A practical step to fix shameful state of mental health care here

All around us, you see the evidence. In communities around Washington, you see major unmet needs when it comes to helping the mentally ill. You see it in our burgeoning homeless population, where mental health issues and drug addiction reinforce each other. You see it in families struggling to secure care for a loved one, […]

McKenna on KIRO: Judge knocks down Trump’s DACA decision

Listen here (starting at 6:22) http://traffic.libsyn.com/rossmckenna/Ross-McKenna_Convsersation_1-18-2018.mp3   KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a judicial ruling against President Trump’s executive order ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. A federal judge from the 9th Circuit ruled that the Federal Administrative Procedures Act prevents the administration from simply ending DACA by executive […]

All five countywide port commissioners are from Seattle. Is that fair?

One way we measure the health of our representative democracy is if citizens feel someone is advocating for them and their interests. People want to know that someone from their area, who experiences daily life like they do, represents them to a government body. From that perspective, some are questioning how representative the Port of […]

McKenna on KIRO: No-warrant driveway searches for stolen vehicles?

Listen here http://traffic.libsyn.com/rossmckenna/MCKENNA-COLLINS_V_VIRGINIA_1-11-18.mp3 KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a case in Virginia where police, thinking a suspect possessed a stolen motorcycle, entered a property without a warrant and looked under a cover to find the stolen bike. It was parked under an enclosure that the defendant argues was part of the home, […]

2018 Legislature: The “don’t expect too much” session

Gov. Jay Inslee already rolled out his supplemental budget proposal and laid out his legislative priorities for 2018. He wants a carbon tax, and he wants a quick ramp-up of teacher salaries. Legislative leaders…well, they’re not really leaping to embrace Inslee’s agenda. I’m not talking about Republican legislative leaders; there would be nothing surprising about […]

McKenna on KIRO: Should hoax 911 caller be charged with murder?

Listen here http://traffic.libsyn.com/rossmckenna/McKenna_Conversation_1-4-2018.mp3 KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a case of “swatting” that led to a Kansas man’s death. Tyler Barriss, a 25-year-old Californian, is charged with making a false 911 report in which he pretended to be someone taking his family hostage. Police responded to the Wichita address provided by Barriss, […]

McKenna on KIRO: Who can be impeached, and for what?

Listen here http://traffic.libsyn.com/rossmckenna/McKenna_Podcast.mp3 KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob for an Impeachment 101 primer. Who can be impeached? What are the standards? Is the process as much political as it is judicial? Dave Ross: “Slade Gorton, one of your predecessors as attorney general, was in the Senate at the time of the Clinton trial, […]

McKenna on KIRO: Is Harvard biased against Asians? Feds investigating

Listen here http://traffic.libsyn.com/rossmckenna/Ross_Mckenna_12-14.mp3   KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a Dept. of Justice investigation into whether Harvard discriminates against Asian-American applicants. Dave Ross: “Has Harvard actually been doing this, Rob?” Rob McKenna: “Well that’s what the investigation is designed to determine. There was a coalition of Asian-American organizations who filed a complaint […]

Lawmakers, admit it: There’s no good reason for your public records exemption

With limited exceptions, you’re allowed to see just about everything government does in this state. From state agencies to your local port commission, if government does it, you can request to see it. But there’s one big, glaring omission: The state Legislature. If you request records from a lawmaker, you’re likely to be denied. That’s […]

McKenna on KIRO: Some states want in on sports betting

Listen here http://traffic.libsyn.com/rossmckenna/mckenna_open_2_12-07-17.mp3 KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the State of New Jersey challenging a federal law that effectively bans sports betting. The case, Christie v. NCAA, was heard in the U.S. Supreme Court this week, and some observers think the court is likely to strike down the law. Dave Ross: “Do […]