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October 9, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Gun background check supporters submit 250,000 signatures

Supporters of universal background checks for gun sales on Wednesday submitted most of the signatures they need to qualify for a 2014 statewide initiative. Jewish Federation shooting victim Cheryl Stumbo and other Initiative 594 backers showed up in Olympia with an estimated 250,401 signatures on more than 15,000 petitions, according to the Secretary of State’s office. While…

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May 27, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Morning Memo / Sunday: Seattle Center shooting … Salmon virus … Liquor prices

Weather:  We hope you had a chance to soak up the sun yesterday because today you can expect clouds and possibly some rain.  The National Weather Service forecast. Traffic: Nothing unusual to report traffic-wise, except that the Mariners game at 1 p.m. could cause a few backups in Sodo. The map and cams. Salmon farming’s…

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November 8, 2011 at 9:16 PM

Liquor on private-store shelves by June

Bruce Beckett, head of government affairs for the Washington Restaurant Association, said the first bottles of liquor should be available for private sale by June. Reading from a statement, he said, “this is a clear victory for Washington taxpayers and consumers.” Beckett said voters were turned off by misleading ads by the initiative’s opponents that claimed privatization…

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November 8, 2011 at 8:28 PM

Liquor initiative passes; state out of liquor business

An initiative to allow grocery stores to sell liquor easily passed Tuesday night in the first round of results. The Costco-backed I-1183 passed by more than 60 percent statewide with King, Pierce, Snohomish and Spokane counties reporting results. I-1183 kicks the state out of the liquor business, allowed grocery stores to sell liquor and deregulated wine distribution. Costco spent…

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November 8, 2011 at 8:10 PM

Anti-liquor initiative leader: Costco has a decent reputation

Over chicken skewers, mushroom tarts and a glass of white wine, Alice Woldt, longtime Democratic activist and current co-leader of an association of Washington churches, tried to temper her dismay at the way the No on 1183 campaign was outspent this year. “Obviously, for churches, it’s a moral issue,” said Woldt, co-director of Faith Action Network. She…

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November 8, 2011 at 7:33 PM

Bourbon collection on display at anti-liquor-initiative party

The red and white balloons are hung, the county executive is here, and so is the former chair of the Puget Sound Partnership. But the No on 1183 campaign, for the moment, is a quiet, subdued affair. That’s OK. It gives Mick McHugh, proprietor of FX McRory’s, time to show off his bourbon collection. “If you want some…

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November 8, 2011 at 6:46 PM

Election 2011: Sad sight at the Westin

  The room was nearly empty at the pro-liquor initiative party early Tuesday evening. (Alan Berner/The Seattle Times) Those expecting Costco to throw a big blow-out to celebrate/mourn the outcome of Initiative 1183,  arrived at the Westin Hotel tonight to find the election-night version of Prohibition. No party here, just a sad little room with a podium for…

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