Mayor, Strip-Club Owners Battle in Seattle

In Seattle, the most attention-getting local issue on the ballot this year is a referendum on strip clubs. The city wants to enforce stricter regulations — turning up the lights, for one thing. But the clubs are fighting back — by appealing directly to the voters.

Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels has pushed into law new regulations for exotic dance clubs. Performers are now required to keep a certain distance from patrons, and clubs must be well-lit.

But strip club owners argue that naked dancing is free speech, and have struck back with a referendum on the November ballot to counter the new rules.

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