Bob Ferguson has been sabotaging I-976 from the beginning.
After Bob Ferguson had inflicted irreparable damage on the case, we sought to intervene and filed a motion to appoint outside counsel. In it, we listed all the conflicts and corruption coming from the AG in this case: https://tinyurl.com/BobFergusonsSabotageDocumented.
Bob Ferguson refused to do what any attorney who actually wanted to win would do: he refused to file a motion to change venue to any county that wasn’t a plaintiff in the case (there were 37 to choose from). That was Bob Ferguson’s poison pill. Because of that monkey-wrench, I-976 got stuck in a King County courtroom with a King County judge who’s employed by King County.
That irreparable harm caused what happened today: despite overwhelming evidence documenting all the conflicts Bob Ferguson has and his repeated failures, Judge Ferguson OK’d AG Ferguson to defend I-976. King County’s kangaroo court is confirmed. Voters who passed I-976 — 66% in Pierce County, 59% in Snohomish County, 52% in non-Seattle King County, and 59% in 38 counties outside King – have zero confidence in Bob Ferguson to defend our vote.
And why should we? He keeps losing.
Bob Ferguson lost in lower court because this judge had concerns with the AG’s ballot title (and when asked what I-976’s section 12 did, the AG responded “I don’t know”). When the AG had failed so miserably, I stepped in (but the judge wouldn’t listen):
When the hearing was over, the AG said “you ought to be thanking us.” I had a different reaction.
Despite 400 emails from regular citizens asking/begging the AG to file a motion for reconsideration before appealing to the supreme court (something any first year law student would know to do), Ferguson ignored them and cut-and-pasted his losing brief and sent it to the supreme court.
By the way, those 400 citizen emails were “deleted without being read” by the AG’s legal team:
Not surprising, Ferguson lost again.
Voters deserve to have their votes counted, not discounted. Having this case trapped in a downtown Seattle courtroom with a Jay-Inslee appointed judge because of Bob Ferguson’s sabotage does not bode well for the defense of I-976.
What should rightfully angry, enraged, infuriated taxpayers do in response: peaceful protest.
Do not renew your vehicle tabs. Mine are expired and I refuse to renew my tabs until we get the $30 tabs we voted for.
I urge you to do the same. There are millions of vehicles on the roads, they can’t pull all of us over. If I get pulled over, I will explain to them that this is a peaceful protest, that I am willing to pay the $30 that this voter-approved law required, but I will not pay more than that. I urge you do the same. I will ask them to use their discretion, to be a patriot, and issue a warning. I urge you to do the same. I believe most of them will. In the event they issue a citation, I will not pay it, I will appeal it. I urge you to do the same. Months from now when I’m in traffic court, I will tell the judge that this is a peaceful political protest – that I refuse to cooperate with a government that dismisses democracy. I will ask them to uphold democracy and dismiss it. I believe most of them will. I urge you to do the same.
“We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately” is just as profoundly true now as it was two centuries ago when Benjamin Franklin spoke those words.
Always remember, peaceful, non-violent, non-cooperation has a proud history:
Seattle Times, March 15, 2000: Gov. Gary Locke called a news conference within hours of the ruling, demanding the Legislature act in special session to remove any doubt in voters’ minds that the cheap, flat-tax car tabs are here to stay.
About a week later, the vote was 83-13 in the house, 39-9 in the senate, and Gary Locke signed $30 tabs into law.
Gary Locke listened and led and delivered $30 tabs and voters rewarded him with re-election.
Jay Inslee, on the other hand … ugh.
Tacoma News Tribune, Dec 10, 2019: Gov. Jay Inslee said he will not ask lawmakers to approve $30 car tabs … Inslee said he wants to hear from the state Supreme Court … When asked why he wouldn’t try to fulfill the wishes of the voters before the high court issues a ruling, … Inslee referenced the ballot title controversy when asked by the News Tribune about what message he took from voters approving I-976. “A majority of those folks wanted some relief from the car tabs they are paying and/or had a misunderstanding – perhaps not because of their problem – but the way the ballot title was written. That’s a possibility too,” he said.
Jay Inslee says voters are stupid. I say voters knew exactly what they voted for. Jay Inslee wants the courts to decide. I say the voters have already decided.
In November 2020, voters will have a clear choice.