Today's first winner: Transit.

According to a new survey from Commute Seattle, a downtown coalition that includes the Downtown Seattle Association, King County Metro, and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), more than two-thirds of all commuters to downtown Seattle get to work by some method other than driving alone---and of those, 40 percent use transit. (The rest carpool, walk, bike, or work at their downtown-based jobs from home). That leaves just 35 percent of downtown commuters who still drive to work---a 15-point decrease since 2000.

King County Executive Dow Constantine took the news as an opportunity to push for his proposed (and long-shot) temporary $20 vehicle license fee for transit, which will need the support of five members of the King County Council, plus voter approval, to pass.

Today's second winner: Drinkers.

Just in time for the Fourth of July holiday (don't drink and drive, kids!), the state announced today that it will be extending liquor store hours until 9:00 on weekdays, and 10:00 on Fridays and Saturdays. (Stores that are open on Sundays will be open from noon to five).

Today's loser: Women.

US Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) re-introduced the Equal Rights Amendment---the proposed Constitutional amendment that bars discrimination based on a person's sex---in response to this week's boneheaded Supreme Court ruling that Wal-Mart's systematic policy of paying women less than men does not constitute discrimination against women. Sounds exciting, until you realize that the ERA has been proposed every year for the past several decades (and was first proposed in 1923), but remains too controversial to pass either house.
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