A great success story: the initiative that reduced the King County Council from 13 politicians to 9. My first opportunity to promote ideas by others.
The King County Corrections Guild (the jail guards) sponsored Initiative 18 in 2003 to reduce the number of politicians on the King County Council from 13 to 9.
Their attorney — Jared Karstetter — called me and said they were having huge difficulties because King County politicians were stonewalling the process.
They brought me in to help.
I was happy to do it.
They had me serve as the spokesman and I organized the signature drive.
We were supposed to have 90 days to collect signatures — but bureaucratic delays by King County’s politicians ate up 45 of those days (they refused to issue a ballot title which is needed to print petitions):
Under the threat of litigation, a title was finally written for it and petitions were printed. During the remaining 45 days, with a tremendous amount of grassroots support, we successfully collected over 71,000 voter signatures which was more than enough to qualify it for a public vote.
Here we are turning them in:
After qualifying, the government sued the voters.
Shortly after that, a liberal judge ruled against it.
Pompous politicians predicted his ruling would stand:
She was wrong.
A unanimous supreme court overruled that liberal judge saying the people had every right to do initiatives modifying the County Charter.
So the Cadillac Council was ordered by the State Supreme Court to put the initiative on the ballot.
But they didn’t do that.
Instead, in a desperate attempt to delay the reduction, they changed the language of the initiative.
They’re not allowed to do that. Once an initiative qualifies, the unaltered language must be put on the ballot for the voters to decide.
But after spending over $200,000 to get Initiative 18 through the signature gathering process and the court system, the sponsors of the initiative, the King County Corrections Guild, were prepared to allow the delay to occur.
Because it would’ve set an extremely dangerous precedent.
If they got away with changing this qualified initiative before the vote, then they’d feel emboldened to change any future initiative.
A critic wrote about it at the time:
Yes, I sued them.
And I won.
The judge ordered the initiative as written to appear on the ballot.
And 56.5% of King County voters voted to reduce the Cadillac Council from 13 politicians to 9.
Pompous politicians predicted it would be “impossible” to do the redistricting in just 6 weeks.
They were wrong.
“On November 2, 2004, the reduction to nine members won easily and required the new districts to be set by January 15. … The Districting Committee met the deadline, announcing the new 9-district map in six weeks.”
What was the result?
At least 4 politicians back then had to go do something else with their lives.
And now there are 9 politicians, not 13, representing the voters of King County.
It is great successes like this that explain why Fascist Fergie is working so hard to impose a lifetime ban on my future political activity.
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This is a legal and political precedent that cannot be allowed to stand.
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As you know, we worked really hard on Initiative 976 — here’s when we turned in 350,000 voter signatures to qualify it for the ballot:
And here’s election night:
And now, a message from Sid Maietto and Larry Jensen:
We’re asking folks to donate to our PAC so Tim can get paid back (and live and survive) and to help stop Inslee’s Income Tax and Carbon Tax Schemes with the initiatives we’re co-sponsoring with Tim.
The taxpayers of Washington need our help now more than ever. Donate to our political committee so we can keep fighting for you:
Sid Maietto & Larry Jensen
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