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November 03, 2004

Intelligent voters nix I-297

Voters in only one county in Washington voted down Initiative 297, the environmentalist feel-good measure to protect the public from nuclear waste.

And guess what county that was? Benton County, the county where the waste is. Benton voted 59 percent No; neighboring Franklin (Pasco) was 49 percent No.

Statewide the vote was 69 percent Yes. The highest Yes votes were in San Juan County, 75 percent, and in Jefferson and King Counties, 73 percent. These are the three most liberal counties in Washington, and are a mountain range away from the waste at issue.

I know Seattle progressives who look down their noses at the un-hip Tri Citians. But those Tri Citians are the ones who deal with nuclear waste, and they thought the initiative was dumb. They're probably right.

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