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Seattle, Berkeley ballot initiatives target coffee drinkers

Seattle, Berkeley ballot initiatives target coffee drinkers

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Campaign news from around the country, compiled by CNN Political Unit staff and written by Rob Harber.

  • Out West, the famously left-of-center voters in Seattle, Washington, and Berkeley, California, will consider citizen initiatives this November aimed at improving society by targeting ... coffee drinkers. Seattle voters will consider a 10-cent tax on espresso drinks. The money will go toward child care programs. In Berkeley, a ballot proposal calls for a ban on the sale of any coffee that is not organic, shade grown or purchased at a minimum market price.
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    Pat McReynolds of KING reports on the reaction to a proposed tax on espresso drinks in Seattle, Washington (August 6)

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  • Washington, D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams is continuing efforts to get his name back on the primary ballot for re-election. Attorneys for Williams appealed the recent decision to remove the mayor's name from the ballot. Williams' name was removed after the D.C. elections board ruled his campaign petitions were filled with phony signatures.
  • Georgia Congressman Bob Barr hopes a bus ride will help energize his conservative base against fellow Republican incumbent John Linder. This weekend, Barr plans to cruise through the new 7th District in a bus filled with some of the big names in the conservative movement. The passenger list includes Wayne LaPierre of the NRA, radio host G. Gordon Liddy, and Grover Norquist of the National Taxpayers Union.
  • Don't look now, but there are new ballot problems in Florida. The state Democratic Party has filed suit to change the wording on next month's primary ballot. Party officials are worried primary voters will see the phrase "vote for one pair" at the top of the ballot -- and choose two candidates for governor instead of one. The phrase is intended to refer to a combined entry for governor and lieutenant governor -- but none of the candidates has chosen a running mate yet.
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  • President Bush traveled to Pennsylvania Monday to raise some campaign cash. Bush attended a fund-raiser for Mike Fisher, the GOP gubernatorial candidate. Fisher will opposed former Philadelphia mayor and Democratic party chairman Ed Rendell in November. Monday's stop in the Keystone state is just the latest in a long line of fund-raisers for the president in 2002. He has now visited 36 different states and raise money in 21 of them -- bringing in $101 million this year for Republican state parties and candidates.
  • We've heard of dead voters coming to life on election day, but this is a new twist: The National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association is working on an effort to ferry voters to the polls on election day -- using limousines belonging to funeral homes. Now that is a true get-out-the-vote effort.




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