ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Voters in Washington state approved a Costco Wholesale Corp.-backed ballot measure that will allow grocery stores and warehouse clubs to sell liquor beginning June 1, 2012. Costco reportedly spent a record $22 million, mostly on advertising, as part of its voter campaign. "This privatizes a part of government that should have been private a long time ago," said Jan Teague, president and chief executive officer of the Washington Retail Association, Olympia. "It's good for ...

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