McKenna on KIRO: How a new justice might change 2nd Amendment cases

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the possible confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court and what it could mean for 2nd Amendment cases. The court has accepted few such cases in recent years. Dave Ross: “Wasn’t there recently a lower court decision which extended the right to possess a gun […]

McKenna on KIRO: Just what, exactly, is an emolument?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the constitution’s emoluments clause and what that means for President Trump’s business interests. A federal judge recently allowed a lawsuit over the emoluments issue to move forward. What does and doesn’t count as an emolument for a sitting president has not been tested in court. Dave Ross: […]

McKenna on KIRO: 3D-printed guns and free speech

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the current court fight over releasing plans for 3D-printed guns. State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and 18 other states filed suit against the Trump Administration over the planned release. A federal judge in Seattle issued a temporary restraining order against the release of the plans. Dave Ross: […]

McKenna on KIRO: Stand Your Ground laws and “reasonable” fears

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a parking lot shooting in Florida that resulted in no charges. Florida’s Stand Your Ground law was amended last year in a way that makes it tougher to bring charges in such cases. Dave Ross: “It sounds like that version of the law gives an ordinary citizen […]

With ruling, workers have new rights but union allies looking to keep the money flowing

The U.S. Supreme Court often waits until the final week of the term to release its most anticipated rulings. So it was this year, with the court putting out its decision in the much-watched Janus v. AFSCME labor case last week. The court ruled that government employees have a 1st Amendment right to opt out […]

Why the Janus v. AFSCME court decision matters

In his Gettysburg Address President Abraham Lincoln did not close by saying, “Government of the government employees, by the government employees, for the government employees.” Yet, for the past couple of decades that is exactly what has occurred in our country. No other entity spends as much money to influence government policies and has as […]

McCleary comes to a close: Levy swap prevails, funding now fairer

What a long, strange journey it has been. 11 years after it was filed, the McCleary education funding case wound to a close this week. Since the state Supreme Court first ruled on the case in 2012, it has been the Sword of Damocles dangling over state government. I did not agree with the court’s […]

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 […]

It’s my privilege to stand up for charter schools and students

Politicians tend to overuse some phrases. “It’s such an honor” to be part of this, “it’s a privilege” to do that. So considering I’m a recovering politician, you might wonder if I’ve lapsed into saying things that sound rote. But I mean it sincerely when I say it’s a great honor and privilege to represent […]