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Eye On Olympia archive for Aug. 21, 2006

MONDAY, AUG. 21, 2006

Smoking ban: drinking down, eating up...

Although cautioning that "three months of data (is) insufficient to draw conclusions," the state Department of Revenue says that sales by bars and taverns dipped during the first three months after the new state smoking ban took effect.Gross business income reported by taverns and bars…

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It's as if Tim Eyman moved to Idaho...

Washington initiative pitchman Tim Eyman's sole surviving ballot measure may be on life-support at this point*, but his peers in other states have been busy this year. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, at least 59 citizen initiatives are on state ballots across…

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A phone book's worth of ideas...

The business-backed Washington Policy Center, the same group that puts together Washingtonvotes.org, has issued a 300-page "Policy Guide" for the state. The recommendations -- on taxes, health care, energy, etc. -- will find a lot more favor with Republicans than with the Democrats who control…

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