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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.








December 2, 2022 show

6am hour -- Supreme Court delivers another blow to Pres. Biden's 'college tuition' debt transfer plan, Moscow ID police investigators now say quadruple murder may not have been a targeted attack after all adding to the mystery and confusion of the unprecedented crime, the Seattle Kraken have won 7 straight games all of a sudden, a compare and contrast of the legal foundational philosophy between SCOTUS and SCOW that occurred in the last 48 hours, new report says Americans are losing faith in...


December 1, 2022 show

6am hour -- The Supreme Court of Washington (SCOW) refuses to grant injunction on a capital gains income-tax signed by Gov. Jay Inslee, RIP Christine McVie the soulful siren from Fleetwood Mac, bankrupt FTX CEO says he "had a bad month" drawing jeers, how the FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried is now in a category of other Silicon Valley wunderkinds that crashed in spectacular criminal fashion. 7am hour -- GUEST: spokesman for and Olympia political watchdog, Randy Pepple,...


How WA residents can register opposition to Jan. 2023 gas price hike

Spokesman for, Randy Pepple, tells KVI listeners how they can register their comments about a January 1st, 2023 cap and tax law in Washington that is expected to raise the price of gasoline and diesel fuel by $0.46-0.57 per gallon at the pump. Pepple joins KVI's John Carlson to explain how listeners can submit their comments about the pending law that will impact gas and diesel prices during a Friday, Dec. 2nd, "Environment, Energy & Technology Committee" hearing...


How the public can pay respects to fallen Bellevue Police motorcycle officer

Bellevue, Washington assistant police chief, Andrew Popochock, joins KVI's John Carlson to discuss the memorial service for fallen motorcycle officer, Jordan Jackson, 34, who was killed on duty when a driver on Bellevue Way crashed into his motorcycle. Jackson is survived by his wife and two young children. A legacy fund for his children has been established by the Bellevue Police Officers Foundation. Copy and paste this link into your browser to donate via GoFundMe...


November 30, 2022 show

6am hour -- its Wednesday and your chance to win Carlson's Legendary Lyrics, WA wildfires are down 70% so what does that mean for Gov. Jay Inslee and climate change?, South Dakota's governor issues ban of Tik Tok app for state employees due to China's data collection from users, driver hits snow plow trying to plow heavy snow on I-90 near Snoqualmie Pass, explaining the railroad union workers labor dispute and potential strike that the Biden Administration is trying to avoid, the sticking...


UW's Cliff Mass tackles "irresponsible" NYT science writer's column

KVI's John Carlson interviews University of Washington Atmospheric Sciences professor, Cliff Mass, about a recent correction/revision written by a New York Times science columnist who has updated a claim about how much temperature earth will warm by the year 2100. David Wallace-Wells has had to revise his previous prediction that earth's temperature would rise 5 degrees by 2100 because it's now becoming increasingly clear that earth won't come close to reaching his predicted temperature...


Iranian sports reporter's "gotcha" question to American footballer

At a World Cup press conference for the American Men's team soccer/football team in Qatar, an Iranian sports reporter asked the American team captain, 23-year-old Tyler Adams, a question that was meant to portray the United States derogatorily. Adams coolly provides a mature and measured response but could have added a couple of more important comments in response to the Iranian sports reporter's tone-deaf question.


The sordid connection to FTX crypto scandal and Sillicon Valley tech world

GUEST: historian and political commentator, Victor Davis Hanson, digs into the crypto collapse of FTX and its CEO Sam Bankman-Fried, a compare and contrast with Theranos convicted CEO Elizabeth Holmes and their respective Stanford connections, how Bankman-Fried's parents impact this convergence of tech money and political financial largesse, how moral superiority plays into these dangerous tech people, how the politics and the money converge in a "trifecta" in California's Bay Area, Hanson...


Carlson explains: the railroad union labor dispute & potential Congressional action

KVI's John Carlson explains the possible Congressional action that would address the potential strike of 12 railroad worker unions. How the massive labor union negotiation could force the hand of the Biden Administration to ward of what would be an economically and logistically crippling railroad workers strike.


November 29, 2022 show

6am hour -- Happy 89th Birthday to Mom Carlson today, KVI encourages you to donate to the annual Salvation Army Toy Drive this coming Friday to make it a memorable Christmas for children and families in need this year, "the severity, the intensity of what's going down in China right now" more intense than 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, Mother Nature putting the snow in Snohomish County, 19 yr old Tacoma road rage shooting suspect (shot and wounded an 11 yr old passenger in another car) has...


Tacoma road rage shooting suspect is 19 yr old felon, not allowed to have a gun

A 19 year-old Tacoma road rage shooting suspect (allegedly shot and wounded an 11 year-old passenger in another car on I-5 near the Tacoma Mall last Friday) has two felony convictions and shouldn't have had a gun, a UW professor makes a strange defense of WA's new restrictions on police pursuits. KVI's John Carlson covers both of these stories by examining how recent changes in the state law by Democrats in the Olympia Legislature and Gov. Jay Inslee are making the streets less safe now that...


How a universally known Disney song could end homelessness

The KVI morning crew discusses the potential for an end to homelessness due to the annoying nature of the Disneyland theme park song "Its A Small World". The conversation starts with the discovery that classical music is being played over a loud speaker above an unsanctioned homeless camp along the sidewalk just off Aurora Avenue North in Seattle.


November 28, 2022 show

6am hour -- a 2nd road rage shooting in two weeks in Puget Sound wounds an elementary school student (this time in Tacoma on Black Friday), trial starts today for wanted criminal who shot and wounded a WSP trooper in the face in Walla Walla), "why is there not more anger" over fatal shooting at Tukwila WA mall parking garage by suspected car thief who opened fire on car owner, KVI callers sound off on the non-stop crime problems in WA, 7am hour -- Christmas and COVID culture as we close out...


Carlson Conclusion: where's the anger over Tukwila mall parking garage murder?

KVI's John Carlson wants to know why there isn't more collective anger over the fatal shooting of a young married man who was killed by a suspected car thief when he and his wife returned to their car in the Westfield Southcenter Mall parking garage on November 18th. The suspected killer is still on the loose.


Constitutional debate emerges over SF city racial equity plan

KVI's John Carlson explores the political motives involving the San Francisco Elections Commission which has voted to not renew the contract of the city's elections supervisor, ostensibly, because he is white. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Elections Commission President, Chris Jerdonek wrote in an email Monday to the elections supervisor John Arntz, “Our decision wasn’t about your performance, but after twenty years we wanted to take action on the City’s racial equity plan...


November 23, 2022 show

6am hour -- Thanksgiving travel by plane and car expected to be strong and widespread the rest of this week so plan ahead, various story teases, new legal changes by WA Democrats in Olympia Legislature will prevent a repeat juvenile suspect in King County from being charged as an adult for alleged armed robbery of at least 3 stores, Carlson conclusion: "nothing is holding him back" from continuing to commit more crimes if there's no punishment via the legal system, the suspect is being...


15-year-old charged with repeat armed robbery can't be charged as an adult

Recent changes to state law by WA Democrats in the Olympia Legislature will prevent a repeat juvenile suspect in King County from being charged as an adult for alleged armed robbery of at least 3 stores. KVI's John Carlson examines the story and the allegation that the juvenile suspect is being investigated in 30 other armed robberies.


Seattle non-profit awards lucrative sabbaticals for "multi-generational trauma""

KVI's John Carlson digs into the story of the Seattle non-profit awarding over $1.3 million to CEOs and leaders of other non-profits to go on sabbatical or vacation for up to three months due to "multi-generational trauma".


Memorial fund taking donations for Bellevue PD officer killed on duty

Bellevue Police Department is coordinating this donation campaign to the family of officer Jordan Jackson killed in the line of duty this week. Jackson was a motorcycle patrol officer with Bellevue PD and was hit and killed by a driver while on duty along Bellevue Way this week. He is survived by a wife and two young children under the age of 5. All donations will go to the wife and kids. Copy and paste this URL into your browser to donate online....


November 22, 2022 show

6am hour -- not a good picture for WA voter turn-out in this month's big mid-term election, three murders in roughly 24 hours in Tacoma and all of them at unsanctioned homeless camps, Colorado Springs gay night club mass shooter disarmed by Good Samaritan protecting his family, 2021 bomb threat that should have put this mass shooter in jail, who is cooler: Arthur Fonzarelli or Patrick Mahomes?, Lars Larson and Carlson examine the puzzling new stats about disparate voter turn-out across WA....