The following is from the Sept. 18, 2007, edition of The Dallas Morning News. Rita Kirk, professor of Corporate Communications & Public Affairs at SMU, was a source for this story.

Trinity proposition campaigns seem unusually quiet

The Dallas Morning News

The silence is eerie.

No TV or radio advertisements. No colorful mailers. No billboards or lawn signs cajoling Dallasites to "Say yes!" or "Vote no!" on a citywide ballot proposition that in seven weeks will determine the fate of a planned toll road inside the Trinity River Corridor's levee walls.

Contrast that with this year's mayoral race, in which candidates launched their citywide media campaigns months before May's general election.

"The debate isn't in the coffee shops yet. It's really slow in ramping up," said Rita Kirk, a Southern Methodist University communications and public affairs professor. "There are plenty of things that could create buzz about this vote, but both sides will have to move fast."

So what's the delay?


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