AP: Wash. initiative ads mislead voters

AP: Wash. initiative ads mislead voters

AP: Wash. initiative ads mislead voters

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by MIKE BAKER, Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on October 21, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 21 at 11:21 AM

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A ballot measure to privatize liquor sales in Washington state is now the most expensive initiative campaign in state history. It's also brought a flood of ads that are stretching and exaggerating the truth.

An ad opposing Initiative 1183 claims it would expand liquor sales to almost 1,000 minimarts. An ad supporting the measure claims just the opposite, saying it prevents liquor sales at mini marts.

Both campaigns are making exaggerated conclusions about an uncertain area of the initiative.

The initiative largely limits liquor sales to stores of more than 10,000 square feet, but the measure includes a caveat that says the liquor control board shall not deny a retail license to proper businesses if there is no other seller in the trade area.

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