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In Brief


I was so tired of partisan politics. It was all Tim Eyman and no new taxes… That’s not me. I’m interested in community building.

— Pro-transit Bellevue City Councilmember John Chelminak, explaining why he had a falling out with the Washington State Republican Party to The Seattle Times for its most recent article on Bellevue politics (Tone of Bellevue council hinges on three races). Chelminak nowadays calls himself “an excommunicated Republican.”

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Launch Video

Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made her first appearance of the 2016 campaign season on Saturday Night Live’s season premiere, playing Val the bartender opposite SNL repertory player Kate McKinnon (who impersonated Clinton).

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Permanent Defense

PDC votes to refer case against Tim Eyman to Attorney General Bob Ferguson

This morning in Olympia, after hearing staff summarize their findings in Case 13-027 (Protect Your Right To Vote On Initiatives and Tim Eyman) and Case 15-078 (Voters Want More Choices and Tim Eyman), the five-member Public Disclosure Commission voted una… (read more)

PDC investigation finds Tim Eyman broke Washington’s public disclosure law, again

This morning, the staff of the Public Disclosure Commission released the results of the agency’s long-running investigation into Tim Eyman’s I-517, the initiative on initiatives Eyman qualified in 2012, which was overwhelmingly rejected by vot… (read more)

Statement on the Supreme Court’s order in Huff v. Wyman

This morning, the Washington State Supreme Court rendered a preliminary verdict in Huff v. Wyman, the scope challenge to Tim Eyman’s I-1366. The Court has ruled unanimously that plaintiffs’ request for an injunction should be denied, which we… (read more)

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