PINCH HITTER: superstar attorney Joel Ard takes over my Rainy Day Fund lawsuit!
With Democrats in charge of the House and Senate during this year’s 2018 legislative session, the Constitution was routinely violated.
They assumed they’d get away with it. Why? Because citizens rarely file lawsuits against the Legislature’s actions (because they’re so costly) and because Democrats think that judges will ignore even the grossest constitutional violation.
But so many of the Democrats’ actions this session were so audacious and so arrogant and so unprecedented that I believed they deserved to be challenged. And since I’d be handling the cases myself pro se, I figured the out-of-pocket costs were minimal and all that was required was my time and effort (being a 24-hours-a-day-7-days-a-week-365-days-per-year activist means I can do this kind of stuff).
First up: this session legislators in the Democrat Party gutted initiatives to the legislature (by manufacturing an unconstitutional 4th option that blocked the people from voting). I filed a lawsuit in Thurston County in March. Again, I was prepared to handle the case myself pro se. But about a week later, attorney Joel Ard called me up out of the blue and offered to handle it for me without charge. He took over and won a stunning victory in lower court and recently argued the case before the state supreme court. Thanks to Joel, Eyman v Wyman is on its way to victory and the Democrats’ unconstitutional 4th option faces a much needed repudiation by the courts.
In early April, a few weeks after launching my lawsuit protecting the initiative process, I filed a separate lawsuit in Thurston County — called Eyman v Davidson — challenging the Democrats’ raid of the Rainy Day Fund (they diverted nearly $1 billion that was required to be transferred into the constitutionally-created-and-constitutionally-protected Budget Stabilization Account). The hearing on the case is scheduled to be heard on Friday, August 3 @ 9am before Judge John Skinder.
Again, I was ready and excited to go it alone and handle it myself.
But last week, Joel agreed to take over that case too.
I’ve always been inspired by the saying:
Leap … and a net will appear.
Nowhere is that more true than when it comes to these 2 legal challenges to the Democrats’ deliberate disrespect of the Constitution.
Because I took the leap (twice), Joel appeared as the net (twice).
Joel Ard is a superstar attorney (I wrote about his efforts in June.). We’re extremely fortunate to have him on our side.
As for the signature drive for our $30 Tabs Initiative:
The summer fairs are proving once again to be a great chance to get signatures.
Here’s some photos from this weekend’s King County Fair:
Top 5 Contributors: Suzanne Burke, Puget Sound Chapter NECA PAC, Andrew Skotdal, Tim Eyman, Thomas O’Brien