Stories tagged: Tim Eyman
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 …
Sun., June 29, 2014
Spin Control: Clock ticking on candidate debates, initiatives
In a sign that campaign season is truly upon us, last week saw the first debate over debates, the annual exercise in which one candidate dares another to meet on …
Sun., Nov. 3, 2013
Washington voters on their own to decide ballot advisory measures
Voters seeking extensive information from the usual sources on five statewide advisory measures may be out of luck. There are no high-powered campaigns for or against the nonbinding Advisory Votes …
Sun., July 28, 2013
Spin Control: Boeing’s latest move causes little uproar
OLYMPIA – The dog days of the summer around the state capital are not as uniformly sunny as in Eastern Washington. But morning fog and low clouds – a pattern …
Fri., July 12, 2013
Initiative draws countersuit
Envision Spokane, a group that has failed twice at the ballot box with its far-reaching Community Bill of Rights, has countersued a coalition of business and government groups that sought …
Sun., July 7, 2013
Spin Control: Citizens show rare lack of initiative this year
OLYMPIA – Friday was a rare day in Washington state politics, although it went mostly unnoticed because it was rare for what didn’t happen rather than what did. It was …
Sat., May 18, 2013
We’ll learn more if we let folks vote
As the city amasses legal rationalizations for denying citizens a vote, there has been a refrain from those who object to these pesky citizens’ initiatives. It runs something like this: …
Thu., April 25, 2013
Eyman, Fagans want public vote on tax hikes
OLYMPIA – Unable to ask voters again to approve an initiative that requires a supermajority for tax increases, a group of self-described tax fighters will try to prod the Legislature …
Thu., April 4, 2013
Councilman Fagan didn’t violate ethics rules, panel finds
Councilman Mike Fagan’s description of Gov. Jay Inslee as a “lying whore” was provocative and controversial but apparently doesn’t violate the city’s ethics code. The Spokane Ethics Committee unanimously ruled …
Sun., Feb. 24, 2013
Clark: Hey, Fagan, civility isn’t a part-time responsibility
Advice for any elected official wanting to be taken seriously: Try not to call the governor “a lying whore.”
Fri., Feb. 22, 2013
Fagan slams Inslee in demeaning email
Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan, in a fundraising letter for his anti-tax efforts, called Washington Gov. Jay Inslee “a lying whore.” The letter, which was signed by Fagan and the …
Thu., Feb. 21, 2013, 2:32 p.m.
Fagan letter labels governor ‘a lying whore’
A letter sent today that was signed by Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan calls Washington Gov. Jay Inslee “a lying whore.”
Fri., Feb. 15, 2013
Bill would extend signature gathering time on initiatives
OLYMPIA – As state law enforcement officials began investigating more than 8,000 allegedly forged signatures for a pair of ballot measures, a legislative panel looked at changes to the initiative …
Thu., Jan. 10, 2013, 11:23 a.m.
New vote may be needed on tuition hikes
An informal opinion from the Washington attorney general’s office says lawmakers may need to take another vote on whether the state’s public universities can set their own tuition rates.
Fri., Jan. 4, 2013
Eyman puts initiative law into initiative
OLYMPIA – Almost every year for more than a decade, Washington’s premier proponent of initiatives, Tim Eyman, has had a ballot measure to promote, and 2013 is no exception. This …
Sun., Dec. 23, 2012
Gregoire says she’s not finished with public service
OLYMPIA – Chris Gregoire entered the governor’s office under a cloud of suspicion in 2005 and took control of a state starting to feel the winds of a strengthening economy …
Sat., Aug. 25, 2012
Disputed analysis of I-1185 will stay
OLYMPIA – The fiscal note on the latest initiative requiring a supermajority in the Legislature for tax increases will remain in the state voters’ guide, even though it is different …
Mon., July 30, 2012, 8:34 p.m.
Tax advisory issues added to November ballot
Washington state voters will have a chance to formally tell state lawmakers what they think about some taxes in the state, officials said Monday.
Thu., July 5, 2012
On ballots, expect single marijuana, marriage options
OLYMPIA – Washington voters could face ballot measures this November on marijuana, same-sex marriage, charter schools and supermajorities for taxes. But they won’t face more than one on any of …
Fri., June 1, 2012
Government of the many, by the few
Is the supermajority constitutional? A judge in King County said no this week, ruling that Initiative 1053, which requires a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to raise any tax, violated …
Mon., Aug. 29, 2011, 8:24 a.m.
Eyman, red-light-camera foes push for city bans
Tim Eyman’s anti-tax initiatives have developed, he admits, “a partisan tinge” over the years. But Washington’s ballot-measure king says he finally has found an issue that unites voters across the …
Wed., July 20, 2011, 1:40 p.m.
Critics renew red-light camera fight in Wenatchee
Critics of red-light cameras in Wenatchee are back with another effort to get on the November ballot.
Sat., July 9, 2011
Liquor, tolls, care staff initiatives likely qualify for November ballot
OLYMPIA – Washington voters will likely face proposals on tolls, liquor and home health care workers on the November ballot. But not on chickens or marijuana.
Sun., May 22, 2011
Spin Control: Film industry tax breaks fine, but tie them to reviews
OLYMPIA – The Senate agreed last week to extend tax breaks for film companies that shoot movies and TV shows in Washington. That makes good economic sense, considering a movie …
Mon., May 2, 2011
Eyman wants lawmakers to set toll rates
SEATTLE – Frequent initiative sponsor Tim Eyman said Sunday he’s pushing a statewide campaign this year to make sure that the Legislature – and not the unelected state Transportation Commission …
Sun., March 13, 2011
Spin Control: State’s petition process remains unchanged
Left in the legislative ash heap last week was a bill to revise rules for initiative campaigns by charging as much as $500 to file a ballot measure and putting …
Tue., Sept. 28, 2010
Assessor discusses recovery from eye cancer
People who look closely might notice that one of Spokane County Assessor Ralph Baker’s eyes doesn’t move with the other. They might even figure out that his left eye is …
Fri., Aug. 6, 2010, 11:20 a.m.
Judge OK’s Mukilteo red light camera vote
A Snohomish County Superior Court ruled Friday that Mukilteo voters will have their say in November on red light cameras.
Sun., May 30, 2010
New food taxes start Tuesday
If you drink bottled water or beer, eat candy or chew gum, this weekend would be a good time to stock up. Those items – or at least some brands …
Wed., May 5, 2010
Group seeks legal review of initiatives
Initiatives proposed by the Spokane Patriots, a conservative activist group, will get a legal review from city attorneys before supporters start gathering signatures.