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Friday, July 18, 2008

In Brief - July 18th, 2008

The big news this morning, at least according to the Seattle Times, is that Sound Transit appears to have the votes to send a light-rail expansion plan to the ballot in the fall. This is fantastic news, but the challenge of getting Phase 2 approved is still before us. Looming on the horizon now is a contentious fall campaign.

The fifteen year plan that the board is considering must win support from voters before the agency can move forward. And already, the libertarian anti-transit flying circus is preparing to launch an all-out attack on the package.

Going to the ballot in 2008 with a light rail package is a wise decision, but that doesn't mean this won't be a tough battle. We're going to have to work incredibly hard to refute the right wing's attacks on rail and Sound Transit this fall. Now is not a time to be celebrating. (Andrew)

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This Day In History
  • 1925 - Adolf Hitler publishes Mein Kampf.
  • 1976 - Nadia Comaneci became the first gymnast to be awarded a perfect 10 score in competition at the Montrel Olympics.
  • 1995 - The Soufriere Hills volcano erupted in Montserrat, devastating the island and forcing most of the population of the island to leave.


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