Tuesday, September 23, 2008

'EnglishOnly' vote set for Jan. 22 date at earliest

Councilman Eric Crafton easily gained enough signatures to put his "EnglishOnly" referendum before Metro Nashville voters as early as Jan. 22.

Crafton turns the more than 5,000 signatures into county officials today. His attempt to get the referendum on the November ballot was blocked by politics and a court ruling. A Jan. 22 vote will cost taxpayers $350,000.

I agree with supporters that the fault for the cost belongs to those political forces opposing the referendum.

It will be interesting campaign if the Jan. 22 date holds. That will be near Dr. King's birthday and subsequent celebrations. Will that proximity affect the campaign against the measure and give it ammunition?

We'll have to see.

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