Stories tagged: initiatives
Wed., Aug. 23, 2017, 4:05 p.m.
Spokane recruits for committees address oil train, ‘sanctuary city’ ballot measures
Spokane lawmakers are looking for 12 people to serve on committees that will draft statements supporting and opposing the two ballot questions scheduled to be decided on this year’s ballot. …
UPDATED: Fri., March 31, 2017, 10:05 p.m.
Attorney General: Tim Eyman misused initiative donations
Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed a civil lawsuit against anti-tax initiative promoter Tim Eyman and his organizations over their campaign finance practices.
Wed., Nov. 9, 2016, 6 p.m.
Spokane follows state trend on gun initiative, bucks it on minimum wage
Spokane voters supported new court orders to prevent gun violence but opposed a higher minimum wage.
Fri., Oct. 14, 2016, 4:46 p.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: November initiatives expose system’s flaws
Populist myth says a small group of Washington citizens gathered around a kitchen table can write better law than 147 members of the Legislature. It’s unlikely. The give and take …
Sun., Sept. 25, 2016
Initiative 1491 of Washington would allow judges to order some people to surrender guns
Initiative 1491 would allow courts to order people judged to be a danger to themselves or others to surrender any firearms they own and ban them from buying new ones. …
Fri., Sept. 23, 2016, 9:21 p.m.
Stricter campaign finance and lobbying rules and ending sales tax exemption up for vote in I-1464
Initiative 1464 seeks to toughen state campaign and lobbying laws.
Fri., Sept. 23, 2016, 3:48 p.m.
I-735 seeks to limit corporate campaign money by urging constitutional amendment
Initiative 735 wants Washington’s congressional delegation to propose a constitutional amendment limiting the sources of money in political campaigns.
Sun., July 31, 2016
Oil train blockade? The Spokane City Council is tilting at windmills.
The city of Spokane’s proposal to block oil and coal trains is almost surely unconstitutional. Its only effect will be to trigger expensive litigation, on the taxpayer’s dime. Let’s invest …
Fri., July 22, 2016, 2:33 p.m.
Washington voters get minimum wage initiative
I-1433 qualifies for the November ballot.
Thu., July 14, 2016, 11:38 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: Tim Eyman’s initiative machine may require new rules
Has the initiative machine of Tim Eyman and Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan become such a Gordian knot of self-interest that state law needs a new tool to cut it?
Sun., July 10, 2016, 4 a.m.
Spin Control: Washington set a dubious record on initiatives
Washington’s general election ballot falls short of a record number of initiatives, but the state did set one other initiative record.
Fri., July 8, 2016, 5:23 p.m.
Four initiatives likely headed for ballot in Washington
Initiatives on consumer protection, political reform, minimum wage and gun control likely to be added to the November ballot.
Thu., July 7, 2016, 4:35 p.m.
Election watchdog considers new allegations against Tim Eyman
Washington state’s election watchdog will consider asking the attorney general’s office to take “appropriate action” against initiative promoter Tim Eyman over allegations Eyman failed to disclose independent expenditures related to …
Fri., July 1, 2016, 10:28 a.m.
Idaho campaign finance initiative falls short, won’t make ballot
A sweeping campaign finance reform initiative that promised to change the role of money in politics in Idaho has fallen short of the number of verified signatures needed, and won’t …
Sun., May 1, 2016, 4 a.m.
Spin Control: Question about Washington’s initiative petitions sets off alarm bells
Initiative petitions must have certain things on them, but for now, the five top donors isn’t one of those things.
Sat., Feb. 6, 2016
Editorial: Final say on community rights
The Supreme Court found all four of the “rights” asserted in the initiative to be out of bounds. The rationale was simple: This is the wrong jurisdiction for your complaints.
Sun., Dec. 6, 2015
Hayden man presses his own ballot measure on campaign finance
A 75-year-old Hayden man is pushing ahead with a campaign finance ballot initiative that he personally wrote and is sponsoring, even after a review by the Idaho Attorney General’s office …
Sat., Nov. 21, 2015, 6:35 p.m.
Spin Control: Fighting over initiatives is premature
New initiatives have interesting ideas, but aren’t serious yet.
Tue., Sept. 29, 2015
Vestal: Tim Eyman’s financial deals all too familiar
No one should be surprised at the complex financial maneuverings of initiative promoter Tim Eyman; he confessed to engaging in similar tactics 13 years ago.
Tue., Sept. 22, 2015
Initiative sponsor Eyman could face campaign finance law charges
OLYMPIA – Perennial initiative sponsor Tim Eyman could find himself in court over charges he broke campaign finance laws for the way he moved money back and forth in previous …
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 4, 2015, 4:17 p.m.
Super-majority for taxes will be on ballot
OLYMPIA — Voters will get a chance to decide whether they want to try forcing the Legislature into passing a constitutional amendment that would require supermajorities for tax increases, the …
Sat., Aug. 15, 2015
Judge refuses to block anti-tax I-1366 from ballot
OLYMPIA – The latest initiative designed to make it harder for the Washington Legislature to raise taxes survived a court challenge Friday when a King County Superior Court judge refused …
Sun., Aug. 2, 2015
Spin Control: Wrongdoing, not offensive words, is basis for a recall
OLYMPIA – As Airway Heights Mayor Patrick Rushing continues to suffer the slings and arrows from outrageous comment, it’s not uncommon for a supporter to call or write the paper …
Thu., July 30, 2015
Tax-focused Eyman initiative qualifies for ballot
OLYMPIA – Tim Eyman’s latest effort to make it harder for the Legislature to raise taxes will be on the fall ballot. State election officials said Wednesday that Initiative 1366 …
Tue., March 10, 2015
Bill would require statement on initiatives’ funding on ballot
OLYMPIA – State initiatives would contain a ballot message that they could require the Legislature to cut programs or raise taxes if they pass under a bill passed overwhelmingly by …
Sun., Oct. 12, 2014
Election 2014: I-591, I-594 differ over gun control
The duel between gun-control initiatives is not just a high-stakes clash between philosophies; it also pits a measure that’s short and sweet against one that features in-depth detail. Initiative 591, …
Fri., July 4, 2014
Two gun control issues will be on Washington ballot
OLYMPIA – Washington voters will face a pair of gun control issues this fall and will probably decide whether to have fewer students in some public school classes. But, because …
Wed., July 2, 2014, 10:05 a.m.
Washington class size initiative signatures ready
SEATTLE — Sponsors of an initiative to decrease Washington public school class sizes plan to turn in more than 325,000 signatures to the Washington secretary of state’s office on Wednesday. …
Sun., May 4, 2014
Eye on Boise: Rally decries veterans cemetery’s same-sex ban
“Add the Words” protesters returned to the Idaho state Capitol last week where roughly 180 were arrested during this year’s legislative session while pressing unsuccessfully for a hearing on legislation …
Thu., Nov. 7, 2013
Front Porch: Initiative confusion reigns again
As America’s accidental sage Yogi Berra once said, “It’s like déjà vu all over again.” Of course, he was talking baseball, watching Yankee greats Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris repeatedly …