McKenna on KIRO: Is Harvard biased against Asians? Feds investigating

Listen here http://traffic.libsyn.com/rossmckenna/Ross_Mckenna_12-14.mp3   KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a Dept. of Justice investigation into whether Harvard discriminates against Asian-American applicants. Dave Ross: “Has Harvard actually been doing this, Rob?” Rob McKenna: “Well that’s what the investigation is designed to determine. There was a coalition of Asian-American organizations who filed a complaint […]

Lawmakers, admit it: There’s no good reason for your public records exemption

With limited exceptions, you’re allowed to see just about everything government does in this state. From state agencies to your local port commission, if government does it, you can request to see it. But there’s one big, glaring omission: The state Legislature. If you request records from a lawmaker, you’re likely to be denied. That’s […]

McKenna on KIRO: Some states want in on sports betting

Listen here http://traffic.libsyn.com/rossmckenna/mckenna_open_2_12-07-17.mp3 KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the State of New Jersey challenging a federal law that effectively bans sports betting. The case, Christie v. NCAA, was heard in the U.S. Supreme Court this week, and some observers think the court is likely to strike down the law. Dave Ross: “Do […]

It’s about time: Let’s ditch the Daylight Saving switch

If you went solely by social media posts from March and November, you’d conclude that Daylight Saving Time (DST) is massively unpopular. The twice-yearly clock adjustment is particularly irksome to parents of young children – they never get that promised extra hour of sleep in the fall – and anyone who starts their week by […]

McKenna on KIRO: What can you do if you’re falsely accused?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the torrent of recent accusations about sexually inappropriate behavior and the high-profile firings that have resulted. Dave Ross: “I go back to this line in her column where she says, ‘Many men are asking, if I were wrongly accused, who would believe me?’…At least in the cases […]

Lawmakers receive capital gains tax lesson in Seattle income tax ruling

There is a very important lesson for Governor Inslee and lawmakers from last week’s court ruling invalidating Seattle’s income tax. In rejecting Seattle’s argument that its income tax is actually an excise tax, Judge Ruhl said you can’t redefine an income tax as an excise tax to get around legal restrictions. Judge Ruhl pointed to this prior […]

McKenna on KIRO: Sandy Hook families target gun manufacturer

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a lawsuit against a gun manufacturer over the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting. Some families of the victims are suing Remington, although gun manufacturers are largely shielded by federal law from these types of suits. Their lawyers argued in a Connecticut Supreme Court hearing Tuesday that Remington […]

Dems run the show. What now for state government?

Well, it happened: With a flip of one seat in Tuesday’s election, Democrats will now control the state Senate. Manka Dhingra, the Democratic candidate to succeed Republican Sen. Andy Hill in the 45th District, emerged victorious, so now Democrats will control both houses of the legislature and the governor’s office. The result in the 45th […]

McKenna on KIRO: Bloggers and neo-Nazis badgering Taylor Swift

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a spat involving Taylor Swift, neo-Nazis, and the ACLU. A left-wing blogger wrote that Swift’s lyrics speak to fringe groups’ “anger, entitlement and selfishness” and that her lack of political involvement could be seen as “subtle encouragement” to the far-right. Swift’s lawyers called it defamation and demanded […]

Free trade isn’t academic: Washington farmers need new markets

Everything we do has an opportunity cost, as hopefully some patient civics or economics teacher once instructed you. If I go to the Oregon-UW game tonight, I can’t go to the 7:30 Garth Brooks concert at the T-Dome. If WSDOT spends $100 million on a new bridge, that’s $100 million it can’t spend on new […]