Two reverse Jolts today.

First Anti-Jolt: Blogger Jason Mercier over at the conservative Washington Policy Center reports that the state house Democrats' case against the Initiative 1053 two-thirds rule to raise taxes isn't set for trial until January 2013, which Mercier calls "the next step."

The implication, he says, is that there won't be any clarity on the rule well into 2013.

But that's not exactly right. A trial is the only thing technically scheduled as the next step. But because there isn't much disagreement on the basic facts (the law is in effect; it upended tax bills), the next step---which is very likely given that the case is a straight-up constitutional question about whether voters can add rules to the constitutionally mandated legislative process—is that someone will file for summary judgment. That could happen in the next two months—which means the judge could issue a constitutional judgment in early to mid-2012. It will quickly be appealed and could be in the state Supreme Court next summer.

Second Anti-Jolt: Bloggers (such as liberal-leaning PI writer Joel Connelly) were making a big deal about a YouTube ad that State Treasurer Jim McIntire cut against Tim Eyman's I-1125.

We wrote about too, but with an important footnote: McIntire is a former Democratic state legislator—a flaming liberal who advocated for an income tax and was outspoken about his disdain for Eyman. So, while it’s unusual for the state treasurer to cut an ad against an initiative, it doesn’t strike us as that odd for McIntire to go after Eyman.
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