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Pierce Transit to reconsider selection of Robert Hill

The Pierce Transit board will meet July 23 to reconsider its choice of a committee to write the official opposition statement to the agency’s proposed sales-tax increase.

The decision comes a week after the board named Robert Hill and Ken Paulson as the opposition committee, even though Hill would be writing the voters’ pamphlet statement from jail.

Officials then heard from opponents of the ballot measure who didn’t want Hill, a jailed felon, speaking for them. Paulson himself was the most vocal critic, saying he wouldn’t participate if Hill did.

The board met behind closed doors in executive session

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Judge grants no-contact order against Robert ‘The Traveller’ Hill

A judge has granted another protective order against Robert “The Traveller” Hill, requiring the political gadfly and candidate to stay away from an organizer of Tacoma’s marijuana initiative.

Hill had set up a political committee, Sensible Tacoma, in support of Initiative 1 but separate from the committee that secured a ballot spot for the measure. He reproduced the Cannabis Reform Act website and used campaign manager Sherry Bockwinkel‘s phone number while making robo-calls to drum up support.

Bockwinkel called it harassment. Pierce County District Court Judge James Heller this week signed a no-contact order ordering Hill to stay

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Robert ‘The Traveller’ Hill sends out robo-calls supporting marijuana initiative

Robo-calls going out this week are asking people to call Tacoma City Council members and urge them to ease up on marijuana.

The many faces of The Traveller


Someone identifying themselves as “Kat from Nature’s Resource Center” tells recipients the council should bypass voters and enact Initiative 1, which would make marijuana the lowest priority of city law enforcement. (Listen to the call.)

The calls were organized not by the Initiative 1 committee, but by political gadfly and City Council candidate Robert “The Traveller” Hill, who has Facebook and Twitter pages dedicated to supporting Initiative 1. Hill said he also sent out a call using his own voice.

Hill said more than 20,000 calls went out Sunday, Monday and Tuesday and he’s trying to set up more today.

It’s not pleasing organizers of the Initiative 1 petition effort, even though they support the sentiment. They gathered thousands of signatures to make sure the measure will be on November’s ballot if the council doesn’t act by next week.

“Our way of doing business with the City Council is not to bombard them with phone calls from all around the state, which is what Robert Hill is doing,” organizer Sherry Bockwinkel said.

The committee is complaining about Hill’s shadow campaign in support of their measure. Bockwinkel will go before a Pierce County District Court judge Tuesday to ask for an anti-harassment protection order against Hill. Read more »