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Tue., Jan. 24, 2012, 8:59 a.m.

RRepubs Take Lead In Liquor Fight

A grocery-industry lobbying group won't push a liquor privatization ballot measure in 2012, but a second group emerged Monday and announced it will try to get an initiative before Idaho voters in November. The Idaho Federation of Reagan Republicans submitted a citizen's initiative to the secretary of state's office that would privatize liquor sales in Idaho and eliminate the state Liquor Division. Liquor sales in Idaho are now conducted through state-run or contract stores. In his group's push to change that, Reagan Republicans president Jeff Ward (pictured) of Post Falls said his members intentionally avoided ties to trade groups or retailers. They want a measure focused on scaling back government, not one designed to make millions in profits for private industry, he said/John Miller, AP. More here.

Question: I've been trying to figure out how a Kootenai County-based group can pull off a statewide initiative that will require 47,432 valid signatures. Any thoughts?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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