Inslee had a choice: keep his word to Democrats or get orgasmic headlines

Early last week, Gov. Jay Inslee gave his word to Democrat Senate Leader Sharon Nelson and Speaker Frank Chopp. He promised them that if they could get a veto-proof majority for their bill exempting the legislature from the public records act he would not veto it and would allow it to become law without his signature. In the following days, they held up their end of the bargain: they whipped their fellow legislators into line, convincing them to climb out onto a limb and pass this turd-in-the-punch-bowl bill because Inslee would have their backs. Legislators believed their leaders because their leaders assured them that they got guarantees that Inslee was a man of his word.

Then, yesterday morning, Inslee let the Democrats know that he was gonna renege on the deal and veto the bill. Democrat legislators were furious.

So they announced that his beloved carbon tax bill was dead (but told him privately it could be resurrected if he allowed the bill to stand). https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/washington-states-carbon-tax-bill-dies-in-legislature/. “All we want is for you to keep your promise to us” they said to him.

As Inslee and the Democrats stared at one another waiting for someone to blink, the Seattle Times reported that Jack, Mike, and I had filed an initiative to repeal their bill if it to became law: https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/tim-eyman-files-initiative-to-make-legislature-subject-to-public-records-act/.

At this point, the jig was up — if Inslee didn’t veto it, then everyone knew that our initiative would take off like a rocket (one legislator said we’d get the signatures in 30 days). I have no doubt that this would be a 90%-of-the-vote initiative.

Inslee then had a choice: keep his word to Democrats or get orgasmic headlines. He let Democrats know that it was gonna be the latter.

Then, the absurdity began: Democrats scrambled to save face and ridiculously tried to make it look like it was their idea to get Inslee to veto (I think the people and the media had already done that). They concocted a fabricated letter that asked Inslee to veto the bill (again, he had already told them that he was gonna veto it).

This morning, the headlines announcing Inslee’s veto were orgasmic. Inslee hilariously claimed that it was the Democrats’ letter that convinced him to veto it. It’s a complete cluster—- and it all happened because Democrat legislators took Inslee at his word, they believed his promises.

You’d think Charlie Brown would’ve learned by now that Lucy’s gonna pull back the football.

Inslee’s not particularly well known for keeping his word (“I will veto tax increases,” reneging on the manufacturers’ business tax reduction, etc).

What a mess. But we saw this coming.

Back in January, we anticipated the Legislature was going to do this and so we filed the Transparency in Lawmaking Act (Initiative 1592 — https://www.sos.wa.gov/_assets/elections/initiatives/ballottitleletter_1448.pdf). But after their bill passed last week, we knew we had to modify it to repeal the changes that their bill SB 6617 had made to the statutes.

This morning, our new initiative was finalized — here’s the text of it: https://www.sos.wa.gov/_assets/elections/initiatives/finaltext_1481.pdf. It was assigned Initiative #1620 and it’s already been forwarded to the Attorney General’s office for a ballot title (which we’ll get next Friday).

Now some may say that we are the rooster taking credit for the sunrise. But it’s hard not to see a pattern:

* We filed the “Transparency in Lawmaking Act” and their bill exempting themselves from the PRA died yesterday.
* We filed the “We Don’t Want a Carbon Tax” and their bill imposing a carbon tax died yesterday.
* We filed the “Bring Back Our $30 Car Tabs Initiative” and the House and Senate both passed bills to lower car tabs.
* And we filed the “We Don’t Want An Income Tax” to repeal any capital gains tax imposed by this year’s Legislature. Will they pull the trigger and pass HB 2967? We’re ready to go if they do.

Is it any wonder that the Legislature is doing everything it can this session to shut down the initiative process? The people have the constitutional right to fight back when their representatives go astray.

But our right to fight back will be taken away if Senate Bill 5397 moves forward.
Right now, please send an email to all 147 legislators, especially Speaker Frank Chopp, and tell them this or something like this (tell ’em what you think):

“Speaker Chopp & other legislators, nothing you’ve done in recent days instills in me any trust in you to do the right thing. The initiative process is a necessary safety valve by allowing the people to hold you accountable when you forget your place. You are elected to represent us, not rule over us. I strongly oppose Senate Bill 5397 because it is an atom bomb to the initiative process. Requiring registration, licensing, training, and criminal background checks for folks who collect signatures is viscerally opposed by the ACLU, Institute for Justice, and other attorneys because it is so offensive to the First Amendment and free speech. Rep. Morgan Irwin has effectively highlighted SB5397’s many flaws and reminded everyone “This bill is less about signature gatherers and more about strangling the initiative process.” Speaker Chopp, I ask you to leave SB5397 on the cutting room floor — don’t allow it to advance. The initiative process is ours, not yours, leave it alone.”

Subject line: Speaker Chopp and other legislators, nothing you’ve done in recent days instills in me any trust in you to do the right thing so stop SB 5397.

Cut and paste these email addresses into the To line of your email — here’s the 98 House members for the 2018 session:

sherry.appleton@leg.wa.gov; andrew.barkis@leg.wa.gov; steve.bergquist@leg.wa.gov; brian.blake@leg.wa.gov; vincent.buys@leg.wa.gov; michelle.caldier@leg.wa.gov; bruce.chandler@leg.wa.gov; mike.chapman@leg.wa.gov; frank.chopp@leg.wa.gov; judy.clibborn@leg.wa.gov; eileen.cody@leg.wa.gov; cary.condotta@leg.wa.gov; richard.debolt@leg.wa.gov; tom.dent@leg.wa.gov; beth.doglio@leg.wa.gov; laurie.dolan@leg.wa.gov; mary.dye@leg.wa.gov; carolyn.eslick@leg.wa.gov; jake.fey@leg.wa.gov; joe.fitzgibbon@leg.wa.gov; noel.frame@leg.wa.gov; roger.goodman@leg.wa.gov; paul.graves@leg.wa.gov; mia.gregerson@leg.wa.gov; dan.griffey@leg.wa.gov; larry.haler@leg.wa.gov; drew.hansen@leg.wa.gov; mark.hargrove@leg.wa.gov; mark.harmsworth@leg.wa.gov; paul.harris@leg.wa.gov; dave.hayes@leg.wa.gov; jeff.holy@leg.wa.gov; zack.hudgins@leg.wa.gov; morgan.irwin@leg.wa.gov; bill.jenkin@leg.wa.gov; laurie.jinkins@leg.wa.gov; norm.johnson@leg.wa.gov; ruth.kagi@leg.wa.gov; christine.kilduff@leg.wa.gov; steve.kirby@leg.wa.gov; brad.klippert@leg.wa.gov; shelley.kloba@leg.wa.gov; vicki.kraft@leg.wa.gov; joel.kretz@leg.wa.gov; dan.kristiansen@leg.wa.gov; john.lovick@leg.wa.gov; kristine.lytton@leg.wa.gov; drew.macewen@leg.wa.gov; nicole.macri@leg.wa.gov; matt.manweller@leg.wa.gov; jacquelin.maycumber@leg.wa.gov; joan.mcbride@leg.wa.gov; gina.mccabe@leg.wa.gov; bob.mccaslin@leg.wa.gov; joyce.mcdonald@leg.wa.gov; jeff.morris@leg.wa.gov; dick.muri@leg.wa.gov; terry.nealey@leg.wa.gov; ed.orcutt@leg.wa.gov; timm.ormsby@leg.wa.gov; lillian.ortiz-self@leg.wa.gov; tina.orwall@leg.wa.gov; mike.pellicciotti@leg.wa.gov; strom.peterson@leg.wa.gov; eric.pettigrew@leg.wa.gov; liz.pike@leg.wa.gov; gerry.pollet@leg.wa.gov; kristine.reeves@leg.wa.gov; marcus.riccelli@leg.wa.gov; june.robinson@leg.wa.gov; jay.rodne@leg.wa.gov; cindy.ryu@leg.wa.gov; sharontomiko.santos@leg.wa.gov; david.sawyer@leg.wa.gov; joe.schmick@leg.wa.gov; mike.sells@leg.wa.gov; tana.senn@leg.wa.gov; matt.shea@leg.wa.gov; vandana.slatter@leg.wa.gov; norma.smith@leg.wa.gov; larry.springer@leg.wa.gov; melanie.stambaugh@leg.wa.gov; derek.stanford@leg.wa.gov; mike.steele@leg.wa.gov; drew.stokesbary@leg.wa.gov; monica.stonier@leg.wa.gov; pat.sullivan@leg.wa.gov; gael.tarleton@leg.wa.gov; david.taylor@leg.wa.gov; steve.tharinger@leg.wa.gov; javier.valdez@leg.wa.gov; luanne.vanwerven@leg.wa.gov; brandon.vick@leg.wa.gov; mike.volz@leg.wa.gov; jim.walsh@leg.wa.gov; jt.wilcox@leg.wa.gov; sharon.wylie@leg.wa.gov; jesse.young@leg.wa.gov; tim_eyman@comcast.net

Send a separate email for the Senate — here’s the 49 senators for the 2018 session:

jan.angel@leg.wa.gov; barbara.bailey@leg.wa.gov; michael.baumgartner@leg.wa.gov; randi.becker@leg.wa.gov; andy.billig@leg.wa.gov; john.braun@leg.wa.gov; sharon.brown@leg.wa.gov; reuven.carlyle@leg.wa.gov; maralyn.chase@leg.wa.gov; annette.cleveland@leg.wa.gov; steve.conway@leg.wa.gov; j.darneille@leg.wa.gov; jeannie.darneille@leg.wa.gov; manka.dhingra@leg.wa.gov; doug.ericksen@leg.wa.gov; joe.fain@leg.wa.gov; phil.fortunato@leg.wa.gov; david.frockt@leg.wa.gov; bob.hasegawa@leg.wa.gov; brad.hawkins@leg.wa.gov; steve.hobbs@leg.wa.gov; jim.honeyford@leg.wa.gov; sam.hunt@leg.wa.gov; karen.keiser@leg.wa.gov; curtis.king@leg.wa.gov; patty.kuderer@leg.wa.gov; marko.liias@leg.wa.gov; john.mccoy@leg.wa.gov; mark.miloscia@leg.wa.gov; mark.mullet@leg.wa.gov; sharon.nelson@leg.wa.gov; steve.oban@leg.wa.gov; mike.padden@leg.wa.gov; guy.palumbo@leg.wa.gov; jamie.pedersen@leg.wa.gov; kevin.ranker@leg.wa.gov; ann.rivers@leg.wa.gov; christine.rolfes@leg.wa.gov; rebecca.saldana@leg.wa.gov; mark.schoesler@leg.wa.gov; timothy.sheldon@leg.wa.gov; shelly.short@leg.wa.gov; dean.takko@leg.wa.gov; kevin.vandewege@leg.wa.gov; keith.wagoner@leg.wa.gov; maureen.walsh@leg.wa.gov; judy.warnick@leg.wa.gov; lisa.wellman@leg.wa.gov; lynda.wilson@leg.wa.gov; hans.zeiger@leg.wa.gov; cyrus.habib@ltgov.wa.gov; ltgov@ltgov.wa.gov; tim_eyman@comcast.net

Sending these 2 emails will really help — BUT IT’S ONLY EFFECTIVE IF WE ALL DO IT. If you have any problem, just email me the message you want sent, and I’ll forward it to all legislators (and I’ll cc you). OK?

“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
After 20 years of fighting for taxpayers, we’ve learned that the most effective way to fight the Democrats’ tax-hiking schemes is by taking our case directly to the people. That’s why we’re moving full steam ahead with We Don’t Want An Income Tax. It prohibits the state and local governments from imposing any kind of income tax, especially a capital gains income tax.

Jack, Mike, and I are committed to protecting taxpayers. But we can’t do it alone. We need everyone’s help.

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