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Spin Control Tim Eyman archive

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No Eyman initiative this year

OLYMPIA -- Initiative entrepreneur Tim Eyman will not have a measure on this fall's ballot. Eyman informed supporters today that he and his associates, Spokanites Mike and Jack Fagan, will not be turning in signatures for Initiative 1325, an effort to force the Legislature into...

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MONDAY, JAN. 6, 2014

Eyman offers workaround for 2/3rds tax requirement 

OLYMPIA -- For years, Tim Eyman and company proposed initiatives to require a super-majority for taxes. Voters approved them even though opponents said they were unconstitutional. Turns out opponents were right, or so said the state Supreme Court in last year's ruling that such a...

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SUNDAY, JULY 28, 2013

Sunday Spin2: A bridge too far out?

Meanwhile, at the Secretary of State’s office, someone filed an initiative to rename the fallen and resurrected Skagit River Bridge for initiative entrepreneur Tim Eyman. . . To read the rest of this item, or to comment, continue inside the blog.

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OLYMPIA -- Mike Fagan, Tim Eyman and Jack Fagan, left to right, try to file an electronic version of their new initiative at the Secretary of State's office Wednesday. The new system didn't work properly and they ended up turning in a paper version and paying the $5 filing fee. (Jim Camden)

Eyman, Fagans try new route to 2/3 tax votes 

Mike Fagan, Tim Eyman and Jack Fagan, left to right, to file an electronic copy of their new initiative at the Secretary of State's office Wednesday. After several attempts, they wound up submitting a paper copy and paying the $5 filing fee. OLYMPIA – Unable...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 14, 2013

1 year for initiatives to get signatures? How about 2 years?

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 century-old avenue for grass-roots democracy, the initiative process. One suggestion the Senate Governmental Operations Committee aired...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 23, 2013

THURSDAY, JAN. 3, 2013

Latest Eyman initiative topic: Initiatives

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 year’s initiative topic: initiatives. Eyman and other supporters of Initiative 517 filed petitions with more...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 24, 2012

Fiscal note on I-1185 stands, judge rules 

OLYMPIA -- The fiscal note on the latest initiative requiring a supermajority in the Legislature for tax increases will remain in the voters pamphlet, even though it is different from a nearly identical initiative that passed in 2010, a judge ruled today. That might not...

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This is grass-roots democracy?

Friday’s deadline for turning in initiatives demonstrated clearly that letting voters approve legislation at the ballot box might still be an exercise of government of the people, but getting a measure on the ballot is all about money. Of some 55 proposals that were filed...

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Eyman to turn in signatures on I-1185

OLYMPIA -- Signed petitions on an initiative to reiterate the supermajority needed for the Legislature to approve tax increases will be turned in Friday morning. Tim Eyman and other sponsors of Initiative 1185 will be carting boxes of petitions into the Secretary of State's Elections...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 10, 2011

Bell tolls for I-1125

OLYMPIA -- Initiative 1125, which would have placed restrictions on how tolls can be levied and spent, is officially a loser. Although the fate of the proposal seemed fairly likely when it ended Election Night behind, The Associated Press night called it for the No...

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MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011

Lawsuit challenges supermajority for taxes

OLYMPIA – A coalition of House Democrats and education advocates are asking the courts to void the supermajority required for tax increases, arguing that it’s an unconstitutional limit on legislative authority. State Republicans and the sponsor of initiatives that have repeatedly resulted in voters imposing...

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FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2011

OLYMPIA -- Initiative 1125 sponsors Tim Eyman and Mike Fagan hold a press conference Friday while Secretary of State Office election workers begin counting their petitions. (Jim Camden)

Road taxes initiative turns in 327,000 names

Initiative sponsors Tim Eyman (right) and Mike Fagan hold a press conference Friday while elections workers begin counting their petitions. OLYMPIA -- Supporters of an initiative to limit the use of road taxes and tolls dropped off their petitions Friday morning with a comfortable cushion...

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