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UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 26, 2019

Idaho man updates challenge to state’s initiative process

An Idaho man has filed documents to keep alive his federal court challenge to the constitutionality of Idaho’s ballot initiative process.

Idaho Lawmakers to consider bill to toughen initiatives this week

A panel of lawmakers has opted to hold a bill that would toughen the requirements to get an initiative on a ballot in committee for now, but the legislation will …

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018

Voters reject carbon fee in I-1631

Washington isn’t likely to levying a fee on crude oil and other fossil fuels to help fight climate change.

Brace for an ad onslaught as big money pours into initiative campaigns

Millions of dollars pour into initiative campaigns, fueling ads on television, the internet and in the mailbox.

Paul Allen backed initiatives and candidates

Paul G. Allen backed gun control and animal protection measures and was a bipartisan supporter of candidates

UPDATED: Fri., May 4, 2018

Sandpoint High alumnus Luke Mayville led Medicaid initiative effort

Luke Mayville was a junior at Sandpoint High School when the 9/11 attacks happened in September of 2001, and his English teacher, Marianne Love, encouraged the quiet, high-performing student to …

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 16, 2018

‘Instant racing’ ballot measure pushed, but Idaho AG says it may be unconstitutional

A proposed ballot initiative to legalize “historical horse racing” – slot machine-like betting terminals at which players bet on randomly selected past horse races – has been submitted to the …

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

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.

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.

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 …

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. …

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.

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.

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 …

Washington voters get minimum wage initiative

I-1433 qualifies for the November ballot.

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?

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.

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.

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 …

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 …

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.

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.

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 …

Spin Control: Fighting over initiatives is premature

New initiatives have interesting ideas, but aren’t serious yet.

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.

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

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 …

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 …

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 …