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 […]

McKenna on KIRO: Seattle’s “democracy vouchers” under challenge

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a legal challenge to Seattle’s “democracy voucher” program. Under the program, every Seattle voter automatically receives four $25 vouchers that they can sign over to Seattle political candidates, who turn them in to the city for campaign dollars. The vouchers are funded by an increase in the […]

Democrats howl over Hirst, but keep these things in mind

There has been plenty of indignation expressed – some real, some with crocodile tears – since legislators adjourned without passing a construction budget or a fix to the state Supreme Court’s Hirst decision. Much editorial ink has been spilled since then. The Hirst decision reaches a conclusion about growth management law that legislators never intended. […]

McKenna on KIRO: Jimmy John’s “disloyalty” case

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a federal appeals case out of Minnesota. Workers at a Jimmy John’s franchise had been trying to form a union but lost the election by two votes. They responded by handing out flyers suggesting that, without sick leave pay, people who eat at the restaurant would themselves […]

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 […]