Is Spokane’s Ben “Benny Boy” Stuckart really this arrogant?
I just sent out this email to Ben “Benny Boy” Stuckart. I encourage you to email him too and tell him: Don’t violate the law, Benny Boy. Provide opponents of your government resolution equal time to speak against it.
Monday, October 20, 2019
To: Spokane politician Ben Stuckart (firstname.lastname@example.org)
cc: Spokane City Councilmembers Kate Burke, Mike Fagan, Breean Beggs, Lori Kinnear, Candace Mumm, and Karen Stratton (email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org)
cc: Spokane Mayor David Condon (email@example.com)
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Bcc: Our thousands of supporters throughout the state, all media outlets (papers, radio, TV), house and senate members, and the governor
From: Tim Eyman, co-sponsor of I-976
Benny Boy, are you really this arrogant? Do you believe you’re above the law? I see you’re not a believer in open government. I’m driving to Spokane right now and will testify at Spokane City Council at their 1:15pm finance committee meeting, the 3:30pm meeting, and the 6:00pm meeting (808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane).
It is totally illegal for the government to use tax dollars to oppose a ballot measure. Nonetheless, at 1:15pm, you are going to introduce a government resolution telling voters how to vote on I-976. And you’re hoping no one will notice. I’ll be there at 1pm to make sure everyone knows.
RCW 42.17A.555 has a very broad prohibition on the government’s use of taxpayer-funded resources to oppose a ballot measure (https://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/
default.aspx?cite=42.17A.555). But under subsection 1, when a government wants to bring up an anti-initiative resolution “the public are afforded an approximately equal opportunity for the expression of an opposing view.” I am driving to Spokane right now to express an opposing view on your resolution and encouraging other citizens to join me.
I will be holding a press conference outside the city council chambers from 1-1:15pm to discuss the council’s anti-976 resolution, I-976, the 12 tax advisory votes, Benny Boy’s run for mayor, all things politics. During the 1:15pm finance committee discussion, I will address your committee on the government resolution and I-976 (and again at 3:30pm and again at 6:00pm). I’m encouraging other citizens to join me.
Please notify me by email and/or phone as to the details of how you will comply with the law. The city of Kirkland, for example, notified the Yes976 campaign in advance of their resolution (you did not). Like all other cities, there was a specific hearing on the government resolution on I-976. In Kirkland, the Yes976 side was afforded 10 minutes to speak against the anti-976 resolution. A member of the No976 committee was provided an equal amount of time of 10 minutes to speak. After those two presentations, the council asked if others in the audience wished to speak on it. Then the council discussed the resolution and took a vote.
Thus far, the city of Spokane, has not:
- Notified the public about your government resolution on I-976 (RCW 42.17A.555 requires: “any required notice of the meeting includes the title and number of the ballot proposition”)
- Made it clear how the public will be “afforded an approximately equal opportunity for the expression of an opposing view” on your government resolution telling voters how to vote on I-976.
Unlike you, Benny Boy, the Seattle City Council followed the law. They allowed discussion on I-976 before voting on their government resolution against it. They complied with the law. Will you do the same, Benny Boy?
It was raucous when it was the Seattle City Council – I anticipate our time together will be similar. See you soon, Benny Boy.
Tim Eyman, cell: 509-991-5295, email@example.com
While I’m driving 5 hours to Spokane, please take the time to send an email to Benny Boy here: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the subject line, type this: Don’t violate the law, Benny Boy. Provide opponents of your government resolution equal time to speak against it.
In the body of your email, tell him how you feel about his arrogance.
Full steam ahead on Initiative 976.