Fuse Newsroom

Fuse Washington focuses on getting the issues our members care about - not our name - into newspaper articles, televisions coverage and blog updates. In this section you will find press releases, links to articles about the issues Fuse and its members are working hard on and a little shameless self-promotion (coverage of Fuse as an organization rather than its campaigns). 

 

SeattlePI: Judge throws Eyman's 'gun to the head' Initiative 1366

SeattlePI: Judge throws Eyman's 'gun to the head' Initiative 1366

(published January 21, 2016)

"The Legislature can now focus its efforts on fully funding schools across our state," said Collin Jergens of Fuse Washington, the state's largest progressive grassroots group.
The Stranger: A King County Judge Just Struck Down Tim Eyman's Latest Anti-Tax Measure

The Stranger: A King County Judge Just Struck Down Tim Eyman's Latest Anti-Tax Measure

(published January 21, 2016)

The progressive policy advocacy group Fuse Washington released a statement calling the ruling "great news for students across Washington. With I-1366 off the table, legislators can focus on fulfilling our state's paramount duty of funding education."
Spokane Spokesman-Review: Workers in Spokane would get three days of sick leave under proposal to be taken up Monday

Spokane Spokesman-Review: Workers in Spokane would get three days of sick leave under proposal to be taken up Monday

(published January 8, 2016)

"When I returned to work they told me that my doctor's note was not going to be enough," said Pena, who plans to testify at Monday's council meeting. "That's when everything started coming apart."
Everett Herald: Eyman has a Plan B, and it's another ballot measure -- for 2016

Everett Herald: Eyman has a Plan B, and it's another ballot measure -- for 2016

(published November 17, 2015)

http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20151117/NEWS01/151119147
KING 5: Eyman to file new anti-tax initiative on Wednesday

KING 5: Eyman to file new anti-tax initiative on Wednesday

(published November 17, 2015)

"The bottom line is Tim Eyman is a crook, he's proved it again and again," said Aaron Ostrom, executive director of Fuse Washington. "This initiative is another self serving attempt to line his pockets at the expense at the rest of us.
SeattlePI.com: Investigate ExxonMobil, state's activist groups ask Attorney General Bob Ferguson

SeattlePI.com: Investigate ExxonMobil, state's activist groups ask Attorney General Bob Ferguson

(published November 17, 2015)

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson should join his New York counterpart in investigating whether ExxonMobil deceived its shareholders and stockholders after the oil giant's researchers caught wind of climate change in the 1970s, a bevy of the state's green, labor and activist groups asked Tuesday in a letter to the AG.
SeattlePI.com: Claudia Balducci swamps veteran King County Council member Jane Hague

SeattlePI.com: Claudia Balducci swamps veteran King County Council member Jane Hague

(published November 3, 2015)

"Hague was originally elected as a Republican, and ran with GOP support. Balducci was supported by Democrats and a penumbra of party-aligned progressive groups ranging from Washington Conservation Voters to Fuse Washington."
KIRO 7: 81-year-old woman draws attacks for bankrolling opposition to Seattle Prop. 1

KIRO 7: 81-year-old woman draws attacks for bankrolling opposition to Seattle Prop. 1

(published October 28, 2015)

"I believe it's fundamentally wrong for wealthy conservatives to buy our elections. And that's what we are seeing happen with Faye Garneau in Seattle," said Aaron Ostrom, executive director of Fuse.
KING 5: Seattle City Council opposes Eyman's I-1366

KING 5: Seattle City Council opposes Eyman's I-1366

(published October 19, 2015)

"1366 will lock into place the state's upside down tax system and makes it impossible to fun our kids' schools," said Fuse's Sara Kiesler.
Seattle Times: Seattle council candidates take a bold versus cautious approach on policies

Seattle Times: Seattle council candidates take a bold versus cautious approach on policies

(published October 3, 2015)

"'These Seattle City Council races are about different versions of progressives,' said Aaron Ostrom, executive director of Fuse Washington, a liberal advocacy group that doesn't waste much energy in Seattle because the city is so overwhelmingly blue."
Seattle Times: Tim Eyman investigation referred to Attorney General's Office

Seattle Times: Tim Eyman investigation referred to Attorney General's Office

(published September 24, 2015)

"Fuse Washington, a liberal advocacy group, has begun a petition on Moveon.org asking Attorney General Bob Ferguson to investigate and pursue criminal charges against Eyman."
SeattlePI.com: Judge - 'Substantial possibility' Tim Eyman initiative is invalid, but people should still vote

SeattlePI.com: Judge - 'Substantial possibility' Tim Eyman initiative is invalid, but people should still vote

(published August 14, 2015)

"Here, although the ultimate decision is obviously the Supreme Court's, there is a substantial possibility that I-1366 will be found to be invalid for exceeding the scope of the initiative process, and that voters will be voting on a measure that will never go into effect."
Seattle Times: Judge faults Eyman initiative but doesn't rule out vote

Seattle Times: Judge faults Eyman initiative but doesn't rule out vote

(published August 14, 2015)

In a written decision Friday afternoon, King County Superior Court Judge Dean Lum said Initiative 1366 "appears to violate" the state constitution's process for passing constitutional amendments.
Q13: Coalition Honors 50th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act

Q13: Coalition Honors 50th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act

(published August 6, 2015)

Religious, Community and Legislative Leaders Celebrated the Anniversary and Urged Passage of the Washington Voting Rights Act, Which Has Been Stalled in the state Senate.
NPR: Lawsuit Challenges Eyman Anti-Tax Measure

NPR: Lawsuit Challenges Eyman Anti-Tax Measure

(published July 30, 2015)

Opponents of an anti-tax initiative to amend Washington state's constitution are filing a lawsuit to prevent the measure from appearing on the November ballot. They say the initiative is "blackmail," and the ballot process was never intended as way to change the state's constitution.
Seattle Times: Suit filed over Eyman tax measure, just a day after it makes the ballot

Seattle Times: Suit filed over Eyman tax measure, just a day after it makes the ballot

(published July 30, 2015)

Opponents of Tim Eyman's latest anti-tax initiative are trying to block a public vote on it. They filed a lawsuit arguing I-1366 is unconstitutional.
Planned Parenthood supporters speak out against critics

Planned Parenthood supporters speak out against critics

(published July 29, 2015)

Seattle area Planned Parenthood supporters are defending the organization from critics who claim it sells tissue from aborted fetuses for profit, a practice banned under federal law.
KOMO 4: Activists Deliver Pink Slips to Sen. Andy Hill

KOMO 4: Activists Deliver Pink Slips to Sen. Andy Hill

(published June 26, 2015)

Fuse partnered with state employees to delivery 26,000 pink slips to Senator Andy Hill, the same number of layoff notices that were sent about a possible government shutdown. We called on Andy Hill to join Democrats in compromising on a budget to avoid a shutdown.
Q13 Fox: A

Q13 Fox: A "Half-Baked" Sale for Education

(published April 29, 2015)

Activists from Fuse, a progressive group, erected a tent outside the Capitol Wednesday. They are calling it a half-baked sale. The snack sale is aimed at Senate Republicans who want to use tax revenue from legal marijuana to help fund education. "They want to rely on risky, untested revenue to fund our schools," said CollinJergens of Fuse.
The Stranger: Can We Get Big Money Out of Local Politics by Giving Every Voter $100?

The Stranger: Can We Get Big Money Out of Local Politics by Giving Every Voter $100?

(published April 8, 2015)

"This allows for a much broader set of people to engage in funding elections," says Aaron Ostrom, executive director of Fuse Washington, one of the groups working on the initiative. "And it gives candidates a much different path for being able to run for office so they don't have to be wealthy or connected to wealthy people to be successful."
Spokesman-Review: Spokane City Council makes sick leave policy a priority

Spokesman-Review: Spokane City Council makes sick leave policy a priority

(published April 1, 2015)

According to Fuse Campaign Director Jim Dawson, the group met with 50 local businesses and nonprofit groups, and held forums attended by 500 people while it crafted a proposed policy for the city.
The Columbian: Madore proposes labor moves

The Columbian: Madore proposes labor moves

(published March 13, 2015)

"Labor unions help workers negotiate for better pay, better benefits and safe working conditions," spokesman Collin Jergens said. "This is merely a politically motivated attack on working people."
Grist: Seattle doesn't want Shell's stinkin' Arctic drilling fleet

Grist: Seattle doesn't want Shell's stinkin' Arctic drilling fleet

(published March 12, 2015)

"There is a false choice of jobs vs. the environment," said Alex Brott, an organizer at Fuse Washington. "Opposing this lease is more than a gesture. It's taking a stand against the fossil fuel industry."
The Stranger: #HoneyfordResign: Students Call on Republican Senator to Step Down After

The Stranger: #HoneyfordResign: Students Call on Republican Senator to Step Down After "Racist" Comments

(published March 6, 2015)

http://www.thestranger.com/blogs/slog/2015/03/06/21838758/honeyfordresign-latino-students-call-on-republican-senator-to-step-down-after-racist-comments
SeattlePI.com: Senate Republicans bring back Eyman-style

SeattlePI.com: Senate Republicans bring back Eyman-style "super majority

(published January 12, 2015)

"This two-thirds super majority requirement is a recipe for obstruction and gridlock from Senate Republicans: The State Senate is going to resemble I-405 at rush hour thanks to Senators Baumgartner and Ericksen," said Collin Jergens of Fuse Washington, a statewide progressive grou