Media actions risk turning nomination process into garbage

Just before I entered 3rd grade, my mother bought various items for my bedroom, including a bed spread, bookshelves, and a bean bag chair.  She also purchased the item pictured here that surprisingly would shape the direction of my life – a waste paper basket. The metallic bin contained portraits of all the presidents and […]

McKenna on KIRO: Trump wants easier libel lawsuits

Rob and KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross discussed Donald Trump’s call to “open up our libel laws” to make slander and libel lawsuits easier to win. “When Trump says ‘we’re going to open up these libel laws,’ that’s incredibly misleading because there is no statute here. Is he talking about opening up the Constitution and weakening the […]

Don’t let extreme groups shut down public ports

The megaship era is here, and many on the Seattle waterfront were in awe seeing it in person. The largest container ship ever to call on the Port of Seattle arrived Monday, and its size is staggering. With the ability to carry the mind-boggling equivalent of 18,000 20-foot containers, a full ship of this size […]

McKenna on KIRO: Guantanamo and Che Taylor case

Rob and KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross discussed President Obama’s latest attempt to close Guantanamo and the Che Taylor shooting. Dave Ross asked Rob, “Is that routine, that officers are looking around for felons carrying pistols and they’re stopped on that basis?” Listen here

McKenna on KIRO: West Virginia’s religious liberty bill

Rob and KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross discussed the legal implications of West Virginia’s proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Some opponents are calling the law overly broad. “It would be very interesting if… someone came in and said, ‘Hey, I need you to provide flowers for a Satanic ritual that I’m going to conduct for […]

Howard Dean: No difference between labor unions, super PACs

By Michael Kinsley’s definition, “A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth – some obvious truth he isn’t supposed to say.” So it must have counted as a gaffe when former Vermont governor Howard Dean told MSNBC last week that big unions are super PACs. The comment came last Friday as Dean defended charges […]

McKenna on KIRO: Conversation on gene editing

Rob and KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross discussed the ethical implications of gene editing. The UK has given a scientist authorization to edit the genes of human embryos. The potential for good, the potential for misuse, and the potential for legal roadblocks are all in play Listen here

Is Seattle too tolerant of crime?

Maintaining public safety is one of local government’s core functions. When citizens feel public safety is eroding and government’s response is ineffective, the problem goes beyond the matter of crime itself. It strikes at the legitimacy and competency of government itself. Clearly that is the case in Seattle today. As reported by KIRO 97.3 and […]

“Audacious” is right: executive orders have gone too far

Apparently President Obama plans to use his last year in office to issue a series of “audacious” executive orders, as his chief of staff described them in The Hill. Obama is frustrated that Congress doesn’t acquiesce to his agenda, so his solution is to go around Congress as much as possible. This executive order trend […]

McKenna on KTTH: State inmates accidentally released early

Rob told KTTH’s Todd Herman: “They need to figure out who made the decision not to fix the software glitch when it was discovered. Why they didn’t do it at the next scheduled software update, much less ever since then … when we figure out who made that decision, that person should lose their job.” Listen […]