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Soda Ban Popular With D.C. Council Candidates

If most of the candidates for an at-large D.C. Council seat get their way, a New York-style ban on large sodas could be in Washington's future. When asked at the Ward 3 Democrats debate last night, a majority of the seven candidates said they supported enacting a ban in the District on sodas larger than 16 ounces, similar to the one introduced by New York's Michael Bloomberg.

The pro-ban contingent was made up of former councilmember Michael Brown, former Washington City Paper reporter Elissa Silverman, marijuana legalization advocate Paul Zukerberg, and deep-pocketed candidate Matthew Frumin.

Big Soda isn't necessarily getting off easy if the other three candidates are elected. Current councilmember Anita Bonds and Statehood Green Perry Redd said they would support a tax in place of a ban. Republican Pat Mara said he would also oppose a ban despite his personal affection for New York's mayor-tycoon. "I love Mayor Bloomberg," said Mara. "He's one of my favorite mayors."

Soda-ban observers will remember that an October debate for another at-large election produced similar anti-giant soda results. That hasn't produced an actual soda ban yet, even though two of the candidates who said they supported outlawing large sodas—David Grosso and Vincent Orange—were ultimately elected.

Soda photo by Shutterstock

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  • Eric

    Nanny staters. City liberals are okay with this kind of daddy government behaviour until it affects something they actually like.

    What kind of a wanker do you have to be to support pot legalization (and I do support it as well) but then want to ban a 20 oz soda?

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  • William Ogle

    Tell me again how the U.S.A. is the "most free" country in the world.
    Making choices, even "wrong" ones, is an integral part of freedom. To remove choice from people is nothing more than enslavement.
    It is bad enough that the Congress is overbearing and non-functiona, but if State and local government become so as well, pray tell, how do you propose to convince anyone that democracy is the better form of government?

  • Typical DC BS

    The DC City Council once more proves why DC will NEVER be granted statehood - they worry about idiotic issues and forget adults don't need to be treated like children.

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  • Guy Smiley

    I think that we should all just trust our govt to know what's best for us. Citizens are just not qualified to know what they should and should not put into their own bodies so that's why it is reassuring to have big govt looking out for us and protecting us like a helpful big brother.