They did it. In an hour or so, City Secretary Deborah Watkins will certify that TrinityVote has gathered and exceeded the statutory requirement of 48,000 signatures on petitions calling for a referendum on the Trinity River toll road.
At this hour, the word I get is that Watkins believes Angela Hunt’s group has the stuff, no matter what, and she intends to certify.
There may be some kind of last-minute effort to derail the entire thing on the basis of a legal gotcha. But more than 80,000 people signed those petitions: That’s more votes than anybody currently serving at City Hall has ever received. Anyone who would try derail that kind of mandate is either incredibly arrogant or incredibly desperate.
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But anyway, it’s done. They got ‘em. It’ll be official shortly. It’s the world turned upside down. --Jim Schutze