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Mr. Tim Eyman

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Northwest Progressive Institute

Unelected Governor

Washington State




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Northwest Progressive Institute

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Washington State School Directors' Association


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First, some background: King County ... [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.
Dino Rossi, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and Tim Eyman to join NPI's Advisory Council
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.
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.
There are few people active in the Republican Party who are worse at governing than Dino Rossi, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and Tim Eyman.
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.
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 ... [cached]

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

Read a Pacific Northwest, liberal perspective on world, national, and local politics. From majestic Redmond, Washington - the Northwest Progressive Institute Advocate.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009
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.
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.
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 [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).
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.
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.
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.
Many of these schemes, of course, have been sponsored by Tim Eyman. [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.
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.

February – 2013 – NPI's Cascadia Advocate [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.
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.
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.
State Supreme Court strikes down Tim Eyman's two-thirds scheme!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Don't feed the trolls: Why we asked Andrew Garber and his colleagues to ignore Tim Eyman's repugnant attack on Jay Inslee
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Garber asserts that Eyman "frequently sends me emails and rarely sees them printed.
None of them get the special treatment that Tim Eyman does.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Eyma

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