Last night was a bit of a party. At the same time hundreds of same-sex couples lined up outside the county administration building to be among the first in the state licensed to marry, marijuana legalization advocates were gathering beneath the Space Needle to celebrate its legal recreational use. These were two hard fought grassroots campaigns, and two well earned celebrations. Hooray for freedom!
But you know what we didn't see last night? Crowds gathering to celebrate the enactment of Initiatives 1240 and 1185, the charter schools and two-thirds supermajority initiatives. Because while both had plenty of money behind them, neither campaign ever had any grassroots support.
That's something lawmakers might want to keep in mind before they claim some sort of popular mandate for either.