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Thursday, November 8, 2007

Initiative 747 court defeat leaves Eyman humiliated again

This is what you get for making brash predictions:
I-747 will be upheld by the state supreme court
Tuesday, May 15, 2007 9:34:23 AM

To: Our thousands of supporters throughout the state (cc'd to the media, house & senate members, and Governor)

From: Tim Eyman, Jack Fagan, Mike Fagan

RE: Property tax cap Initiative 747 will be upheld by the state supreme court this fall

There are several whacko lefty activist judges on the state supreme court. You know it, I know it. But there's enough OK justices to overturn King County judge Mary Roberts' goofy ruling saying "voters were unconstitutionally misled into approving I-747."
Darn all those "whacko lefty activist judges"! They're everywhere, protecting our pesky state Constitution and the rule of law.

As usual, when courts don't rule in Eyman's favor, he impugns their integrity. What a typical right wing response to our judicial system. I'm sure we'll hear more of this later today. That "activist judge" nonsense is so old and pathetic.

If Tim wants his initiatives to pass constitutional muster, he should do his homework and read up on the law of our land - because he clearly doesn't understand it.

Neither does Attorney General Rob McKenna, who co-wrote Initiative 747 and defended it in court. Today's decision is a defeat for him as well.

We expect that Tim will shortly announce a new initiative to cut property taxes and assault our common wealth for next year.

We'll be out on the front lines fighting that from Day One.

As for Initiative 960, which is only passing by a slight margin (and losing in the state's largest county) if that squeaks on through, expect another court challenge, because it's unconstitutional, unfair, and unsound.


Blogger Librocrat said...

Am I the only one that cracked up laughing after hearing this news?

While it was a waste of money and time, I almost feel as though having it pass and then ruling it unconstitutional is a much bigger victory than defeating it ever could have achieved. It allows the people who voted for it to pause and actually read what the initiative was about.

Let's all take a moment to sit back and smile.

November 8, 2007 11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It no more matters if 747 is ruled unconstitutional (by a 5-4 decision? Doesn't sound like it would take much for Eyman to start winning, even in the Supreme Court, if there's only a one vote margn) or not. Eyman is driving the agenda, and the messages he is sending to Olympia are being heard. Already the Democratic Rep from Gig Harbor is starting legislation to put in to statute all that the Supreme Court negated. Given the majority that 747 got, what do you want to bet it passes?

November 8, 2007 1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Humiliated? Hardly. Gregoire just issued a press release stating that she wants most of the provisions of I-747 reinstated. Check the Heraldnet.

Also, the dem rep from Gig Harbor has already said he'll introduce legislation to that effect.

Eyman is setting the agenda for the whole state, and it's costing him next to nothing to do it.

November 8, 2007 2:22 PM  

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