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Thursday, November 10th, 2011

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  1. #1 |  Juice | 

    From a quick GIS:

  2. #2 |  Pomeroy on the Palouse | 

    @27 “but this law is keeping them from getting into that business, because Costco spent it’s [sic] money making sure the law would be most favorable to them. ”

    No, last year Costco tried an initiative that would have allowed smaller stores to sell liquor and the people voted it down, because it allowed small stores (c stores and the like) to sell liquor. This year’s initiative also backed by Costco says stores have to be 10,000 sq. ft (or thereabouts) and it passed.

    The legislature can change it in two years anyway.

  3. #3 |  Burgers Allday | 

    @47: You forgot to mention the word “competition.” That is the nub of it. You seem to be confusing capitalism with laissez faire capitalism.

  4. #4 |  BamBam | 

    This liquor store size restriction is bogus. Many states allow alcohol to be sold in gas stations marts etc. There is no causation between this and Supah Mega Drunkz and killing children and kittens. Costco and others lobbied to have that size restriction put into place to keep others out. This is quite common: take a hit for yourself, but place a bigger hit on the competitors, YOU WIN. The State (the gun in the room) is still being used. Get rid of the damn gun.

  5. #5 |  Andrew S. | 

    The “controversy” over a Florida Highway Patrol officer pulling over a Miami police officer has gotten even worse.

    The other day, “somebody” smeared feces on a FHP car. And now the Miami police chief disciplined an officer for pulling over a FHP trooper.,0,1322361.story

  6. #6 |  croaker | 

    @54 Don’t you just love it when rival street gangs have a rumble? Makes me hope for mutual elimination.

  7. #7 |  JSL | 

    “What, allowing lobbying to benefit single large companies, costing hundreds of jobs? The new rules unduly benefit Costco.”

    Leon, my guess that was a gimme to both the big stores and to those who hate this law but at least it won’t let liquor be sold in every corner store/7-11/circleK etc.. That was one of the ads against the law on tv the last few weeks before the vote. Some mother whinging that her son was killed by a drunk who had gotten his beer from a convenience store and the new law would make it worse.

    Hopefully it will get Oregon to change its laws. Though there are already companies that complain that a true free market would mean they lose shelf space to bigger brands of booze. I look forward to occasionally shopping at Costco across the border in WA when visiting friends and paying far less than 10 miles south across a river. Ironically, WA folks usually cross into OR to avoid sales tax.

  8. #8 |  Stick | 

    @#8 ‘Why is it always former police chiefs and officers that have the “courage” to talk about how crooked the drug war is? It would be nice if active officials experessed the same concern…’ –
    Because ACTIVE officials would magically transform into FORMER officials very quickly.

  9. #9 |  sigh | 

    “Study suggests low income obesity and fast food are unrelated.”

    In related news, common sense and personal experience suggest low income and/or low net worth are, conversely, related to eating lots of fast food and being obese.

    In other words, poor people aren’t fat because they’re poor, they’re poor because they’re fat.