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Mr. Tim Eyman

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First, some background: King County ...
www.nwprogressive.org, 1 April 2014 [cached]
First, some background: King County Proposition 1 is a measure on the April 22nd special election ballot that would address the chronic transportation funding problems created by the implementation of Tim Eyman's Initiatives 695 and 776, which were on the ballot in 1999 and 2002, respectively.
I-695 attempted to do two things, in violation of the single-subject rule for initiatives: Repeal the statewide motor vehicle excise tax (MVET) and require future increases in revenue be subject to a public vote. I-695 was overturned by the courts, but then-Governor Gary Locke, afraid to stand up to Tim Eyman, asked the Legislature to reinstate the repeal of the MVET, and it complied, blowing a huge hole in state and local transportation budgets.
In 2002, Eyman followed up with I-776, which sought to repeal local motor vehicle excise taxes collected in just four of Washington's thirty-nine counties (King, Snohomish, Pierce, and Douglas). I-776 passed narrowly. It, too, was challenged in court, but it was partially upheld on appeal.
Eyman, an anti-rail libertarian, had hoped that I-776 would force the cancellation of Sound Transit's Link light rail project by eliminating Sound Transit's MVET, along with the MVETs collected by the four counties named above.
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Dino Rossi, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and Tim Eyman to join NPI's Advisory Council
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Today, we're pleased to announce that they will soon be joined by Dino Rossi of Sammamish, Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Spokane, and Tim Eyman of Mukilteo.
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While these appointments are still pending and must be confirmed at a meeting of our board, I'm already looking forward to working with Cathy, Dino, and Tim.
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There are few people active in the Republican Party who are worse at governing than Dino Rossi, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and Tim Eyman.
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Tim Eyman, forty-eight, is a seller of incredibly destructive ballot measures intended to wreck Washington's government and common wealth. Eyman has over a decade of experience using six-figure checks from wealthy benefactors to force public votes on ill-conceived schemes to sabotage Article II, Section 22 of our state Constitution, eviscerate funding for vital public services like education, and prevent the construction of Sound Transit's voter-approved Link light rail system. Eyman is the state's leading expert on fouling up the Revised Code of Washington with initiatives that blatantly violate the plan of government that our founders gave us.
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NPI Advocate: Tim Eyman wants $2.2 million for statewide initiative to repeal $15/hour minimum wage - Remember back in June when Tim Eyman filed a statewide initiative to prevent cities like Seattle from raising the minimum wage above the level set by state law? Several media outlets, including the Puget Sound Business Journal, erroneously assumed - and then wrongfully reported - that Eyman was already ... September 3 at 0:27 Pacific Time
Faith leaders urge voters to reject ...
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Faith leaders urge voters to reject Tim Eyman's im... Northwest Progressive Institute Advocate: Faith leaders urge voters to reject Tim Eyman's immoral Initiative 1033 (Part I) Northwest Progressive Institute Advocate
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Faith leaders urge voters to reject Tim Eyman's immoral Initiative 1033 (Part I) Editor's Note: Welcome to the first installment of a special series chronicling religious opposition to Tim Eyman'sInitiative 1033.
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Read the archives of this blog and you'll find many instances where we have criticized the Legislature, for failing to accomplish real tax reform, failing to stop people like Tim Eyman from abusing the initiative process, failing to help homeowners whose houses have been damaged by negligent construction.
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Tim Eyman's Initiative 1033 is so bad that even Or... McGinn tones down anti-tunnel rhetoric Initiative 1033 would cripple our ability to inves... President Obama endorses Referendum 71 TimCity 2009: Coming soon to your community unless... Time to vote NO on Tim Eyman's I-1033
June – 2011 – NPI Advocate
www.nwprogressive.org, 23 May 2012 [cached]
When Tim Eyman announced a few weeks ago that he would be attempting to qualify a measure for this year's ballot, we were immediately sure that he had convinced somebody to put up a lot of cash to hire mercenary petitioners (because Tim doesn't do volunteer signature drives). On May 1st, I wrote the following:
As for Eyman's initiative, I-1125, it's dead on arrival unless Eyman has found a wealthy benefactor to fund it. Maybe his buddy Kemper Freeman, Jr. agreed to give him half a million bucks. Or maybe Michael Dunmire has agreed to resume filling Eyman's coffers with cash. We'll know soon enough.
As it turns out, NPI was correct on every single count.
A few weeks ago, we learned that Eyman's old sugar daddy Michael Dunmire had made a $100,000 contribution to Eyman's personal compensation fund (Help Us Help Taxpayers).
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Eyman subsequently transferred this money to his campaign committee (Voters Want More Choices).
Now, Dunmire's contribution may have been made to help Eyman reduce his debt (Dunmire previously wrote checks to cancel out Eyman's loans for I-985 and I-1033) but it's possible Eyman temporarily used the money to jumpstart the I-1125 signature drive. Now, Dunmire's contribution may have been made to help Eyman reduce his debt (Dunmire previously wrote checks to cancel out Eyman's loans for I-985 and I-1033) but it's possible Eyman temporarily used the money to jumpstart the I-1125 signature drive.
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Hours ago, Eyman purposely preempted his own treasurer's report for May to the PDC and announced that Kemper recently made a donation of - and no, I'm not joking - half a million bucks to the I-1125 effort.
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And just to be clear, we didn't know who was behind I-1125 (or what the amounts of the checks that had been written were) before I wrote that post. (It's not like Tim Eyman ever calls us to fill us in on what he's up to).
It was simply an educated guess, based on years and years of experience. NPI's Permanent Defense has been watchdogging Eyman for years.
When he makes an announcement, we're pretty good at interpreting and parsing the meaning. We took the unveiling of I-1125 to mean that Eyman had found somebody to fund a signature drive. We were correct.
Today's news destroys any last bit of doubt people might have had about I-1125 making the ballot. We've known for some time that the signature drive is happening and that Eyman had the cash lined up to make it successful.
So, once again, we'll have a Tim Eyman initiative to work against this autumn. Having to deal with these schemes is getting pretty old.
And unfortunately, there's no end in sight. As long as Tim Eyman can pay to play, and as long as he has friends with deep pockets, he'll have something on the ballot. Year after year after year. Not since the 1990s has there been a spring when Tim Eyman wasn't trying to qualify an initiative for the November ballot.
That's how long he has been in business.
It's time the progressive movement in this state discarded the pretense that he will someday go away, and started putting into place meaningful infrastructure to combat his destructive initiatives. What we do through Permanent Defense is important, but it's not enough. PD is only meant to be a first line of defense.
Our common wealth and our plan of government will always be threatened as long as Tim Eyman's initiative factory is running.
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Many of these schemes, of course, have been sponsored by Tim Eyman.
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SEATTLE, Feb. 4 , As the driving force behind several tax-cutting initiatives, Tim Eyman has sometimes been called the "unelected governor" of Washington State.
But in a confession that stunned his supporters and opponents alike, Mr. Eyman, a 36-year-old businessman, said today that he had lied when he told reporters in recent days that he had never profited personally from the fund-raising drives he conducted for his initiatives.
At a news conference this morning, Mr. Eyman fought back tears as he announced that he had diverted at least $45,000 he had raised for his tax revolt, and said he would send a letter to supporters, "asking them what is the right thing to do" with other money collected for the cause.
Mr. Eyman's confession came after he faced persistent questioning from The Seattle Post-Intelligencer about his diversion of $165,000 in campaign donations to a private account over which he had sole control.After days of denying that he benefited personally from the move, Mr. Eyman called The Associated Press on Sunday night to say that his statements to the newspaper constituted "the biggest lie of my life."
"The fact is, it is true that I made money in past campaigns and planned to make money on future campaigns," he said, criticizing himself for what he called his "ugly and stinky and disgusting" behavior.
He said the $45,000 "went into the black hole, the family budget," and he added: "It sounds so clichéd.
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Mr. Eyman, who runs a small company that makes wristwatches for fraternities and sororities, had told The Post-Intelligencer that he made "plenty of money" at his business and had no need to dip into campaign funds.
But at the news conference today, he said that running the tax-cut movement, which has included campaigns for initiatives that rolled back state taxes and fees and as recently as last November capped local property-tax increases, had consumed an inordinate amount of time and hampered his business.
Because state campaign-finance laws give fund-raisers fairly broad discretion over how money is spent, it is not clear that Mr. Eyman broke the law in paying himself, since the money could be construed as a campaign expense for his salary.But he could be in legal trouble if he lied about it on disclosure forms, said Doug Ellis, a spokesman for the state Public Disclosure Commission.
Mr. Eyman, reached by telephone at his business today, said he had no further comment.In his earlier remarks, he said he had done nothing illegal, adding: "The biggest thing I'm guiltiest of is an enormous ego.Hubris."
And, he said, "This entire charade was set up so I could maintain a moral superiority over our opposition, so I could say our opponents make money from politics and I don't."
Mr. Eyman also said he did not believe the revelations would hurt the anti-tax effort because, he said, "the initiatives were always about ideas, not about me."
Mr. Benham, the group member who criticized Mr. Eyman, agreed with that notion and suggested that the flap had been stirred up by opponents of the tax-cutting movement.
Tim Eyman's new initiative to ...
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Tim Eyman's new initiative to make it much harder to raise taxes is either a tonic aimed at a non-existent affliction or remedy for ordinary folks drained by the demands of a swollen state budget.
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Eyman is a horse's ass.
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Tim Eyman is the world's biggest horses ass.He cares only about himself, no one else.
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How about a proposition to expunge Tim Eyman legislation from the state record and extradite Tim Eyman to a place like Kansas where he and his fellow tax haters can ban all taxes.Heck, we won't even charge him tax for his plane ticket, because we know that no government official spends money responsibly, none.He shouldn't have to pay, as long as he stays in KANSAS!!!!My apologies to fiscally responsible Kansans everywhere, all 30 or 40 of you(tongue in cheek).
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I propose Initiative 666 to ban Tim Eyman from the Evergreen State.If Tim becomes the governor of WA State, the new slogan would be the "Everbrown State"
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Thank God this idiotic (the majority of the voters) state has someone like Tim Eyman to save the chattering-classes from themselves.The maddening thing is that the populace votes FOR his initiatives for the most part (because they make logical, common sense), then goes ahead and elects Democrats who just want to insatiably pick-pocket the hardworking people of Washington.
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Go Tim Go, anything to roll back the size and expenditures of govt is a good thing, and has my vote, and most likely the votes of the majority of citizens.
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Go away Eyman, you jackass.
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A reasonable take on this all is that Eyman and the Government are both flawed and deserve each other.
Taxes are too high insofar as the government is highly inefficient and wasteful.And the lack of any true opposition means that the goverment really does run amok.In that regard, yes, he is a tonic.
But yes, he is annoying too.
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The most frustrating thing about Eyman is that we can't vote him out of office.
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One thing you can say about Tim Eyman's initiatives is that we can VOTE on them.
If people did not vote for them he would probably go away.There must be a reason that many of them pass?
It's because many tax payers are fed up!I do not like or trust Tim Eyman, but I like him and trust him more than our current law makers.
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Go Eyman.Keep the lefties out of my back pocket.
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Bravo to Eyman.
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Eyman has no credibility.
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Eyman wrecks any hope of accountability in the political process.Instead of paying attention to their legislators and holding them accountable, people just vote for another Eyman initiative.
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Hey Tim, don't like taxes?
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The only thing that Eyman will benefit is more money in his pockets, lest us not forget the trouble he has gotten into in the past when it came to pocketing all that money from past initatives.And with the tax cuts he proposes, he gets to keep more of it!
It is not about helping the residents of the state, it is all about him.He is like that spoiled child that cries for attention.
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I'm not a big fan of Eyman.
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Eyman is terrible, but so are the people spending the tax money, who are frequently corrupt and incompetent, and driven by motives having nothing to do with real public needs.It's a really sad state of affairs -
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I would like to point out to all the people who think Tim Eyman and his anti-tax position is wonderful that no taxes results in really long lines at the vehicle registration counter, poor schools and library services, bad roads and few of the municipal/state benefits we take for granted - and are quick to complain about it they go away.None of us like to pay taxes, but in most cases they do go for something worthwhile.While it is necessary to watch what they are spent for, taxes do serve a purpose.And while I agree that I'm thoroughly tired Eyman and his antics, not to mention the thousands and thousands of dollars he's forced the state and the counties to spend just bringing his initiatives to the ballot, as a librarian and therefore a defender of a person's right to read/write/hold their own beliefs, we do have to tolerate him in the system.
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Another tactic they are using, is to tar and feather the voice of the opposition, Tim Eyman.
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Go Eyman, Go!!
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Eyman has been out of the news cycle for a few months, so now it's time for him to sidle up to the trough again for some more publicity.He's just a loudmouth front-man for Republicans in the legislature and the business community who blow a lot of smoke about "smaller government" but are themselves addicted to every manner of corporate welfare.Crummy roads and public transport?Second-rate education systems?These things don't matter if you're a fat cat.Eyman and his ilk sneer at the difficulties their initiatives raise for normal people.
People need to look hard at the man, his associates, and his record.For any reasonable person, Tim Eyman should have no credibility whatever.Let's hope this is the case with his new snake-oil.
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If the people of Washington State (i.e "The Peoples Republic of Seattle", as we know Seattle & King County pretty much decide state elections, but then Dean Logan is another subject) didn't continue to vote men and women into office that think government is needed for EVERYTHING, then people like Tim Eyman wouldn't be NEEDED (who would you complain about then?).
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Until that time comes, people like Tim Eyman will not go away, and I'm glad that he won't.Go get em Tim!
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Eyman is doing this for the money not the cause.
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Answer these questions and you will see that Tim Eyman is nothing more than a whore for selfish interests.
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Tim Eyman is depending on such anti-ANY TAX people to vote his way...These are the people who will not study...let alone read all pages of the intiative...and will vote out of emotional ignorance.
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I don't trust anything Eyman is involved in.He is self-serving and a liar.He taint's everything he touches.
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I truly believe Tim is in this for the most part to draw attention to himself.He is a very self-centered Republican.I'm a moderate.
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Tim Eyman.Scam man.
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Now Eyman and his Republican supporters want to use the ballot system for non-binding advisory votes for every single tax and/or fee that was passed without voter approval.Think about that.
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I don't trust anything Eyman's involved, either.
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I'm with those who see Eyman as a deadbeat incapable of supporting himself in any meaningful manner.Selling watches to fraternities and sororities?Boy, there's a high-flying businessman/entrepreneur doing the world of capitalism good--not.He's little more than a pimp for himself.
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You really can't blame Tim Eyman.
He simply comes up with good ideas.If the citizens of this stated didn't like his initiatives, then they simply wouldn't get on the ballot.
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Tim Eyman's initiatives are popular with the taxpayers because our legislature is out of control when it come to taxes and spending.Don't blame Tim.Blame your fine legislators.
Keep up the good work Tim!
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If you want action...Scampi...take citizen action...and do not depend on Tim Eyman to do it for you.Eyman is far far from being altruistic.
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So thanks for nothing Tim Eyman ...
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'Hate is not a family value.' See the hatred directed toward Tim Eyman above.No family values from the tax lovers/Eyman haters above.
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Tim Eyman's career and salary are based on his coming up with initiatives.But that shouldn't automatically dismiss his ideas.
However, his ideas should.
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And I vote to send Eyman there to help out the good folks of Texas - he'll fit right in, dontcha think?
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And Eyman makes a good punching bag ...
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Eyman is a GREAT breath of fresh
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Tim Eyman will be wearing his Darth Vader suit acting like a kid and everyone of you is drinking his Kool Aid.
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Seriously, if Eyman's initiatives focus our attention on what are and are not legitimate functions of government, then I believe they are well worth the cost involved.
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We need more people like Tim Eyman.
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If Tim Eyman is so unsuccessful getting initiatives on the ballot or passed, why is there so much fear and hate towards him and his initiatives?
The reason is because there is plenty of support for his ideas and initiatives among the taxpayers.
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