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Initiative secrecy: Utah story is mirror opposite of R-71

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on April 21, 2010 at 1:09 pm with No Comments »
April 21, 2010 1:20 pm

In Washington, it’s religious conservatives and professional initiative promoter Tim Eyman crying foul when petition signatures are made public. In Utah it’s the good-government activists worried about intimidation from majority Republicans if signatures are made public.

Oddly enough, the Utah legal challenge is under way and goes to argument in U.S. District Court next Wednesday, April 28 — the same day the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in the R-71 case brought by religious conservatives who forced a domestic partners law onto the ballot last fall.

Here it’s Protect Marriage Washington that claims gays will target its supporters who oppose giving legal protections to gay couples.

The Utah case involves activists taking an ethics-in-government proposal to the ballot; they say the state’s majority Republicans will target their people and that the GOP would declare that supporters of the initiative are not fit to run for office as Republicans.

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