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September 12, 2014 at 3:45 PM

McCleary decision: Supreme Court made wrong decision in contempt ruling

I don’t agree that the Washington State Supreme Court made the right contempt ruling in the school funding case, or for that matter, that it has such power in any case ["State Supreme Court’s contempt ruling makes point on education, not obstacles," Opinion, Sept. 11]. It seems to me a violation of the fundamental…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, Ken Warren, Legislature

September 6, 2014 at 7:21 AM

McCleary case: Should the Supreme Court hold voters in contempt?

The problem is that the state Supreme Court found that the Legislature was not fulfilling its constitutional duty to fund education, even with its latest $1 billion increase. [“Former governors on why Supreme Court should tread carefully in McCleary education case,” Opinion, Sept. 1]. The Legislature has a duty to represent the people, who recently…

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Comments | Topics: education, McCleary decision, washington state legislature

September 5, 2014 at 11:28 AM

McCleary case: Former governors meddling in judiciary branch

I was disappointed to read the guest column from two former governors, Chris Gregoire and John Spellman, presuming to tell the Washington Supreme Court how to rule on whether the state is meeting its constitutional duty to fund K-12 education [“Former governors on why Supreme Court should tread carefully in McCleary education case,” Opinion,...

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Comments | Topics: McCleary decision, washington state legislature, Washington state Supreme Court

September 3, 2014 at 6:02 AM

Supreme Court: Justices overstepping on McCleary

The nine state Supreme Court justices are overstepping the boundaries of our democratic form of government, when they usurp the powers of the Legislature, under the pretense of enforcing the McCleary decision [“State Supreme Court should be cautious in McCleary school-funding case,” Opinion, Aug. 30]. The 147 elected legislative members answer directly to the electorate…

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Comments | Topics: education, washington state legislature, Washington state Supreme Court

March 4, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Two-thirds tax-approval law thrown out

Stronger opinion needed What a wimpish reaction The Seattle Times editorial board voiced to the state Supreme Court’s wise 6-3 ruling that it’s unconstitutional to require a two-third vote in the Legislature to raise taxes [“Two-thirds law dumped, but sentiment remains,” Opinion, March 1]. The board’s strongest opinion, apparently, is that lawmakers and the governor would…

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Comments | More in Politics | Topics: editorial, two-thirds vote requirement, Washington state Supreme Court

March 2, 2013 at 7:00 AM

State Supreme Court ends two-thirds vote requirement for tax increases

Sen. Ed Murray works for the state, not a political party How can Senate Democratic Leader Ed Murray say the state Supreme Court’s overturning the two-thirds voting requirement protects us from the tyranny of the minority [“Raising taxes gets easier — and politically harder,” page one, March 1]? The voters last November approved it by 64…

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Comments | More in Politics, Taxes | Topics: Sen. Ed Murray, Tim Eyman, two-thirds vote requirement