Unions say a benefit, once given, must continue in perpetuity

Taxpayers should be breathing a sigh of relief after the state Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday against public sector union plaintiffs in a suit over pension benefits. The two-year cost to state and local governments of an adverse ruling was estimated at $1.3 billion. As the state scrambles to meet the McCleary decision requiring the […]

Talking Smart podcast: Beth Sigall

I ask Redmond mom and education volunteer extraordinaire Beth Sigall about how parents can best get involved. Beth’s education advocacy began after her oldest son was diagnosed with autism. From there, Beth found a role working on behalf of special education programs, charter schools, and other issues. Click here to download for offline listening.

Talking Smart podcast: Sen. Andy Hill

In the inaugural Talking Smart podcast, I chat with Senate budget writer Andy Hill about the McCleary decision on school funding on the proper roles of the Legislature and Supreme Court. Click here to download for offline listening.

TVW too important to citizens to be at mercy of failing equipment

TVW’s ancient remote cameras are failing and can no longer be maintained or repaired. The 20-year-old equipment is no longer supported and replacement parts cannot be obtained. That’s a serious problem. In the just-concluded legislative session, the Senate appropriated money to purchase new equipment so government decision-making will continue to be accessible to citizens, but […]

Don’t forget about manufacturing

It’s fitting that New Balance broke ground on a new $500 million Boston campus just days before National Manufacturing Day on Oct. 4. The company is an American manufacturing success story. Using state-of-the-art manufacturing processes, it employs 1,300 American workers at five facilities in New England and purchases material from domestic suppliers responsible for another […]

Rob McKenna Joins NAJI As President

WASHINGTON — The National Alliance for Jobs and Innovation (NAJI) is pleased to announce that former Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna has joined NAJI’s Board of Directors and will serve as NAJI President. NAJI is a non-partisan organization of over 200 members whose mission is to help stop unfair competition resulting from stolen intellectual […]

Catching up with Rob McKenna

After serving in public office for 17 years, Rob McKenna is working as an attorney in the private sector. McKenna joined KING 5 in studio to talk about what he’s been up to and if he has plans to run for office again.

McKenna portrait hung alongside other former AGs

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A portrait of former Attorney General Rob McKenna is now hanging alongside those who preceded him as Washington state’s top lawyer. McKenna was joined Wednesday by current Attorney General Bob Ferguson and three other former state attorneys general: former Gov. Chris Gregoire, former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton and Ken Eikenberry. Read […]

In case you haven’t heard

In case you haven’t heard, I just completed the first week in my new office at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe – a Seattle law firm which I have joined as a partner. My practice at Orrick, which was founded in San Francisco 150 years ago, will include policy advocacy, regulatory compliance and litigation strategies for […]

GOP Chairman visits Seattle as Republicans look for fresh ideas

The Republican Party has been on a mission since another lopsided loss in the polls in November. The party is trying to figure out how to reinvent itself and give itself a fighting chance in upcoming elections. The head of the Republican National Committee was in Seattle to get some ideas on Thursday. RNC chair […]