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Our Legislative and Constitutional Rights are Under Attack!


Friends, this could be the week that legislators move to “suspend” I-960, effectively making it easier for them to raise taxes, and do so behind closed doors. 
 
While this Blog is dedicated to Second Amendment issues, I feel this attack on our rights here in Washington State is only the beginning. If they’re successful in this unconstitutional effort to destroy our legislative process with regard to tax increases, they certainly will pull the same tricks with regard to our Second Amendment Rights. 
 
Since the beginning of the 2010 Legislative Session, this possibility has been a topic of discussion on Capitol Hill, but now it is dangerously close to becoming a reality.
 
Here’s how it will likely happen. Legislators will attach a provision to “suspend” I-960 in another piece of legislation that they intend to vote on. The key is to determine which one. We think it might be HB 2971, which is scheduled to have a hearing at 8:00 a.m. this Thursday morning. 

You can help us support I-960 in Two Ways:
  1. Attend the Hearing – If you have the time and ability to travel, please consider showing up to support I-960 and Amber’s testimony.01/28/10 @ 8:00 am
    House Hearing Rm C
    John L. O’Brien Building, Olympia, WA


  2. Contact Your Legislator – The Freedom Foundation has been compiling a list of legislators and their stance on I-960.  Check it to see if your legislator responded to us and what they said. If they support I-960, please call and thank them. 

    If they responded negatively or not at all, please contact them and encourage them to consider how suspending I-960 will impact their constituents.

Does Your Legislator Support I-960?  Find Out Here
 

Call Now!!!

 
 

Signature drive STARTS NOW — Make copies of attached I-1053 petition — Save The 2/3’s Vote For Tax Increases in Washington State!

       “We have to get 960 overturned as soon as possible,” said Lisa Brown, the Democrats’ leader in the state senate.  In the state house, Speaker Frank Chopp wins the Alice in Wonderland down-is-up, up-is-down award for his Orwellian statement:  “We must suspend 960 to carry out the will of the people.”
 
         To counter their arrogant effort to take away Initiative 960’s policies — which have been approved by the voters 3 times and which have survived 2 court challenges — the 14 of us are sponsoring I-1053, the “Save The 2/3’s Vote For Tax Increases Initiative.”   Asked about our initiative recently, Gregoire responded by telling our supporters to “stop meddling” and “leave it to us.” 
 
        I-1053 reinstates I-960’s common sense policy: 
 
*      For state government to raise taxes, the Legislature must receive 2/3’s legislative approval or voter approval (either 2/3’s of the politicians or simple majority of the voters); and
  
*      For state government to increase fees, the Legislature must receive majority legislative approval. 
 
        Initiative 1053’s signature drive STARTS NOW.  After receiving an unprecedented early endorsement by the State GOP on Saturday, we collected signatures at their meeting but more importantly, over 4000 petitions were taken back to all 39 counties by all 39 county chairman.  
 
         We’re scheduled to have more petitions printed next week and after that, we’ll mail a petition to our thousands of supporters throughout the state.  But we ask you not to wait for that petition to arrive in your mailbox — instead, please print up petitions using the PDF file of the petition (it must be printed front & back on 11″ x 17″ paper) and start getting signatures immediately.  You can download the petition here:   http://www.VotersWantMoreChoices.com or http://www.VotersWantMoreChoices.com/1053petition.pdf.  Some of you work in offices with copiers and printers that can do 11×17 — if not, you can forward the PDF file to a local FedEx Kinkos, Office Depot or local printer and have them make as many copies as you want (costs about 30 cents a copy). 

       We know what it takes to succeed but there are no shortcuts — collecting over 300,000 voter signatures means 2000 signatures PER DAY — that requires enormous effort and persistence.  To succeed, we need everyone to start collecting voter signatures IMMEDIATELY.  Today.  Right now.  Not a single day can be wasted.  There are events and rallies and conventions and caucuses happening RIGHT NOW and we need all of you to take advantage of every opportunity to collect signatures over the next 150 days — the deadline is July 2nd.   

       Carry a petition wherever you go.  Put it on the door of your office.  Put it on the counter of your business.  Ask local businesses to put it on their counters.  Don’t just let it sit there — ask people to sign it.  Tell them why.  Because politicians don’t get it.  Because politicians aren’t listening.  Because it shouldn’t be easy to raise taxes.  Because working families and senior citizens can’t afford higher taxes, especially now.  Because without these policies, politicians will radically raise taxes and impose huge new fees.  Because I-960’s 2/3’s vote requirement stopped BILLIONS OF DOLLARS of job-killing tax increases over the past 2 years. 

       Please … HELP!!!!!

      
         This is, by far, the most effective counter-offensive to Gregoire’s arrogant tax-raising agenda.  Help make it happen by contributing today.  FULL STEAM AHEAD!

Regards, Our Expanded Team of co-sponsors for I-1053, the “Save The 2/3’s Vote For Tax Increases Initiative”:  Tim Eyman, Jack Fagan, Mike Fagan, Mike Dunmire, Senator Don Benton, Senator Janea Holmquist, Erma Turner, Nancy Nelson, Dagny Lord, Keli Carender, Senator Pam Roach, Rep. Matt Shea, John Ahern & Ken Morse, ph: 425-493-9127, email: tim_eyman@comcast.net, http://www.VotersWantMoreChoices.com

SAVE THE 2/3’s VOTE FOR TAX INCREASES • PO Box 18250 • Spokane • WA • 99228 • PH: 425-493-8707 • FAX: 425-493-1027 • www.VotersWantMoreChoices.comjakatak@comcast.net

Amber Gunn, the Freedom Foundation’s Economics Policy Director, will be present to testify on behalf of I-960.

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