The Linchpin To Round 2’S Success Is Everyone Reading This (Read, Forward, Share)

by | Jul 10, 2019

Initiatives are hard:

* Coming up with a popular initiative proposal is hard
* Collecting enough signatures is hard
* Getting it approved by voters is hard
* Getting it through the courts is hard
* Making sure the Legislature respects the people’s vote is hard

After 22 years of doing initiatives, I’ve been through it all. I’ve learned a lot.  

Working together, we’ve qualified 17 initiatives for the ballot. The average amount spent to qualify those 17 is half what others spend (our average $600K, others $1.2 million). 

Of those 17 initiatives, 10 were approved by voters. Combined, our initiatives have saved taxpayers over $43 billion. It’s a track record of success built on experience and persistence.  

I’m gonna tell you the same thing now that I’ve been saying to everyone all along: I-1648 is an extraordinary initiative. It expires the 11 new taxes costing $27 billion and it expires future taxes after one year (unless voter approved).     

But 1648 fell short on signatures.  

About a week and a half prior to the deadline, our team was brimming with confidence that I-1648 was gonna make it. Nonetheless, I made it clear to them that if it fell short, I was committed to doing Round 2. They expressed their desire to take some time off and reconnect with their families and businesses. And I totally get that. They had put their lives on hold for the last 35+ days. They’re not full-time political activists like I am. 

So on Sunday, I announced Round 2 “Term Limits on Taxes” I-1082 and got a phenomenal response. Folks were thrilled that we had a 2nd chance with more time. I got absolutely buried in requests for petitions. Tons of commitments for Round 2. It’s exactly what I expected because of 1648 was such a great proposal. 

Then things got pretty weird. The Facebook page for 1648 was now pushing Referendum 88 on affirmative action. OK, fine. Good for them, I’m for R-88 too. If they wanna promote R-88 to 1648 folks, go for it.

But they’re also now promising their own tax proposal.

I’ve worked with brilliant people for 6 years refining, finetuning, and perfecting what became 1648. It’s rock solid.

Initiative 1082’s language has been tightened up and improved but the policy remains the same: expire 2019’s tax hikes, and expire future new taxes after one year (unless voter approved). 

Their proposal? No one knows.

When will we know? No one knows.   

If or when they up come with something, they’ll announce it and file it with the Secretary of State.

Then the multi-month process starts.

Several weeks into that process, it’ll go to the Attorney General for a ballot title. Because of their pre-announcement and hype, the AG will inevitably sabotage the wording. So they’ll be forced to challenge it in court (or redraft it and start over). Ballot challenges take 4-6 weeks to get into a courtroom. During all that time, legal briefs are filed. The lawyers love it. After all that time, finally, they’ll have their day in court. After everyone is done talking, a liberal judge gets to decide on the wording of the initiative’s all-important ballot title. I’ve never seen a judge write a ballot title for a conservative initiative that gets better, it only gets worse.

If it’s a horrible, then they can redraft the measure and start all over again.

If it’s a ballot title they can live with, then they can start printing up petitions and collecting signatures. Based on my experience, that’ll be toward the end of September, early October.  

By then, Round 2 is gonna be a freight train. It’s already got tremendous momentum. I’ve got commitments from folks all across Washington state for I-1082. We have the entire summer to collect signatures. I’m all in for Round 2.  

I-1082 is our best and only option to overturn this year’s tax insanity and put those dirty dog politicians in Olympia on a short leash.