A vulnerable (and liberal) Washington State Supreme Court justice will have to face off against an experienced opponent in November. This week, Federal Way Municipal Court Judge Dave Larson announced his candidacy for Position 6 against Justice Charlie Wiggins.
Larson, a 49-year resident of Federal Way, has a long and distinguished career as a public servant. He is best known for accepting an appointment to at Federal Way’s court during a time when it was shrouded in controversy and turmoil in 2008. Larson has since been re-elected twice, to the betterment of the Federal Way court.
It’s thanks to Larson that the court was saved from termination in 2009. Under his leadership, it’s now considered a successful municipal court.
It is essential that State Supreme Court shift away from an activist liberal ideology back to non-partisan justices. The far-Left activists on the court have done a lot of damage.
And, they threaten to do more.
The intentions of justices like Charles Wiggins are clear: they want to make it easier for government to override the will of the people and raise taxes.
Wiggins is one of the justices who took the side of special interests — the Washington Education Association’s (WEA) influence is strong among the liberal justices — and ruled voter-approved public charter schools as unconstitutional. Showing a lack of work ethic as well as partisanship, the liberal court plagiarized its majority opinion by borrowing copiously from the plaintiff’s (which included the WEA) brief without any citations.
Wiggins is also actively against any law that would require a 2/3rds majority to raise taxes. He ruled against initiatives like I-1053 in the past (League of Education Voters vs. State). Wiggin’s partisan position against the 2/3rds majority reflects his political agenda. It’s a deliberate denial of voters’ will who, on no less than six occasions, approved 2/3rds majority measures—and a recent poll found that 60% of Washingtonians support the idea.
Ultimately, if liberal activist justices like Wiggins continue to sit on the State Supreme Court, a future state income tax is a real possibility. If Democrats were able to pass a state capital gains income tax back in 2015 (they will try again next year) the tax, in all likelihood, would have been appealed to the state Supreme Court.
Then, five liberal judges would have then had the power to open the floodgates to a state income tax – by saying yes to a state capital gains income tax.
The future of our state is a stake. The question is, will activist justices continue to pull it to liberal extremes?