Liquor Privatization

Liquor Privatization
6:47 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Researchers Say Liquor Privatization Has Reshaped Youth Alcohol Perceptions

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 10:16 pm

Hard alcohol is much more convenient to buy in Washington these days.

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liquor privatization
4:32 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Kitzhaber Has 'Concerns' About Grocery Stores Liquor Sales

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber answers questions from reporters during a state capitol press conference Thursday.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 4:16 pm

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber says he has concerns about proposals to allow grocery stores to sell hard liquor.

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Liquor Privatization
6:03 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Alternative To Liquor Privatization Initiative

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission sells liquor through about 240 contracted small stores like this one in Salem.
Credit Chris Lehman

Oregon grocery store owners want to sell hard liquor, just like their counterparts in Washington do. There’s a liquor privatization initiative in the works for this November. But Oregon lawmakers are considering changes of their own as a possible way to head off the ballot measure.

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Oregon Liquor
5:09 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Liquor Privatization Battle Could Be Headed For Oregon

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 5:52 pm

Oregon voters could have the chance to follow Washington's lead next year when it comes to liquor sales.

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Downward DUI Trend
4:17 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

DUIs In Washington Continue Downward Trend After Liquor Sales Privatization

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 4:11 pm

The Washington State Patrol has compiled a full year of data covering drunk driving arrests and crashes since private retailers took over liquor sales in the state.

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Privatized Liquor
5:45 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Liquor Privatization In Washington State, One Year Later

June 1 will mark one year since grocers, big box stores and other private retailers started selling liquor in Washington state.
Credit Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

As of June 1, it will be one year since grocers, big box stores and other private retailers started selling liquor in Washington state. The voter approved privatization initiative has sent prices unexpectedly higher. Also, the government is collecting more tax revenue than anticipated.

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Wash. State Liquor Sales
4:46 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Reports Of Dramatic Drop In Sales At Former Wash. State Liquor Stores

Business is down dramatically at some former state-owned liquor stores in Washington.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Statewide liquor sales in Washington are up since privatization took effect in June. But business is down dramatically at some former state-owned liquor stores.

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Wash. Liquor Privatization
6:04 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Wash. Shoppers React To Liquor In Grocery Stores

Alyssa Royse stocked up on tequila, vodka, gin, scotch and vermouth on the first day of private liquor sales.
Photo by Ashley Gross, KPLU Northwest News Network

The state of Washington has officially bid good riddance to its state run liquor stores. About five times as many stores will now sell hard liquor, and the new law that went into effect Friday means shoppers can head to supermarkets to buy vodka or rum. It’s a welcome change for some people, but not for everyone.

Shoppers gave their reactions outside of a Costco warehouse in Seattle.

Alyssa Royse was loading up bottles.

"I came here just to by liquor. We've got tequila, vodka, gin and of course vermouth."

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Washington Liquor Privatization Upheld
4:32 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Divided Washington Supreme Court Upholds Liquor Privatization

Private liquor sales start Friday in Washington.
Photo credit: Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Private liquor sales start Friday in Washington. On the eve of the changeover, the state Supreme Court has upheld a voter-approved ballot measure to end the state's liquor monopoly.

The justices on the Washington Supreme Court reached a speedy decision on a challenge to the liquor privatization push. But the ruling was a close one. Five members of the high court upheld the voter-approved ballot measure, while four dissented.

At issue was whether the ballot measure violates the single subject rule. The liquor initiative includes provisions to privatize sales, raise the tax on spirits and earmark some revenues for public safety.

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