McKenna on KIRO: Can facial manipulation software cause global chaos?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a Stanford study that demonstrated the potential for video technology that completely change a subject’s facial expressions. The technology can use existing footage or even real-time broadcasts. Coupled with audio manipulation, the methods could be helpful to fake news purveyors, or governments looking to cause choas to […]

McKenna on KIRO: Microsoft vs feds on data stored overseas

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a legal tussle between the federal government and Microsoft over when and how the government can access emails that are stored on servers overseas. According to The Hill, “Microsoft had argued it was bound to abide by the law of Ireland and that the Department of Justice […]

McKenna on KIRO: Repealing Washington’s death penalty

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about his presence at a bipartisan press conference on Monday, where Republican and Democrats backed a bill requested by state Attorney General Bob Ferguson to repeal Washington’s death penalty. Dave Ross: “Have you ever changed your mind about something of that magnitude before?” Rob McKenna: “I don’t know. […]

McKenna on KIRO: Can California stop IMDb from publishing actors’ ages?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a new California law that would require the Internet Movie Database (IMDb.com) to take down the birthdates and real ages of actors who request it. The law “was meant to combat ageism in the industry,” but IMDb is fighting it in court on First Amendment grounds. Dave […]

McKenna on KIRO: Lawmaker takes on social media Ethics Board case

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the Legislative Ethics Board case that Rep. Melanie Stambaugh (R-Puyallup) chose to fight. The issue centers on whether or not public officials are allowed to share taxpayer-funded legislative videos and updates on campaign Facebook pages. Rob McKenna: “And the Ethics Board isn’t saying that Rep. Stambaugh can’t […]

McKenna on KIRO: Horrific Oakland warehouse fire

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about last week’s Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland, where 36 people died. It came out today that the Oakland Fire Department has no record of ever inspecting the building. Dave Ross: “Apparently the guy who set this up was actually leasing the building from a landlord who […]

McKenna on KIRO: Should Trump worry about the Emoluments Clause?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Given president-elect Donald Trump’s property assets, some are talking about what kinds of payments his businesses would and would not be allowed to accept after Trump is inaugurated. Dave Ross: “This has to do with making sure that the president […]

McKenna on KIRO: New arena vs. renovating Key Arena

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the hopes for a new privately-financed Sodo arena vs. renovating Key Arena to attract a new Sonics team. Some on the Seattle City Council are exploring, once again, renovating Key Arena. They’re worried that by having an NBA team elsewhere, Key Arena is guaranteed to be an […]

McKenna on KIRO: Electoral College vs. the popular vote

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the Electoral College, its history and its future prospects. With Hillary Clinton losing the presidential election but winning the popular vote, some are questioning the wisdom of electing presidents this way. Dave Ross: “So it sounds like our current set up is here to stay.” Rob McKenna: […]

McKenna on KIRO: Did the FBI director break the law in Clinton revelations?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the accusations by some that FBI Director James Comey violated the Hatch Act by announcing new developments regarding Hillary Clinton’s email. Rob said he didn’t buy that theory. Rob McKenna: “The reason that Comey is getting so much attention for the Hatch Act specifically is that he […]