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Tag Archives: WA-Ballot

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I overcame my doubts. I support 1631. I will contribute to the Yes on 1631 campaign, I will vote yes when I fill out my ballot, and I am encouraging others to do the same.

— Bill Gates: Why I’m for Washington state’s pollution fee

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Progressive ballot measures won big on Tuesday — and not just in Washington

“Frustrated by a do-nothing Congress, voters took policy matters into their own hands on Tuesday by passing state ballot proposals to legalize marijuana, approve new transportation projects, raise state minimum wages and strengthen gun control laws. That these progressive measures won is an indication that voters are moving left on many issues, despite Donald Trump’s victory,” the New York Times notes.

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Majority of Stranger’s Election Control Board: We believe you should vote NO on Initiative 732

Ansel Herz, Sydney Brownstone, Ana Sofia Knauf and Heidi Groover — four of the seven members of this year Stranger Election Control Board — took to Slog yesterday to explain why they strongly oppose CarbonWA’s I-732. In their powerful commentary, they revealed their votes were overridden by the publisher of The Stranger.

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Seattle Subway: “Over a century after the first vote for a fast and reliable train system in the Seattle area, it’s finally our generation’s chance to right a hundred years years of wrongs and build a reliable train system to allow people to travel completely separate from traffic, as well as making many other investments in our region’s transportation system.”

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Joe Fitzgibbon rebuts Reuven Carlyle: Sound Transit’s property taxing authority does not poach education dollars

State Representative Joe Fitzgibbon has responded to Reuven Carlyle’s recent guest post for Publicola opposing Sound Transit 3, saying Carlyle outlined a “false choice” in his piece. “This does a disservice both to our region’s residents who have waited 40 years too long for a regional transit system and our state’s public school children, parents, and educators who have waited 40 years too long for full public education funding,” Fitzgibbon argues.

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It was a very bad week for Tim Eyman

The Stranger‘s Heidi Groover recaps Tim Eyman’s very bad, awful, no-good week.

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Tim Eyman declares war on Sound Transit — again

The Stranger talks to NPI and Transportation Choices Coalition about Tim Eyman’s latest destructive initiative, which would wipe out billions in funding for multimodal transportation projects, eviscerating money for transit, bike paths, trails, and infrastructure for pedestrians.

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I-1366 threat is too big for court to abide

In a new editorial, The Tacoma News Tribune is urging Washington’s highest court to see to it that Tim Eyman’s hostage-taking I-1366 is relegated to the dustbin of history. “The Supreme Court should leave no doubt that I-1366 is unconstitutional. The sooner, the better,” the paper declared.

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Redmond’s Villeneuve, Eyman file dueling statewide initiatives

Reporter Newspapers reports on the filing of the Majority Vote Protection Act by NPI founder and Executive Director Andrew Villeneuve. The Majority Vote Protection Act would set a minimum turnout threshold for passage of initiatives and referenda, and require that any initiative to impose a supermajority vote requirement for anything pass by the same supermajority threshold.

 

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I voted NO. These initiatives are costing us more and more. Eyman banks on the fact that too many people do not know how funding works from the state level to local needs. Monies cannot be simply ‘pulled’ from one fund to another to cover public safety, infrastructure improvements/additions, schools. Washington state is seeing incredible economic growth and we cannot afford to lose funding for our cities and towns because of ignorance and shortsightedness. When you vote away funding, you also lose from the federal level, because many local infrastructure needs also receive federal matching funds to complete projects provided the monies meet or exceed the federal mandates.

— Beth Menstell, explaining why she voted NO on Tim Eyman’s I-1366.

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Radio Alert: NPI founder Andrew Villeneuve makes the case against Tim Eyman’s I-1366

Heads up, NPI supporters! Tomorrow and Monday, Northwest Progressive Institute founder and executive director Andrew Villeneuve will be appearing on several radio programs to make the case against Tim Eyman’s I-1366.

If you’d like to tune in, here is a list of showtimes, along with livestreaming links:

  • 7:30 AM on Friday, October 23rd, on AM 570 KVI (Seattle): Debating I-1366 with Tim Eyman ally Dan Roach on The Commute with Carlson, hosted by notable right wing personality John Carlson. You can listen live.
  • 12:30 PM on Friday, October 23rd, on AM 1180 KLAY (Tacoma/Lakewood): Discussing I-1366 with Equal Time’s Frank Blair and Traci Kelly. You can listen live online.
  • 12 PM on Monday, October 26th, on 930 AM KBAI (Bellingham): Discussing I-1366 on The Joe Show with Joe Teehan. There’s no listen live link, but there should be a podcast of the show posted later.

I-1366 is the latest in a long list of bad ideas from Tim Eyman that Andrew has fought. The Seattle Weekly recently published a profile of Andrew, highlighting his many years of organizing opposition to Eyman’s initiative factory.

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Tim Eyman’s financial machinations all too familiar

“For the sake of argument, let’s presume that [Tim Eyman sidekick Mike] Fagan – Spokane’s champion of vaccine denial and conservative critic of library story time – was completely, totally unaware of these creative maneuvers. He shouldn’t have been,” writes Spokesman-Review columnist Shawn Vestal.

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Time to widen Eyman finance probe

“The state needs to get to the bottom of this, and a wider look at other initiative campaigns Eyman has orchestrated is clearly in order. The AG should go for gusto,” writes The Olympian‘s Brad Shannon.

 

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Tim Eyman’s lucrative initiative game

Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat ponders the answer to the question, “Is Tim Eyman the problem, or a symptom of the problem?”

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You can call them crazy dreamers, or naive. But I’m rooting for them. It’d be great to call something a “citizens’ initiative” again that doesn’t completely sell out the meaning of the words.

— Seattke Times columnist Danny Westneat: Initiative 735 volunteers working to make sure ‘the small potatoes matter’.

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They think $12 is high! Here’s their real choice: They can accept $12 now, or it will be much, much higher. If you’re the Association of Washington Business, you should run, not walk, to Olympia and demand they pass that $12 wage bill.

— Venture capitalist and well known philanthropist Nick Hanauer, telling Danny Westneat that the state’s business lobbies would be wise to embrace raising minimum wages to $12 now, or have an initiative campaign to raise the state’s minimum wage to $16 to look forward to in 2016.

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I-594 winning big: Washington State set to expand background checks on gun sales

The Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, which has been working for months to make background checks universal in the Evergreen State, is having a great night so far. I-594, the coalition’s initiative, is prevailing by a significant margin, while I-591, the gun lobby’s competing initiative to prevent background checks from being expanded beyond what federal law requires, is failing.

This is in line with preelection polling, but it’s nonetheless a welcome relief to get some good news on what has otherwise been a disappointing night.

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Not my favorite Earth Day present. Life becomes harder for those who can’t afford a car. Much more work to do if we will ever provide adequate transportation choices that enable King County residents to get where they need to go without polluting.

— State Representative Joe Fitzgibbon, reacting to the apparent defeat of King County Proposition 1. Proposition 1 was King County’s “Plan B” after the Legislature failed to produce a comprehensive statewide transportation package that would have provided a stable revenue source for Metro.