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Category Archives: Litigation

Court of Appeals rejects Compassion Seattle appeal, keeping Charter Amendment 29 off the November general election ballot

Excerpt: "While we are deeply disappointed, we will continue to share evidence that our amendment’s approach can make a necessary and noticeable difference for those living unsheltered in our parks and other public spaces," the coalition said.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Idaho Supreme Court voids Republican Legislature’s newest anti-initiative law

Excerpt: Senate Bill 1110 does not comport with the Gem State's plan of government because it infringes upon the fundamental rights of direct democracy guaranteed to Idahoans by Article III, Section I of the state's constitution.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tim Eyman pleads poverty in latest appeal for cash, says legal fees have “drained me dry”

Excerpt: The failed gubernatorial candidate and dishonest initiative promoter claims to be out of money and wants his friends to bail him out. Again.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Donald Trump frivolously sues big tech firms in his latest ploy for money and attention

Excerpt: “This lawsuit is a stunt, and it’s unlikely to find traction in the courts,” Jameel Jaffer, director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, told the Daily Beast.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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United States Supreme Court upholds the Patient Protection Act for the *third* time

Excerpt: Republicans have spent the last few years packing the Supreme Court full of extremely right wing justices and they still haven't been able to knock down the Patient Protection Act with a legal challenge.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Judge Mary Roberts: Seattle’s JumpStart revenue ordinance is legal and constitutional

Excerpt: The City of Seattle has the legal authority to levy an excise tax on annual payrolls of $7 million or higher with employees who make $150,000 or more annually, a King County Superior Court judge has ruled.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Judge punishes Tim Eyman for egregiously violating Washington’s public disclosure laws

Excerpt: Eyman must pay a $2.6 million fine and is now prohibited from flying solo as an officer of a political committee, Thurston County Superior Court Judge Dixon decreed. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Loren Culp, Stephen Pidgeon scrap their absurd lawsuit against elections officials

Excerpt: In an attempt to explain their retreat, Culp and Pidgeon offered a plethora of excuses to their rabid right wing followers during a Facebook Live event, none of which were true.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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At his trial, Tim Eyman tried to get out of wearing a mask by saying he has ADHD

Excerpt: Eyman, an extremely vocal opponent of mask wearing, claimed that wearing a mask distracts him. Eyman attempted to justify his request by telling the court he has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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The mother of all grocery bills: GMA must pay $18 million fine for 2013 disclosure violations

Excerpt: The Grocery Manufacturers Association remains on the hook for a record-setting judgment because it flagrantly violated Washington State's public disclosure laws during its efforts to defeat a GMO labeling initiative.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Tim Eyman’s latest obsession: Trying to get the Supreme Court to reverse its I‑976 ruling

Excerpt: Washington State's 2020 gubernatorial race might as well be ancient history. Having failed to defeat Jay Inslee, Tim Eyman has gone back to griping about I-976's demise.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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How will the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett affect the United States Senate?

Excerpt: Mitch McConnell and his caucus are giddy that they added another archconservative justice to the Supreme Court. But their majority could soon be gone.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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AG Bob Ferguson lays the blame for I‑976 debacle where it belongs: with Tim Eyman

Excerpt: Washington State's chief law enforcement officer says that the demise of Initiative 976 is dishonest initiative promoter Tim Eyman's fault. And he's right.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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HUGE VICTORY: Washington’s highest court rules Tim Eyman’s I‑976 is unconstitutional!

Excerpt: "Initiative Measure 976 contains more than one subject, and its subject is not accurately expressed in its title. Accordingly, it is unconstitutional," the Washington State Supreme Court has ruled.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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