McKenna on KIRO: How a new justice might change 2nd Amendment cases

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the possible confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court and what it could mean for 2nd Amendment cases. The court has accepted few such cases in recent years. Dave Ross: “Wasn’t there recently a lower court decision which extended the right to possess a gun […]

McKenna on KIRO: Just what, exactly, is an emolument?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the constitution’s emoluments clause and what that means for President Trump’s business interests. A federal judge recently allowed a lawsuit over the emoluments issue to move forward. What does and doesn’t count as an emolument for a sitting president has not been tested in court. Dave Ross: […]

McKenna on KIRO: 3D-printed guns and free speech

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the current court fight over releasing plans for 3D-printed guns. State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and 18 other states filed suit against the Trump Administration over the planned release. A federal judge in Seattle issued a temporary restraining order against the release of the plans. Dave Ross: […]

McKenna on KIRO: Stand Your Ground laws and “reasonable” fears

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a parking lot shooting in Florida that resulted in no charges. Florida’s Stand Your Ground law was amended last year in a way that makes it tougher to bring charges in such cases. Dave Ross: “It sounds like that version of the law gives an ordinary citizen […]

McKenna on KIRO: Are these initiative titles intentionally misleading?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about two initiatives on this fall’s ballot. Supporters of I-1631, which would impose a carbon tax, are billing it as a “pollution fee.” The campaign for another initiative aimed at preventing soda taxes, I-1634, is calling itself Yes! To Affordable Groceries. Dave Ross: “Does that mean we can retitle […]

McKenna on KIRO: Gov. employees can’t be forced to pay unions

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about this week’s landmark Supreme Court ruling in the Janus case. The court ruled 5-4 that government employees cannot be forced to join a union or pay representation fees to one as a condition of employment. Dave Ross: “So was this decision based on a free speech issue, […]

McKenna on KIRO: Crossing the border, asking for asylum

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about what is involved in applying for asylum upon arriving in the U.S. and recent changes to what is required. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced that “victims of domestic abuse and gang violence generally will not qualify for asylum under federal law…” Dave Ross: “So for […]

McKenna on KIRO: Facebook and Google not keeping political ad records

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the state Attorney General’s Office filing suit against Facebook and Google for not complying with Washington state law. Entities that run political advertisements are required to keep records regarding who is buying ads and how much they’re spending, and those records must be made available for inspection. […]

McKenna on KIRO: Why Martin Pang will soon be released from prison

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the Martin Pang case and why Pang will soon be released from prison. Pang was convicted of manslaughter for setting a 1995 arson fire in which four Seattle firefighters died. Pang set the fire as part of an insurance fraud scheme. Dave Ross: “[The state’s felony murder […]

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 […]