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Hello carbon tax friends: On multiple occasions we have skipped these weekly updates with a joke about how we’re going to “cap-and-trade” it for later… and this week we’re going to use some of those trading credits. more

Hello carbon tax friends: We’re eight weeks from qualifying I-732… so this weekly email blast is now going to feature a weekly countdown! See the first installment below, plus a 250 Club update, more kind words from editorial boards, and the plan for the rest of the yearmore

We’re at 237,000 signatures (!) on our way to 330,000, and to help us power through this month the staff is creating the October Signature Challenge: turn in 100+ signatures to qualify for great prizes including a family pass to the Woodland Park Zoo, a year of free bread from Essential Baking, dinner with Executive Committee members of your choice at a restaurant of your choice, and a fabulous Lopez Island weekend getaway valued at $1,000! more

Hello carbon tax friends: With the fall equinox behind us, inspiration comes from Thomas Paine: “These are the times that try men’s souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” Perhaps a bit over the top for our situation—especially since the fall forecast is for warm, dry weather—but it’s a good reminder that we’re in crunch time, that we need to avoid distractions and focus on getting the signatures we need to get on the ballot, and that “we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” (Yeah!!) Read on for details on our end-of-September push and for some important open letters, but first let’s take a deep breath… more

Hello carbon tax friends: Executive Committee member Joe Ryan likes to say that we’re so close to getting the signatures we need that he can smell it. I prefer to say that we’re so close that I can feel it… see below for my explanation, plus a great read on how CarbonWA advances social justice and details on our events this coming week in eastern Washington. And after you finish all that please help us get across the finish line in the next two months: check the signature-gathering calendars (in particular here’s Seattle RSVP and Bellevue RSVP forms), share our signature-gathering job postings with students and others who need a bit of cash, connect with us on Facebook and Twitter, volunteer to make phone calls from your home or help out around the campaign office or do data entry from home, help with your local chapter, etc. We’re so close I can feel it!
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Hello carbon tax friends: We’re at 191,000 signatures (!) and making big strides through the first half of September… great work everyone! And whatever you think about football, it’s a terrific opportunity for signature gathering (e.g., Huskies’ opening game Saturday morning) so let’s push on to 200,000 and beyond! Please check the signature-gathering calendars (in particular here’s Seattle RSVP and Bellevue RSVP forms), reach out to friends and family and neighbors, tell folks about our job posting (including our CarbonWA scholarship for high school or college students you know who are looking for a bit of cash), connect with us on Facebook and Twitter, volunteer to make phone calls or help with data entry from your home or help out around the campaign office or help with your local chapter, etc. more

Hello carbon tax friends: Before you do anything else go read this terrific article in the Yakima Herald: “Proposal would shift the tax burden on state carbon emissions”. And if that’s not enough good news then read on for our August totals and our plans for September. The rains are coming, but hopefully not yet, so let’s get signatures while the getting is good! That’s especially true for Labor Day weekend coming up, so please check the signature-gathering calendars (in particular here’s Seattle RSVP and Bellevue RSVP forms), reach out to friends and family and neighbors, tell folks about our job posting (including our CarbonWA scholarship for high school or college students you know who are looking for a bit of cash), connect with us on Facebook and Twitter, volunteer to make phone calls from your home or help out around the campaign office or help with your local chapter, etc. more

Hello carbon tax friends: We were so busy last week that we didn’t send out an update (I’ll cap-and-trade it for later!) but here’s the latest about endorsements, petition sheet reminders and targets, readings, rain plans, and don’t forget to mail or turn in petitions sheets no later than Tuesday September 1 so that they count for our August numbers. Also please continue to spread the word about jobs working on carbon taxes, and in particular tell high school or college students you know that they can get a $500 CarbonWA scholarship if they help us hit our signature numbers! (And if you want to fund a $500 CarbonWA scholarship then please make a donation heremore

Hello carbon tax friends: This week we’ve got new Executive Committee members, new support for CarbonWA, and new Tales from the Trails. We hope all the good news will help renew your spirit and energy levels as we keep charging forward with the campaign, so please check the signature-gathering calendars (in particular here’s Seattle RSVP and Bellevue RSVP forms), reach out to friends and family and neighbors, encourage young people or other folks you know to apply for a summer job working on carbon taxes, connect with us on Facebook and Twitter, volunteer to make phone calls from your home or help out around the campaign office or help with your local chapter, etc. We’re doing great and just need to keep it up! more

Hello carbon tax friends: We had a great July, hitting our 100,000 signature target (with over 6,000 to spare!) and making good progress on our fundraising targets as well. Details below, and to keep it going in August please check the signature-gathering calendars (in particular here’s Seattle RSVP and Bellevue RSVP forms), reach out to friends and family and neighbors, encourage young people or other folks you know to apply for a summer job working on carbon taxes, connect with us on Facebook and Twitter; volunteer to make phone calls from your home or help out around the campaign office or help with your local chapter, etc. Everybody can do something.  more

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