Spent all evening with some people from my church who have done an incredible amount of (often overwhelmingly frustrating) work trying to fundamentally change the social contract with respect to public transportation in Baton Rouge.
The results are in, and the news is wonderful.
Please consider this. One of the most conservative parts of the United States actually voted to increase its own taxes for something that will massively help the least among us. As Andrew Sullivan says, know hope!
It was an exceedingly rough evening. When one third of the precincts were in we were losing by over two to one. From various statistical standpoints, it seemed clear that the measure would not pass. But by the time two-thirds were in we were losing only by ten percent. We all realized that if the improbable trend continued, the tax would pass. But at the point when the counted votes were 55.6% against the tax, a local political guru and radio host officially called it as lost and one of the local T.V. stations ran with that.
At the end of the get-together we just made a toast and prayed. There was nothing else to do at that point, and we just hoped beyond hope that the T.V. stations had it wrong. Now, two hours later, we see that they did.