Wait, voters can’t say whether drug injection sites are OK?

A judge ruled Monday that an initiative to ban drug injection sites in King County cannot go on the February ballot as planned. The Seattle Times reports: “Letting voters decide whether to ban safe-injection sites would infringe on the power of the King County Board of Health, King County Superior Court Judge Veronica Alicea-Galván ruled […]

McKenna on KIRO: Can you cover up sexual misconduct with NDAs?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about non-disclosure agreements as they relate to the Harvey Weinstein scandal and other sexual misconduct cases. Many worry that confidentiality agreements Weinstein’s victims signed as part of financial settlements helped keep his conduct under wraps. Dave Ross: “Isn’t there a concept in the law called manifest injustice?” Rob […]

Upcoming gov. union case might actually take dissenters seriously

If you want to elicit a visceral reaction from a government employee union official, there’s an easy way to do it. Just bring up Franklin Roosevelt’s famous quote that “All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service.” They don’t like that quote […]

McKenna on KIRO: Las Vegas shooting and bump stocks

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about legal scenarios raised by the Las Vegas mass shooting. Much of the discussion in the wake of the shooting has focused on outlawing bump stocks. Dave Ross: “All the advertisements I could find for bump stocks, of course, none of them say ‘you should use this to […]

McKenna on KIRO: Toll lanes and ST3

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the debate over I-405 toll lane performance measures, as well as the valuation method used by Sound Transit to tax car values. On 405, some believe the law requires that the express toll lane project be shut down because one performance measure – that the average speed […]

McKenna on KIRO: Child porn conviction upheld for teen’s own photo

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a state Supreme Court ruling in which a Spokane teen’s conviction for child pornography was upheld, even though he was the one who created and sent the image. NW News Network reports, “The teen, who has Asperger’s syndrome and was already a convicted juvenile sex offender, was […]

Seattle driving away Amazon is not our state’s only economic worry: Water ruling, stifled building damaging our economy, hugely

$6.9 billion in lost economic activity annually. 9,300 jobs and $52 million in employee wages, gone. No, I’m not talking about Amazon’s recent announcement. These staggering figures are the estimate of what it will cost us if legislators and the governor continue to do nothing about fixing the Hirst decision. And while Amazon’s news is extremely worrisome, it directly […]

McKenna on KIRO: Wrongfully pulled over but still busted

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about when courts must throw out evidence obtained during an erroneous traffic stop. Dave Ross: “So I was amazed to find that some years back, the [U.S.] Supreme Court ruled that if a police officer uses a misinterpretation of the law to stop you, that stop and the […]

McKenna on KIRO: Lawsuit filed to block vote on heroin injection sites

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a lawsuit that attempts to block a public vote on heroin injection sites in King County. I-27, which seeks to ban injection sites in the county, garnered enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. The King County Council chose to place it on the February 2018 ballot […]

No fix needed? Evidence of negative Hirst consequences piling up

You can see it as a sign of hope or a futile gesture. Key legislators beat the heat in a cool basement conference room in Olympia this week to restart talks on finding a fix to the unfortunate Hirst water decision. At this point any sign of movement is a good thing. Since talks fell […]