There are now two blatant examples of progressive-political supporters attempting to block public votes on hot-button issues by filing lawsuits. The latest case is in Burien, where a pro-sanctuary city supporter, attorney Sandy Restrepo, is suing to block the public vote on the November 7, 2017 general election which will ask voters if they want to maintain or repeal the city's so-called sanctuary status law. The city ordinance prevents law enforcement from asking about immigration status or contacting other law enforcement officials about a person's immigration status.
KVI's John Carlson and Kirby Wilbur discuss the feeble nature of this lawsuit and the underlying attempt of sanctuary city supporters to prevent a public vote rather than conducting a campaign and persuading registered voters to support their side of the issue.
In August, supporters of a plan to open two supervised heroin injection sites in King County filed a nearly identical lawsuit seeking to block a public vote on the issue which was triggered with the validation of I-27 in King County.
Carlson says dryly, "My goodness, is this a liberal version of voter suppression?"
Wilbur replies, "Let the people vote." He points to two reasons for the Sandy Restrepo lawsuit, "Number one, they've (pro-Sanctuary City supporters) looked at polls and know they're going to lose in November. And number two, they have no faith in their arguments to convince people to vote for them. Because if you had faith in your arguments, let's do this the American way. Have an election. Have both sides speak out. Campaign. Convince the people of your case and let the people make a decision."
But according to the logic of these two lawsuits, the backers of sanctuary city status and heroin injection sites are afraid to let voters decide.