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.
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.
prefers to make trouble for others rather than dedicating himself to the betterment of the lives of his
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
State Supreme Court strikes down Tim Eyman's
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.
Ruling coming tomorrow on constitutionality of Tim Eyman's
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.
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.
, 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
, and Tesoro
, 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
is a prolific sponsor of initiatives.
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
remains very visible and relevant.
And it's because he's
a creature of the media.
talks, reporters listen.
Andrew Garber may not quote from Tim Eyman's
missives every day, but he
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
cause that Eyman
But then, Eyman
is awfully good at media manipulation.
doesn't mind dressing up (or down) to attract cameras.
seemingly feels no compulsion in repeatedly lying or distorting data to make it conform to his
doesn't care if his
invective bothers people.
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.
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.
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