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 […]

McKenna on KIRO: What’s Rudy Giuliani really doing?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about Rudy Giuliani’s notable performance as a new member of President Trump’s legal team. He told Ross, “But look, Rudy Giuliani is a deeply experienced criminal prosecutor, a former U.S. Attorney, and it could very well be that he’s crazy like a fox here – that he and […]

McKenna on KIRO: State’s culverts case at U.S. Supreme Court

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a lawsuit between the state and tribes over replacing culverts to improve salmon habitat. State Attorney General Bob Ferguson appealed a lower court decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, hoping to narrow the ruling. Dave Ross: “So you’re saying this decision could morph into something much different. […]

McKenna on KIRO: Gorsuch joins liberal justices on immigration case

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a recent immigration case at the U.S. Supreme Court where the newest justice, Neil Gorsuch, joined with the four liberal justices to invalidate a requirement to deport. The majority ruled in Sessions v. Dimaya that the law was unconstitutionally vague. Dave Ross: “Clarence Thomas is also an […]

McKenna on KIRO: Is Facebook in big trouble over user data?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the Federal Trade Commission’s new investigation into Facebook. Violations of consumer protection laws and an agreement between the company and the FTC on protecting users’ data could result in massive fines for Facebook. Dave Ross: “So do you think that Facebook is in trouble with this FTC […]

McKenna on KIRO: Abortion, crisis pregnancy centers, and free speech

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about Tuesday’s U.S. Supreme Court hearing in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra. The State of California requires that crisis pregnancy centers, which steer women toward adoptions, provide information about how to obtain an abortion. The centers are challenging the law on free speech grounds. […]

McKenna on KIRO: Denied a job over dreadlocks

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a case out of Alabama in which a woman’s job offer was rescinded because of her dreadlocks. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the business, but a Court of Appeals ruled the business did not violate the law. Dave Ross: “So, apparently what saved the employer in […]

McKenna on KIRO: Judge rules homeless man’s truck is a home

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about last week’s ruling in King County Superior Court that a homeless person’s vehicle can count as a home under the state’s homestead act. Judge Catherine Shaffer also ruled that the impound fees charged to Steven Long to retrieve his truck were unconstitutionally excessive. Dave Ross: “OK, so […]

McKenna on KIRO: Can you execute a prisoner who forgets the crime?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a case the U.S. Supreme Court will consider in which a death row inmate’s attorneys argue the man should not be put to death because he cannot remember his crime or understand what is happening to him. Vernon Madison, 67, was convicted in a 1985 murder of […]

McKenna on KIRO: Gun purchase waiting periods and “red flag” laws

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a California law that requires a 10-day waiting period for gun purchases. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a lower court ruling that upheld the law. Ross also asked about “red flag” laws in the wake of the Parkland, Florida shooting. Ross: “There was a pretty […]