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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.








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....


Fewer WA Republicans voted in 2022 than 2018

New data indicates that fewer Republicans in Washington state voted in 2022 than in the 2018 mid-term Congressional election. KVI's John Carlson looks at possible answers for why Republican turn-out was lower in 2022 given the advantageous political climate building before the election.


November 21, 2022 show

6am hour -- quick explanation of World Cup football tourney that starts today and the high hopes for the US men's team, a week later and law enforcement still no firm answers about quadruple murder in Moscow ID, a Democrat says Donald Trump was right about Tik Tok, Biden Administration agrees to 'climate reparations', CBS News's quick surrender on quitting Twitter, Federal Way city council votes 5-2 to fine people pushing/possessing shopping carts off the store property, a deeper dive on the...


trans cross country runner in WA leads to controversy

A trans-female running high school cross-country for a Seattle school is causing controversy as the state final approaches. KVI's John Carlson examines the story.


1965 Paul Harvey news commentary sounds like its from 2022

KVI's John Carlson listens to a 1965 recording of Paul Harvey and it sounds like a news commentary from 2022.


November 18, 2022 show -- Ari Hoffman hosts

6am hour -- Ari Hoffman in for John Carlson, the Twitter drama has taken a strange turn as employees are being restricted to figure out if any of them might internally sabotage the company, is Elon Musk over his head right now with Twitter take over?, US Sen. Patty Murray is now #3 in the line to the US Presidency, Ari attending the Republican Jewish Coalition event this weekend, a knife wielding suspect sparks a lockdown at a Seattle pre-school, the suspect was arrested but not jailed due...


November 17, 2022 show

6am hour -- a quadruple murder of University of Idaho students gets more confusing and mysterious as police now say a suspect remains on the loose, police are being criticized for lack of information about the at-large suspect or suspects, police say there's no sign of forced entry at the rental home where the students were found, one of the murdered students is from Skagit Co. in WA and he was a triplet to two siblings, Seattle has passed ranked choice voting, Republicans vote Kevin...


Ex-employee sues Seattle over hostile workplace related to racial injustice

KVI's John Carlson interviews attorney, Laura D'Agostino, who is suing the City of Seattle for hostile workplace claims made by a former employee. Joshua Diemert, a former City of Seattle employee, filed a federal lawsuit against the City and Mayor Bruce Harrell for subjecting him to a racially hostile work environment. The lawsuit alleges, Deimert was pressured to resign from a position rather than take FMLA leave because he was told that taking FMLA leave would be an exercise of his “white...


Gov. Inslee eliminating need for gas and oil

KVI's John Carlson checks in on the progress of WA Gov. Jay Inslee at the COP27 climate summit in sunny Sharm E-Sheik, Egypt.


November 16, 2022 show

Hour 1 -- Trump takes the plunge, KVI callers quickly chime in on Trump's decision, the people who are most happy with Trump's announcement to run for President again, more KVI callers share why they agree with Trump's announcement, the confusing and vexing story of four dead U. of Idaho students in Moscow ID near the WSU Pullman campus, one of the dead students is from Western WA/Skagit County, Hour 2 -- GUEST: digital journalist and homeless policy watchdog, Jonathan Choe, explains the...