Secretary of State spokesman David Ammons on the latest in efforts to release R-71 petitions:
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has just lifted the ban on Washington releasing Referendum 71 petitions.
A three-judge panel handed a clear victory to the Secretary of State Sam Reed and Attorney General Rob McKenna, who had vigorously argued that the state's voter-approved Public Records Act requires the state to treat initiative and referendum petition sheets as a releasable public record.
Now all that stands in the way is a temporary restraining order granted to Tim Eyman by a judge waiting to hear back from the 9th Circuit. Bad day for bigots, folks.