Category Archives: Threat Analysis

Senate adopts rules requiring a two-thirds vote for new revenue; NPI’s Permanent Defense responds

This afternoon, by a vote of twenty-six to twenty-three, the Washington State Senate adopted a set of procedural rules containing an unprecedented new provision specifying that bills that would create new sources of revenue to fund Washington’s common wealth must attain a two-thirds vote in order to advance. The whole of the Senate Republican caucus […]

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State Senate should heed the words of our Founding Fathers and protect majority rule

In a press release issued yesterday, Republican State Senators Michael Baumgartner and Doug Ericksen announced that when the Legislature convenes for its long session next Monday, they will propose changing the rules of the Washington State Senate to require a two-thirds vote to advance bills that raise revenue, in a blatant attempt to contravene the […]

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Tim Eyman’s scheme to repeal local minimum wage laws fails to qualify as an initiative to the Legislature

2015 is less than forty-eight hours old here in the Pacific Northwest, but already, we have some good news to celebrate: Tim Eyman has failed to qualify his scheme to repeal local minimum wage laws in Seattle and SeaTac as an initiative to the Legislature for 2015. Today was the deadline to submit signatures for […]

If Tim Eyman’s so concerned about flat wages, why’s he trying to repeal $15/hour in Seattle & SeaTac?

As we have seen over the last fifteen years, Tim Eyman’s view is that there is never a good time for the people of Washington to pool their resources to get things done. It doesn’t matter whether the economy is strong or weak; what’s crystal clear is that Eyman simply doesn’t believe in mutual responsibility […]

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Washingtonians to enjoy an Eyman-free November this year, evidence suggests

For the first time in eight years, voters in Washington won’t have to decide the fate of a Tim Eyman initiative in November. That’s the conclusion we reached this week after completing our latest threat analysis assessment. In January of this year, Tim Eyman announced that his 2014 initiative would be I-1325, a Ted Cruz-inspired […]

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Tim Eyman is falsely advertising Initiative 1325

Ever since the Washington State Supreme Court decided the League of Education Voters case in early 2013, Tim Eyman has been agitating to reinstate the unconstitutional two-thirds vote requirement for raising revenue contained within I-601 and its clones. After arguing for years that the two-thirds vote requirement was constitutional (it wasn’t; it violated Article II, […]

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Twelve Years: Statement from the Founder

Today and throughout this month, Permanent Defense celebrates its twelfth anniversary, marking one hundred and forty-four months of continuous operation. Since February 15th, 2002, PD has served as a critical first line of defense against threats to the commonwealth and the Constitution of Washington State, fighting destructive right wing ballot measures and opposing Tim Eyman’s […]

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I-1325 would contravene the Supreme Court’s McCleary decision

Today, while Tim Eyman was busy trying to generate more publicity for his latest initiative by confronting House Speaker Frank Chopp in the statehouse, the Washington State Supreme Court ordered the State of Washington to submit, no later than April 30th, 2014, a “complete plan for fully implementing its program of basic education for each […]

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Tim Eyman borrows from the Ted Cruz playbook, turns to coercion with latest initiative

Perhaps galvanized by the headline-grabbing but ultimately failed tactics used by the Tea Party faction of the Republican Party during last autumn’s needless government shutdown, Tim Eyman today filed a revised draft of an initiative idea he’s been toying with for the last few weeks. The latest incarnation, which does not yet have a number […]

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Tim Eyman’s “advisory votes” are really costly, deceptive, and unconstitutional push polls

NPI’s Permanent Defense today released a new critical analysis of the “advisory votes” required by Tim Eyman’s Initiative 960. Titled “Tim Eyman’s “advisory votes” are really costly, deceptive, and unconstitutional push polls“, it explains that the five “advisory votes” on this year’s ballot are an expensive sham intended to maliciously influence voters, not provide our […]

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