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 […]

McKenna on KIRO: What’s Rudy Giuliani really doing?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about Rudy Giuliani’s notable performance as a new member of President Trump’s legal team. He told Ross, “But look, Rudy Giuliani is a deeply experienced criminal prosecutor, a former U.S. Attorney, and it could very well be that he’s crazy like a fox here – that he and […]

Hopeful kids and families a contrast to union’s cynical suit against charters

It was quite a scene in Walla Walla last week. There was a food truck, music, and balloons. And there were smiles, on a Friday night, from kids who are already looking ahead to the next school year with excitement. What was it? Well, it was a “signing event” for students joining Walla Walla’s new […]

McKenna on KIRO: State’s culverts case at U.S. Supreme Court

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a lawsuit between the state and tribes over replacing culverts to improve salmon habitat. State Attorney General Bob Ferguson appealed a lower court decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, hoping to narrow the ruling. Dave Ross: “So you’re saying this decision could morph into something much different. […]

McKenna on KIRO: Gorsuch joins liberal justices on immigration case

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a recent immigration case at the U.S. Supreme Court where the newest justice, Neil Gorsuch, joined with the four liberal justices to invalidate a requirement to deport. The majority ruled in Sessions v. Dimaya that the law was unconstitutionally vague. Dave Ross: “Clarence Thomas is also an […]