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Tag: James Johnson


You know that “simple” majority for tax increases the Washington Supreme Court upheld last week? It’s not all that simple

In trying to clarify the intent of the Washington State Constitution regarding the number of votes needed to pass laws, including tax-increases, the members of the state Supreme Court might have misused one of the key phrases in both the decision and one of the dissents.

That is, is a simple majority REALLY what the constitution requires to pass such bills? And was the use of that phrase accurate, especially in that it was used to describe two very different vote requirements – i.e. a majority of those elected to each house AND a majority of those present when a

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Tacoma trial lawyer Stan Rumbaugh wants to take on Justice Johnson

A Pierce County trial lawyer, Stan Rumbaugh, says he is filing to run for the state Supreme Court against conservative, one-term Justice James Johnson.

Rumbaugh, who filed late Tuesday, put out a news release that flatly accused Johnson of siding with corporations, insurers and the state builders’ lobby. Johnson’s campaign responded almost as caustically, saying Rumbaugh has never done appellate work and is “unqualified” for the Supreme Court.

This developing challenge to Johnson was one of the few surprises on Tuesday, the second day of candidate filing week in Washington’s 2010 election cycle.

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