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Right wing group “Let’s Go Washington” fails to qualify any of its 11 statewide initiatives

Excerpt: A right wing group formed and primarily funded by Republican donor Brian K. Heywood of Redmond has admitted defeat in its efforts to qualify a batch of eleven right wing initiatives to the 2023 Washington State Legislature.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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The day before Election Day, Tim Eyman said he was praying for a red wave. It never came.

Excerpt: Eyman had fantasized in mid-2022 about voters electing a Republican-controlled Legislature that would take on Governor Jay Inslee and potentially adopt a slew of right wing initiatives introduced by his friend Brian Heywood. But not only did Republicans fail to capture control of the Legislature, they lost seats to the Democrats.
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Voters are embracing charter amendment to switch King County to even year elections

Excerpt: A proposed charter amendment conceived at the Northwest Progressive Institute that would move elections for twelve King County offices from odd to even-numbered years remains popular with voters and is destined for passage.
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Tim Eyman’s lawsuit to force more anti-tax propaganda onto 2022 ballots gets quashed

Excerpt: A pro se lawsuit recently filed by right wing provocateur Tim Eyman that sought to load up Washingtonians' 2022 ballots with additional anti-tax propaganda has ended in failure after the State Supreme Court issued a special order deeming Eyman's legal challenge untimely, thus putting the kibosh on his scheme.
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Pandemic-era initiative drought continues as no measures qualify for statewide ballot

Excerpt: July 8th, 2022 was the deadline to turn in signatures for initiatives to the people for 2022, and no campaigns made appointments to submit signatures, Secretary of State Steve Hobbs' staff told the Northwest Progressive Institute.
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Initiative 1922 won’t qualify for November ballot, Commit to Change Washington says

Excerpt: "We will not be moving forward to qualify Washington State Initiative Measure No. 1922 to the November 8th general election ballot," the campaign said. "Signature gathering proved more challenging and prohibitively expensive than projected."
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Mark Funk admits that initiative to overturn capital gains tax on the wealthy is kaput

Excerpt: Initiative 1929, sponsored by former Dino Rossi adviser J. Vander Stoep, is dead and no effort will be made to organize an eleventh hour signature drive to qualify it for the November 2022 ballot.
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Tim Eyman again begs for some benefactors to step forth and revive his initiative business

Excerpt: Standing outside the Secretary of State's Elections Annex under a covered walkway, Eyman staged a repeat performance of the event he orchestrated last autumn, in which he made a similar public plea for rich right wing funders to pony up megabucks to allow him to run a new initiative to get rid of Washington State's new capital gains tax on the wealthy
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Campaign to nix capital gains tax gets more money but hasn’t launched a signature drive

Excerpt: Despite having spent more than a quarter of a million dollars already, the Initiative 1929 campaign is still not yet in the field. It also hasn't taken the password protection off of the campaign website that a vendor was paid several thousand dollars to create. 
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Let’s amend the King County Charter to elect all county offices in even-numbered years

Excerpt: If adopted by the Council and ratified by voters this November, the amendment would eventually result in future elections for Executive, Assessor, Elections Director, and County Council being held in midterm and presidential cycles, rather than in odd-numbered years, as has been the case for many years.
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Initiative to cut taxes for the rich gets a ballot title: Judge picks AGO’s alternative version

Excerpt: I-1929, sponsored by Republican operative J. Vander Stoep, seeks to completely repeal Engrossed Second Substitute Bill 5096, approved in 2021 by the Washington State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee.
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Big money is flowing into a right wing ballot campaign to repeal state capital gains tax

Excerpt: The committee, helmed by longtime Republican operative J. Vander Stoep, has not disclosed its plans to the public, but its aim appears to be to qualify a measure to the November 2022 statewide ballot that would completely repeal ESSB 5096, the popular 2021 law that levied a capital gains tax on the wealthy to fund early learning, childcare, and K-12 education.
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Fiscal impact disclosures now required for statewide initiatives: Governor signs HB 1876

Excerpt: HB 1876 is the first significant initiative reform legislation to be signed into law in Washington State in the twenty-first century. It makes voting on statewide initiatives easier (and deceptive campaigning harder!) by alerting voters when an initiative would increase or decrease funding for public services. This is done through a statement that appears before the Yes/No ovals on the ballot.
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J. Vander Stoep files new initiative to repeal Washington’s capital gains tax on the wealthy

Excerpt: J. Vander Stoep, an attorney based in Chehalis who has been active in Republican politics for many years, has filed the initial text of a measure that would completely repeal Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5096, the legislation that created Washington's new state capital gains tax on the wealthy and dedicated the revenue it generates to childcare, early learning, and K-12 public schools.
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