With Labor Day 2015 now behind us, the traditional home stretch of the annual autumn campaign season has begun. The November 3rd general election is less than two months away, and ballots will be mailed in about thirty-five days.
Unfortunately, the Washington State Supreme Court declined to issue an injunction last Friday in Huff v. Wyman, which means Tim Eyman’s hostage-taking Initiative 1366 will be on the ballot. We had anticipated from the outset of the case that the Court might not block I‑1366 (even though it is blatantly beyond the scope of the people’s initiative power), so we’ve continued our coalition-building efforts, in preparation for a battle in the court of public opinion.
Amusingly, this morning, Tim Eyman sent out another fundraising appeal to his followers in which he sneered, “Opponents are despondent, discouraged, and downcast.” I had to laugh when I read that.
Nothing could be further from the truth. The coalition opposed I‑1366 went to court not because we were afraid of losing, but because I‑1366 is so dangerous and destructive that it needed to be fought on multiple fronts.
Polling recently conducted by Stuart Elway shows I‑1366 starting out at under fifty percent, a bad place for an initiative to be before an autumn campaign.
The Supreme Court may not have issued the injunction we wanted, but it did retain the case on appeal for a decision on the merits. Tim Eyman has neglected to mention that last Friday’s order won’t be the Court’s last word on this matter.
(Eyman has also neglected to mention to his followers that he’s been ordered to appear in court after having failed to promptly turn over records subpoenaed by the Public Disclosure Commission as part of its investigation into his I‑517 campaign.)
We at NPI are energized about accelerating our coalition-building work. Over Labor Day weekend, we secured the support of a number of elected officials and candidates for NO on I‑1366, adding to the list already in progress. Here’s the updated list published to the coalition website on Monday night:
Current and former elected leaders
Dan Evans, former Governor
Sam Reed, former Secretary of State
Ralph Munro, former Secretary of State
King County Executive Dow Constantine
King County Assessor Lloyd Hara
King County Councilmember Joe McDermott
Louise Miller, former King County Councilmember
Senator Sharon Nelson, Democratic Leader
Senator David Frockt
Sentor Pramila Jayapal
Adam Kline, former Senator
State Representative Reuven Carlyle
State Representative Zack Hudgins
State Representative Gael Tarleton
State Representative Roger Goodman
Eugene V. Lux, former State Representative
Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw
Bellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci
SeaTac City Councilmember Kathryn Campbell
Kirkland City Councilmember Dave Asher
Kirkland City Councilmember Shelley Kloba
Kirkland City Councilmember Jay Arnold
Vandana Slatter, candidate for Bellevue City Council
Rob Johnson, candidate for Seattle City Council
Sandy Brown, candidate for Seattle City Council
Leslie Harris, candidate for Seattle School Board
Titles are listed for identification purposes only.
And this is just the beginning. As this campaign rolls along, we expect to add many more elected leaders and candidates to our coalition roster.
We also continue to receive organizational backing. I’m very pleased to report that last week, NO on I‑1366 gained the support of AARP Washington State and OneAmerica Votes. And just tonight, the Mason County Democrats voted unanimously to join us. We’re very pleased to have them all aboard.
Later this week, we will have even more endorsements to announce. We’ll soon be adding a preliminary list of activists and concerned citizens who are opposed to I‑1366. If you’d like to join, you can sign up here.