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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, Open Government, Public Service

Alexandria police arrest Idaho Senator Mike Crapo for driving under the influence

But not to wor­ry, we hear you can be for­giv­en for dri­ving drunk (or, in Lar­ry Craig’s case, solic­it­ing sex in an air­port bath­room) if you’re a Repub­li­can: Police in Alexan­dria, Vir­gina  said the three-term sen­a­tor from Bon­neville Coun­ty failed field sobri­ety tests after an offi­cer saw Crapo’s vehi­cle run a red light and pulled […]

Posted inEconomic Security, Legislative Advocacy, Open Government, Party Politics, Policy Topics

Rodney Tom to constituents: “I believe my credentials as a Democrat are rock solid”

Since announc­ing on Mon­day that he has decid­ed to join with Tim Shel­don in engi­neer­ing a new Repub­li­can major­i­ty in the Wash­ing­ton State Sen­ate, Med­i­na’s Rod­ney Tom has been field­ing phone calls and emails from unhap­py Demo­c­ra­t­ic con­stituents in the 48th Dis­trict who have told him in no uncer­tain terms that they regard his actions […]

Posted inElections, Open Government, Policy Topics

State House passes NPI-supported bill to make ballot advertising more transparent

Good news out of the Capi­tol Cam­pus this after­noon: Wash­ing­ton’s House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives has just approved a bill spon­sored by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Andy Bil­lig that makes it eas­i­er for vot­ers to find out who’s try­ing to influ­ence them to vote in favor of (or in oppo­si­tion to) bal­lot mea­sures. I tes­ti­fied in favor of this bill […]

Posted inOpen Government

Congressional insider trading bill being considered in the U.S. Senate today

Last week in his State of the Union Address, Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma renewed the call to end the lit­­tle-known uneth­i­cal prac­tice that helps mem­bers of Con­gress increase their wealth through insid­er trad­ing. Today the Sen­ate will con­sid­er S. 2038, spon­sored by Sen­a­tor Joe Lieber­man (Par­ty of One — Con­necti­cut) which will pro­hib­it mem­bers from trading […]

Posted inOpen Government, Policy Topics

Bill to require more transparency in ballot measure advertising moves forward

Ear­li­er today, along with NPI board mem­ber Steve Zemke and NPI con­trib­u­tor Steve Breaux, I par­tic­i­pat­ed in a pub­lic hear­ing in sup­port of House Bill 2499, prime spon­sored by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Andy Bil­lig. HB 2499 would require adver­tis­ing for or against bal­lot mea­sures in Wash­ing­ton to include the name and address of the enti­ty pay­ing for […]

Posted inOpen Government, Policy Topics

Senate Republicans propose constitutional amendment to prohibit unfunded mandates

A group of Repub­li­cans in Wash­ing­ton’s state Sen­ate, includ­ing Minor­i­ty Leader Mike Hewitt and Repub­li­can floor leader Mark Schoesler, have teamed up with two Demo­c­ra­t­ic sen­a­tors (Nick Harp­er, Deb­bie Regala) to pro­pose a con­sti­tu­tion­al amend­ment that would pro­hib­it unfund­ed man­dates. (An unfund­ed man­date is an ini­tia­tive that cre­ates a new ser­vice or requires a service […]

Posted inElections, Open Government, Policy Topics

Bank of America joins Keep Washington Rolling, donates $10,000 to beat I‑1125

A year and a half after donat­ing $10,000 to help Tim Eyman get I‑1053 on the Novem­ber 2010 bal­lot, Bank of Amer­i­ca (which we like to call Bank of Greed) has donat­ed an iden­ti­cal amount to beat Eyman’s I‑1125, new PDC data shows. Keep Wash­ing­ton Rolling has been bol­stered by some $1 mil­lion in fresh contributions […]

Posted inAnnouncements, Elections, Open Government, Policy Topics

Permanent Defense launches Eye on Money

This morn­ing, we’re proud to announce we have added a new tool to Per­ma­nent Defense’s web­site called Eye on Mon­ey, which can be found under Research & Reports. Eye on Mon­ey uses Stop­­Greed-style charts to visu­al­ly break down con­tri­bu­tions to Tim Eyman’s ini­tia­tive fac­to­ry. As the chart for Tim Eyman’s cur­rent mea­sure shows, the vast […]

Posted inOpen Government, Policy Topics, Public Planning

Tim Eyman reveals that his old buddy Kemper Freeman Jr. is bankrolling I‑1125

When Tim Eyman announced a few weeks ago that he would be attempt­ing to qual­i­fy a mea­sure for this year’s bal­lot, we were imme­di­ate­ly sure that he had con­vinced some­body to put up a lot of cash to hire mer­ce­nary peti­tion­ers (because Tim does­n’t do vol­un­teer sig­na­ture dri­ves). On May 1st, I wrote the following: […]

Posted inMedia & Culture, Open Government, Policy Topics

Alaska begins releasing Sarah Palin emails

Today, many emails from Sarah Palin’s par­­tial­­ly-com­­plet­ed term as Alas­ka gov­er­nor were released.  So far, noth­ing too embar­rass­ing has come out, though the State of Alas­ka is still hold­ing back many doc­u­ments. Accord­ing to The Guardian, approx­i­mate­ly 2,358 pages are being with­held out of the 26,553 pages of emails that were iden­ti­fied in Decem­ber. The […]

Posted inOpen Government, Party Politics

Republican state legislator skipped special session to go on a European cruise

Accord­ing to a sto­ry in The Kit­sap Sun, State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jan Angel (R – Port Orchard) was absent for almost the entire spe­cial ses­sion of the Leg­is­la­ture – because she was on a Euro­pean cruise. Angel won the Euro­pean cruise at a Port Orchard event in Novem­ber and claims to have con­sult­ed with Repub­li­can leaders […]

Posted inOpen Government, Policy Topics

How do we change Congress and put an end to rampant corruption?

When our found­ing fathers put togeth­er our plan of gov­ern­ment at the Con­sti­tu­tion­al Con­ven­tion in Philadel­phia, they spent a great deal more time ham­mer­ing out the details that con­cern the leg­isla­tive branch (Con­gress) than the details that describe how the oth­er two branch­es are sup­posed to work. This was not acci­den­tal — our found­ing fathers believed […]