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What does the late Sen. Henry “Scoop” Jackson have to do with the two-thirds majority and I-1185? Plenty, says sponsor Tim Eyman

It was something of a stretch even for a politician considered a master of political theater. But according to Tim Eyman, the recent reversal of opinion by The Herald of Everett on the two-thirds tax-vote initiative can be blamed on a guy who died almost 30 years ago.

Here’s how he gets there…The Herald has endorsed his past two-thirds vote initiatives…the Everett-based newspaper recently hired a new editorial page editor and has a new publisher…that editorial page editor is the son of the late Sen. Henry Jackson…it has now reversed its position on the latest version of the tax limit, Eyman’s Initiative 1185.

Therefore, “Scoop Jackson’s son (not surprisingly) comes out against making it tougher to raise taxes.”

I’m not sure why it isn’t a surprise since I’m not sure I ever heard the longtime U.S. senator express an opinion on the two-thirds tax issue before he died in 1983. Given that he held a complex set of opinions – liberal on issues of the environment and labor, conservative on defense and foreign affairs – it might even be hard to guess what his fiscal views might be today.

And Peter is hardly an ingenue, having been involved in various fields from screenplay writing to speech writing for decades, all without his dad’s advice.

For Eyman, however, that’s not enough to separate the two.

“Of course it’s now their editorial board and they can have any opinion they want without listening to both sides — it’s still a free country,” Eyman wrote. “But it’s quite doubtful that Scoop Jackson’s son previously supported I-1053 but now opposes I-1185. It’s more likely that one of the no voters on I-1053 simply has a louder megaphone this time.”

The odd reference to the legendary senator was too much for a Seattle House member who knew him well. Rep. Reuven Carlyle issued his own statement Thursday.

“There comes a time when public officials have a moral responsibility to stand up for civic dialogue. Today is one of those days and this is one of those times.

A young Rueven Carlyle with his mother and Sen. Henry Jackson and his mother

Tim Eyman’s unbelievable, nasty personal insult to Everett Herald Editorial page editor Peter Jackson, a treasured friend and son of one of our state’s legendary public officials in the late Scoop Jackson, went a step too far outside the dignity of Washington’s history of integrity in politics.
Merely because the Everett Herald objectively reconsidered its previous support for Mr. Eyman’s supermajority initiative, a patronizing personal attack on the paper, Mr. Jackson and the memory of Senator Jackson (whom I had the honor of serving as a page for in the United States Senate) was uncalled for. We are better than this as a state and Mr. Eyman demeans us all in demeaning Sen. Jackson’s memory.”

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Washington state House pays underwhelming tribute to the late Henry “Scoop” Jackson

The event was supposed to informally kick off a series of events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of the longtime Democratic congressman.

Henry Jackson died suddenly in 1983 and had served 12 years in the U.S. House and 31 years in the U.S. Senate before he died. He was a leader on defense issues and foreign policy but was also an environmentalist who is credited with such things as the creation of the the wilderness act and expansion of public lands. Jackson was twice a

The late Sen. Henry "Scoop" Jackson arriving at Stadium Bowl in Tacoma for Earth Day, 1970 (Jerry Buck/TNT)

candidate for the presidency and was said to have been then-Sen. John Kennedy’s first choice for vice president, a selection that went instead to Lyndon Johnson.

Along with the late U.S. Sen. Warren Magnuson, Jackson is considered one of the giant of state politics and of the Demcoratic party.

With House Republicans still in closed caucus meeting with presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, majority Democrats took up the resolution. With the chambers half empty the Speaker Pro Tem Jim Moeller did not even allow the resolution to be read in full, resorting to the procedure of having the clerk read only the first and last

No speeches were allowed and after recognizing Jackson’s children Peter Jackson and Anna Marie Jackson Laurence – in the gallery the House Democrats went into their own closed-door caucus. The family was invited in to caucus.

House Democratic spokeswoman Melinda McCrady said the House has policies to control the amount of time spent on such resolutions. Leaders agree before session which will be done on the floor and with speeches from members. The rest are adopted in the Rules Committee or from the rostrum.

This resolution was not brought forward until after those decisions had been made, McCrady said. Even recognizing the family in the gallery was an exception to normal procedure for resolutions not on the list.

This is a picture Rep. Reuven Carlyle sent out on his Twitter account today of him with his mother Joan Hadiyah Carlyle and Scoop Jackson

I asked Rep. Reuven Carlyle about the brisk treatment. Carlyle had been a Senate page for Jackson and was one of the co-sponsors of the resolution. He appeared upset but said he had no idea why the event was handled the way it way.

Just a few weeks ago the Democrat-controlled Senate had conducted a similar event for former Republican U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton. The resolution was read in full, senators offered congratulations and Gorton was allowed to address the Senate.

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