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Popular Proposition Unites Strange Bedfellows
Updated: Monday, October 14 2013, 12:14 PM CDT
A Texas ballot proposition that appears to have broad statewide support is uniting a strange group of bedfellows spanning the spectrum of state politics.
Today, they organized in four cities including Austin to speak against Proposition 6, a $2 billion water infrastructure financing measure. Here in the capital city, tea party activists shared a detente with environmental watchdog group Save Our Springs Alliance to voice their opposition to the plan.
The groups have an uphill battle to convince voters to reject Prop 6 however. According to a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, more than half of Texans already favor the measure. Even if the 24 percent of undecided respondents unanimously joined the 19 percent who are against it, Prop 6 would still pass by nine points, according to the poll.
Turnout could be the crucial variable that keeps this question interesting. Based on historical trends, if the sun rises in the east on Election Day, it is safe to say very few Texans will head to the polls and those that do will be among the most active and engaged. That gives grassroots groups such as the tea parties and S.O.S. Alliance a larger than usual megaphone to try to sink an otherwise popular proposition.
For a link to a summary of the UT/TT poll, follow this link.