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John Carlson is synonymous with Washington State Politics. Simply put, he is THE conservative voice in Seattle. John gives his unique perspective on local and national politics, news of the day and he isn’t afraid to call it like he sees it.

John Carlson is synonymous with Washington State Politics. Simply put, he is THE conservative voice in Seattle. John gives his unique perspective on local and national politics, news of the day and he isn’t afraid to call it like he sees it.


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John Carlson is synonymous with Washington State Politics. Simply put, he is THE conservative voice in Seattle. John gives his unique perspective on local and national politics, news of the day and he isn’t afraid to call it like he sees it.








August 19, 2022 Show

It's Ari Hoffman in for John Carlson! Hour 1 -- King County Sheriff's Office investigating missing texts from then-Seattle Mayor Durkan in 2020 // Emerald City Comic Con returns to Seattle // MSNBC, ABC, CNN realize Inflation Reduction Act doesn’t reduce inflation after bill is passed: ‘Marketing’ // GUEST: Lars Larson discusses the latest on the raid at Mar-A-Lago Hour 2 -- The California government “is making life so difficult” for Californians that even U-Haul is running out of trucks...


KVI's John Carlson scrutinizes the WA primary elections being affected by SCOTUS abortion ruling

KVI's John Carlson explores how much influence the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruling on the Dobbs vs Jackson abortion access case played into voter turn out and the fate of Republican candidates in the August 2nd primary election results.


Pt. Townsend "division" over transgender policy at swimming pool women's locker room

An objection by an 80-year-old Port Townsend, WA woman to a transgender female in the YMCA swimming pool women's locker room has metastasized into a controversy dividing the city according to one news writer in the quaint, Victorian town. Founder of the Port Townsend Free Press (, Jim Scarantino, tells KVI's John Carlson, the small town's political climate has become like Portland over transgender bathroom policy and subsequent objections by opponents who say they're...


August 18, 2022 show

Hour 1 -- Seattle's new city attorney is a night and day difference to her predecessor, Seattle's director of the Public Defender's Office predictably uses racial accusations to complain about the new City Attorney, U.S. intel analysts warned Pres. Biden in October 2021 that his Afghan withdrawal decisions (er, blunders) motivated Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine, why Congressional Democrats risked using the name Inflation Reduction Act on a spending bill that--by itself--won't actually...


August 17, 2022 show

Hour 1 -- Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney is officially a lame duck after losing primary by whopping 2-1 margin, today's Carlson Legendary Lyrics that will help you win Heart/Night Ranger concert tickets, legal scholar Jonathan Turley seems to say somebody is pulling the political strings of US AG Merrick Garland, another Seattle crime 'war on women' story as a woman is raped in a West Seattle green belt, West Seattle female neighbor of the crime site vents her frustration about public...


CDC relaxes COVID guidelines but no policy changes from Gov. Inslee

KVI's John Carlson wants to know why, if Gov. Jay Inslee says he adheres to the CDC COVID guidelines, is Inslee not willing to relent on his COVID vaccine mandate for state employees now that the CDC announced this week their new standards for COVID quarantining and screening.


Fired over Inslee vaxx mandate, WSDOT worker wouldn't go back if mandate is lifted

A KVI listener who says he was fired from the Washington State Dept. of Transportation (WSDOT) after 30 years of employment due to the COVID vaccine mandate imposed by Gov. Jay Inslee, tells KVI he wouldn't go back to the job if Inslee lifted the policy. Brian in Sea-Tac calls KVI to say even before the COVID pandemic he was witnessing "indoctrination" at the WSDOT to politically aligned work place policies.


Aug 16, 2022 show

Hour 1 -- headline of the morning: still no clear motive in attack on Salman Rushdie, 45 years ago today a death that stunned the world, a Portland State University professor sues a DEI administrator at U. of Oregon over the censoring of a tweet that said "all men are created equal", if you're wondering why Seattle shootings and crimes are so prevalent just listen to these tepid public responses by the mayor and interim police chief, the only person in Seattle's political hierarchy with the...


Seattle proposes social equity points system for some dispensary licenses

GUEST: Fox 13 reporter, Matt Markovich, tells KVI about Seattle city proposal for social equity points system to acquire a medical marijuana dispensary license, the points systems rewards applicants (or their family members) a higher value for the more they've broken the law, the point of the, um, points system is to entice or offer prior convicted criminals a chance to engage legally in the businesses that once landed them in the criminal justice system.


King County expands "RCP" from juvenile to some adult criminals

GUEST: Federal Way mayor and current candidate for King County Prosecutor, Jim Ferrell, talks to KVI about the latest politically correct attempts in King County for social justice and criminal cases called "RCP" or "restorative community pathways". The social justice criminal court program doesn't have much in the way of checks and balances. To wit, RCP has no case number and no judge of record for juveniles and its now being expanded to some adults. Ferrell says "good intentions"...


August 15, 2022 show

Hour 1 -- congratulations to the eldest daughter of KVI's Mark Christopher who was married over the weekend in Tacoma, the father of the bride shares some of the emotion of walking his daughter down the aisle, the suspected (and arrested) attacker of author Salman Rushdie is reported to be a 24-year-old Shi'ite Muslim man, Rushdie will reportedly lose an eye in the attack , the attack is a reminder about the string of events related to Charlie Hebdo and "everybody draw Muhammad"...


Renton, Kent mayors tell KVI progressive policies endanger their cities

Renton Mayor, Armondo Pavone, and Kent Mayor, Dana Ralph, talk to KVI about why King County's top elected officials and the Washington Legislature's policies are making their cities more dangerous places. Ten mayors in south King County are co-signing this letter to King County and Legislative elected officials demanding "prosecution of crimes...and incarceration of those (criminals) that need it". Mayor Pavone says "the direction we're going (politically) is not making our neighborhoods and...


Criminal charges in new case against killer of Seattle's "Tuba Man"

At least two people were in custody in connection with a retail crime ring that officials say is responsible for more than $100,000 in stolen merchandise from several high-end stores in Bellevue and the Seattle area. One of those people was Billy Chambers, 29, the same person arrested in 2008 for killing 53-year-old Edward McMichael, Seattle’s "Tuba Man." KVI's John Carlson explains the political shift in King County and Olympia that has allowed Billy Chambers the chance to keep committing...


August 12, 2022 show

Hour 1 -- the irony that Biden Administration says Trump Mar-A-Lago search was about nuclear weapons documents while the Biden Administration re-opens Iran nuclear program talks, Ken Griffey Jr and Sr. featured in cameo at last night's MLB "Field of Dreams" game in Iowa, notice that no Seattle 'affordable housing' advocates are stepping up to oppose another price hike, notorious Seattle juvenile criminal Billy Chambers now charged in Bellevue organized theft ring, authorities say the...


August 11, 2022 show

Hour 1 -- several more prime examples of how Gov. Jay Inslee's 'sanctuary' policy is fueling fentanyl over-doses and addiction in Puget Sound, one example includes two Mexican drug cartel dealers in Fife WA, the long forgotten Newsweek reports that an informant confided to the FBI what documents might be at Donald Trump's Mar-A-Lago predicating this week's raid/search warrant, what was a smart phone doing in the back pocket of a MLB baseball player when it popped out at third base?, Top Gun:...


Where are they now?: The 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump.

Ten Congressional Republicans voted to impeach Pres. Donald Trump in January of 2021. KVI's John Carlson recaps how their respective political careers have changed since those 'indict' votes were cast. Spoiler alert: only one of those 10 will win re-election in November 2022.


The Fife, WA connection to a Mexican drug cartel

What connection does Fife, Washington have to Guadalajara, Mexico? Unfortunately, according to federal prosecutors, it's illegal fentanyl smuggling. KVI's John Carlson reviews two stories about fentanyl drug dealing in Puget Sound and one of them is connected to two men in Fife. The connection to fentanyl smuggling, Carlson says, is made stronger by the politics and policy decisions of Gov. Jay Inslee.


Mixed-reaction to Dr. Anthony Fauci 1st pitch at M's game

KVI's morning show crew listens to the T-Mobile Park crowd reaction to Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House COVID advisor and director of the NIAID, throwing out the ceremonial first pitch for the Mariners game last night against the New York Yankees. KVI's Ari Hoffman even registered his disagreement to the ceremonial first pitcher.


Burien car fire turns into perfect example of everything wrong with Seattle-area crime

A Burien, WA car fire revealed the nexus of local crime problems after the driver tried to run over King County Sheriff's deputies and was ultimately discovered to be at the wheel of a stolen car. KVI's John Carlson inventories the crimes resulting from the Burien car fire after neighbors reported seeing two people either passed out or asleep inside the vehicle on their street.


August 10, 2022 show

Hour 1 -- Carlson's Legendary Lyrics contest today, Dr. Anthony Fauci surfaces in Seattle to receive a medical award and throw out the first pitch at M's game, crowd reaction to Fauci is mixed (at best), the M's win the ball game in highly dramatic fashion, a heart-warming story of sportsmanship from two teams playing for a slot in the boy LLWS, not the conclusion most people were thinking of regarding a New Mexico investigation into suspected serial murders of Muslim men, Republican...