Initiative 869 limits taxes, fees, tolls & charges on vehicles

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

To: Our thousands of supporters throughout the state (cc'd to the media, house & senate members, and Governor, and other candidates for office)

From: Tim Eyman, Jack Fagan, & Mike Fagan, Fighting for Taxpayers for 17 years, 425-493-9127,,

RE: Democrats renege, Thursday meeting cancelled, Dems willing to take the heat to take over Senate

Democrats on the King County Council obviously think they can get away with it. Let's show this old adage is true: "Only after feeling the heat do politicians ever see the light."

Last night, 31st district Republican PCO's chose newly elected house member Phil Fortunato as their first choice for successor for Pam Roach's Senate seat.

Phil Fortunato (left) is #1 choice of the PCO's. As for David Patrick #2 and Cheryl Marshall #3, both ultimately want Phil to get it.

Despite confirming multiple times that they'd do Q&A with the 3 appointees this Thursday at 1:30 pm, the Democrat-controlled King County Council has now reneged on that promise.

This exact same thing happened for a house seat appointment in 2014 and it got delayed for 60 days because of this same gamesmanship ( They're following the same playbook. It's deja vu all over again.

Why are they doing this? To take over the state senate. A tie in the senate means uber-activist Cyrus "I-believe-new-revenue-is-necessary" Habib stage a coup, allowing minority Democrats to take over and jam through a laundry list of liberal legislation until Pam's successor gets in.

The only chance we have to stop them from getting away with it is by putting a spotlight on their despicable dereliction of duty.

Please -- RIGHT NOW -- everyone send another email. Cut and paste these email addresses into the To line of your email:;;; ;;;;;;

Email this or something like this: "Chairman McDermott and other Democrats on the King County Council: the PCO's have done their jobs, now do yours. Stop delaying, stop obstructing, we know what you're doing. The voters of the 31st district deserve representation in the Legislature starting on day 1 of the session."

An email from you right now will really help. All of us working together can really make a difference.

You can count on us to fight against state and local government's insatiable tax appetite. The voters' passage of our Initiative 1366 last year certainly shows that the people are in no mood for any tax hikes, let alone Inslee's increases totaling $5.5 billion (

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Best Regards, Tim Eyman, Jack Fagan, & Mike Fagan, fighting for taxpayers for 17 years

P.S. We’ve been doing initiatives for many years. Our $30 car tab initiatives and property tax limiting initiatives have provided over $32 billion in direct tax savings so far. Our initiatives requiring a 2/3-vote-of-the-legislature-to-raise-taxes indirectly saved taxpayers billions more. After voters approved our I-960 in 2007, the Legislature didn’t raise a single tax in 2008 and 2009. After voters approved our I-1053 in 2010, there wasn’t a single tax increase in 2011 and 2012. After voters approved our I-1185 in 2012, there weren’t any tax hikes in 2013 and 2014. After voters passed I-1366 last year, this year’s Legislature didn’t raise a single tax. We’ve had an amazing track record of success protecting taxpayers.

All of us are obviously disappointed that the Court struck down I-1366. We all worked really hard to get it on the ballot and to get it approved by the voters. No one had ever tried to do an initiative to force the Legislature to do a constitutional amendment before. So there wasn’t a road map for us to follow. We did the best we could. We will learn from the experience, adapt, and persevere.

Our political philosophy is “permanent offense.” It means we must always stay on offense. In the tug-of-war over taxes, politicians are never gonna stop pulling the rope in the direction of higher taxes. So our mission is to help taxpayers pull the rope in the direction of lower taxes. We all work really hard for our money; it oughta be tough for the government to take it away.

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