Timing of elections on issues of great interest certainly is a factor in what the outcomes may be. The issue out front is the proposed three-quarter-cent sales tax proposal for transportation that the General Assembly agreed to put on the ballot. For a while, with some lawmakers, it appeared placing it on the ballot to let voters decide somehow would indicate a vote in favor of the tax. However, most of the lawmakers did the correct thing — let the voters decide.
Since it was up to the governor to decide when to vote on the tax this year — August or November — Jay Nixon decided it should be in the August primary election. Since the governor hasn’t said how he will vote, and many believe he will vote no, speculation has been running hotter than an Arizona brushfire that he selected August believing it will have a greater chance of failure in that election.
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