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  Ex-governors, Gregoire urge "no" vote on I-933
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Last EditedRalphie  Oct 10, 2006 10:35am
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MediaNewspaper - Seattle Times
News DateTuesday, October 10, 2006 04:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionIn an unusual display of cross-party unity Monday, Gov. Christine Gregoire and six of her predecessors collectively urged voters to reject property-rights Initiative 933 at the ballot box next month.

At a news conference in SeaTac, former Govs. Gary Locke and Mike Lowry, both Democrats, and Republican Dan Evans joined Gregoire in denouncing the measure, which would require state and local governments to compensate property owners for many regulations that restrict how they use their land.

They also read statements opposing I-933 from the three other living ex-governors: Democrats Booth Gardner and Albert Rosellini and Republican John Spellman.

"It will be bad for our economy," Gregoire said. "It will be bad for the future of our state."

If Oregon is any indication, however, the opposition of present and former occupants of the governor's mansion isn't necessarily bad news for I-933. In that state, the governor and three ex-governors, both Democrat and Republican, spoke out against a similar ballot measure there in 2004. It passed with 61 percent of the vote.
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