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John McKay

I'm a 25-plus-year radio veteran with a passion for talk radio and democracy. I grew up in Tri-Cities and studied journalism at Whitworth University. I love sports, particularly the Green Bay Packers and NASCAR. I threw hammer and played college ball. I've been at Newstalk since 2005.
Federal drug trial begins for Washington state medical pot patients
Federal drug trial begins for Washington state medical pot patients (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
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Precedent-Setting Federal Trial Begins over Growing Medical Pot in Washington State

A lot of eyes will be watching the Federal Courthouse in Spokane starting today, when the Kettle Falls Five go on trial on federal drug charges.  It's expected to be a precedent-setting case over state's rights vs. the federal government, especially over legalized pot.

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Kurt Busch suspension by NASCAR shows double standard
Kurt Busch suspension by NASCAR shows double standard (Getty Images)
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Kurt Busch Suspension Raises Questions of NASCAR Double-Standard

The events that occurred prior to the Daytona 500 offer serious credibility to the argument that NASCAR is one of the worst when is comes to leadership and decision making.

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Washington Healthplan Finder triple bills clients
Washington Healthplan Finder triple bills clients (Washington state healthcare exchange)
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WA Healthcare Exchange Triple-Bills Clients – Officials “Looking Into” Problem

Realistically, the Washington Healthcare Exchange got off to a decent start, with few problems, and a fair amount of people enrolling; although the numbers were not near expected goals.  But since last fall, it's endured an increasing amount of mix ups and serious issues.

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Supreme Court hears arguments over search warrants for digital information
Supreme Court hears arguments over search warrants for digital information (Washington state legislative website)
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State Supreme Court Weighing Issue of Personal Electronic Record Searches

Is it possible authorities in the future might have to get a judge's warrant before searching a person's phone, email, bank and other personal electronic records?

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Arlenes Flowers
Arlenes Flowers (Arlene's Flowers - Facebook)
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Read Arlene’s Flowers Response to Attorney General Settlement Offer

Late last week, Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene's Flowers of Richland, turned down a settlement offer from Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson. After Superior Court Judge Alex Ekstrom ruled Stutzman violated the Consumer Protection Act by refusing to provide floral services for a same-sex wedding,  Ferguson offered a $2,001 dollar arrangement.  The $1 was for court costs.

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Benjamin Crump to represent Zambrano-Montes family
Benjamin Crump to represent Zambrano-Montes family (Photo by Gary W. Green-Pool/Getty Images)
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Attorney for Michael Brown and Treyvon Martin Families Hired for Pasco Shooting

Attorney George Herrmann of Tacoma had just taken over for George Paul Trejo Jr. of Yakima when he, too was sent packing. The widow and family of Antonio Zambrano-Montes (shot by Pasco police Feb. 10) has now hired Benjamin Crump, the same attorney who represented the families of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Treyvon Martin in Florida.

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