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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

BP, Tim Eyman, and soda lobby win, but voters turn back alcohol profiteers and insurance giants

On a catastrophic night for the progressive movement, we'll take what we can get.

Three of the five corporate ballot measures on Washington's ballot appear to be headed for rejection. Two of those are the schemes sponsored by competing cabals of alcohol profiteers (I-1100 and I-1105). The other is the BIAW's Initiative 1082, which sought to destroy our publicly administered industrial insurance system. It and 1105 are being resoundingly rejected, while 1100 is losing narrowly.

Meanwhile, Tim Eyman and BP's I-1053 is passing easily, because hardly any resources were put into defeating it. But ironically, even though it's racking up big margins, it's still not even meeting its own threshold for passage.

Initiative 1107, the soda lobby's scheme to repeal temporary tax increases on soda, candy, and bottled water, is also easily passing. I-1107's passage means another half billion dollar hole has just been blown in the state budget.

Neither of the two progressive ballot measures, meanwhile, are doing well. Initiative 1098 is being shellacked everywhere. It's not passing in a single county, not even the liberal stronghold of San Juan.

Referendum 52 is doing better than 1098, but not enough to pass. It's winning approval in King, San Juan, and Jefferson counties.

The two constitutional amendments submitted by the Legislature to the people for ratification are each passing. The amendment concerning bail is passing big; the one concerning the debt limit is narrowly passing.

Finally, King County Proposition 1 is failing and unlikely to pass.


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