Amazon expanding elsewhere: Sawant ready to storm the barricades

It certainly was a Thursday morning jolt – no espresso needed. Amazon announced it is seeking to build a second headquarters that will be “a full equal” to its Seattle HQ and “a second home.” The Seattle Times reports: “The company, still growing quickly in the city where it has been based for 22 years, […]

McKenna on KIRO: Police officer angrily arrests Utah nurse

KIRO 97.3 host Colleen O’Brien asked Rob about the now-famous video footage of a nurse being arrested in Utah. A police officer grew belligerent when the nurse wouldn’t perform a blood draw on an unconscious accident victim and wrongfully arrested her. Colleen O’Brien: “As we see this sort of behavior more and more because of […]

McKenna on KIRO: Wrongfully pulled over but still busted

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about when courts must throw out evidence obtained during an erroneous traffic stop. Dave Ross: “So I was amazed to find that some years back, the [U.S.] Supreme Court ruled that if a police officer uses a misinterpretation of the law to stop you, that stop and the […]

The ridiculous idea that new fees don’t raise housing prices

Any political movement has its shibboleths and sacred cows. There are beliefs that must not be deviated from to be a member in good standing, and “truths” that aren’t really true. It’s good to see stale ideas get challenged, regardless of where on the political spectrum the debate is happening. In this age of social […]

McKenna on KIRO: Lawsuit filed to block vote on heroin injection sites

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a lawsuit that attempts to block a public vote on heroin injection sites in King County. I-27, which seeks to ban injection sites in the county, garnered enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. The King County Council chose to place it on the February 2018 ballot […]

Voices on the left and right don’t “get” the First Amendment

There’s a reason the Founders codified our rights to free speech, free assembly, a free press and freedom of religion as the First Amendment. They’re first because they’re foundational to what our republic is about. The rights listed in the First Amendment were a rejection of common practices in the monarchies that the Founders and […]

McKenna on KIRO: Repercussions for Charlottesville marchers

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the Yes, You’re Racist Twitter account. Activists there and elsewhere are identifying participants from the Charlottesville white supremacist rally in “an effort to shame the people who participated,” according to NPR. Dave Ross: “And I suppose that one way to get back, if you want to fight this […]

No fix needed? Evidence of negative Hirst consequences piling up

You can see it as a sign of hope or a futile gesture. Key legislators beat the heat in a cool basement conference room in Olympia this week to restart talks on finding a fix to the unfortunate Hirst water decision. At this point any sign of movement is a good thing. Since talks fell […]

McKenna on KIRO: Wealthy neighborhood’s private street sold by city

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the controversial sale of a private street in San Francisco. Investors bought the street at auction from the city after the homeowners association for the wealthy neighborhood neglected to pay its $14 annual property tax for three decades. Dave Ross: “Now what about the right to at […]

Income tax a big dividing line in WA, but Seattle’s case is going nowhere

One of the clearest dividing lines in Washington state politics is our lack of a state income tax. Many on the left view an income tax as the path to a fairer tax system. To most everyone on the right, it looks like just one more way to let government chip away at your paycheck. […]