Bipartisanship gone bad: Anti-transparency bill is insulting

We often praise bipartisanship, but some of the worst abuses of process have broad agreement from both parties. You saw a clear example of that Friday, when a bill to largely exempt legislators from the Public Records Act passed out of both chambers in record time with basically no debate. It’s hard to put a […]

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 […]

State tax increases: There’s simply no need

It happens every year: Work in Olympia on the state budget doesn’t really get underway until the revenue forecast comes out. Then, lawmakers have a clearer idea of how much money they have to work with and can set their negotiating strategies. The latest revenue forecast came out Thursday, and it’s all positive news. In […]

McKenna on KIRO: Federal law protecting graffiti?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a case out of New York, where the owner of an unused factory building in Queens painted over graffiti art. A judge granted $6.7 million to 21 graffiti artists after they sued under the federal Visual Artists Rights Act. Dave Ross: “You know, a while back, didn’t […]

SEIU-backed bill is power politics at its most brazen – and it stinks

The bill Senate Democrats tried to run Wednesday night on behalf of the Service Employees International Union 775 (SEIU) – a “major political contributor to Washington Democrats” – is “an inappropriate sweetheart deal that is trying to be muscled through by the union and the governor at a late hour.” That straight-forward and blunt assessment […]

McKenna on KIRO: Seattle wants Facebook following political ad law

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the Seattle Ethics & Election Commission’s demand that internet companies like Facebook and Google share information on political advertising. The Seattle Times explains that city law requires that “commercial advertisers that sell political ads to campaigns must make information about the ads available for public inspection leading […]

McKenna on KIRO: Real-life cases turn on interpreting emojis

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the emojis people send and how they’re being interpreted by courts in real cases, including sexual harassment suits, contractual disputes, and other areas. Dave Ross: “We have some serious cases of sexual harassment which are being decided based on texts now, right? So definitions become pretty important. […]

McKenna on KIRO: Legislature might do away with the death penalty

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about bills in Olympia that would end the death penalty in Washington. He said last year that a lifetime of “miserable existence” in solitary confinement is a punishment he can live with for murderers like Gary Ridgway. Dave Ross: “It sounds like you feel the best way, then, […]

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 […]