Bourbon splashes in KY protest

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From the Associated Press:

FRANKFORT, KY -- It wasn't quite the Boston Tea Party. The proof was a little higher. Kentucky bourbon industry officials stood shoulder-to-shoulder Tuesday and poured spirits on the state Capitol's front steps to protest a proposed 6% sales tax on all booze.

"They've always been taxing us to death over the years," said Jimmy Russell, master distiller at Lawrenceburg, KY-based Wild Turkey (see in photo explaining the whiskey-making process to visitors), moments after pouring out an entire bottle of bourbon into a pile of melting snow.

Beer and bourbon trucks circled the Capitol all morning. A few hundred people holding signs and wearing stickers gathered in the Rotunda to shout their opposition.

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