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Jul
26

Charter Schools Initiative Bankrolled By Tech Millionaires

Coming to your ballot in November is yet another (four and counting) ballot measure asking Washington voters to allocate scarce tax receipts to alternative (charter) schools. Although state voters rejected charter school ballot measures in 1996, 2000 and 2004, a handful of individuals are bankrolling yet another initiative. The Washington Secretary of State’s office certified… Continue reading »

Jul
20

I-1240 Has Only A Handful of Contributors

As of July 14, 2012, the “Yes on I-1240″ campaign had raised $2,316,590.91, according to the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission. Most of that was spent getting signatures on the ballot; current expenses were $2,174,400.81. The campaign might be more accurately named the Microsoftie/Amazon Millionaires Initiative:

Jul
13

Six Measures Appear Slated For Ballot

The signature deadline for 2012 ballot measures was Friday July 6. We can now say that Washington voters will see six statewide measures on the ballot in November. And the two most controversial measures are not your garden variety initiative to the people. The first high-profile measure is a referendum on the state’s marriage act.… Continue reading »