Category Archives: In the Courts

Two-thirds is *not* a majority: New pictogram explains what I-1185, lawsuit against I-1053 are really about

Today, NPI’s Permanent Defense is releasing a new pictogram that explains what Initiative 1185 and the lawsuit against I-1053 are really about. Inspired by NPI’s late board member Lynn Allen, the artist and storyteller who created a similar visual for NPI’s 2010 video explaining the cost and consequences of I-1053, the pictogram shows how the […]

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Tim Eyman claims he’s “optimistic” that Supreme Court will side with him in lawsuit against I-1053

Tomorrow, the highest court of law in the State of Washington – the Supreme Court – will hear oral argument in League of Education Voters et. al. v. State of Washington, the legal challenge against Tim Eyman’s I-1053 originally filed over a year ago in King County Superior Court by a coalition of parents, teachers, […]

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Tim Eyman’s lawsuit against the Office of Financial Management is without merit

Last week, as required by law, the Office of Financial Management (OFM) completed and published its fiscal impact statement for Initiative 1185, Tim Eyman’s latest attempt to mess up the plan of government that our founders gave us at statehood. As we have previously noted, Initiative 1185 basically attempts to do two things: Restate the […]

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Supreme Court agrees to hear appeal of Judge Heller’s decision in LEV v. State

As expected, the Washington State Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of Judge Bruce Heller’s May decision striking down Tim Eyman’s Initiative 1053 in its entirety. The appeal was filed by Attorney General Rob McKenna’s office, which is defending the state against the lawsuit. In a two-page order, the court unanimously accepted the case […]

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Memo to the Seattle Times: Majority vote means fifty percent plus one – no more, no less!

The following is the text of the letter to the editor sent by NPI to the Seattle Times in response to the Times’ Sunday editorial urging the state Supreme Court not to strike down I-1053 if it receives an opportunity to do so. In your Sunday, June 5th editorial (State’s two-thirds rule on taxes should […]

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Analysis of Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Owen

Earlier today the Washington State Supreme Court released a ruling in Brown v. Owen, declining the opportunity ro rule on the constitutionality of Tim Eyman’s Initiative 960. The Northwest Progressive Institute has published some initial analysis of the decision and its implications, which is available at The Advocate.

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Statement on the invalidation of Initiative 747

The Northwest Progressive Institute and Permanent Defense this morning applauded the State Supreme Court’s invalidation of Tim Eyman’s Initiative 747, which placed draconian limits on property taxes in 2001. The Court upheld a lower court decision which found the initiative unconstitutional. “Today’s ruling is a victory for the people of the State of Washington,” said […]

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I-960 lawsuit will continue for now

Our parent organization’s blog reports that Futurewise and SEIU 775 – the plaintiffs in the lawsuit to block Tim Eyman’s initiative from being considered by voters – have filed an emergency motion for accelerated review with the state Supreme Court because the Superior Court refused to actually consider the issues at hand. That’s good news, […]

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Statement on the Initiative 747 ruling by Judge Roberts

Permanent Defense today applauded the decision of King County Superior Court Judge Mary Roberts, who ruled that Tim Eyman’s Initiative 747 was unconstitutional. “It’s a very simple concept: Washington State laws, including initiatives passed by voters, cannot violate the state Constitution,” said Permanent Defense Chair Andrew Villeneuve. “We agree with the judge and believe her reasoning in […]

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Whitman County, nonprofits sue to invalidate Initiative 747

Good news from the Puget Sound Business Journal: Whitman County and a coalition of nonprofit groups are suing the state, arguing that Tim Eyman’s Initiative 747, which capped state and local property tax increase at 1 percent per year, is unconstitutional. At a hearing in King County Superior Court on Friday, June 2, the plaintiffs […]

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