McKenna on KIRO: What is Manafort charged with?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the indictment against Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman. Manafort is charged with lying to the FBI, money laundering, and failing to register as a foreign agent. Dave Ross: “But when somebody pays you $75 million to lobby on behalf of a foreign government, the only […]

McKenna on KIRO: Is the McCleary case finally over?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the latest state Supreme Court hearing on the McCleary education funding case that has roiled state government for over five years. Justices asked tough questions of both sides in Tuesday’s hearing. Dave Ross: “The other thing is, critics point out that while the state is providing more […]

McKenna on KIRO: When justices get the facts wrong

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a recent ProPublica article that analyzed the facts used in U.S. Supreme Court cases. ProPublica found errors of fact in some rulings. Dave Ross: “One fact they got wrong involved immigration. Explain that case for us.” Rob McKenna: “Well there was a case that had to do […]

Wait, voters can’t say whether drug injection sites are OK?

A judge ruled Monday that an initiative to ban drug injection sites in King County cannot go on the February ballot as planned. The Seattle Times reports: “Letting voters decide whether to ban safe-injection sites would infringe on the power of the King County Board of Health, King County Superior Court Judge Veronica Alicea-Galván ruled […]

McKenna on KIRO: Can you cover up sexual misconduct with NDAs?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about non-disclosure agreements as they relate to the Harvey Weinstein scandal and other sexual misconduct cases. Many worry that confidentiality agreements Weinstein’s victims signed as part of financial settlements helped keep his conduct under wraps. Dave Ross: “Isn’t there a concept in the law called manifest injustice?” Rob […]

Upcoming gov. union case might actually take dissenters seriously

If you want to elicit a visceral reaction from a government employee union official, there’s an easy way to do it. Just bring up Franklin Roosevelt’s famous quote that “All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service.” They don’t like that quote […]

McKenna on KIRO: Las Vegas shooting and bump stocks

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about legal scenarios raised by the Las Vegas mass shooting. Much of the discussion in the wake of the shooting has focused on outlawing bump stocks. Dave Ross: “All the advertisements I could find for bump stocks, of course, none of them say ‘you should use this to […]

McKenna on KIRO: Toll lanes and ST3

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the debate over I-405 toll lane performance measures, as well as the valuation method used by Sound Transit to tax car values. On 405, some believe the law requires that the express toll lane project be shut down because one performance measure – that the average speed […]

Standing up for free speech on campus and against the speech police

There’s at least one upside to this era of political turmoil and partisan churn: It is certainly offering a lot of opportunities to discuss free speech. It’s unfortunate that even football is a source for division instead of unity now. But after the initial shock of the tit-for-tat between the president and NFL players – […]

GOP futility on health care is complicated, but simple: They don’t agree

Obamacare is a pretty unimpressive program. It continues to limp along with low participation rates, narrowing options, and rising costs. Insurers on the exchanges will once again seek huge premium increases, and once again we’ll be left wondering why it’s called the Affordable Care Act. All of this is true, yet near-unanimity about Obamacare among […]