McKenna on KIRO: Are these initiative titles intentionally misleading?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about two initiatives on this fall’s ballot. Supporters of I-1631, which would impose a carbon tax, are billing it as a “pollution fee.” The campaign for another initiative aimed at preventing soda taxes, I-1634, is calling itself Yes! To Affordable Groceries. Dave Ross: “Does that mean we can retitle […]

McKenna on KIRO: Gov. employees can’t be forced to pay unions

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about this week’s landmark Supreme Court ruling in the Janus case. The court ruled 5-4 that government employees cannot be forced to join a union or pay representation fees to one as a condition of employment. Dave Ross: “So was this decision based on a free speech issue, […]

McKenna on KIRO: Crossing the border, asking for asylum

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about what is involved in applying for asylum upon arriving in the U.S. and recent changes to what is required. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced that “victims of domestic abuse and gang violence generally will not qualify for asylum under federal law…” Dave Ross: “So for […]

McKenna on KIRO: Facebook and Google not keeping political ad records

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the state Attorney General’s Office filing suit against Facebook and Google for not complying with Washington state law. Entities that run political advertisements are required to keep records regarding who is buying ads and how much they’re spending, and those records must be made available for inspection. […]

McKenna on KIRO: Why Martin Pang will soon be released from prison

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the Martin Pang case and why Pang will soon be released from prison. Pang was convicted of manslaughter for setting a 1995 arson fire in which four Seattle firefighters died. Pang set the fire as part of an insurance fraud scheme. Dave Ross: “[The state’s felony murder […]

McKenna on KIRO: Olympia can stop Seattle’s head tax

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about Seattle’s authority to levy a head tax, or employee tax. When the Legislature reconvenes, state Sen. Mark Schoesler (R-Ritzville) says he will introduce a bill that explicitly prevents cities and counties from levying head taxes. Dave Ross: “So there’s nothing against the law about it as passed…but […]

McKenna on KIRO: What’s Rudy Giuliani really doing?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about Rudy Giuliani’s notable performance as a new member of President Trump’s legal team. He told Ross, “But look, Rudy Giuliani is a deeply experienced criminal prosecutor, a former U.S. Attorney, and it could very well be that he’s crazy like a fox here – that he and […]

McKenna on KIRO: State’s culverts case at U.S. Supreme Court

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a lawsuit between the state and tribes over replacing culverts to improve salmon habitat. State Attorney General Bob Ferguson appealed a lower court decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, hoping to narrow the ruling. Dave Ross: “So you’re saying this decision could morph into something much different. […]

McKenna on KIRO: Gorsuch joins liberal justices on immigration case

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a recent immigration case at the U.S. Supreme Court where the newest justice, Neil Gorsuch, joined with the four liberal justices to invalidate a requirement to deport. The majority ruled in Sessions v. Dimaya that the law was unconstitutionally vague. Dave Ross: “Clarence Thomas is also an […]

McKenna on KIRO: Is Facebook in big trouble over user data?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the Federal Trade Commission’s new investigation into Facebook. Violations of consumer protection laws and an agreement between the company and the FTC on protecting users’ data could result in massive fines for Facebook. Dave Ross: “So do you think that Facebook is in trouble with this FTC […]