May 08, 2005
Busy day across Texas yesterday. In San Antonio, it'll be Castro versus Hardberger in the runoff. Dallas voters soundly defeated a proposition to make theirs a strong-mayor system. The smoking ban passed in Austin. Virginia DuPuy is the new mayor of Waco. And most Houston-area bonds and other propositions were approved. Last but not least, Tom Musselman, Official Dad of BOR's Karl-Thomas, was elected to the Fredericksburg City Council. Congrats to all the winners!
More coverage on all of this can be found at Burnt Orange, The Red State, The Jeffersonian, and Common Sense, while Amanda and Norbizness vent about the smoking ban result.
UPDATE: StoutDem weighs in on Dallas.
UPDATE: B and B notes that both propositions passed in San Antonio.
UPDATE: Via Panhandle Truth Squad in the comments, a smoking ban proposal similar to Austin's was narrowly defeated, though supporters may try again in the future.
Posted by Charles Kuffner on May 08, 2005 to Election 2005
Your readers may be interested to know that a very similar smoking ban was on the ballot in Amarillo, and in spite of heavy turnout (over 30%), was only narrowly defeated, 51-49%. Speculation is that the supporters will try again, though they will need to get petitions signed by 25% of those voting yesterday, or about 7,500 people.
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