Sweet blood of Christ that was fast. The folks behind one of two liquor-deregulation measures, Initiative 1100, is ready to turn in petitions to election workers tomorrow, reports the Washington Secretary of State's office. The group, funded by Costco (which turned its stores into petition drive headquarters and stands to make a shit-ton of cash as a hard liquor outlet), says it has about 347,000 signatures, far more than the 241,153 required to qualify for the ballot. While well-intentioned—the state monopoly on hard-liquor sales is ridiculous—it could have ramifications for the state budget if Tim Eyman's anti-tax measure also passes, which Cienna details here.
The Building Industry Association of Washington is also ready to turn in about 300,000 signatures Initiative 1082, which would let private insurance compete with the state's worker-compensation program.