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I-1100: Chalk up failure to crowded ballot

Letter by Donald J. Fritz, Tacoma on Nov. 5, 2010 at 9:01 am | 20 Comments »
November 5, 2010 10:34 am

The recent election has essentially been a primary election for a preferred initiative to relieve state government from its retailing function, i.e, a monopoly on sale of liquor. Two options were offered, practically assuring that neither could win over the status quo. Had voters opposed to the status quo all voted for both corrective options, the matter would likely have ended in the hands of the courts.

Probably, most of us who viewed retailing as a function unsuited to government voted only for our preference of the two corrective options offered and voted against the other. Now that we all know that Initiative 1100 is generally preferred to Initiative 1105, a reoffering of only I-1100 versus the status quo in 2012, should make it possible to finally retire the state government from liquor retailing.

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