I’ve hired a paid lawyer to sue the Attorney General — need your help
Your priority and our priority must be our $30 Tabs Initiative. Hit “reply” to this email and tell me how many petitions you want, your address, and your phone number. I’ll get you as many petitions as you want right away. I’m really counting on you.
The Attorney General is violating the law. Three times voters have passed our initiatives that said when the Legislature raises taxes, we get to vote on each tax increase. The AG says all tax increases are the same so we only get one vote for 3 tax increases. And worst of all, even though the government says that these 3 tax increases will cost taxpayers $565 million over the next 10 years, the AG says these 3 tax increases really aren’t tax increases at all! It’s absurd.
So I sued the Attorney General and the case of “Eyman v Ferguson” was born. I did the case “pro se” meaning I served as my own attorney.
This video of Monday’s hearing was made by super supporter Charlie Kirry who did an amazing job producing it. It’s totally professional and he uploaded it to a YouTube video so you can watch Tim “Perry Mason” Eyman in action by clicking here:
Here’s an excerpt from my oral argument: “Requiring the Attorney General to follow the law as written is not costly, not burdensome, and is not inconvenient to the government. Legislators have taken away the people’s right to referendum. Can’t the system allow the people this modest response, this tiny victory? The chance to express an opinion at the ballot box on each tax increase the legislature imposes. The chance to learn which taxes were raised and by how much. The chance to tell legislators which tax increase has public support and which tax increase doesn’t. Can’t we get a policy implemented the way we intended after passing it three times? Tax advisory votes haven’t been around a long time. So at this early stage of their history, it’s really important for the court to direct the Attorney General to follow the law as written. And not to allow the AG to water-down, dilute, and negate this law’s effectiveness.”
Bottom line: the judge, who used to work in the AG’s office, agreed with the AG’s argument that I waited too long to file my challenge (the AG had until August 1 to tell the Secretary of State how many tax increases were subject to a public vote. I filed my lawsuit on August 4). He ruled against my petition because he agreed with the AG that I didn’t file my challenge sooner.
An attorney sent me an email afterwards that read:
Never heard of a 6 day Statute of Limitations – absurd!
5 business days for motions
20 to answer a lawsuit (60 if defendant out of state)
28 days to respond to a motion for summary judgment
30 days to appeal
1 year for reconsideration.
Your challenge wasn’t timely? Insane!
So I’ve hired a paid lawyer to sue the Attorney General. Right after the hearing, he filed a NOTICE OF APPEAL seeking “accelerated review by the Supreme Court.” It reads, in part: “This appeal concerns a case involving a fundamental and urgent issue of broad public import — the people’s right to vote on a ballot measure — which requires prompt and ultimate determination. The Secretary of State has stated that this controversy must be resolved no later than September 1 to avoid delays in preparing the voters’ pamphlet and military ballots.”
I worked for free, but our new paid attorney does not. Please donate to “Voters Want More Choices” (just like any other donation — see below) so we can pay him for his legal services.
I firmly believe that the Attorney General is not following the law. So I sued the Attorney General and asked the court to direct him to follow the law. This judge didn’t do that. So now we’re asking the supreme court to do it.
This is a critical battle — please help me fight it.
As for the $30 Tabs Initiative signature drive, it’s going like gangbusters, but we need everyone to do their part. Email me or call me and tell me how many petitions you want, your address, and your phone number. I will find an Office Depot, Staples, Minuteman Press, or Kinko’s near you, order the petitions for you, and all you need to do is pick them up. It is a petition distribution revolution that more and more supporters are taking advantage of.