Posted inEconomic Security, Litigation, Policy Topics, Public Planning

It’s time to update Tim Eyman’s Failure Chart

Now that the Wash­ing­ton State Supreme Court has ruled, at long last, that the main pro­vi­sion of Tim Eyman’s I‑601 clones is uncon­sti­tu­tion­al and void, it’s time for us to update Tim Eyman’s Fail­ure Chart. The Fail­ure Chart is a handy resource that we main­tain over at Per­ma­nent Defense which shows that most of the […]

Posted inBreaking News, Litigation

Governor Jay Inslee, advocates thrilled with today’s landmark Supreme Court decision

The Supreme Court’s land­mark rul­ing in LEV v. State has now been up on the World Wide Web for a cou­ple of hours, and we’ve been on the receiv­ing end of a num­ber of state­ments and press releas­es com­ment­ing on the deci­sion. We’d like to share some of what we’re hear­ing with you. First, Gov­er­nor Jay […]

Posted inBreaking News, Economic Security, Open Government, Policy Topics

UNCONSTITUTIONAL! State Supreme Court strikes down Tim Eyman’s two-thirds scheme!

OH, HAPPY DAY! In a 6–3 deci­sion released only min­utes ago, the Wash­ing­ton State Supreme Court final­ly ren­dered a momen­tous ver­dict in League of Edu­ca­tion Vot­ers et al. v. State of Wash­ing­ton, et. al, find­ing the two-thirds require­ment at the heart of Tim Eyman’s I‑601 clones — also present in I‑601 itself — to be unconstitutional. […]

Posted inBreaking News, Litigation

Ruling coming tomorrow on constitutionality of Tim Eyman’s I‑960/I‑1053/I‑1185

The Wash­ing­ton State Supreme Court sig­naled today that it plans to issue a rul­ing tomor­row morn­ing in League of Edu­ca­tion Vot­ers, et al. v. State of Wash­ing­ton, et al, the all-impor­­tant legal chal­lenge to Tim Eyman’s I‑1053 filed in June 2011 by a group of Demo­c­ra­t­ic law­mak­ers, par­ents, and teach­ers. In a notice on its […]

Posted inEconomic Security, Media & Culture, Policy Topics, Public Planning

Don’t feed the trolls: Why we asked Andrew Garber and his colleagues to ignore Tim Eyman’s repugnant attack on Jay Inslee

Yes­ter­day, at a press con­fer­ence on the Capi­tol Cam­pus in Olympia,  State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Judy Clib­born (D‑41st Dis­trict) and House Democ­rats unveiled a “Con­nect­ing Wash­ing­ton” trans­porta­tion pack­age that pro­pos­es to invest $10 bil­lion in Wash­ing­ton’s high­ways, streets, fer­ries, and local tran­sit agen­cies. Some of the mon­ey would go to road main­te­nance, some would be ded­i­cat­ed to […]

Posted inPolicy Topics, Technology, World Commmunity

Elite American security firm: Chinese military is behind attacks on U.S. corporate networks

For many months now, inde­pen­dent secu­ri­ty researchers and jour­nal­ists have been open­ly spec­u­lat­ing that the Chi­nese mil­i­tary is behind a sig­nif­i­cant per­cent­age of the increas­ing num­ber of cyber­at­tacks on U.S. cor­po­rate and gov­ern­ment net­works. Now, elite Amer­i­can secu­ri­ty firm Man­di­ant — which Bloomberg Busi­ness­week pro­filed in one of its recent issues — has pub­licly released […]

Posted inAnnouncements, Events

Sound Transit CEO Joni Earl to speak at NPI’s 2013 Spring Fundraising Gala on April 5th

Today is Per­ma­nent Defense’s eleventh anniver­sary, and giv­en that Per­ma­nent Defense was ini­tial­ly cre­at­ed to oppose I‑776 (Tim Eyman’s scheme to block Cen­tral Link light rail from being built), it seems like the per­fect time for us to announce that Joni Earl, the CEO of Sound Tran­sit, will be one of the speak­ers at NPI’s […]

Posted inEvents, Humor & Satire

Marco Rubio’s water grab becomes the talk of Twitter and social media

Since the mid-1960s, when Lyn­don John­son was pres­i­dent, the par­ty not in con­trol of the White House has pro­vid­ed a for­mal response to the State of the Union Address for tele­vi­sion and radio net­works to air a few min­utes fol­low­ing the con­clu­sion of the main event. Repub­li­cans car­ried on that tra­di­tion tonight, tap­ping Sen­a­tor Marco […]

Posted inBreaking News, Public Service

King County Council appoints Rod Dembowski to succeed Bob Ferguson in 1st District

This just in from the King Coun­ty Cour­t­house: Min­utes ago, in a unan­i­mous 8–0 vote, the King Coun­ty Coun­cil chose attor­ney Rod Dem­bows­ki to suc­ceed Bob Fer­gu­son as the next Coun­cilmem­ber from the 1st Dis­trict (North Seat­tle, Shore­line, Lake For­est Park, Wood­inville, Both­ell, Ken­more, Kirk­land). Dem­bows­ki was one of three indi­vid­u­als named by King County […]

Posted inBreaking News

Pope Benedict XVI surprises Catholics everywhere by announcing his retirement

Ear­li­er today, at the Con­cis­to­ry Hall in Vat­i­can City, Pope Bene­dict XVI shocked the world com­mu­ni­ty by announc­ing that he has decid­ed to step down as the leader of the Roman Catholic Church at the end of this month and allow the Col­lege of Car­di­nals to choose his suc­ces­sor while he is still alive. In resigning, […]

Posted inEconomic Security, Policy Topics, Public Planning

Postal workers denounce Patrick Donahoe’s scheme to end Saturday mail delivery

Ear­li­er today, Post­mas­ter Gen­er­al Patrick Don­a­hoe (who seems to thinks his job at the Unit­ed States Postal Ser­vice is Dis­­­man­tler-in-Chief, as opposed to chief exec­u­tive) announced that he and his sub­or­di­nates have uni­lat­er­al­ly decid­ed to end Sat­ur­day mail deliv­ery to U.S. homes and busi­ness­es as of August 5th, 2013… with­out con­gres­sion­al approval. Fed­er­al law has […]

Posted inOur Environment, Policy Topics, Public Service

President Obama picks REI CEO Sally Jewell to serve as the next Secretary of the Interior

Great news from our nation’s cap­i­tal this morn­ing: At an event in the White House­’s State Din­ing Room, Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma announced that he has cho­sen Wash­ing­ton’s Sal­ly Jew­ell to serve as the Sec­re­tary of the Depart­ment of the Inte­ri­or. Jew­ell, fifty-sev­en, is cur­rent­ly the chief exec­u­tive offi­cer of Recre­ation­al Equip­ment Incor­po­rat­ed, bet­ter known as […]