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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.








September 26, 2022 show

Hour 1 -- I-90 repair closure turns into traffic fiasco clogging surface streets on Mercer Island last Friday, some drivers even abandoned their cars amid the congestion frustration, former Biden White House spokesperson says Democrats will lose if the mid-term election is about Biden, 6-year-old son of a Pierce County Sheriff's deputy who died in the line of duty goes to NYC to run the Tunnel to Towers 5K fundraiser to honor his dad, Tiffany Smiley has now raised $11 million in her...


KVI interview: Tiffany Smiley "momentum" at the right time

KVI's John Carlson makes a confession: he didn't originally expect much out of the first-time political campaign of US Senate candidate, Tiffany Smiley (R-Pasco), running against 30-year-incumbent, Patty Murray (D-WA). Smiley joins John Carlson and explains what has put her campaign into "over-drive" against Murray including two recent newspaper editorial board interviews of the Senate candidates that have exposed Democratic-leaning news websites of their considerable political bias. Smiley...


"In the current climate crisis I don't think that's necessary", says teen activist

KVI's John Carlson listens to a New Zealand radio news interview with teen climate activist, Izzy Ford, who has helped organize a group called "Student Strike 4 Climate". When asked in the interview, Ford tells the female interviewer that she shouldn't fly to Fiji on holiday. The 16-year-old climate crusader says "In the current climate crisis I don't think that that's (a flight to Fiji) necessary". This begs the question so relevant to climate activists: who gets to decide what's...


Economist, Steve Moore: inflation pushing "ferocious bear market"

KVI's John Carlson interviews economist and author, Steve Moore, about the latest inflation news amid continuing interest rate hikes. Moore describes the "ferocious bear market" now that the stock market has lost 15% of its value--adjusted for inflation--since Biden took office, why the Democrats spending $4 trilion after COVID has forced The Federal Reserve to raise interest rates continuously, Biden's UN speech last week spent more time on climate change than any other subject, why Moore...


September 23, 2022 show

Hour 1 -- 24 hours later and still no response from Seattle's Congresswoman after incendiary/provocative comments about Israel by Squad member Rashida Tlaib, GA gubernatorial candidate Stacy Abrams makes disturbing comment about fetal heartbeats, some Abrams zingers after her pronouncement about in-vitro heartbeats, why the 'war on cars' is failing, GUEST: author and's Randal O'Toole, gives some strong examples of how anti-car environmentalists have moved the goal posts on...


Snohomish. Co. Sheriff: "politics got in the way of community safety"

GUEST: Snohomish Co. Sheriff, Adam Fortney, joins KVI's John Carlson to talk about urging the Washington Legislature to revise police pursuit law they changed nearly two years ago. Fortney says police chases all have varying circumstances and officers need discretion of when to pursue. Fortney says we need a "balancing test" of risk and reward for police pursuit and concludes "politics got in the way of community safety".


Why the 'war on cars' is failing: Randal O'Toole interview

KVI's John Carlson interviews, author and free-market transportation researcher, Randal O'Toole, about the billions of dollars poured into mass transit, bike lanes and other alternatives to cars but even in the most ardently liberal cities like Portland and Seattle car commuting is still preferred and mass transit ridership is actually dropping.


The Stacy Abrams fetal heartbeat controversy

KVI's John Carlson reviews the comments by Georgia gubernatorial candidate and Democratic political activist, Stacy Abrams, proclaiming that there's no such thing as a fetal heartbeat on an ultrasound at six weeks.


September 22, 2022 show

Hour 1 -- Congressional Democrats quickly pushback on MI Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib for comparing Israeli gov't to apartheid South Africa, Tlaib's incendiary comment about Israel puts Seattle Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal's back against the wall now, so far the Democratic rebukes fall short of confronting truly anti-Semitic remarks (Tlaib is Muslim), Biden's spox exposes the Democrats own enabling amid criticism of Gov. Ron DeSantis Martha's Vineyard strategy, "big changes" to America's...


Seattle's Pramila Jayapal on the spot after "Squad" member's Israel controversy

Michigan U.S. Rep., Rashida Tlaib, sparked criticism of anti-Semitism with her latest comments about Israel. Tlaib--on video--says "you cannot claim to hold Progressive values, yet back Israel's apartheid government". KVI's John Carlson notes that Seattle U.S. Rep, Pramila Jayapal is the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Rhetorically, Carlson asks if Jayapal will rebuke or condemn Tlaib's assertion. KVI has contacted Jayapal's office today, Sept. 22nd, seeking a statement about...


Gov. Inslee is the fox watching the hen house in Olympia labor negotiations

KVI's John Carlson examines the latest labor contract negotiations between state public employee unions and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.


The math: the wind power needed to replace fossil fuels

GUEST: author and political writer, Edward Ring, tells KVI the fight to tear down Snake River hydro dams in WA is part of a much broader effort to tear down all hydro dams in the US, Ring does the math for Democrats and environmentalists who think they can viably replace hydro-dam giga-watt power output with more solar and wind power (spoiler alert: they can't), Ring says environmentalists would need at least 5 million square miles of windmills to replace the electricity produced by fossil...


Carlson conclusion: Dems take WA Asian-American voters for granted

KVI's John Carlson says Seattle and King County Democrats are taking Asian-American voters for granted. The backdrop to this story is a large homeless shelter and support facility proposed by the King County Regional Homeless Authority (KCRHA) and Executive Dow Constantine in the SoDo neighborhood. Chinatown-International District neighbors nearby are speaking out about the lack of public notice by the County to impose the additional homeless facility near them. KVI's John Carlson interviews...


September 21, 2022 show

Hour 1 -- pervasive wildfire smoke infiltrates Puget Sound this morning, a random and unprovoked shooting at an Olympia grocery store parking lot kills one man as his brother is shopping inside, Tik Tok video about cooking chicken in Nyquill cough syrup prompts a terse warning from the FDA to avoid potential 'Darwin Awards', candid talk from the new King Co. Sheriff on defund police politics, Carlson says the Sheriff misses the mark about several suburban King County state lawmakers, how the...


September 20, 2022 show

Hour 1 -- a very late ferry sailing this morning alters the start of the John Carlson Show, Democrats "mis-played" the Martha's Vineyard/detained migrants saga, over 2 million people caught so far this year illegally crossing into US, the "absolute joke of a Sheriff" in Texas tries to score political points over the Martha's Vineyard story, new data: Biden Administration has sent 78 flights of detained migrants into Jacksonville FL, NBC polling says 47% of Americans think Biden has made the...


CNN's Don Lemon unprepared for slavery reparations reply

CNN host Don Lemon asked a guest about slavery reparations based on the British monarch's change at the throne but Lemon clearly didn't expect the informed response he received. KVI's John Carlson notes that the current #1 movie in America "Woman King" is based on true events related to slavery but suspects the actual history of the subject matter will likely be omitted from the film. The omission contributes to the American and global public perpetuating mis-conceptions about the historical...


Carlson conclusion: Democrats "mis-played" Martha's Vineyard hand

Between the attempts to tear down Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and now a Texas sheriff's attempt to conflate the charter flight of 48 detained migrants to the island vacation enclave Martha's Vineyard, KVI's John Carlson says Democrats have managed to give Republicans more positive publicity than they could have planned from this exploitation of sanctuary city/county/state policies. Meanwhile, not a peep in major news media coverage of the report that the Biden Administration has sent 78...


King Co. Exec finally answers questions about proposed SoDo homeless facility

KVI's John Carlson listens to the long-awaited first public response by King County Executive Dow Constantine to questions about his King County Regional Homeless Authority (KCRHA) proposed homeless facility planned for the SoDo neighborhood near the Chinatown-International District. Constantine finally answers questions about the proposed homeless facility from independent reporter, Jonathan Choe. One week ago, Constantine ignored Choe's questions telling the former Seattle TV news reporter...


September 19, 2022 show

Hour 1 -- West Seattle Bridge re-opens a day early, "soft ball" interview with Pres. Biden and 60 Minutes' Scott Pelley, I-90 drivers be warned: only one lane of freeway opened all this week due to big construction project, Burien Police instincts turn into sizeable drug bust of fentanyl, meth and heroin, Pres. Biden should tell Gov. Jay Inslee "the pandemic is over", perfect rebuttal by FL Gov. Ron DeSantis to the Martha's Vineyard critics, DeSantis asks rhetorically "has the world gone...


FL Governor reaction to Martha's Vineyard critics

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis responds curtly to the political critics of his decision to fly detained migrants to the coveted island vacation spot of Martha's Vineyard. DeSantis specifically responds to the CNN interview comment of documentarian Ken Burns who characterized the charter plane flight to Martha's Vineyard as akin to the Jewish Holocaust in World War II Germany. KVI's John Carlson examines how the American political Left has tried to distort the Martha's Vineyard ploy to denigrate...