Today's Losers: Opponents of Liquor Privatization

Cowlitz County Superior Court Judge Stephen Warning ruled against plaintiffs who are trying to overturn last year's voter-approved liquor privatization measure.

Just two weeks ago, the judge had ruled in the plaintiffs'—small grocers and distributors—favor, saying the initiative violated the two subject rule by both privatizing liquor and creating a public safety fund.

Today, after hearing an appeal from the state and from Costco, the $21 million backers of last year's privatization initiative, he reversed that ruling, saying the source of the funds and how the funds are allocated are linked—and therefore the measure doesn't not violate the rule.

The plaintiffs say they will appeal the the state supreme court.

Today's Winner: State Sen. Derek Kilmer (D-26 Gig Harbor)

Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland said today that she is not going to run for US Rep. Norm Dicks' (D-WA, 6) open seat making state Sen. Kilmer the only Democratic candidate in the Democratic-leaning district that represents Tacoma and west to the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas, including Clallum, Mason, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, and Kitsap Counties.

Two Republicans are running, former Kitsap County prosecuting attorney Doug Cloud and business consultant Jesse Young.
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