McKenna on KIRO: Is Harvard biased against Asians? Feds investigating

Listen here http://traffic.libsyn.com/rossmckenna/Ross_Mckenna_12-14.mp3   KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a Dept. of Justice investigation into whether Harvard discriminates against Asian-American applicants. Dave Ross: “Has Harvard actually been doing this, Rob?” Rob McKenna: “Well that’s what the investigation is designed to determine. There was a coalition of Asian-American organizations who filed a complaint […]

McKenna on KIRO: Some states want in on sports betting

Listen here http://traffic.libsyn.com/rossmckenna/mckenna_open_2_12-07-17.mp3 KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the State of New Jersey challenging a federal law that effectively bans sports betting. The case, Christie v. NCAA, was heard in the U.S. Supreme Court this week, and some observers think the court is likely to strike down the law. Dave Ross: “Do […]

McKenna on KIRO: What can you do if you’re falsely accused?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the torrent of recent accusations about sexually inappropriate behavior and the high-profile firings that have resulted. Dave Ross: “I go back to this line in her column where she says, ‘Many men are asking, if I were wrongly accused, who would believe me?’…At least in the cases […]

Lawmakers receive capital gains tax lesson in Seattle income tax ruling

There is a very important lesson for Governor Inslee and lawmakers from last week’s court ruling invalidating Seattle’s income tax. In rejecting Seattle’s argument that its income tax is actually an excise tax, Judge Ruhl said you can’t redefine an income tax as an excise tax to get around legal restrictions. Judge Ruhl pointed to this prior […]

McKenna on KIRO: Sandy Hook families target gun manufacturer

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a lawsuit against a gun manufacturer over the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting. Some families of the victims are suing Remington, although gun manufacturers are largely shielded by federal law from these types of suits. Their lawyers argued in a Connecticut Supreme Court hearing Tuesday that Remington […]

McKenna on KIRO: What is Manafort charged with?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the indictment against Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman. Manafort is charged with lying to the FBI, money laundering, and failing to register as a foreign agent. Dave Ross: “But when somebody pays you $75 million to lobby on behalf of a foreign government, the only […]

McKenna on KIRO: Is the McCleary case finally over?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the latest state Supreme Court hearing on the McCleary education funding case that has roiled state government for over five years. Justices asked tough questions of both sides in Tuesday’s hearing. Dave Ross: “The other thing is, critics point out that while the state is providing more […]

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 […]