Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Mobile voting for Wednesday

Here are today's mobile voting locations and times:

These are, of course, in addition to the regular early voting locations.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

  • Lago Vista City Hall
    5803 Thunderbird St
    10 am - 6 pm
  • Montopolis Recreation Center
    1200 Montopolis Drive
    4 pm - 6 pm
  • AIDS Services of Austin
    7215 Cameron Road
    8 am - 10 am
  • Travis Building
    1701 North Congress Avenue
    8 am - 6 pm
  • Bluebonnet Elementary
    11316 Farmhaven
    8 am - 7 pm
  • Travis County Courthouse
    1000 Guadalupe St.
    9 am - 5 pm
  • St. Edward's University
    3001 South Congress Avenue
    Noon - 2 pm


At 5:57 PM, Blogger Seymour Emaile said...



Campaign Hints at Subliminal Messaging

AUSTIN – Today, Open Government "Online" Advocates came very close to confirming what many observers have been speculating for weeks: that their blatant flaunting of the state election code and city ordinances is part of a sophisticated subliminal campaign to prove the need for their proposed charter amendment. The Open Government Online Amendment, Proposition 1 on the Austin ballot, would require, among other things, the installation of tiny subcutaneous cameras in the foreheads of top city officials.

"Of course we know the law," said SOS spokesperson Colin Clarkson, "we're just intentionally not following it. It makes a lot of sense once you think about it."

The issue of non-compliance was first raised when ethics complaints were filed against the Save Our Springs Alliance for spending $74,000 on paid petitioners and political consultants without filing a PAC as required by state law and not reporting their 2005 contributions and expenditures as required on January 15 (that report is now over 100 days late). Those ethics complaints are still pending and could lead to tens of thousands of dollars in fines and sanctions. The non-compliance issue was raised again this week as "Clean Austin" signs started sprouting in the public right-of-way in violation of city ordinance.

"I thought there was more than a little irony in the fact that these signs say "Clean Austin" when they're littering the public right-of-way," said Skipper Cameroon, an anti-sign-in-the-right-of-way activist, "and I figured there must be more here than meets the eye. Not the all-seeing eye required by this amendment of course, just the regular old-fashioned eye."

On closer inspection Cameroon noticed that the Clean Austin signs lacked the required disclaimer that identifies them as poltical advertising. "I thought 'oh boy' I'm on to something because nobody is so god-awful stupid to leave off that disclaimer," said Cameroon. "I've picked signs out of the right-of-way from dog catcher to Congressman and I've never seen one that didn't say "Pol. Ad Paid by" or some variation. That's when I started to suspect that maybe it was some sort of subliminal messaging."

"I'm not going to confirm or deny that," says SOS's Clarkson, "but think about it: First we hatch this plan in secret, then we spring it on the community fully-formed with no chance to change it, then we spend tens of thousands of dollars but we don't report it so it stays hidden for months, and now we put out signs illegally without the required disclaimer even though we're paying big bucks to political consultants who've designed and printed thousands of signs. If people haven't gotten the message by now, hint hint, I'm not sure what else to say."

While Clarkson believes the message to be clear, the broad range of endorsing organizations and area newspapers that have been lining up to oppose Proposition 1 seem to have completely missed that the campaign's actions from the very beginning may have been a form of ironic campaign theater meant to demonstrate the pitfalls of secrecy and non-disclosure. Some of them are now quite chagrined. "Wow, man," said Louis Blacktie, editor of the alternative weekly the Austin Chronicler, "I take back all those nasty things I wrote. I thought these guys had gone insane, but they're f*&%in' brilliant."


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