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Category Archives: Litigation

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, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Healthcare
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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
Other Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics
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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
Other Categories:Elections, Party Politics
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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
Other Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, World Commmunity
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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
Other Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, World Commmunity
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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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Judge Marc Barreca approves conversion of Tim Eyman’s bankruptcy case to Chapter 7

Excerpt: Tim Eyman's bankruptcy is now a Chapter 7 case, or "straight bankruptcy," rather than the reorganization type. A trustee will now attempt to sell Tim Eyman's nonexempt assets to satisfy his debts.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tim Eyman isn’t making his required monthly payments, so the State of Washington wants a Chapter 11 trustee to be appointed

Excerpt: The convicted chair thief and serial public disclosure law offender is supposed to be paying $10,000 every month to the state treasury, but has stopped doing so and is on the verge of default.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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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
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Open Government
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