Legislature’s procrastinating reflects the reality of negotiating

Well, it’s really happening again: the Legislature is now in a third overtime session while lawmakers wrangle over a state budget deal. The prospect of a government shutdown is looming once more. If a budget deal isn’t in place by July 1, many state government functions will screech to a halt. Most still expect legislators […]

McKenna on KIRO: Police tracking your cell phone movements

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a cell phone privacy case the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear next term. The case will probe whether there are constitutional protections regarding the police obtaining information about your cell phone’s location. Dave Ross: “This is what the sheriff’s department uses when somebody goes missing […]

McKenna on KIRO: Mueller reportedly looking into obstruction of justice

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a Washington Post report that says special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether President Donald Trump committed obstruction of justice. Rob McKenna: “So the Supreme Court said during the Watergate era that you cannot cite executive privilege – people at the White House cannot cite it – […]

Behind the Evergreen story: “equity justification” for new hires

I’ve touched already on some of the “silliness” taking place at Olympia’s The Evergreen State College. I use that term because of the lack of intellectual seriousness undergirding much of the turmoil on campus. But the results of that silliness are nothing to laugh at. While yelling, phoned threats, and roving students armed with bats […]

McKenna on KIRO: Gerrymandering under fire

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a gerrymandering case out of North Carolina that reached the U.S. Supreme Court. The court on Monday “affirmed a lower court ruling that found 28 North Carolina legislative districts to be illegal racial gerrymanders that diluted the overall impact of black voters.” One idea under consideration to […]

Teachers unions in districts with unusually high pay are feeling nervous

The local teachers union in Everett is threatening to strike. It’s unfortunate to see this type of threat being raised once again, because it really is the kids who lose out when their instructional year is interrupted for picketing. The reason here may not be obvious, because Everett teachers are some of the best-paid in […]

McKenna on KIRO: Portland mayor wants to shut down some rallies

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the mayor of Portland’s request that some rallies in the city not be allowed to take place. ABC News reports Mayor Ted Wheeler asked the federal government “to cancel the permit for an ‘alt-right’ rally scheduled for Sunday, saying it could make a difficult situation worse, after […]

Evergreen mob shows even minor dissent will get you ostracized

It’s tempting to dismiss some of the more outlandish movements that take hold on college campuses. Most, after all, have no staying power and soon peter out. They deserve our attention all the same. Ideas can outlast the moment, take root, and gain acceptance over time. The American norms we take for granted, including support […]

That’s not right: McCleary isn’t a menu to pick and choose from

Many cheered in 2012 when the state Supreme Court issued its K-12 funding ruling in the McCleary case. Today, some of the groups that hailed it at the time seem to be suffering from selective amnesia. The McCleary decision is a three-legged stool, but that message has been lost. The court ruled that K-12 funding […]

McKenna on KIRO: Can the state ban public mask-wearing?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a bill introduced by state Sen. Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside) that would prohibit the wearing of masks in public. The legislation is a response to May Day protests and similar situations. “I really believe that people, when they hide their identity, are more likely to commit a crime,” […]