McKenna on KIRO: Sandy Hook families target gun manufacturer

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a lawsuit against a gun manufacturer over the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting. Some families of the victims are suing Remington, although gun manufacturers are largely shielded by federal law from these types of suits. Their lawyers argued in a Connecticut Supreme Court hearing Tuesday that Remington […]

Dems run the show. What now for state government?

Well, it happened: With a flip of one seat in Tuesday’s election, Democrats will now control the state Senate. Manka Dhingra, the Democratic candidate to succeed Republican Sen. Andy Hill in the 45th District, emerged victorious, so now Democrats will control both houses of the legislature and the governor’s office. The result in the 45th […]

McKenna on KIRO: Bloggers and neo-Nazis badgering Taylor Swift

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a spat involving Taylor Swift, neo-Nazis, and the ACLU. A left-wing blogger wrote that Swift’s lyrics speak to fringe groups’ “anger, entitlement and selfishness” and that her lack of political involvement could be seen as “subtle encouragement” to the far-right. Swift’s lawyers called it defamation and demanded […]

Free trade isn’t academic: Washington farmers need new markets

Everything we do has an opportunity cost, as hopefully some patient civics or economics teacher once instructed you. If I go to the Oregon-UW game tonight, I can’t go to the 7:30 Garth Brooks concert at the T-Dome. If WSDOT spends $100 million on a new bridge, that’s $100 million it can’t spend on new […]

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 […]