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Morning Update: Special session day 17

A hearing is taking place at 10 a.m. today before the House Finance Committee about a proposal to expand Washington’s estate tax. Anti-tax activist Tim Eyman is testifying before the committee.

The Senate has a pro forma meeting at noon but won’t be voting on legislation. Nothing else is on the Legislature’s agenda today.

Gov. Jay Inslee is up in Seattle and will be speaking  at the Technology Alliance Luncheon at the Sheraton Hotel downtown at 11:40 a.m.



Tim Eyman seeks initiative to sunset tax increases after one year

Courts have struck down Tim Eyman’s efforts to make all tax increases go to public votes and to require supermajorities in the Legislature for tax increases to pass. Eyman’s latest offering would try a third way of limiting taxes.

As described by the conservative initiative promoter, his proposal would make three changes:

  • Tax increases passed by the Legislature expire after one year unless renewed. In the meantime, voters would continue to get advisory votes on taxes as they do under current law (passed as part of an Eyman initiative), putting potential public pressure on lawmakers.

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Fraud seen in initiative petitions, again; Kim Wyman says tougher laws may be needed

UPDATED 4:35 p.m. with comments from the state elections director.

Elections officials said today they have found apparent fraud in petitions submitted by three paid signature gatherers working for two ballot-measure campaigns.

Secretary of State Kim Wyman ‘s office called it “the worst apparent initiative fraud anyone can remember” — even though this is the fourth straight year in which officials have detected signature fraud — and Wyman “pledged that the state’s continuing crackdown will continue, possibly with tougher regulations.”

She didn’t say what those would be but said her staff would meet with elections officials in Oregon. According to a

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Latest Tim Eyman initiative looks headed for Legislature, then ballot

Tim Eyman has made a career out of promoting ballot measures. His latest offering would change the regulations surrounding that occupation.

It’s an initiative to change the initiative process, which Eyman and allies submitted today with what they estimate at 345,000 signatures. Since they need 241,153 valid signatures (UPDATED TO CORRECT NUMBER), the measure and another on genetically modified foods “appear virtually assured of validation,” the secretary of state’s office says.

Initiative 517 goes to the November 2013 ballot, unless the Legislature takes the unlikely step of approving it first. Lawmakers also have the option of creating an alternative version

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I-522 backers turning in signatures today to require disclosure on genetically modified foods

Backers of an initiative to require disclosures of genetic alterations of commercially sold food say they’ll bring in signatures to state elections official today Initiative 522. (click here for full text) is an initiative to the Legislature, which means it would first go to the Legislature for possible adoption.

Tim Eyman, the professional initiative promoter, also is bringing in signatures this morning for I-517, which he says will protect the initiative process. A background story on it is here and the full text is here.

Friday is the

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Eyman says he is ready to file signatures for I-517, protecting initiative signature gatherers

Initiative promoter Tim Eyman says he will turn in signatures next week for Initiative 517, proposing to add six months to the time that initiative backers in Washington have to collect signatures and get on the ballot. I-517 also creates a harassment-free zone of 25 feet around signature gatherers and makes it a misdemeanor crime to intimidate or interfere with signature gathering.

The deadline for signatures is Jan. 4 and Eyman is filing his signatures a day early. The move comes as state elections watchdogs are investigating the lawfulness of the signature-gathering effort.

Because I-517 is

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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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Judge tosses Eyman lawsuit over I-1185 costs in voter pamphlet

Tim Eyman tried his hand as a lawyer in court today and pretty much lost his shorts. A Thurston County judge threw out Eyman’s claim that the Office of Financial Management needs to change its estimate of taxpayer costs for Initiative 1185 in the voters pamphlet.

I-1185 – which seeks to reassert a two-thirds legislative vote requirement for tax hikes and a simple majority vote requirement for all fee increases – is one of a half-dozen measures on the ballot Nov. 6. Superior Court Judge James Dixon ruled that OFM has discretion under the law and

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