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February 5, 2015 at 7:52 PM

Pam Roach offers lessons in winning and government: ‘I won’

OLYMPIA – In an email promoting Thursday’s public hearings on a trio of bills that would change the ballot-initiative process, activist Tim Eyman predicted the hearing would include “fireworks.” Fireworks did ensue — but not from Eyman. After criticizing a panel of spokespeople testifying for one of the bills at the Senate Government Operations and Security Committee, Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, shut…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: ballot initiatives, Don Benton, Marko Liias

January 2, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Adam Kline to retire from state Senate

Adam Kline, an unabashed liberal firebrand and civil-liberties advocate who has represented South Seattle in the state Senate for 17 years, announced Thursday he will not seek re-election in November. Kline said in an interview he still loves the Legislature but is ready, at 69, “to move on.” “I want the spend the next period of my life…


Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Adam Kline, Chris Gregoire, Gary Locke

November 15, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Democrats to try to eliminate tax advisory votes

Democrats are taking aim at Washington state’s tax advisory votes. State Sen. David Frockt said at a post-election fundraiser Thursday night he plans to introduce legislation as soon as next week to eliminate the votes, which he called “confusing, out of context and downright stupid.” The proposal may go nowhere, especially in an election year when Republicans…


Comments | More in State government | Topics: David Frockt, Sam Hunt, tax advisory votes

November 5, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Eyman’s signature-gathering initiative loses

Update at 8:25 p.m. Tim Eyman’s Initiative 517 did not pass. The measure was far behind in King County with 69 percent voting no and was losing heavily in Pierce and Snohomish counties as well. The measure would have made signature-gathering easier. Original post Washington voters today will decide on a Tim Eyman initiative that would make it easier for…


Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: Initiative 517, Tim Eyman

October 29, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Polls suggest Eyman’s Initiative 517 losing ground

Two recent polls indicate Tim Eyman’s initiative on initiatives, I-517, is losing ground. A poll by Moore Information, out of Portland, shows more voters opposing the measure than supporting it. And a Stuart Elway poll, out of Seattle, found a shrinking majority of voters supporting I-517. I-517 is aimed at making like easier…


Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest | Topics: Initiative 517, Tim Eyman

July 24, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Initiative filed to name Skagit River bridge after Tim Eyman

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…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: initiative, Skagit River bridge, Tim Eyman

April 22, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Tim Eyman plans initiative limiting tax increases to one year

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…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: initiative, tax increases, Tim Eyman

March 6, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Days after losing state Supreme Court case, Republicans seek to lay off justices

OLYMPIA — Struggling to respond to a state Supreme Court order to put more money into education, some state Senate Republicans on Wednesday came up with a way to save a bit of money: reduce the size of the court. Senate Bill 5867, introduced Wednesday morning, would reduce the court from nine members to five…


Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: McCleary, Michael Baumgartner, State Supreme Court

February 28, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Senate committee approves putting 2/3 requirement into state constitution

OLYMPIA — Hours after the state Supreme Court declared a supermajority requirement for tax increases unconstitutional, Republicans have started a quest to revive the threshold — by amending the constitution. The GOP-run Senate budget-writing committee voted 13-10 Thursday afternoon to enshrine the requirement in the constitution. The proposed constitutional amendment, like the initiative-imposed state law that was struck…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: Brian Hatfield, ed murray, rodney tom

February 27, 2013 at 3:25 PM

State Supreme Court to rule Thursday on 2/3 requirement for tax increases

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Supreme Court is expected to rule Thursday whether requiring a two-thirds majority for lawmakers to raise taxes is constitutional. One way or another, the ruling could affect lawmakers who are now trying to close a roughly $1 billion budget shortfall and deal with the court’s last major decision — last…


Comments | More in State Legislature, State Supreme Court | Topics: League of Education Voters, Supreme Court, Tim Eyman

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