May 12, 2009
There is now beer in Lubbock

Someone pour me a cold one!

Lubbock County voters overwhelmingly approved two ballot propositions expanding alcohol sales in the county during a countywide election that ended Saturday.

Proposition 1, which expands packaged alcohol sales in the county, passed by a nearly 2-1 margin with 64.5 percent in favor.

Proposition 2 to allow mixed-drink sales in restaurants passed with about 69.5 percent in favor.


The early voting numbers sparked excitement at pro-alcohol expansion Political Action Committee Lubbock County Wins' watch party at the Hawthorn Inn and Suites.

"There were lots of cheers in the room and relief that the results were in our favor," the PAC's chairwoman, Melissa Pierce, said when early voting results came up on the television screen in the hotel's conference room.

"I expected it to be very, very close" she said, but explained she would have preferred to see a larger voter turnout.

Only 35 percent of the county's 144,910 registered voters cast ballots.

But Pierce said she wasn't surprised by what looks like Lubbock County voters' approval of the propositions.

"I think Lubbock is a progressive city and we're ready for this," the stay-at-home mom said.

I don't know about the "progressive" part, but let's not quibble over semantics. It's a good day for beer drinkers in Lubbock. Congrats, y'all.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on May 12, 2009 to Election 2009

Not so fast.

There's already a lawsuit challenging the application of this proposition with in the City of Lubbock.

Posted by: Jeb on May 12, 2009 10:10 AM
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