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Chona Kasinger
Last week Daily Weekly contributor Matt Driscoll wrote a post for the blog concerning the Initiative 1183 coalition, a group that recently filed

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Comments of the Day: The I-1183 Liquor Privatization Debate Rages on

Booze at Costco Mug.jpg
Chona Kasinger
Last week Daily Weekly contributor Matt Driscoll wrote a post for the blog concerning the Initiative 1183 coalition, a group that recently filed a lawsuit in Thurston County Court claiming the Washington State Liquor Control Board has not implemented I-1183 properly. The Initiative 1183 coalition includes, among others, Costco Wholesale Corp., the company the shelled out big time cash to get I-1183 passed.

As the post notes, the implementation of I-1183 has had some hiccups, including empty liquor shelves and consumers feeling duped, apparently charged more than they thought they would be when voting for I-1183.

The complaints listed in the I-1183 coalition's lawsuit -- coming from a group that also includes the Washington Restaurant Association and Northwest Grocery Association -- mostly focus on restrictions the Liquor Control Board created as part of I-1183's implementation.

As the post noted:

More specifically, the I-1183 coalition is challenging several ways the Liquor Control Board has gone about its business in the aftermath of privatization, restricting the sale of wine and spirits from retailers to restaurants to 24-liters per day, restricting the delivery locations for spirit distributors, imposing fees on certain manufactures, and limiting foreign booze producers' ability to market their hooch to Washington retailers.

Several of our Daily Weekly commenters had different things to say about this issue.

As commenter Ricky Hollywood sarcastically questioned:

You mean prices went up when the sales were privatized? I don't believe it. Surely, it's not the corporations' faults.

And as commenter Brad Turner stated:

You would think that wit hall the money Cosco spent buying the election they would have had smarter lawyers to write a better initiative.

To which commenter Chris T. responded :

No one "bought" the election, the people voted for what they believed in. You seem to be of the opinion that the people of this State are incapable of making an uncoerced decision.

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