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 […]

Constantine wants $469 million arts levy. What about homelessness, roads, crime?

Political candidates love to talk about priorities, but usually it’s only in a fuzzy “fight for what’s important” way. Talking about government’s priorities, after all, is sticky. It requires saying that A is more important than B, and that’s a pretty good way to get B’s fans mad at you. Keeping it all vague is […]

McKenna on KIRO: Send a GIF, get indicted for assault

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a bizarre case out of Texas in which a Twitter user allegedly intentionally sent a flashing GIF image to a Newsweek reporter, a known epileptic, causing a seizure. A grand jury in Dallas indicted the Maryland man on an aggravated assault charge. Dave Ross: “And now the person […]

McKenna on KIRO: Everett suing OxyContin maker over opioid crisis

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the City of Everett’s new lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin. In announcing the lawsuit, Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson said, “There is clear evidence that Purdue ignored their responsibility to stop the diversion of OxyContin into the black market, directly leading to the heroin crisis […]

McKenna on KIRO: Can sex offenders be barred from Facebook?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a case out of North Carolina, where a registered sex offender was caught using Facebook. North Carolina bars sex offenders from using social media sites that children can join, a law that some are challenging as too sweeping. The case landed before the U.S. Supreme Court on […]

McKenna on KIRO: Can gov’t force fingerprint to unlock phone?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a thorny case out of Minnesota, where a judge ordered a burglary suspect to provide his fingerprint to unlock his cell phone. The man appealed, arguing that doing so violated his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination. A Minnesota appeals court ruled against him, saying that providing the […]