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Washington State Votes to Privatize Liquor Sales

In a big-government defying move, the good voters of Washington State (including me), voted to take liquor sales out of the hands of the state.

For decades, only state-sponsored liquor stores could sell hard liquor.

Beer and wine can be bought anywhere.

Finally the state has been taken out of the liquor distribution business.

The state's only job should be to uphold liquor laws - not distribute it.

This will put several hundred state employees out of work, but I'll bet the private sector will need to employ a lot more than the number of those who lose their jobs at the state level.

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The law that passed in Washington state was a step in the right direction but still needs work. The #1 complaint I have is this, the only people who can participate must have a minimum 10,000 square feet facility. The law is designed to support the rich, it does not create a true free market. The little ma & pa store down the road from me will not benifit but Costco, Safeway, Walmart and other giants will most certainly benefit.


Then go out and get an Inituitive to change things.

Rather than just calling BS on my post.

But that's a lot of work - just ask Tim Eyman.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

Anywhere local to Everett I

Anywhere local to Everett I could pick up 1 Ron Paul 2012 yard sign? Would like to put it up near my union (teamster) place of work. Thanks!

Contact the Ron Paul campaign headquarters in Bellevue, WA.

Maybe Katie can send you a few yard signs.

They are located at
13600 NE 20th St.
Bellevue, WA
Open from 1030AM to 9PM daily.

I will try to get back to you with a phone number.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

Contact your Snohomish County Regional Director

She is working out of a Starbucks in Everett during the day and has signs and other Ron Paul "stuff" for supporters.


Phil. 4:13


I live in a VERY good location in Everett that get's tons of traffic, and my landlord is a Ron Paul supporter too. I'm gonna send off an email and see about a sign :)


thanks everyone. i sent out email to her and ill swing by Bellevue office on the way into work. go ron paul! btw: i am surprised that seattle didnt pass the 60.00 car tab fees. hipsters still might learn a thing or two.


NH is making progress in other areas (removing the licensing requirements for dumb stuff like doing hair or cosmetics, on the table now) but not liquor, which is a true gov't monopoly worthy of abolishment! Let the free markets reign!

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What ever happened to the "Free State Project?"

I had heard that New Hampshire was the most free state in the nation based on low tax rates and less government interference and regulation.

I also heard that New Hampshire has the lowest poverty rate of any state.

The idea is that if government doesn't promise people a lot, they learn to work for themselves.

Hope these things are still true in NH.

But government monolopy on liquor sales seems anti-intuitive to a free market state.

Perhaps you folks can change that soon.

If we can do it here in WA State, I sure would think you can.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

Free Washington State Project

I'd get in on that one. Never liked the idea of moving to NH.

We're trying to do the same thing in California...

...with Marijuana: http://www.regulatemarijuana.org/

Jack Wagner

Three cheers for liberty! Hip

Three cheers for liberty! Hip Hip Hooray!

It's a rare day indeed...

..for me to say I'm proud of my state's (WA) vote! It's also very rare for me to find myself on the winning end of any vote in this state! The fear mongering by the Dems on this issue was laughable- the whole "protect the kids" b.s....A private store sells booze to kids, the business is shut down. The state liquor store sells booze to kids, the employee might, MIGHT lose his job(I believe they were unionized, but I could be wrong). So, who's got more to lose by selling to kids? Duh.It's always 'for the kids' right? Does that nonsense still work on people?

Hi Adam! I think I voted for you to go the the convention in '08

I know we met back then.

I'm sure I'll see you around soon.

It was a pretty good day for WA State.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

Not only was that on the ballot....

Tacoma just voted to make marijuana the lowest law enforcement priority. The only word I can use to describe it: LANDSLIDE

What a bizarre law to begin

What a bizarre law to begin with. Sounds like a Chinese state-run business scenario.

You want bizzare....

It used to be illegal in Washington State to move your own drink. If you were say drinking at the bar and you wanted to move to a table you actually had to have a waitress move your drink for you! If that isn't stupid, I don't know what is.

I suppose you could pour the

I suppose you could pour the whole drink into your mouth, take the empty glass, then spit it back into the glass once at your table, right? :D

Congrats to Washington

WTG !!!

Great move !!


we voted for this too

and not only did it get the government out of the business, but one of the key reasons a recent marijuana legalization bill allowing sale of cannabis in liquor stores was opposed was "fear of prosecution of state employees by the Federal Gov't" With stores now in the private sector, owners could decide for themselves if they wanted to take that risk.

I am sure

My state of Utah will be the very last to do this.

but congrats to you and your state for taking a step in direction of freedom.

Don't be so sure :P

South Carolina has only just recently "allowed" tattooing.

Freedom is not: doing everything you want to.
Freedom is: not having to do what you don't want to do.
~ Joyce Meyer

Yeah, sorry about that bud..

I lived half my life in Utah. For such a 'conservative' state they sure love their totalitarian government controls... and by 'government' I mean the LDS church and most of it's members. It's not a far left field sleight on Mormons, my entire family is Mormon, and I once was one too. But experiencing it all, both the state and the general Mormon mentality there is very restrictive. LDS moral standards and doctrine blend and mingle with supposedly secular state politics too easily for my liking. But hey, there's still dry counties in the mid-west so Utah's not the worst when it comes to personal freedom, or lack thereof (but pretty close.)

I visited your state a few years ago--

We were going to go eat at a steak house but they served hard liquor so we would have had to pay a membership charge to go in! We were only interested in the STEAK--not the hard liquor! Bizarre laws in Utah!

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Join KingCountyRonPaul2012 meetup

Hey pawnstorm12 and any other Washingtonians out there:

Please join your county meetup to get RP elected and if you are not aware of it yet the Washington State HQ is up and running at 13600 NE 20th St, Suite A, Bellevue, WA 98005.

Join us for phone banking M-Sa, why not come tonight we'll be watching every minute Dr. Paul is speaking and phone banking in between!

Hurray for passing this ballot measure! I'll drink to that!

Thanks Blonduxo - I would love to have been there tonight.

But I had to work.

I will definitely put one of the future debates on my calendar to go to the Ron Paul campaign office in Bellevue.

I went there a few weeks ago shortly after they opened it.

It's a nice roomy headquarters.

I will be helping with the phone bank too.

I'll bet you had fun watching that debate.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

My state of PA is going to

My state of PA is going to vote on selling liquor licenses this month or next. Problem is, they are selling them at the expected rate of 500k. There is no way a small business or a person can afford it. It almost seems like a corporatist move... but I could be wrong.

Ahhh Yes!!

Edmonds Bump!!


Good news, I like to see this starting at the local level, This is truly what our revolution is all about. Why would Government be involved in the first place, state or federal, I have no issue with setting an age limit on sales to minors or if at a city level they vote to not sell on Sundays etc. But for Federal or state to dictate to all of us with a broad brush is very much over reaching. We need more of this, lets take our education back, lets take our Money back, lets do this right...


What a good day for liberty in Washington!

Now if we could only have such a victory in Washington D.C...