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Hello carbon tax friends: We’re seven weeks from qualifying I-732… see the signature countdown below, plus some updates and good readings!

Signature count-down

Our goal is 330,000 signatures, and last week we were at 256,347. We are now at 270,398, so we’ve got 59,602 left to go… and you know the drill: 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.

250 Club update

In last week’s 250 Club update we accidentally left out some milestones (sorry!), so congratulations to Phil Singer and Polly Freeman in Seattle and Kayta Tourtillot, Frank Turner, Jack Zeiger, and Tom Holz in Olympia for joining the 250 Club; to Laura Rivendell from east King County and Betty Hauser in Olympia for hitting 500 signatures, and to Julia Robinson in Seattle and Thad Curtz and Penny Purkerson in Olympia for passing the 1000 signature mark!

Small changes in the Plan

Our original plan was to do a preliminary turn-in of signatures in Olympia on T Oct 20, but we’re going to change it to Th Oct 29 (tentatively at 11am), so if you’re hoping to join us please mark your calendar and email me for details! (FYI the change of plans is because we have an invitation from the Seattle Times editorial board for the 20th, plus it turns out that it takes a long time to organize and scan 15,000 signature pages.) And if you’re in Seattle and want to come take a picture with the signature boxes before we take them down to Olympia then come by the office anytime between 10am and 6:30pm on T Oct 27 to get a photo with staff and fellow volunteers! (We’re at 1914 N 34th St. near Gasworks Park, in Suite 407, and in case of disaster call the office phone at 206-632-1805.)

And while we’re announcing small changes: We are changing the rules for the October Signature Challenge to make it more fair and more engaging; follow the link for the details, but the short version is that folks in the 250, 500, and 1000 Clubs will also be entered in the raffle for amazing prizes along with folks who gather 100+, 200+, or 300+ signatures in October! And PS if you find yourself a few signatures short on the days around Halloween (Friday Oct 30, Halloween Saturday, or—what the heck—day-after-Halloween Sunday) then I recommend that you join me in ordering a pope costume in honor of the Encyclical. It’s guaranteed to make for a heavenly signature-gathering experience!

Readings

The NY Times has “Bringing Republicans to the Climate Change Table”, Grist has an interview with Harvard economist Greg Mankiw: “This conservative economist makes the case for a carbon tax”, and R Street’s Ian Adams has “Washington state could set conservative example on climate-change action”. A nice bookend for those articles is the Seattle Transit Blog‘s “Progressive Groups Sabotaging Climate Change Initiative”, which ends with “I encourage you to support I-732.” (Yeah!)

As always, comments are welcome on the blog, or via Facebook or Twitter, and please send your Tales from the Trails, good or bad, to me at yoram@carbonwa.org (please cc: communications@carbonwa.org if you can).

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