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Saturday, October 08, 2005

Seattle Times to endorse yes on I-900 tomorrow

NPI has reason to believe that the Seattle Times editorial board will endorse "yes" on Tim Eyman's Initiative 900 tomorrow.

The Times recently put out its endorsement schedule:
The Seattle Times Editorial Board's endorsements of initiatives and candidates begin this week, including our take on three of five statewide initiatives. We urge a no vote on two medical-malpractice measures, Initiatives 330 and 336; we support a yes vote for cleaner indoor air, Initiative 901. The schedule:

Sunday, Oct. 9 — Initiative 912, recalling the gas-tax increase; Initiative 900, performance audits
Monday, Oct. 10 — Seattle mayor
Tuesday, Oct. 11 — Seattle Port Commission
Sunday, Oct. 16 — Seattle School Board
Monday and Tuesday, Oct 17 and 18 — King County Council
Wednesday, Oct. 19 — Everett mayor
Thursday, Oct. 20 — Kent mayor
Sunday, Oct. 23 — Seattle City Council
Monday, Oct. 24 — King County sheriff
Wednesday, Oct. 26 — Snohomish County Council
Thursday, Oct. 27 — Senate Joint Resolution 8207
Friday, Oct. 28 — King County veterans and human services levy
Sunday, Oct. 30 — King County executive
Sunday, Nov. 6 — Election wrap-up
Selected Eastside and South King County races throughout the month.

Previous recommendations:

State Initiative I-901, smoking ban — Yes.
State Initiatives I-330/336, tort and medical reform — No.
We'll see what the Times editorial board's reasoning for supporting I-900 is tomorrow.

We do know that the Times said this last May:
Last week, Eyman revved up the I-900 campaign and vowed to get enough signatures to win a spot on the November ballot. He says the Legislature-approved performance audits don't give the auditor enough authority because the law establishes an appointed citizens panel. But the fact is, the panel is only advisory to the auditor, who will retain discretion.

More importantly, Sonntag, the guy who knows the most about this topic and will be most accountable, is satisfied.

The threat of Eyman's initiative might have given the Legislature a needed nudge. Eyman should take that credit and abandon the I-900 campaign. His work here is done.
Tim, of course, didn't abandon the Initiative 900 campaign. Why would he have done that? He needs an initiative on the ballot to stay relevant.

So, last May, the Times urged Eyman to abandon the campaign, saying "his work is done" and "the auditor is satisfied". And now they're endorsing Initiative 900? If they like the initiative so much, why did they urge Eyman to drop his campaign earlier?

Compared to previous Eyman initiatives, I-900 doesn't do that much damage. But it's still ineffective, harmful to home rule, and unnecessary. Vote NO on I-900.

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