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October 10, 2013 at 2:39 PM
A national Second Amendment group based in Bellevue has decided to sponsor “Guns Save Lives Day” on Dec. 14 — the anniversary of last year’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.
The 650,000-member Second Amendment Foundation, which announced the event Thursday with the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and DefendGunRights.com, has not yet decided what it will entail. But Alan Gottlieb, the president of the group, said the goal is to show “there’s a good side of guns.”
“People every single day use guns to save lives,” Gottlieb said. “We don’t think anybody should have been a victim at Sandy Hook, and we don’t think anybody should be a victim in the future.”
Gottlieb estimated that some 200 gun-rights groups from all 50 states would participate in the event.
“Quite frankly, we don’t want the gun prohibition lobby to own that day,” he said. “So we’re starting early.”
Critics blasted the event as disrespectful.
Cheryl Stumbo, a victim of the Seattle Jewish Federation shooting on July 28, 2006, said that if gun-rights groups tried to sponsor a similar event on July 28, it would feel like “a slap in the face.”
“It’s an attempt to blame victims, and it shouldn’t be tolerated,” said Stumbo, the sponsor of a 2014 initiative campaign to require background checks for all gun sales, not just those by licensed dealers.
Earlier this week, supporters of the initiative submitted 250,000 of the roughly 325,000 signatures required to get on the ballot.
Gottlieb is the main spokesman for a rival ballot measure, also proposed for 2014, that would prevent Washington state from adopting background-check laws that are more strict than the federal standard.
Asked about the potential for his “Guns Save Lives Day” to offend victims, he said that the groups “are not planning on doing anything that’s insensitive whatsoever.
“We know that our opponents are going to try to use that day to push their agenda,” he said. “We’re going to show the American people that there’s a good side of guns.”
July 24, 2013 at 6:34 PM
An initiative to the Legislature was filed Wednesday that would apparently name the infamous Skagit River bridge — that collapsed on Interstate 5 in May – after Tim Eyman.
The measure reads: “That portion of state route number 5 from the junction with state route number 538 in Mount Vernon, thence northerly to the junction with state route 20 in Burlington is designated “the Tim Eyman Memorial Bridge”, dedicated to the efforts of Tim Eyman to reduce Washington State tax revenues and the collapse of the Skagit River Bridge on May 23, 2013.”
The initiative was filed by Nicholas Santos of Bothell. He could not be immediately reached for comment. Eyman is an anti-tax advocate who has filed many initiatives over the years aimed at reducing or controlling the growth of taxes.
Part of the Skagit River bridge collapsed May 23 when a oversize truck struck the north end of the bridge, causing one section to crumble. It has since been reopened with a temporary repair.
Initiatives to the Legislature require 246,372 signatures of registered Washington voters by Jan. 3. Measures that qualify are sent to the Legislature, where lawmakers can enact them, or let them go to the ballot in 2014. Or the Legislature could place the measure and an alternative on the ballot.
April 22, 2013 at 12:43 PM
Tim Eyman says he plans to file an initiative this year that would limit the duration of all new tax increases to one year.
The measure would be his response to a recent state Supreme Court ruling overturning an earlier Eyman initiative that required a two-thirds vote in the House and Senate, or voter approval, to increase taxes.
“Because the 2/3 law is no more, they (lawmakers) can raise taxes with a simple majority vote. But under our initiative, such tax increases will expire one year later,” Eyman said in a statement. “The only way a tax increase can continue is for them to pass it the next year too.”
Eyman says he plans to file the measure this week, although he won’t say whether he’s aiming for the 2013 or 2014 fall ballot.
In addition to limiting tax increases to one year, he said it also would require yearly advisory votes asking voters if they support a constitutional amendment requiring a two-thirds vote in the Legislature to increase taxes.
November 10, 2012 at 5:01 PM
The Associated Press
There are ballots left to be counted, but backers of Washington’s charter school initiative have claimed victory.
With about 90 percent of ballots expected counted Saturday, Initiative 1240 was passing with 51 percent of the vote — a 41,689-vote gap. There are about 315,000 ballots received statewide that have not been tallied. The initiative was losing in King County, the state’s largest.
Washington voters have rejected the proposal four times since 1995.
If results hold, Washington would become the 42nd state to allow the public independent schools.
Supporters say the charter proposal would offer new choices for struggling kids and their families. Opponents say charters have a mixed track record in other states and they would take away money from regular public schools.
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