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Category Archives: Litigation

Impressions from today’s oral arguments in right wing’s capital gains tax legal challenge

Excerpt: Here's what it was like to be in the courtroom for oral arguments in Quinn et al v. State of Washington et al, the right wing legal challenge to the constitutionality of our recently enacted capital gains tax on the wealthy.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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National, state Republicans intervene against voters in signature verification legal challenge

Excerpt: State and national Republicans are filing briefs in a lawsuit that seeks to end the error-filled signature verification process on Washington’s mail-in ballots. The suit they are intervening in alleges that thousands of valid votes get rejected and that rejections hit a disproportionate number of younger, Black, Latino/Latina and disabled voters.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Washington State Supreme Court rules capital gains tax on wealthy can be collected for now

Excerpt: The ruling, requested by Attorney General Bob Ferguson, frees the Department of Revenue (DOR) to proceed with collecting the new capital gains tax, which is a crucial new funding source for education, preschool, and early learning. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Grand settlement agreed to by the parties in Tim Eyman’s Chapter 7 bankruptcy case

Excerpt: A grand settlement backed by the estate's court-appointed trustee and agreed to by all the parties involved in the right wing activist's Chapter 7 case has been submitted to Bankruptcy Court Judge Marc Barreca for final approval next month, records recently filed with the court and examined by NPI show.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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The dishonesty of the Dobbs majority

Excerpt: "More than a gutting of reproductive rights and women's rights, Dobbs is a breach of trust," attorney Cat Williams writes in this guest post for NPI's Cascadia Advocate.
Written by:Cat Williams
Other Categories:Civil Liberties, Policy Topics
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Distract and distort: Republicans declare Alito Court the victim after anti-Roe draft leaks

Excerpt: The extreme right wing has moved quickly to distract and distort in the wake of Politico's publication of Samuel Alito's draft opinion holding that the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision was egregiously wrong.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Other Categories:Civil Liberties, Healthcare, Policy Topics
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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts admits that leaked Alito draft is authentic

Excerpt: A draft of a majority opinion overturning the United States Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade decision from 1973 and leaked to Politico is authentic, Chief Justice John Roberts has admitted in a statement released by the Court.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Draft of opinion overturning Roe v. Wade leaks out of the United States Supreme Court

Excerpt: Authored by Samuel Alito, one of George W. Bush's two Supreme Court appointees, the draft declares that "Roe was egregiously wrong from the start" and "the decision has had damaging consequences."
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Redistricting Chair resigns as commissioners deadlock on intervening in federal lawsuit

Excerpt: At its March 7th meeting, the four member commission, which is evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans -- lost its nonvoting chair, Sarah Augustine, while the commissioners deadlocked on responding to a federal lawsuit that alleges the Voting Rights Act wasn't followed when the new maps were drawn.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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In arena after arena, Attorney General Bob Ferguson is getting results for Washington

Excerpt: The state's three-term chief legal officer has scored an impressive number of wins in a bevy of cases with big ramifications.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Quinn plaintiffs obtain ruling striking down Washington’s capital gains tax on the wealthy

Excerpt: A Douglas County Superior Court judge has ruled that ESSB 5096 isn't constitutional. That decision will be appealed to the Washington State Supreme Court. In the meantime, some on the right wing are clamoring for an initiative to overturn Washington's new state capital gains tax in the court of public opinion... but NPI's polling suggests voters wouldn't be receptive.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Donald Trump’s accounting firm Mazars USA severs ties, retracts financial statements

Excerpt: In addition to being ordered to testify under oath in a ruling issued today by State Supreme Court Judge Arthur F. Engoron along with two of his children -- a decision that his attorneys will no doubt promptly appeal -- Donald Trump lost the services of his longtime accounting firm, Mazars USA. 
Written by:Peter Orth
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New York investigators are closing in on the Trump Organization. Who will crack first?

Excerpt: The New York Attorney General's office has demonstrated it has evidence of unusual business practices regarding its valuations for certain properties that it would like the officers of the Trump Organization to explain.
Written by:Peter Orth
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Lawsuits challenging Washington’s new state capital gains tax on the wealthy seek to re-rig our tax code in favor of the rich — indefinitely

Excerpt: Read NPI alum Patrick Stickney's assessment of the legal challenge to ESSB 5096, the most important tax reform legislation passed in decades, which is being contested in court in a pair of cases known as Quinn et al v. State of Washington et al.
Written by:Patrick Stickney
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