YOUR PRAYERS HELPED ME. So grateful for your support. Here’s my report on Friday’s court hearing.

Mon, April 1, 2024

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
Fighting for Taxpayers for 27 years

The same liberal crazies who pushed a rent control bill during the legislative session — the legislation that we helped kill — are pushing to impose rent control with an initiative.

Predictably, Bob Ferguson supports it.

So our corrupt AG did what he always does with initiatives he agrees with — he put his thumb on the scale and gave it a fluffy sounding ballot title.

Anticipating all that, I watched the Secretary of State’s website, saw when this rent control initiative was filed, saw the AG’s biased title, and filed a lawsuit against the AG for violating the neutrality requirement and challenged its biased wording.

My lawsuit was originally assigned to Judge Mary Sue Wilson but I filed an affidavit of prejudice which booted her off the case.

When I did that, the case was randomly assigned to a new judge and I was very pleased when it ended up being Judge Chris Lanese:

By way of background, he’s the judge who ruled that the Legislature was subject to the Public Records Act (that legislators’ public documents could not be withheld from the public).

That indicated to me that he’s one of the few judges who’s willing to rule against the powers-that-be.

Also, I argued a case before him 6 years ago and even though he ruled against me, I found him to conscientious and fair-minded.

As you know, I invited supporters to join me at Friday’s hearing in Olympia.

And even though it was in the middle of the day, I was thrilled with the turnout:

We met beforehand and said our prayers together.

I felt the strength of their prayers and your prayers throughout the hearing.

The judge gave each side 10 minutes.

So my opening was 6 minutes.

My biggest point was that this Attorney General sabotaged the ballot title for our $30 Tabs Initiative, resulting in the state supreme court striking it down because they ruled his title was “deceptive and misleading.”

For that reason, the Court should give extra scrutiny to all initiative titles.

The Attorney General then went for 10 minutes defending the wording, basically saying it wasn’t biased.

I had 4 minutes for rebuttal.

I decided to simply read from the rebuttal I filed in the case.

Here’s the most significant part — it’s where I exposed Bob Ferguson’s corruption:

“Petitioner observes that this Attorney General — more than any previous AG — employs a two-tiered treatment for initiative ballot titles. If the initiative is in line with this AG’s political views, the ballot title gets a fluffy, positive ballot title. But if this AG opposes the initiative because it does not align with his political views, the AG sabotages the initiative’s title with either negative wording, or even ‘deceptive and misleading’ wording that results in the initiative being struck down. It is due to this two-tiered treatment that Petitioner urges this Court to bend-over-backwards to ensure all initiatives are treated equally.”

I can’t describe how good it felt to highlight how corrupt Bob Ferguson is.

It exposed how he has conducted himself as AG and how he would conduct himself if he becomes Governor (one set of rules for his supporters, different treatment for his opponents).

When the judge made his ruling, I was struck by how much time he spent describing his thought process and how hard he worked at not letting his personal bias (unlike the AG) influence his decisions.

When the judge expressed his appreciation for “citizens like Mr. Eyman who challenged” titles, I knew he was going to rule against me (that’s how judges work – they say the nicest things to the side who loses).

And that’s what he did.

The judge said the AG’s ballot title was not biased.

What do you think?

This measure would limit certain rent and fee increases in residential settings, with exemptions. It would also require additional notices and tenant protections and specify enforcement mechanisms and remedies.

That sure sounded biased to me.

But even though I “lost,” I’m a glass-is-half-full kind of person.

The way I look at my lawsuit is this:

Better to challenge the AG and have his corruption exposed and “lose” than to not challenge him at all.

Too often our side says “why try?” 

I don’t subscribe to that.

I believe in:

I also see this silver lining: my lawsuit challenging the Secretary of State for unilaterally raising the initiative filing fee is being heard in 2 weeks.

And that case has also been reassigned to Judge Lanese.

So I’m gonna get another shot in front of him.

And maybe he’ll have a smidge of unknowing motivation to balance the scales in my favor the next time because he ruled against me this time.


“You can’t get a hit unless you’re in the batter’s box and willing to swing.”

Is it any wonder why Bully Bob Ferguson is trying so hard to impose a lifetime ban on all my future political activity?

I urge you to help me fight back against the AG’s abuse of power by donating to the Tim Eyman Legal Defense Fund so that Richard Sanders can get this ridiculously unconstitutional ruling overturned.

Mail your check to:
Tim Eyman Legal Defense Fund
17404 Meridian Ave E #F PMB 176
Puyallup, WA, 98375

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With your help, I will keep fighting for the people across our nation with initiatives, lawsuits, lobbying, and helping elect more freedom-loving elected officials.

I love you all.


Tim Eyman

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