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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Washington Democrats Taking Power From The People.

      Want proof that the democrats want as much control as possible over the People? Look no further than the Washington State House of Representatives and the Washington State Senate. This session, a pair of bills was introduced that would basically cancel most voting topics in odd year elections. Why? I think it's a little deeper than what it appears to be on the surface
       The sponsors of these bills are citing lower voter turnout, however this is not necessarily accurate. According to a memo put out by the Washington Policy Center,  Political Sciences Professor Zoltan Hajnal of USC San Diego, who gave testimony at the hearing for HB2529, noted that having most elections in even years increased the liberal vote by 4% and increased the democrat vote by 4%. That would mean that any initiative, referendum, or any other issue being voted on that would have had an odd year vote, would now be subject to a higher voter turnout for the left. That is exactly what they want. They want to stack the deck so that initiatives and referendums that the democrats support have a higher likely hood of getting passed and those they object have a higher chance of getting voted down.
     Now, had they just canceled the odd year elections all together citing low voter turnout, they may have had some credibility, but that's not what happened. They are still allowing for local elections for government officials and tax increases so no matter what, ballots are still going to be sent out. So why would they allow tax increases to be voted on but not initiatives or referendums? Its all part of the scheme. Taxes generally get approved by a wider margin that Initiatives (which is crazy to me to think that people will almost always vote their money away) so they don't need the extra turnout. Here are some examples of Initiatives vs taxes from 2019.

 Initiatives and Referendums

- Referendum 88 (affirmative action) - Rejected 49.4% to 50.6%
- Initiative 976 ($30 car tabs) - Passed 53% to 47%
       -(both not in the democrats favor)

Tax Increases
- King County Prop 1 (Medic One Levy) - Passed 80.8% to 19.2%
- City of Duvall Prop 1 (Sales tax for roads) - Passed 71.6% to 28.4%
       -(both in the democrats favor)

      As you can see from the numbers, both the initiative and the referendum were passed or rejected with less than 54% and had the left had that extra 4% voter turnout, the outcome would have been different. As we are peeling back this onion, the truth is beginning to become clear. The democrats in the legislature want the advantage so the votes on citizen initiatives and referendums go in their favor, but do not want the taxing power of local governments inhibited. From the last election results, you can see local tax levy votes overwhelmingly get passed. They don't need that extra turnout to pass taxes. 
      So is this legal? No, not at all and if our supreme court is actually an unbiased court (which I highly doubt) they will come to the same conclusion. Our Washington State Constitution specifically says that the initiative process cant be hindered. Here is exactly what is says:

Article 1 Section 34: SAME
"...that the authority hereby conferred upon the legislature shall not be construed to grant to the legislature any exclusive power of lawmaking nor in any way limit the initiative and referendum powers reserved by the people..."
     That is pretty cut and dry. The legislators do not have authority to limit our right to initiative or referendum and this is exactly what they are trying to do. They are trying to make it difficult to change laws which is already hard to do with the supreme court full of political activist. Just today the Washington Supreme Court ruled that the clearly ILLEGAL valuation of vehicles for sound transits car tabs fee can stay in place strictly because it would strip funding for projects that are part of the liberal agenda. So even though we have a bias court to deal with, we must retain the power that we have, without it they will strip us of our rights and take more of our money. 
-American Citizen
 


    

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