There is only one week left until the Nov. 2 election and the vote on Washington State Initiatives 1100 & 1105. Please be informed – there is a lot of fine print to absorb. The initiatives are about a lot more than cheaper booze.
A recent post by well-known local wine expert, Paul Gregutt, sums up 1100 this way: “… this initiative is simply too broad and too vague – a clearcut rather than a cleanup.” He plans on “holding his nose” and voting no on both 1100 and 1105.
Here are more links that lead to positions on both sides of both initiatives; this updates my previous post, Confused About Initiatives 1100 & 1105?
- A very reluctant vote on 1100 by Paul Gregutt
- Washington Wineries & their positions by Washington Wine Report
- The battle begins: Initiatives 1100 & 1105 by Through the Walla Walla Grape Vine
- An extensive four-part series by Washington Wine Report
- Agonizing over and analyzing Washington ballot initiatives I-1100 and I-1105 by Wine Peeps
- Citizens’ Guide to Initiatives 1100 and 1105 by Washington Policy Center
- Initiative 1100-Understanding the impact on Washington’s wine industry by Washington Wine Institute
- Initiatives 1100 and 1105 comparison by Washington Wine Institute
- Why winemakers are split on Initiative 1100 by Crosscut Seattle
- The battle of Washington state by Wine Spectator
- Election poll results by SurveyUSA
- Initiative 1100 best route for Washington state to get out of retail liquor business: Seattle Times Editorial
- Vote no I-1100, 1105: Seattle P-I Editorial
- 1100 better option for privatizing liquor: Yakima Herald Editorial
- The two sides of the liquor sales ballot initiatives by KOMO
- Costco battles for cheaper booze in Wash. state by NPR
- Many parts to liquor initatives by Tacoma News Tribune
- Economic effects of Washington Liquor Initiatives by The Wine Economist
- Liquor Privatization series by Seattle Met blog
- No to Initiative 1100 and 1105 campaign
- Yes to 1100 campaign
- More reading on Google
You can also find the complete text of both initiatives on the website for the Washington Secretary of State. The Municipal Research & Services Center of Washington also has many excellent resources to help you wind your way through the complex details.
Regardless of your opinion, please get out and vote on Nov. 2. And in the meantime, if you have other resources to share – on either side of both initiatives – we welcome your comments.