Government takes people’s stuff without a conviction or even charges. That’s wrong

You can say this about U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions: He doesn’t mind swimming against the tide. That can be an admirable trait, depending on the issue. Increasing the use of civil asset forfeiture (CAF) is the wrong issue. Sessions announced this week that he is undoing the modest CAF reforms put in place by […]

“Morally repugnant”? No, it’s simply what rural families need

Too many Washington families are caught in a judicial and bureaucratic limbo thanks to the state Supreme Court’s Hirst decision. The case is about so much more than water – it’s about, as Madilynne Clark of the Washington Policy Center wrote, “two of the most fundamental necessities – homes and livelihoods.” The court’s decision has […]

McKenna on KIRO: Florida takes Stand Your Ground self-defense farther

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about Florida’s recently-passed update to its Stand Your Ground law, which a circuit court judge struck down this week. The Associated Press reports, “Now, the new law requires prosecutors to shoulder the burden of disproving a self-defense claim. State attorneys have said that essentially forces them to unfairly […]

McKenna on KIRO: Police tracking your cell phone movements

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a cell phone privacy case the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear next term. The case will probe whether there are constitutional protections regarding the police obtaining information about your cell phone’s location. Dave Ross: “This is what the sheriff’s department uses when somebody goes missing […]

McKenna on KIRO: Gerrymandering under fire

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a gerrymandering case out of North Carolina that reached the U.S. Supreme Court. The court on Monday “affirmed a lower court ruling that found 28 North Carolina legislative districts to be illegal racial gerrymanders that diluted the overall impact of black voters.” One idea under consideration to […]

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 […]

That’s not right: McCleary isn’t a menu to pick and choose from

Many cheered in 2012 when the state Supreme Court issued its K-12 funding ruling in the McCleary case. Today, some of the groups that hailed it at the time seem to be suffering from selective amnesia. The McCleary decision is a three-legged stool, but that message has been lost. The court ruled that K-12 funding […]

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: Oregon engineer fined for saying he’s an engineer

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the case of Mats Järlström of Beaverton, Oregon, who appealed a red light camera ticket, noting problems with the yellow light timing. He brought the issue to the attention of the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying. The board was not only uninterested, […]

McKenna on KIRO: Could Mayor Murray sue for defamation?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the accusations made against Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and, if Murray is innocent, what legal recourse he could take. The mayor announced this week that he will not run for re-election. Rob explained that a famous Supreme Court case, 1964’s New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, sets […]