[9/6/19] Alleged False Claims Create Legal Challenges
A Thurston County Superior Court judge has dismissed a challenge that contended affirmative-action opponents are making false claims about Initiative 1000 in voter-pamphlet language ahead of the Nov. 5 election. Proponents of Referendum 88 gathered enough signatures this summer to put the initiative, which was passed by the Legislature earlier this year, up for a public vote. The R-88 campaign argues the new law allows preferential treatment and would also end preferences for veterans. The language of I-1000, however, says the new law restores affirmative action “without the use of quotas or preferential treatment.” I-1000 was set to take effect on July 28 but is on hold pending the outcome of the referendum. The Seattle Times reports that Judge James Dixon ruled Thursday that Washington law regarding defamation challenges to voter pamphlets focuses on how it applies to candidates, not people working on ballot-measure campaigns.