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Question 1

Sale of Wine by Food Stores
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Stories on Question 1

Crying foul: Wine backers see distortion

But opponents deny it, saying education led to big victory

The Patriot Ledger / Nov. 8, 2006

Just a few months ago, Question 1 looked like an easy issue to sell: Who wouldn’t like the added convenience of putting a bottle of wine into the supermarket shopping cart?

In the end, that convenience wasn’t enough to persuade voters, who rejected the proposal to widen wine sales by a surprisingly large ratio, 57 percent to 43 percent.

Some South Shore communities voted even more heavily against the question.

“We always approached this as a public education campaign,” No On 1 spokeswoman Justine Griffin said. “Once people understood that there were serious issues underneath that convenience, they started to draw their own conclusions.”

For package store owners and the dozens of sheriffs and police chiefs who supported them, those issues focused on public safety. They said -a dramatic increase in the number of wine sellers could lead to more underage drinking, more drunken-driving accidents and less oversight of wine sales.

“They attempted to make alcohol another food commodity, and it’s not,” said Richard Curtis, owner of Curtis Liquors in Weymouth. “The public finally picked up on that.”

Norfolk County Sheriff Michael Bellotti, another vocal opponent, called the outcome a matter of “common sense.”

They and other opponents also argued that Question 1 could double the current 2,800 liquor licenses, drive some small package stores out of business and extend wine sales to gas stations and convenience stores as well as full-service grocery stores.

The Massachusetts Food Association and its member supermarkets and groceries spent $7 million to dispute those claims, which association president Chris Flynn called “a distortion campaign.”

“The scare campaign did what it was intended to do,” he said.

He noted that Mothers Against Drunk Driving took no position on the question.

The No On 1 campaign, meanwhile, enlisted Ron Bersani, the grandfather of Melanie Powell of Marshfield, who was killed by a drunken driver and is the namesake of Melanie’s Law, which toughened the state’s drunken driving penalties.

Flynn and the food association’s members tried to cast the choice as strictly economic - fairness for supermarket chains and grocery stores, and a better deal for consumers from increased competition. They said the change would produce no more than 1,000 new licenses statewide - all of them at the discretion of towns and cities, as the existing law provides.

Package stores, liquor wholesalers and beer distributors spent $4.5 million to defeat the proposal. The $11.5 million total spending by both sides set a new record for a state ballot question.

Lane Lambert may be reached at
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Question 2

Nomination of Candidates for Public Office
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Stories on Question 2

Multiple listing of candidates is soundly rejected

The Patriot Ledger / Nov. 8, 2006

Voters like the one-party, one-candidate ballot system just fine.

By a 65 percent to 35 percent majority, they rejected Question 2, which would have allowed multiple parties to list the same candidate on the ballot.

The system was a fixture of elections in Massachusetts and most other states until Republican legislatures repealed it in the late 1800s.

It’s now allowed in seven states, but is a significant factor only in New York, where the Conservative and Working Families parties have used it to influence the Republican and Democratic parties.

Critics of the idea said the change would only confuse voters.

Even though scores of labor unions and community groups supported the proposal, “nobody thought this was an easy issue to move,” Massachusetts Ballot Freedom spokesman Ben Healey said.

The challenge now, he said, “is to figure out how to build upon the grass-roots support we already have.”

Lane Lambert may be reached at

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Question 3

Family Child Care Providers
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Effort to allow child care union comes closest

The Patriot Ledger / Nov. 8, 2006

While ballot questions to increase food store wine sales and allow fusion voting went down by wide margins, a proposal that would allow home-based child care providers to unionize came the closest to passing.

Question 3 lost 52 percent to 48 percent. The group Campaign for Our Children’s Future launched the measure after Gov. Mitt Romney vetoed a bill on the issue in 2005.

If the measure had passed, 9,000 providers of state-subsidized child care could have voted to organize and enter collective bargaining with the state over training, benefits and fees.

The powerful Service Employees International Union put $1.1 million into the campaign.

The state Department of Early Education and Care said the change would complicate the strictures of state and federal health, safety and education regulations, and would create an unprecedented contract condition between a government agency and private child care providers.

The Question 3 campaign couldn’t be reached late last night for comment, and whether they’ll seek another bill in the Legislature.

Lane Lambert may be reached at
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Who’s contributing money in the battle over Question 1

Printable List

Contributions of $500 or more to the “No on Question 1” committee between Jan. 1 and Oct. 5:

$1 million - Beer Distributors of Massachusetts.

$500,000 - Wine and Spirit Wholesalers of Massachusetts.

$288,890 - United Liquors, Braintree.

$228,890 - Horizon Beverage Co., Avon.

$175,556 - Martignetti Companies, Norwood.

$142,223 - M.S. Walker, Somerville.

$109,900 - Burke Distributing Corp., Randolph.

$106,600 - L. Knife & Son, Kingston.

$100,000 - Massachusetts Package Stores Association, West Springfield.

$95,556 - Commonwealth Wine- & Spirits, Mansfield

$93,400 - Quality Beverage L.P., Taunton.

$69,600 - Colonial Wholesale Beverage Corp., Fall River.

$68,890 - Ruby Wines, Avon.

$66,800 - Williams Distributing Corp., Chicopee.

$63,100 - Merrimack Valley Distributing Co., Danvers.

$62,700 - Commercial Distributing Co., Westfield.

$61,900 - Consolidated Beverages, Auburn.

$46,700 - Atlas Distributing, Auburn.

$46,400 - L. Knife & Son, Danvers.

$36,700 - D.J. Reardon Co., Tewksbury.

$35,500 - Girardi Distributors LLC, Athol.

$29,900 - A & E Distributors, Sterling.

$16,000 - The Wine-Spirit Wholesalers of Massachusetts, Stoneham.

$12,417 - United Liquors Ltd., Braintree.

$11,417 - Horizon Beverage Co., Avon.

$10,000 - Cape Cod Package Store, Barnstable; Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, Washington, D.C.; Siegal & Sons Investments Ltd., Newton; Wyman’s Liquors, Leominster.

$8,667 - Martignetti Companies, Norwood.

$7,167 - M.S. Walker, Somerville.

$6,400 - Cape Cod Plymouth and Islands Package Store Association, Barnstable.

$6,000 - Atlas Liquors, Medford; Douglas Package Store, Douglas; LFFNO, Northampton.

$5,667 - Commonwealth Wine-Spirits, Mansfield.

$5,417 - Ruby Wines, Avon.

$5,000 - Alboth, Danvers; Anthony’s Package Store, Gardner; Austin Liquor Co., Worcester; Curtis Liquor Stores, Weymouth; Donoghue, Barrett - Singal, P.C., Boston; Fairhaven Beverage Co., Fairhaven; Iandoli Austin’s II, Worcester; Kappy’s Liquors, Medford; Local 8D, UFCW, AFL-CIO, Boston; Orleans Wine - Spirits Ltd., Orleans; The Bottle Shop, Longmeadow; Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge.

$4,000 - 14-58 Liquors, Hanson; Auburndale Discount Wine & Spirits, Auburndale; D&L Liquors, Waltham; de Lukes, Rockland; Dion & Leahan, Waltham; Harrington Wine & Liquors, Chelmsford; People’s Super Liquors, Providence; Post Road Liquors, Wayland; Pro Wine, Westboro; R & R Liquors, Walpole; Rogers Super Market, Plymouth; S&L Liquors, Woburn; S&S Package Store, Newton; Seekonk Liquors, Seekonk; Shorey, Franklin; Upper Falls Beverage Store, Newton.

$3,000 - Blanchard’s, Boston; Cambridge Mall Liquor Co., Cambridge; Douglas Wine &Spirits, North Providence, R.I.; Harborpoint Liquors, Boston; Luke Brothers, Yarmouth; Old Colony Holding Co., Orleans; State Liquor Exchange, Worcester; Summit Retail Corp., Holbrook; Vet Package Store, Medfield.

$2,500 - Bacon’s Spirits Co., Hudson; Clark’s Liquors, Malden; Fields Station Liquors, Dorchester; Marsh’s, Norwell; Parkingway Wines, Dorchester; Route 114 Liquors, Peabody; Clark’s Liquors, Malden; Kappy’s Liquors, Medford; Norman’s Liquors, Falmouth; Route 114 Liquors, Peabody.

$2,000 - Blanchard Liquors, Boston; Blanchard’s Revere, Revere; Blanchard’s West Roxbury, Boston; Blanchard’s, Boston; Contan Discount Liquors, Somerville; Cynthia Green, Wakefield; Dorchester Supreme Liquors, Boston; Halifax Lake Street, Halifax; Lank’s Wine & Liquor, Boston; Lesvos, Norfolk; Lynch Package Store, Uxbridge; Michael Plentus, Bourne; Ocean Shores Corp., Barnstable; Petur Enterprises, Hopkinton; Shamrock Haverhill, Haverhill; Shorey, Franklin; YBF, Sudbury.

$1,500 - AJ Luke’s of Dennis, Dennis; AJ Luke’s of Harwich, Harwich; BWB Sales Club, Avon; Coastal Beverage Sales Club, Avon; Colonial Package Store, Woburn; Lighthouse Enterprises, Scituate; Michelle Fine, Reading; Pioppi’s Package Store, Plymouth.

$1,200 - Claire Donovan, Middleton; Huntington Market, Boston; L&H Corp., Quincy; Reservoir Wines & Spirits, Brighton.

$1,000 - 211 Lowell Street Corp., Wilmington; Academy Plaza Trust, Bradford; BBP Corp., Lakeville; Betlou Corp., North Attleboro; Blanchard-Brockton, Brockton; Bryantville Food & Spirits, Marshfield; Butcher Boy Meat Market, Andover; C&L Package Store, Swampscott; Caporale’s II Liquors, Wakefield; Catorima, Plymouth; Cerretani Liquors, Stoneham; Cork ’N Cask, Beverly; CT Liquor, Lynn; Dearborn Liquor Store, Boston; Debuca’s Wine & Liquors, Raynham; DJ Colbert, Marblehead; Donald Burch, Hyannis; Donelan’s Supermarkets, Littleton; Dorchester Supreme Liquors, Boston; DW&S, Fall River; Eastbrook, Southboro; Elie Karam, Somerset; Elm Associates, Acton; Fernandez Liquors, Boston; Fields Station Liquors, Boston; Forestdale Mobil, Sandwich; Friendly Discount Liquors, Whitinsville; Galbro, Rowley; GBC Enterprises, Brookline; George Miamis, Dracut; Greendale Liquor - Package Store, Worcester; Happy Liquors, Boston; Hyannis Blanchard’s, Hyannis; J&L Liquors, Gloucester; J&M and Sons, Hopedale; James Russo, Marshfield; Janice Karagosian, Plymouth; Judith Boland, Concord; Kenyon’s Market, Falmouth; Kigali Wine Co., Newburyport; LFFHA, Hadley; LFFHO, Holyoke; LFFNO, Northampton; Liquor Outlet, Needham; Liquor World, Cambridge; Lomik, Attleboro; Lower Falls Wine Co., Newton; LSF II, LLC, Billerica; Lynnway Liquor Mart, Lynn; Maria Campbell, Gloucester; Mark Ferreira, Falmouth; Market Square Beverage Co., Lynn; Marlboro Square Wine & Spirits Co., Marlboro; Marshfield Blanchard’s, Marshfield; McGann Associates, Andover; Meetinghouse Road, Sandwich; Metropolitan Liquor Associates, Boston; Michael Karagosian, Plymouth; Middlesex Liquors, Natick; Mohammad Shafique, Mashpee; Monsieur Touton Selections of Massachusetts Ltd., Wilmington; North Woburn Package Store, Woburn; Our Market Corp., Oak Bluffs; Pamela McIntyre, North Attleboro; Paradigm, Mashpee; Parkingway Wines, Boston; Paula’s Package Store, Canton; Primos Liquors, Lawrence; Richard Friedman, Holbrook; Richard Norris, Yarmouth; Sam’s Package Store, LLC, Walpole; Sandy Ridge Corp., Boston; Scott Bender, Norwood; Sea Shore Corp., Sandwich; Shorey, Franklin; Skippy Corp., Plymouth; Springfield Liquor Mart, Springfield; STS Ventures Corp., Plymouth; The Jackman Co., Walpole; Thomas Economou, Tewksbury; TMCC, Plymouth; Village Mall Liquors, Franklin; VMO Associates, Kingston; Walpole Plaza Liquors, Walpole; Worcester Discount Liquors, Worcester.

$950 - Maria Marasco, Yarmouth.

$900 - Blanchard Liquors, Boston; Blanchard’s Revere, Revere; Blanchard’s West Roxbury, Boston; Hyannis Blanchard’s, Hyannis; Marshfield Blanchard’s, Marshfield.

$800 - Antonio Tereso, Chicopee.

$750 - Sunshine Liquors, Kingston; The Town Center Package Store, Eastham.

$700 - DCK Enterprises, Malden.

$600 - George Smith, Amesbury.

$500 - Ashland Public Market, Ashland; Aubut’s Liquors, Tewksbury; Austin Moran, Framingham; Bailey’s Package Store, Weymouth; Bernard Carp, North Attleboro; Boston Liquor Mart, Worcester; Brian Cardoza, Taunton; Bristol Management, Mansfield; Brockton East Side Package Store, Brockton; Brother’s Super Liquor Stores, Boston; Busa Bros. Liquors, Lexington; Busa Bros. Liquors, Lexington; Busa’s Reading Liquors, Reading; Busa’s Reading Liquors, Reading; Butnell Corp., Nantucket; Cafe Europa, LLC, Boston; Chebacco Liquor Mart, Essex; Chebacco Liquor Mart, Essex; Christopher Collins, Canton; City Package Store LLC, Westfield; Claire Donovan, Middleton; Country Spirits, Spencer; Dana Foye, Amesbury; Depot Package Store, Holliston; Doherty Bros Market, Woburn; Ed Hyder’s Mediterranean Market Place, Worcester; Eng Men, Lowell; Feeding Hills Liquors, Agawam; Finleys 28, Dennis; Four Seasons Liquors Ltd., Gloucester; Framingham Liquors, Framingham; Frank Anzalotti, Longmeadow; Frank Manoli, Yarmouth; Fresh Pond Liquors, Cambridge; Gimbel’s Liquors, Brookline; Gloucester Central Package Store, Gloucester; Greendale Liquor & Package, Worcester; Harborside Triangle Liquors Ltd., Edgartown; Hassan Enterprises, Attleboro; Highland Wine & Spirits Co., Newton; Highlander Plaza Liquors, Salem; Highlander Plaza Liquors, Salem; Holden Discount Liquors, Holden; Holly Dunlap, Halifax; Hollywood Liquors, Boston; Holyoke Liquor Mart, Holyoke; Hometown Beverage LLC, Newton; John Hickey Jr., Tyngsboro; Karagosian Corp., Plymouth; Kelley Boulevard Wines - Liquors, North Attleboro; Kelly’s Package Store, Dalton; Locke Liquor Store, Malden; Magnolia Market, Watertown; MBK, Newton; Medway Enterprises, Dighton; Melanie Dandini, Leominster; Michael Altobelli, Avenue; Michael Lorigan, Hingham; Monteiro Enterprises, Waltham; MVP Liquors, Medford; Norman B. White, Jr., Bourne; Norwood Wines & Liquors, Norwood; Oakland Variety, Taunton; Paul Everett III, Uxbridge; Petur Enterprises, Hopkinton; Pico Liquors, Somerville; PMA Associates, Newburyport; Porta Bella Beverage, Hull; Primos Liquors, Lawrence; RA Liquors, Kingston; Robert Zohn, Boston; Savas Brothers Center Beverage Co., Stoneham; Sheila Leonard, Worcester; Springfield Liquor Mart, Springfield; Starl Liquors, Somerville; State Road Liquor Mart, Burlington; Stephen Goulet, Attleboro; Tamarack Wine & Spirits, Lakeville; The Jackman Co., Walpole; The Jinjas Co. Wareham; Tomski Trading Corp., Charleton; Tony’s Market, Oak Bluffs; Town Line Liquors, Natick; Tuscan Market, Andover; Vas, Billerica; Vinebrook Corp., Lexington; Vinebrook Corp., Lexington; VMO Associates, Kingston; VV Liquors, Pembroke; Waterwheel 28, Yarmouth; Westland Wine & Spirits, Chelmsford; Whit’s, Marshfield; Williamstown Discount Liquors, Williamstown; Wyman’s Liquors Pleasant, Leominster; Xenophon, Boston; Zip’s Liquor Chest, Attleboro.

Contributions of $500 or more to the “Yes on Question 1” committee between Jan. 1 and Oct. 5:

$1,089,105 - Stop & Shop/Ahold Financial Services, Carlisle, Pa.

$547,870 - Shaw’s/Albertson’s, East Bridgewater.

$517,054 - Hannaford Bros. Co., Portland, Maine.

$258,513 - Price Chopper/Golub Corp., Schenectady, N.Y.

$218,178 - Big Y Foods, Springfield.

$200,000 - DeMoulas Super Markets, Tewksbury.

$105,498 - Trader Joe’s Co., Monrovia, Calif.

$66,355 - Roche Bros., Wellesley.

$50,000 - Whole Foods Market, Austin, Texas.

$15,000 - Food Marketing Institute, Washington, D.C.

$14,171 - Whole Foods Market, Austin, Texas.

$4,257 - Bozzuto’s, Cheshire, Conn.

$3,757 - Citizens Bank, Boston.

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