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Mr. Tim Eyman

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It's time to update Tim Eyman's ...
www.nwprogressive.org, 1 Feb 2013 [cached]
It's time to update Tim Eyman's Failure Chart
Now that the Washington State Supreme Court has ruled, at long last, that the main provision of Tim Eyman's I-601 clones is unconstitutional and void, it's time for us to update Tim Eyman's Failure Chart. The Failure Chart is a handy resource that we maintain over at Permanent Defense which shows that most of the initiatives Tim Eyman has sponsored over the years have failed... to get on the ballot, to be approved by voters, or to pass constitutional muster.
We use a simple test to determine whether an Eyman measure is listed as a success or failure. We ask two questions when evaluating each initiative:
Did the initiative pass and survive any legal challenges? Did the initiative accomplish its main intent as stated by Eyman?
Of the eighteen measures on the chart that Eyman has sponsored and qualified for the ballot, fifteen were classified as failures prior to this morning, with just three classified as successes.
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It is not an accident that so many of Tim Eyman's initiatives have been successfully challenged in court. We rarely review an Eyman initiative that we wouldn't describe as poorly written or unconstitutional. And that's because Eyman is terrible at writing law. He doesn't even come up with his own ideas... instead, he recycles schemes cooked up by right wing think tanks and prominent Republicans.
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But Tim Eyman, who has become the state's most prolific unelected lawmaker, has never shown any interest in governing. He prefers to make trouble for others rather than dedicating himself to the betterment of the lives of his fellow citizens.
We have never seen an Eyman initiative aimed at ending homelessness or cleaning up Puget Sound. And we probably never will, because putting people and planet ahead of profit is sadly not part of Tim Eyman's values system.
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State Supreme Court strikes down Tim Eyman's two-thirds scheme!
OH, HAPPY DAY!
In a 6-3 decision released only minutes ago, the Washington State Supreme Court finally rendered a momentous verdict in League of Education Voters et al. v. State of Washington, et. al, finding the two-thirds requirement at the heart of Tim Eyman's I-601 clones - also present in I-601 itself - to be unconstitutional.
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Ruling coming tomorrow on constitutionality of Tim Eyman's I-960/I-1053/I-1185
The Washington State Supreme Court signaled today that it plans to issue a ruling tomorrow morning in League of Education Voters, et al. v. State of Washington, et al, the all-important legal challenge to Tim Eyman's I-1053 filed in June 2011 by a group of Democratic lawmakers, parents, and teachers.
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In 2003, a decade after I-601 was on the ballot, Tim Eyman attempted to qualify a similar initiative to the Washington State ballot - I-807.
However, Eyman found himself without a wealthy benefactor that year, and the I-807 signature drive was unsuccessful.
Four years later, Eyman tried again, this time flush with cash from Woodinville multimillionaire Michael Dunmire, As Eyman was completing his signature drive, Futurewise and SEIU 775NW filed a lawsuit seeking to block the initiative from going on the ballot, owing to its constitutional defects.
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Eyman, meanwhile, got another I-601 clone to the ballot (I-1053) with the help of big banks and oil companies, and voters passed it in November of 2010.
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Just a few weeks later, voters approved I-1185, another I-601 clone sponsored by Eyman and again funded by big oil companies, including BP, Shell, and Tesoro.
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Tim Eyman, the Washington Policy Center, Rob McKenna, and the Seattle Times editorial board have all argued that Article II, Section 22 sets only a minimum threshold for the passage of bills, and that therefore, I-601 and its clones pass constitutional muster since those measures only raise the threshold.
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Don't feed the trolls: Why we asked Andrew Garber and his colleagues to ignore Tim Eyman's repugnant attack on Jay Inslee
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We figured after yesterday's events that it would only be a matter of hours before Tim Eyman responded in the form of a hyperbolic rant. And, sure enough, just after 10 AM this morning, a nastygram from Eyman showed up which included this bit:
Candidate Inslee repeatedly promised to veto any tax increase. He said no way to higher transportation taxes in 2013.
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We responded to Eyman's email this afternoon with a media advisory, asking reporters and editors not to reward Eyman's ugly, stinky, and disgusting behavior by giving the Mukilteo initiative profiteer headlines and on-air mentions.
As I noted in the advisory:
Our assessment of this message is that Eyman is being deliberately provocative in order to get his name and viewpoint into blog posts and stories on the transportation package.
He may already be planning to "apologize" in a few days' time for his inflammatory comments, so he can garner even more media attention.
We urge you not to take the bait. This isn't news. Let the only response to this despicable commentary be from his opposition. Eyman deserves to be called out for his inappropriate and disparaging remarks, but he does not deserve more headlines and on-air mentions by the traditional press. He has already shown he has nothing to contribute to a sane discussion about the value of public services in our state.
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Andrew Villeneuve of the Northwest Progressive Institute, urged the media today to censor itself and not write about a Tim Eyman email that referred to Democratic Gov.
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Eyman has made a living sponsoring initiatives, including a measure repeatedly approved by voters that requires a two-thirds vote of the Legislature, or voter approval, to increase taxes.
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Garber and his colleagues (both at The Times and at other publications) simply can't seem to resist passing up opportunities to write about Eyman or mention his hijinks on-air.
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Garber asserts that Eyman "frequently sends me emails and rarely sees them printed.
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None of them get the special treatment that Tim Eyman does.
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To beat Eyman in the Times archival search, you either have to have been elected governor, Seattle mayor, King County Executive, elected to Congress, or run for governor as an elected Republican and lost.
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The point is, the Seattle Times and its writers have given Tim Eyman a lot of ink and pixels over the years. They haven't just covered his initiatives; they've covered him as if he were an elected leader, even though the people of Washington have never elected him to any office or entrusted him with official responsibilities.
True, Eyman is a prolific sponsor of initiatives. But his initiative factory is powered by money from his wealthy benefactors, not grassroots activism. And most of his schemes have either been struck down by the courts, defeated by voters, or failed to qualify from the ballot, as we've documented in our Failure Chart.
Despite all of his failures, Eyman remains very visible and relevant. And it's because he's a creature of the media. When Eyman talks, reporters listen.
Andrew Garber may not quote from Tim Eyman's missives every day, but he and his colleagues at the Times are still reading what Eyman is sending. And on days when Garber isn't writing about Eyman, other reporters often are.
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The average flack has to work pretty hard to receive a fraction of the coverage for his or her cause that Eyman receives.
But then, Eyman is awfully good at media manipulation. He doesn't mind dressing up (or down) to attract cameras. He seemingly feels no compulsion in repeatedly lying or distorting data to make it conform to his talking points. He doesn't care if his invective bothers people. His overriding objective is to get his message out, and he knows how to get reporters to pick up on what he's saying and doing. He knows how to drum up publicity with almost no effort.
And that brings me back to today's media advisory.
At the time I began writing the message that Garber received, the Spokesman-Review had already picked up on Eyman's "lying whore" comment, and it seemed likely that other media outlets might follow suit.
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Eyman is the state's best known troll, and he spends a great deal of his time lurking in the threads as well as constantly pestering the moderators, many of whom are overworked and underpaid, and increasingly fewer in number.
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The objectionable language that Eyman used today isn't what prompted me to write that media advisory; it's what I've come to expect from Eyman. No, the reason for the advisory was to remind the media that
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.
periwork.com
www.periwork.com, 5 Feb 2002 [cached]
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 ...
seattlepi.nwsource.com, 18 June 2007 [cached]
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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