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WA Supreme Court Review: Unanimous Court Rejects Inslee Recal Petition

January 2020 Bar Bulletin


In re Recall of Jay Inslee
No. 96765-2 (9-0), October 31, 2019

Justice Madsen Writes for the Court

Arthur West appeals from a Thurston County Superior Court judgment finding the charges in his petition to recall Governor Jay Inslee to be legally and factually insufficient to submit to voters. In his recall petition, West alleged the governor was absent from Washington too frequently and failed to properly notify the lieutenant governor of these absences, failed to declare homelessness a statewide emergency, and improperly campaigned for a ballot initiative. The trial court held that the charges were factually and legally insufficient. We affirm.

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