Slipperiest, slimiest spin I’ve ever heard by a politician — watch our debate here!
Lots of updates for you today:
- Throughout this year’s legislative session, we worked really hard and stopped a lot of bad bills. No carbon tax THANKS TO YOU. No bills undermining the initiative process, THANKS TO YOU. Every bill we asked you to help us with, we killed THANKS TO YOU. I traveled to and from Olympia countless times for hearings and testimony. I am so grateful for the hundreds and hundreds of supporters who did emails and phone calls to legislators convincing them to stop these bad bills.
- Our greatest victory this session was killing off the Democrats’ proposed income tax (their camel’s nose under the tent was an income tax on capital gains). Our “We Don’t Want An Income Tax Initiative” this year was a crushing success. By filing it early and having it ready to go, Democrats knew that any capital gains tax or other income tax imposed by this Legislature was going to face a nasty fight at the ballot box. As supporter Mark Van Horne has said to me many times: “The best weapons are those that are deployed, but never employed.” So one of our most successful initiatives turns out to be one where not a single petition was printed! Way ta go everyone!
- With the Democrats in control, this was the most lawless, Constitution-free legislative session I’ve ever seen. Every decision they made deserves to be second-guessed. Here’s one of their worst: if left unchallenged, the Democrats will have succeeded at repealing the right to do initiatives to the legislature. I filed a lawsuit on March 12th and am asking a judge to order the Secretary of State to clean up the mess the Legislature made. I-940, a liberal initiative concerning police training, got enough signatures to qualify. Under the Constitution, the Legislature had 3 options:
1) pass it exactly as written, or
2) take no action and let voters vote on it in November, or
3) put an alternative on the ballot and let the voters choose between it and the initiative.
Annoyed by the constraints of the Constitution, the Democrats brazenly manufactured a 4th option: they passed the initiative, then changed it, and then blocked the voters from voting on it. In the 100+ year history of the initiative process in Washington state, that’s never happened. It was one of the most egregious violations of the Constitution the Legislature has ever done.
My lawsuit — “Eyman v Wyman” — asks a judge, and eventually the state supreme court, to put both I-940 and the Legislature’s amended version of I-940 on the ballot and let the voters choose between them.
That’s what they should have done but didn’t.
I was fully prepared to write and file the briefs, reply briefs, and responses and argue the oral arguments myself pro se (meaning I’d be the lawyer). I was looking forward to the challenge.
But a well-respected attorney connected with me late last week and offered to handle the case for me and serve as my attorney. His name is Joel Ard and he’s brilliant and quite a character. The court hearing on the case will be heard on Friday, April 20th at 1:30 pm and will be recorded by TVW. I’ll make sure to share a link to the video with everyone.
Last week, TVW did a really thorough news segment on the case, and I think it’s fair to say that Sen. Roger Goodman and his hair plugs came across pretty bad. His explanation and justification of the Legislature’s violation of the Constitution was the slipperiest, slimiest spin I’ve ever heard by a politician.
Who won the debate? I did, of course. 😊
And that’s not because I’m some kind of rocket scientist. It’s because I have the Constitution on my side and Sen. Goodman doesn’t. Goodman thinks “healing” is a higher priority than the Constitution. Goodman agrees with his Democrat colleague Maralyn Chase who said: “This is a worthy endeavor. I think it takes precedence over what the Constitution says about initiatives.”
Why am I suing the Legislature? To protect the initiative process.
I’d really appreciate your feedback on this.
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