The road to Damascus
Luke Ravenstahl has seen the light and embraced city-county consolidation. But what is the likelihood that a referendum calling for a city-county merger will pass? I'm wondering if Ravenstahl and Dan Onorato are pushing this, thinking that it probably will be rejected by voters. They'll be able to claim credit for pushing a bold solution to the region's problems, without taking too big a hit for endorsing an unpopular idea. And if the referendum did pass, then regardless of the consequences, it would be an historic achievement that would bolster both men's careers.
In other words, it's a win-win proposition. Why wouldn't the mayor get behind it?