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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.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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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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NPI launches VoteMaintained.org, a resource for navigating “advisory votes”

Excerpt: The Northwest Progressive Institute has created a new website for voters that provides guidance on how to respond to statewide "advisory votes" ... the three items (numbered #36, #37, and #38) that every Washington voter will see at the top of the 2021 ballot.
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For the tenth straight year, Washingtonians will see anti-tax propaganda on their ballots

Excerpt: Although there are no statewide measures (initiatives, referenda, or constitutional amendments) on the 2021 ballot, voters will see three anti-tax propaganda pieces right at the top, presented duplicitously as "advisory votes."
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Tim Eyman publicly pleads with wealthy right wingers for money to revive initiative factory

Excerpt: The notorious chair chief and serial public disclosure law offender is hoping some right wing billionaires will open up their checkbooks to allow him to qualify a measure to the 2022 Washington State ballot that would reverse all of the recent efforts to balance the state's tax code.
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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.
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Judge strikes Compassion Seattle’s Charter Amendment 29 from November ballot

Excerpt: Barring a successful appeal -- and it doesn't sound like there will be one -- people in Seattle will not be getting a chance to vote on a charter amendment that would alter the city's plan of government to add new directives regarding the city's obligations with respect to homelessness this autumn.
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Lawsuit filed to block Charter Amendment 29 from the November 2021 Seattle ballot

Excerpt: If the lawsuit is successful, the debate over Compassion Seattle's plan to alter the Emerald City's plan of government to add new directives on homelessness would be over before the fall campaign could rev into high gear.
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