Washington voters consider initiative to bolster initiatives, Oct. 31, 2013
“An initiative about initiatives is one of the measures before Washington voters during the general election.” …read more


Polls suggest Eyman’s initiative 517 losing ground

The Seattle Times, Oct. 29, 2013
“Two recent polls indicate Tim Eyman’s initiative on initiatives, I-517, is losing ground.  A poll by Moore Information, out of Portland, shows more voters opposing the measure than supporting it. And a Stuart Elway poll, out of Seattle, found a shrinking majority of voters supporting I-517.” …read more


Initiative 517 Tim Eyman’s measure about signature gathering

Q13, Oct. 29, 2013
“There’s no doubt that I-517 is designed to make it easier to mount initiatives.  Indeed, it’s an initiative about initiatives.  The measure contains a handful of reforms to the process, and it’s almost guaranteed that they will lead to more ballot measures in the future.” …read more


Polling shows slip in support for I-517, Eyman’s initiative on initiatives

The News Tribune, Oct. 29, 2013
“On Tuesday, Moore Information, a Republican-aligned polling firm in Portland, issued a poll report that showed only 33 percent of voters in favor of I-517 with 40 percent opposed and 27 percent undecided.” …read more


New poll: ‘Initiative on initiatives’ 517 no sure thing

The Columbian, Oct. 29, 2013
“Forty percent of Washington voters surveyed last week said they have voted no or plan to vote no on Initiative 517, according to Portland-based polling firm, Moore Information. I-517 would make it easier to get voter initiatives on the ballot in Washington state.” …read more


Retailers fighting Eyman’s I-517

The Seattle PI, Oct. 28, 2013
“Initiative 517 is a boon to petition-gathering firms who hire out-of-state workers to do petition drives.” …read more


Petitions in the waiting room?  Hospital group urges ‘no’ vote on I-517

Puget Sound Business Journal, Oct. 28, 2013
“The Washington State Hospital Association is adding its voice to the ranks opposing an initiative that would broaden the rules for, well, initiatives.” …read more


Editorial: Spokane doesn’t need Initiative 517’s initiative reform

The Spokesman Review, Oct. 23, 2013
“The best that can be said of I-517 is that it gives voters three good reasons to say no. Take advantage of that.” …read more


Initiative on initiatives: Expand free speech or intrusive tactics?

The Seattle Times, Oct. 22, 2013
“Initiative 517 would make signature gathering for initiatives easier, giving sponsors more time to collect signatures. Opponents say the measure also would vastly expand where signature gatherers could go, including inside stadiums during Seahawks and Mariners games.” …read more


No pedestal due; no on I-517

The Wenatchee World, Oct. 18, 2013
“It is an initiative written by the professional pushers of initiatives, for the professional pushers of initiatives, to make their livelihood easier to obtain, to penalize those who might obstruct them, to give themselves privilege beyond the ordinary citizen whose signature they lure.” …read more


Initiative 517 undermines property rights

The Walla Walla Union Bulletin, Oct. 17, 2013
“It’s pitched as a way to protect the initiative process, but it allows signatures to be gathered against business owners’ wishes.  I-517 should be rejected.” …read more


Our Voice: Initiative 517–Vote No

Tri-City Herald, Oct. 17, 2013
“You could almost make your decision on Initiative 517 based on one name: Tim Eyman. Eyman makes a living promoting measures on our ballots, and this one would make his job even easier while bringing an added dose of misery to the rest of us.” …read more


Vote no on Eyman’s I-517

The Herald, Oct. 15, 2013
“Initiative 517, a self-serving contrivance from Tim Eyman’s shop, is curiously un-Eyman-ish. Conservative and nonpartisan totems such as private property rights and free speech fall away. The mission is to make gentle the life of paid signature gatherers and those who make a living pedaling initiatives.” …read more


In our View: Initiative 517 Goes Too Far

The Columbian, Oct. 11, 2013
“While the initiative process is vital to a thriving democracy, Initiative 517 would go too far in expanding protection for signature gatherers at the expense of other’s rights. We urge a “no” vote on this statewide ballot measure.” …read more


I-517 creates new problems; initiative process working

The Olympian, Oct. 10, 2013
“The  measure is misleadingly titled “Protect the Initiative Act,” because the name implies there is some threat to our well-functioning initiative process. That is not the case.” …read more


Policy Brief – I-517: Infringing Property Rights and Enshrining a New Protected Class

Washington Research Council, Oct. 10, 2013
“I-517 would significantly impact property rights; make signature gatherers a special class not to be interfered with; and require that every initiative with enough signatures go to the ballot, while also expanding the local initiative power” …read more


Editorial: Vote no on Initiative 517

The Seattle Times, Oct. 7, 2013
“Initiative 517 is an overly broad full-employment act for the initiative-manufacturing industry.” …read more


I-517 is flawed measure on initiatives and should be defeated

The Seattle Times, Oct. 5, 2013
“Initiative 517 is a deeply flawed measure, write Washington’s former Secretary of State Sam Reed and former Auditor Brian Sonntag.  Voters should reject it”…read more


I-517’s protections aren’t needed, go too far

The News Tribune, Oct. 4, 2013
“Initiative 517 is a solution in search of a problem – and could create new problems of its own. That’s why voters should reject it Nov. 5”…read more


Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber opposes Initiative 517

Business Examiner, Oct. 2, 2013
“Washington State Initiative 517, which proposes to protect the rights of those gathering signatures for initiatives by creating a 25-foot “harassment-free zone” around them, has gotten a staunch rebuke from the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce.”…read more


Initiative 517 protects signature gathering at expense of businesses

Kitsap Peninsula Business-Journal, Oct. 1, 2013
“Professional initiative promoter Tim Eyman’s latest effort to change the initiative process in our state sounds good on the surface, but the details reveal a deeply flawed measure”…read more


Greater Spokane Incorporated Opposes I-517

Greater Spokane Incorporated, Sept. 10, 2013
“The initiative would, among other things, require initiatives that gather enough legal signatures to be placed on the ballot and eliminate the possibility of a pre-election challenge. This would force municipalities to incur the cost of sending all initiatives to the ballot regardless of whether the initiatives are constitutional or not…” read more


I-517: What is a public building for purposes of signature gathering?

Washington Policy Center, August 23, 2013
“Among the provisions of Initiative 517 is the requirement to allow signature gathering “inside or outside public buildings such as public sports stadiums, convention/exhibition centers, and public fairs.” Public buildings, however, is not defined by the measure…” read more


Tri-City Regional Chamber Board Votes To Oppose General Election Ballot Measures

Tri-City Regional Chamber Board, August 23, 2013
“The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors voted to oppose the General Election Ballot Measures, which include Initiative 517…” read more


Officials oppose Eyman’s initiative on initiatives

The Olympian, July 28, 2013
“A few big names in Washington state politics are lining up against Tim Eyman’s latest initiative on initiatives, including some who backed his previous ballot ideas on tax control and audits…” read more


I-517: Are new harassment protections needed for signature gatherers?

Washington Policy Center, June 27, 2013
“One of the opponents of I-517, former State Auditor Brian Sonntag, described his concerns against I-517 as being a result of harassment not of signature gatherers but of store owners and shoppers…” read more

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