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Monday, May 16, 2005

Seattle Times editorial gets it wrong

The Seattle Times has an editorial today that commends the state Legislature and Christine Gregoire for passing and signing performance audit legislation into law.

The editorial also says initiative profiteer Tim Eyman should take credit for the legislation's passage:
This editorial is intended to praise Sonntag for his perseverance and the Legislature for its wisdom in creating the audits. But, candidly, part of the credit for the breakthrough has to go to initiative king Tim Eyman and the threat of his own, overreaching performance-audit proposal.
What?

Where the heck has the Seattle Times editorial board been the last few years? Eyman is a complete newcomer to this issue. The state House of Representatives has passed this legislation before. It was the GOP-controlled Senate that prevented the legislation from making it to the Governor's office.

Eyman is 0 for 4 in his last four attempts to pass an initiative into law in Washington State, yet the Times editorial board still seems to believe Eyman can bully state lawmakers around with the threat of an initiative.

They're wrong. The difference this year was a state Senate controlled by Democrats and a new Democratic governor who was willing to sign the legislation. That is what made the difference, not Tim Eyman.

Recently, I noted that a number of newspapers around the state (including the Times) were falling over themselves in handing Eyman column after column within a one week period.

Why do they give him this preferential treatment? How long is it going to take before the media realizes Eyman has been discredited? He's an admitted liar and a failure, and now he is tied to the special interests.

Initiative 900's only real source of funding is Woodinville millionaire Michael Dunmire, who has pumped hundreds of thousands into Eyman's PAC.

Eyman's cadre of supporters is dwindling, his initiative factory sputtering. The only thing keeping it alive is special interest money.

Why can't the Times editorial board see this? Are they blind? Are they asleep?

Doing the audit initiative wasn't even Eyman's idea. It was Dunmire's. The reason Eyman did it is because Dunmire was a millionaire who could give Eyman the funds he needed to get on the ballot.

The Times could certainly use a shot of reality, because this editorial gets it all wrong.

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