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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.








Seattle's 'Belltown kicker' re-arrested for parole violation

KVI's John Carlson (and we're guessing a lot of Seattle residents and KVI listeners) are aghast at the news that a Seattle assault convict has been out on probation after two unprovoked attacks kicking women--one kicked blindside in the head while she was planting flowers in the Belltown neighborhood.


KVI's Kirby Wilbur: Joe Kent's election comeback and FBI raid at Trump's Mar-A-Lago

KVI's John Carlson and Kirby Wilbur join forces to discuss the pro-Trump voter surge that has boosted Congressional challenger Joe Kent ahead of Congressional incumbent, Jaime Herrera-Buetler, in Washington's 3rd District, after the latest ballot tally for the August primary. Kirby explains the split among Clark County conservatives and the campaign issue that Herrera-Buetler's vote to impeach Pres. Donald Trump over the January 6th mob attack at the Capitol had on her re-election bid. Also,...


Gov. Inslee vaxx mandate policy quietly shifting for unions

KVI's John Carlson examines the newly--albeit quietly--announced COVID vaccine mandate policy by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. Carlson interviews the Director for Health Care and Worker Rights at the Washington Policy Center, Elizabeth Hovde, who has been monitoring Inslee's policy decision after it was discovered that Inslee's office is acknowledging that labor unions are not happy with his vaccine mandate for state employees.


August 9, 2022 show

Hour 1 -- the unprecedented FBI raid of a former US President's home, some pointed legal reaction to the FBI raid of Donald Trump's Mar-A-Lago mansion, Carlson analyzes the claim that the FBI/Dept. of Justice (A.G.) is being "weaponized" politically, consider the evidence of Hillary Clinton hiding classified information and no such actions against her private residence, the Trump/FBI raid invokes the story of former Clinton NSA Director--Sandy Berger--caught stuffing classified documents...


The irony of Seattleites who complain about The Blue Angels

KVI's morning show team examines some of the complaints Seattle progressives like to make about The Blue Angels when the "war jets" perform at the annual SeaFair Unlimited Hydroplane races on Lake Washington.


'Woke' history at US National Parks

KVI's John Carlson interviews long-time colleague and friend Kirby Wilbur who discovered some 'woke' politics during his recent Collette Tours American History trip through Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington D.C. at some national parks and monuments.


August 8, 2022 show

Hour 1 -- incredible SeaFair weekend with hydros and Blue Angels on Lake Washington, Republican voter turn-out surges on late arriving WA primary ballots, the Republican vote surge drastically changes the picture for Congressional incumbent Jaime Herrera-Buetler, candid talk from Seattle homeless man who blames local politicians for being "lax" on enforcing the laws, WA has $10 billion state budget surplus yet can't find mental health care bed for Seattle criminal assault defendant, Bill...


Seattle homeless enablers exposed in Fremont video

KVI's John Carlson riffs on The U.S. Navy Blue Angels and U.S. Army Golden Knights teams performing in Seattle this weekend for SeaFair. Meanwhile a Seattle resident confronts a homeless 'mutual aid' group as they unload a homeless person's belongings on to a portion of the popular Burke-Gilman bike trail in the Fremont neighborhood. The Seattle resident recording the 'mutual aid' group pushes back on making the bike trail unsafe for other users, including kids.


August 5, 2022 show

Hour 1 -- inflation is erasing pretty decent income gains in paychecks for most Americans, the good news and bad news for Republicans in the WA 8th Congressional District race, how the Republican who didn't run negative ads ended up emerging as the victor in the 8th District primary, FL Gov. plays hardball with county district attorney who won't prosecute some crimes related to a progressive agenda, talk show conspiracy theorist Alex Jones "hideously cruel" in claming Sandy Hook...


August 4, 2022 Show - Make-A-Wish Wishes in Flight Mileage Drive Day

6am Hour -- It's our annual Wishes in Flight mileage drive, benefitting Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington! We need your help to reach our goal of 6 million miles for the wish kids. To donate, call 206-588-8958 or you can donate online here >> For many wish kids, a wish marks a turning point in their treatment or illness. That’s where you come in! Donate your airline miles or cash and help grant wishes! Your donation ensures that Make-A-Wish can book...


August 3, 2022 Show

6am Hour – The latest results and analysis from the primary election // Nancy Pelosi departs Taiwan after visit criticized by China // GUEST: Lars Larson 7am Hour – GUEST: John Fund from National Review joins John to discuss Tuesday's Primary Election results in Arizona, Missouri, Michigan and Washington // Starbucks Interim CEO Howard Shultz weighed-in this afternoon on the company’s unexpected 3rd quarter profit – even as the company shut down five coffee shops in the Seattle this week due...


GUEST: John Fund from National Review

John Fund from National Review joins John to discuss Tuesday's Primary Election results in Arizona, Missouri, Michigan and Washington


August 2, 2022 Show: Primary Election Day

6am Hour – It’s Primary Election Day, so make sure you vote, vote, vote! Carlson breaks down other pivotal races around the country, as well as the big contests here in Washington // al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-zawahiri killed in airstrike // Liz Cheney touts endorsement by Kevin Costner: ‘Real men put country over party’ // Why doesn’t every state have their primary on the same day? // GUEST: Lars Larson 7am Hour -- Auburn gas station clerk fatally shoots alleged armed robbery suspect, police...


August 1, 2022 Show

6am Hour -- Remembering Bill Russell and his time with the Sonics // John talks about the upcoming primary election and Joe Manchin Repeatedly Refuses to Say He Wants the Democrats to Win Midterm Elections in Stunning Meet the Press Exchange // GUEST: Lars Larson 7am Hour – Radio Legend Mark Christopher talks about the return of the SeaFair Torchlight parade // Chris Rock responds to Will Smith’s “apology” video with a lesson about cancel culture // Political, Media, and Entertainment...


July 29, 2022 show

Hour 1 -- Seattle Congresswoman's 180-degree turn on security concerns for top government officials, WA AG Bob Ferguson will investigate Seattle Pacific U. over employee policy involving pre-marital and sexual behavior, dual emergencies show how Seattle/Olympia Democrats have failed commuters in Western WA, GUEST: : ferry rider Roberta Christensen was aboard MV Cathlamet during hard landing that damaged the ferry at the Fauntleroy dock, says the ferry "bounced" to the side of the actual dock...


A "first step" to addressing low-level repeat criminal problems in Seattle

KVI's John Carlson interviews candidate for King County Prosecutor, Jim Ferrell, about what it will take to reduce the amount of low-level repeat criminals in Seattle and other parts of King County. Ferrell candidly explains that the progressive Democrat push to no bail for some criminal suspects is at the heart of the problem with Seattle's crime problems.


Biden quietly building parts of Trump border wall

KVI's John Carlson digs into the newly uncovered story that Pres. Joe Biden's administration is quietly building four portions of Trump's border wall near Yuma, Arizona.


WA convicted murderer avoids 3rd strike for 2nd time

KVI's John Carlson reviews the political changes in the Olympia Legislature that have now prevented a convicted killer in Vancouver WA from qualifying for a third-strike felony conviction that would subject the murderer of a 14-year-old girl to life in prison without parole. Its the second such time that Roy Wayne Russell Jr. has managed to avoid the third strike. According to the Vancouver Columbian newspaper, under the revised three-strikes law, a prior out-of-state robbery conviction no...


July 28, 2022 show

Hour 1 -- saga of WNBA player under arrest in Russia transforms into the plot of a 1980s Hollywood political drama, a Vancouver WA murderer beats three strikes again, Just In: US GDP drops for2022 2nd quarter signaling a recession, the irony of US Senate Democrats naming their new climate change spending bill "the Inflation Reduction Act", Biden White House growing desperate to procure a new definition of recession, the inspiring but candidly uphill write-in candidate campaign of a State...


July 27, 2022 show

Hour 1 -- emergency landing of small plane in the water just off the Alki shoreline in West Seattle captured on video and pilot survives the saltwater crash, famed TV actor in "Leave It To Beaver"--Tony Dow--is near death according to family members, the story of how Dow wasn't the first choice to be cast as Wally Cleaver and the national impact the TV show had on divorce in the 1960s, Dr. Anthony Fauci caught lying in news interview this week that he never called for any lockdowns per...