s Rudy Giuliani really doing?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about Rudy Giuliani’s notable performance as a new member of President Trump’s legal team. He told Ross, “But look, Rudy Giuliani is a deeply experienced criminal prosecutor, a former U.S. Attorney, and it could very well be that he’s crazy like a fox here – that he and […]

Hopeful kids and families a contrast to union’s cynical suit against charters

It was quite a scene in Walla Walla last week. There was a food truck, music, and balloons. And there were smiles, on a Friday night, from kids who are already looking ahead to the next school year with excitement. What was it? Well, it was a “signing event” for students joining Walla Walla’s new […]

McKenna on KIRO: State’s culverts case at U.S. Supreme Court

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a lawsuit between the state and tribes over replacing culverts to improve salmon habitat. State Attorney General Bob Ferguson appealed a lower court decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, hoping to narrow the ruling. Dave Ross: “So you’re saying this decision could morph into something much different. […]

Despite promise to “protect” them, trade spats are bad news for Washington farmers

It seemed, for a moment, like a bright spot on trade: A year after pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), President Trump suggested last week that the U.S. might rejoin the trade agreement. That was a welcome prospect for Washington farmers and others who are nervously watching other countries forge closer trade ties while […]

McKenna on KIRO: Gorsuch joins liberal justices on immigration case

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a recent immigration case at the U.S. Supreme Court where the newest justice, Neil Gorsuch, joined with the four liberal justices to invalidate a requirement to deport. The majority ruled in Sessions v. Dimaya that the law was unconstitutionally vague. Dave Ross: “Clarence Thomas is also an […]

Why have a Rainy Day Fund if state leaders don’t even grasp its purpose?

We will suffer another economic downturn at some point – that’s a given. The “when” is unpredictable, as ample history should make obvious. As much as some like to search after-the-fact for those “voices in the wilderness,” such as those issuing warnings in 2007 of impending problems, those cases may have more to do with […]

McKenna on KIRO: Is Facebook in big trouble over user data?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the Federal Trade Commission’s new investigation into Facebook. Violations of consumer protection laws and an agreement between the company and the FTC on protecting users’ data could result in massive fines for Facebook. Dave Ross: “So do you think that Facebook is in trouble with this FTC […]