The Daily Hustle: 11/2/10

Closing arguments in bond bout

Will the bikes rally tonight?
Will the bikes rally tonight? (Photo by John Anderson)

In case you haven't noticed, today is election day. All the Austinites that didn't bother to vote early, but still feel strongly enough to sound off on the transportation bond, will show up at the polls.

Pro-bond PAC Get Austin Moving has been pulling out all the stops with a seven-mayor presser on Friday, and a shovel-toting photo-op yesterday the Hustle missed. (Don't worry about him, he's got enough Municex D to open his own meth cartel with.)

Get Austin Moving will be holding their election watch party tonight at the Shoal Creek Saloon once the polls close. We hate top sound like a broken record, but as we've written before, with state and congressional races soaking up so much attention, and no polls conducted that we've been privy to, it will be interesting to see how the prop does.

We're not sure what the bond opponents will be doing tonight, but Sensible Transportation Solutions for Austin PAC financier Mike Levy doubled down on his previous advocacy with this equally blunt and dubious ad in Sunday's Statesman:

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For someone who argues bond "bundling" treats voters like children, Levy's hectoring and inaccurate admonishment the prop is "a big, bad lie" smacks of hypocrisy. And the Hustle's getting pretty sick of the claim that by not itemizing every single one of the dozens of proposals on the ballot, the prop is misleading. Believe it or not, civic engagement doesn't begin and end in the ballot box. If a voter can't take three minutes to read the widely disseminated and available itemization of the project, then why are they even bothering? Oh, because of the "trolley" and pogo-stick menace!

Whatever, we'll know where the voters came down tonight, and then the healing can begin. Check Newsdesk later tonight for more election coverage than you can stand!

What the hell else is happening?

On the city calendar: The Zoning and Platting Commission meets in City Hall's Council Chambers, 301 W. Second, 6pm.

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