Topic: Liquor initiative
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October 9, 2013 at 10:46 AM
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 just 246,000 valid signatures are required for an initiative, the Secretary of State recommends that campaigns submit 325,000 to assure validation.
Initiative 594 supporters said they they plan to do that by the Jan. 3 deadline.
“We’re not declaring that we’ve reached our ultimate goal,” said spokesman Christian Sinderman. “We got to the first goal faster than we thought and we wanted to get them out of our hands and get back into the field and continue.”
The campaign got to the 250,000 hurdle through a combination of paid signature gatherers and an “unprecedented grass roots petition distribution effort,” according to a news release.
If Initiative 594 qualifies, it will first go to the state Legislature in 2014. If lawmakers don’t adopt the measure, it will go on the November 2014 ballot.
Second Amendment activists are collecting signatures for a 2014 initiative of their own, which would prevent the state from adopting a stricter background-check law than the national standard.
May 27, 2012 at 9:17 AM
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 worst enemy: A B.C.-based biologist stunned U.S. scientists last year with trace findings in wild salmon of a virus usually linked to farmed fish. Alexandra Morton, a critic of salmon farms, spends her days zipping about uninhabited bays to check on Canada’s remote fish farms in her quest to convince the globe that salmon farming threatens the marine world. Read the full story.
Shooting last night at Seattle Center: Police say they caught a gunman a short time after shots were fired last evening near the Space Needle, amid crowds attending the popular Northwest Folklife Festival. The shooting victim and the suspect sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to Harborview Medical Center. Read the full story.
Random killing stirs reflection: Those at yesterday’s prayer vigil in Seattle’s Central Area said the death of Justin Ferrari hit close to home and has forced them to think about what they could do about gun violence in their neighborhood. Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat had a similar reflection as he realized the victim was killed in an intersection that Westneat drives his kids through a thousand times a year.
Liquor coming soon to a grocery store near you: You may have noticed the anticipatory signs at Safeway and the notices of closure at some state-owned liquor stores as the date approaches for private retailers to begin selling liquor in Washington state. With that change, consumers will pay more for many types of liquor — a price hike that a wholesalers trade group says could be 15 to 35 percent. Read the full story.
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November 8, 2011 at 9:16 PM
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 would create public-safety issues.
“I’m very proud we ran a factual campaign from the very beginning to the very end,” he said.
Proponents downplayed Costco’s massive cash infusion — a record setting $22 million — and instead credited what they said was a broad-based coalition of grocers and restaurant and bar owners that helped pass the measure.
November 8, 2011 at 8:28 PM
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 more than $22 million on the campaign, making it the largest single donor to a voter initiative in state history.
The opposition was financed by wine and liquor distributors, who fear deregulation in Washington would spread to other states.
November 8, 2011 at 8:10 PM
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 fears the effort to privatize the state’s liquor business will make it easier for young people and others to get access to booze, and she also fears the loss of good state jobs. But she also feels spending on initiative campaigns is out of control, and she sees the yes campaign as the prime example.
But she also was quick to acknowledge that her opponents have a decent reputation.
“Costco has been a fairly good employer,” she said between bites. “But I wonder how long it will be (if the measure passes) before they’re down at the Legislature saying ‘All these liquor taxes are just too high.’”
Then, at 7:59 p.m. – seconds before polls closed, Woldt pushed out her chair to leave.
She’s also been a big supporter of some challengers in the school board races. She had another gathering to attend.
November 8, 2011 at 7:33 PM
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 irony, think about this,” McHugh said. “In a sense, this is the bar that the Liquor Board built.”
Initiative 1183 would allow grocery stores to sell liquor and would de-regulate wine sales.
FX McRory’s claims to carry more varieties of bourbon than anyone else in the country.
But McHugh said many of his 200 different kinds of bourbon and roughly 1,000 varieties of spirits of all kinds are so specialized that he could only get them by asking state distributors to specially order them.
The difficulty of getting variety in Washington has been one of the many arguments bandied about during the 1183 campaign.
McHugh did vote against the measure, but, he admits, not with great passion.
“I think we can live with whatever the voters decide,” he said. “It (the measure) needs some tweaking, but it’s much better than last time.”
November 8, 2011 at 6:46 PM
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 a press conference. A person who said he was not authorized to be quoted said the measure’s supporters wanted to keep things low-key.
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