Join me/us in Olympia tomorrow, Wed, Jan 22, 1pm press conference & 1:30pm
Wed, Jan 22, 1:00pm press conference, 1:30 pm hearing on House Bill 2529, State Govt & Tribal Relations Committee, O’Brien Bldg, Olympia.
Join us at Tim Eyman’s 1:00pm press conference about this bill’s elimination of elections, votes, legislative accountability, democracy, the Constitution. Also discuss the status of the litigation over I-976 and other topics.
At 1:30pm is the hearing on HB 2529.
Our state Constitution guarantees the citizens the right to recall elected officials. However, it has been effectively eliminated because judges are the gatekeepers. Recall exists in name only.
Our state Constitution guarantees the citizens the right to do a referendum on any law passed by the Legislature. This right has been effectively eliminated by legislators slapping emergency clauses on their bills making them referendum-proof. Referendum power exists in name only.
The only right left in the Constitution is the initiative process.
And House Bill 2529 takes that away. So HB 2529 eliminates elections, voting, citizen participation, and legislative accountability in odd-year general elections.
Don’t worry, say the bill’s sponsors, the government is still letting you have rights, just not every year.
Wow, just wow.
Odd years are when the Legislature has a long session and adopts the big budgets and passes the most bills. If citizens are upset about a law that passes — a tax increase, for example — the people have the right to do a referendum on it. But as stated earlier, they can’t because the Legislature slaps emergency clauses on those, insulating them from a referendum.
But currently, in the above situation, the people can instead do an initiative (even though it requires double the number of signatures as a referendum) and put it on the ballot for the voters to vote on.
But under HB 2529, that constitutional right will be taken away too. So there will be no legislative accountability permitted when the Legislature is passing the big budgets and the most bills.
Last year, there was only one initiative on the ballot — and that, obviously, is one too many for Olympia to stomach.
The $30 Tabs Initiative I-976 qualified for a vote. There was an 11 month campaign. The pigs at the trough had every advantage — $5 million, state-run media, and we had nothing. But voters overwhelmingly passed it anyway.
But then Seattle sued the voters.
And then Bob Ferguson sabotaged it.
And then a Jay-Inslee-appointed Seattle judge (whose employer is the plaintiff) put it on hold.
And then Jay Inslee called voters stupid, said we were “confused,” and told us to “move along” and “sit down.”
I’m running for Governor because it’s time we have at least one branch of government in Olympia that respects your vote and listens to the will of the people.
Today, I’m asking everyone to do 2 things:
1) Give $30 to my run for Governor — hundreds of regular citizens giving $30 is a powerful slap in the face to Bob Ferguson & Jay Inslee (go here and do it right now: Tim4Gov.com/donate). I want today’s donation report to show how many people oppose Bob & Jay’s constant assault on our constitutional rights.
2) Help me find other supporters who can’t stomach 4 more years of Jay Inslee. Contact people you know and ask them to help. Ask them to kick in $30. You are my ambassadors, you are my emissaries. We’re building an extraordinary team and we need everyone’s help to make sure this campaign a success.
Isn’t it worth $30 to get rid of Jay Inslee? If you agree, then donate $30 today (Tim4Gov.com/donate) and convince others to do the same.
I make you this promise: support me in this effort and I’ll give you a race for Governor like you’ve never seen before.
I love you all.