Idaho regulators have received an award they probably aren't bragging about over last year's ban of Five Wives vodka.
They probably won't be celebrating this award with a martini
The Idaho State Liquor Division, which last year briefly banned the sale of Five Wives Vodka, is among the 2013 recipients of the annual "Jefferson Muzzles" awards.
What was the buzz about?
In May, the agency said Five Wives wasn't fit for sale in Idaho because it was offensive. Division chief Jeff Anderson later said the vodka's bawdy label and name - a nod to polygamy - could offend Idaho's Mormons and women. The agency allowed sales in Idaho after Utah distiller Ogden's Own threatened a lawsuit.
Other recipients toast their victory
The awards, announced on or near the April 13 birthday of the nation's third president by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, "celebrated" what the center said were eight other affronts to free speech. They included an Oklahoma school board that ordered a 5-year-old to turn his T-shirt inside-out because it featured the logo of an out-of-state university.
Not a wasted effort
For winning, the Idaho liquor agency gets a T-shirt with Jefferson's likeness and a black rectangle over his mouth. See all the "winners" at tjcenter.org.