Friday, August 14th, 2015
I was there -- here's how it went in court this morning
Opponents of I-1366 don't trust the voters. If they did, they
wouldn't be filing a don't-let-the-people-vote lawsuit. If they thought
they were gonna win in November, they wouldn't be so desperate, so
frantic, so hysterical about preventing the people from voting on
Opponents know that voters are eager to protect themselves from
Olympia's insatiable tax appetite. They see the writing on the wall.
So the only way they can win the vote is to prevent the vote.
Let me just fast forward to the bottom line: after listening to
oral arguments for an hour, the judge said he'll publish his decision
later this afternoon. Whichever side loses will appeal to the state
supreme court. So his ruling is just the first step on a multi-step
I will send everyone an email with the outcome (it might be late this afternoon or first thing tomorrow morning).
Me personally, I am very confident that we will prevail and the
voters will get to vote on I-1366. Why? In our state's 100 year
history, the courts have never -- not once -- prevented the
people from voting on a statewide initiative that turned in the required
signatures and was certified for the vote by the Secretary of State.
There have been 2 unanimous state supreme court rulings -- in 2005 and
2007 -- that rejected lawsuits just like this one, making clear that the
voters' First Amendment right to vote on qualified initiatives would
not be violated.
Here's how it went this morning: the opponents' attorney went
first. After him, the attorney for Secretary of State Kim Wyman went
next. And it ended with our attorney. By far, our arguments were far
superior. It wasn't even close.
But as we all know, anything can happen, especially in King County.
It's obvious that this is a Hail Mary pass by I-1366's
opponents. They've realized that despite spending millions upon
millions of dollars over the years, they've only been able to convince
about a third of the voters that it should be easy to raise taxes.
Fortunately for taxpayers, almost two-thirds of voters want it to be
tougher to raise taxes.
Because opponents of I-1366 can't win the vote, they're
desperate to stop the vote. The voters will be completely
disenfranchised and their First Amendment rights negated if opponents
succeed at blocking the vote on I-1366.
We're working as hard as
we can to pass I-1366 in November. Our antidemocratic opponents are
trying to stop it. It's clear that we need your support now more than
ever. Please help us (see below).
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