Government takes people’s stuff without a conviction or even charges. That’s wrong

You can say this about U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions: He doesn’t mind swimming against the tide. That can be an admirable trait, depending on the issue. Increasing the use of civil asset forfeiture (CAF) is the wrong issue. Sessions announced this week that he is undoing the modest CAF reforms put in place by […]

McKenna on KIRO: How much trouble is Donald Trump Jr. in?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about Donald Trump Jr.’s revelation that he met with a Russian lawyer a year ago in hopes of securing damaging information about Hillary Clinton. Campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Ivanka Trump’s husband, Jared Kushner, joined him at the meeting. Trump Jr. was told the meeting “is part of […]

McKenna on KIRO: Florida takes Stand Your Ground self-defense farther

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about Florida’s recently-passed update to its Stand Your Ground law, which a circuit court judge struck down this week. The Associated Press reports, “Now, the new law requires prosecutors to shoulder the burden of disproving a self-defense claim. State attorneys have said that essentially forces them to unfairly […]

McKenna on KIRO: Police tracking your cell phone movements

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a cell phone privacy case the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear next term. The case will probe whether there are constitutional protections regarding the police obtaining information about your cell phone’s location. Dave Ross: “This is what the sheriff’s department uses when somebody goes missing […]

McKenna on KIRO: Mueller reportedly looking into obstruction of justice

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a Washington Post report that says special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether President Donald Trump committed obstruction of justice. Rob McKenna: “So the Supreme Court said during the Watergate era that you cannot cite executive privilege – people at the White House cannot cite it – […]

Behind the Evergreen story: “equity justification” for new hires

I’ve touched already on some of the “silliness” taking place at Olympia’s The Evergreen State College. I use that term because of the lack of intellectual seriousness undergirding much of the turmoil on campus. But the results of that silliness are nothing to laugh at. While yelling, phoned threats, and roving students armed with bats […]

McKenna on KIRO: Portland mayor wants to shut down some rallies

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the mayor of Portland’s request that some rallies in the city not be allowed to take place. ABC News reports Mayor Ted Wheeler asked the federal government “to cancel the permit for an ‘alt-right’ rally scheduled for Sunday, saying it could make a difficult situation worse, after […]

McKenna on KIRO: Can the state ban public mask-wearing?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a bill introduced by state Sen. Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside) that would prohibit the wearing of masks in public. The legislation is a response to May Day protests and similar situations. “I really believe that people, when they hide their identity, are more likely to commit a crime,” […]

McKenna on KIRO: Kshama Sawant calls for blocking freeways on May Day

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about Monday’s expected May Day protests in Seattle and how police are allowed to intervene. He also asked about city councilmember Kshama Sawant’s seeming endorsement of blocking freeways and disrupting the airport to make a point. Dave Ross: “Kshama Sawant, Socialist city councilmember, made quite a stir with […]

McKenna on KIRO: Seattle suing over sanctuary city status

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the City of Seattle’s lawsuit against the federal government over a federal crackdown against “sanctuary cities.” The city is seeking a declaratory order because Seattle has not yet suffered any funding consequences from the federal government. Dave Ross: “Well what is federal law? There is some confusion […]