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Friday, May 08, 2009

Popular Progressive: Political will or won't?

Excerpted from this post at Popular Progressive

The LOST referendum is still up in the air and both sides are
claiming victory, but saying "no" to defeat. In Iowa City and
Coralville, there are votes to recount -- with paltry 7 and 8 vote
margins between the 1 cent 4 year sales tax. The county reported that
the turnout of registered voters was around 15% for Iowa City and just
over 17% in Coralville. Regardless of how it all turns out, Iowa City
and Coralville voters lost and non-voters won. Non-voters did not take
time out of their day to vote, I mean it took 3 or 4 minutes at the
highly congested precinct 17 where I was one of three people voting at
7:45 in the morning. Non-voters won because they did not expend fuel
in cars, on bikes, or on foot to make their voices heard on an issue
that one group said would be a 17% hike in their sales taxes.

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