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May 8th, 2005:

Toll tag update

Good news: Once again, efforts to add tracking technology to vehicle inspection or registration stickers have been defeated. Bad news: Unfortunately, as Scott points out, plans to build a big honking biometrics database of all Texas drivers are still on track. In other words, you can take the tinfoil hat off, but don’t put it back in the closet just yet.

So much for that

There’s a saying in politics that if you’re going to lose, it’s better to lose big so that there’s no doubt in your mind about it. I don’t know if the same is true for sports, but there’s no doubt about who won Game 7 last night in Dallas. We can worry about the woulda-coulda-shouldas later, but for now I’ll just say congrats to the Mavs and thanks to the Rockets for a fun season. Get ’em next time, fellas.

Oh, and I agree with Jonathan Feigen – Now would be a good time for David Stern to drop the threat of further sanctions against Jeff Van Gundy. You’ve made your point, so let’s move on.

Election results

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.