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Uber and Lyft Defeated by Voters in Austin, Texas

City desire to fingerprint all drivers will drive the e-hailing companies out of the city.

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Activist obsession with "level playing fields" in non-commensurate businesses (taxis lack the user rating and identification systems that Lyft and Uber have) primed the citizens of Austin to vote for regulations that they knew (or had every opportunity to know) would drive the very helpful smartphone ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft out of their city.

Last December, the Austin City Council passed regulations on the e-hailing services that the company's were unhappy with, including fingerprinting drivers. Lyft and Uber ginned up enough citizen anger over the regs—these services are widely used and provide lots of convenient jobs—to petition to legally force a ballot proposition to uphold or overthrow those regs. That proposition was voted on yesterday.

Those regs that Uber and Lyft wanted to kill were upheld, 56 percent to 46 44, with 17 percent voter turnout. The upheld regs also demand cars working for the companies be visibly marked with the companies' emblem, and avoid stopping to pick up or drop off in any lane with moving traffic.

As a result, both Uber and Lyft have announced they will suspend operating within Austin city limits tomorrow morning.

This Texas Tribune account sums up the opposing sides:

Supporters of Uber and Lyft have argued background checks regulations from cities are redundant, as ride-hailing companies have their own safety procedures already in place. 

….Huey Rey Fischer, deputy outreach director for Ridesharing Works, [said] "The problem is that fingerprinting is flawed in so many other respects, whether it's discriminatory against people of color or the fact that not enough drivers would actually sign up to meet demand, which is the greater reason." 

Opponents of Proposition 1 insist city-regulated checks are safer, and they see Uber and Lyft's aggressive campaigning as bullying, insisting the company is using "misleading" advertising to bend the city to its will. 

"We, unlike Uber and Lyft, do not have access to millions of dollars," said Austin Mayor Pro-Tem Kathie Tovo during a press conference in April. "Uber and Lyft are running a deceptive campaign in a blatant attempt to confuse the voters and allow corporations to write their own rules. These misleading campaign ads are simply reprehensible, and they're a huge disservice to our community."

The pro-Proposition 1 campaign has not gone uncontested. Uber was hit with a class-action lawsuit on Wednesday over "robo-text messages" the company distributed to customers. A complaint has also been filed with the Federal Communications Commission.

Austin is just one front, albeit now a losing one, in constant city-by-city wars these companies are fighting:

They have pit themselves against local governing bodies both in Texas and across the country and have carried through on their threat to leave cities with unfriendly regulations, ceasing operations in Galveston, Midland and Corpus Christi. 

This conflict also is coming to a head in Houston, one of two cities in the country where Uber remains despite existing fingerprint background check directives. Lyft closed up shop when the new regulations went into effect, leaving Uber alone in the city's ride-hailing industry — but perhaps not for much longer. In April, the company threatened to leave Houston if the city did not repeal its regulations.

Quartz sees this defeat—the pro-Uber forces outspent the anti-ones enormously, over $8 million to around $130,000—as the end of Uber's power to get what it wants from city governments.

My own read of the debate as it unfolded in social networking and other public sites I viewed is that a sort of Lawful Good insistence that, no matter how hard it made it for these companies to get the large and churning body of drivers it needs to stay viable, that rules is rules and everyone driving for hire should just follow the same ones, despite the obvious differences in how taxis and smartphone-summoned rides function and discipline drivers.

When I wrote my first detailed report on these services city-by-city regulatory battled in 2014, "Smartphones vs. Taxi Drivers," they weren't legally allowed to operate at all in Austin yet. Since then, I chronicled details of an earlier step in Austin's contentious relationship with these helpful, job-creating services, and reported on how Uber succeeded in a very similar battle in San Antonio, Texas.

But it sounds like now as of Monday Austin will be a lot harder a city to get around in without owning your own car, which is a shame for everyone.

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  1. “We, unlike Uber and Lyft, do not have access to millions of dollars,” said Austin Mayor Pro-Tem Kathie Tovo

    Bullshit. They have access to millions of dollars AND the power to regulate.

    1. And they can decide to take more at will.

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  2. Is there anything that lefties have ever done that improved things for consumers?

    Any real, as opposed to nominal, price decreases?

    Any improvements in service or quality?

    Any increase in the standard of living?

    1. I’ll grant them the early pure food and drug laws.

      1. I won’t even do that.

        early pure food and drug laws took on the burden of ‘knowing’ the dangers to the consumer, took *away* the burden of knowing the consumer’s tolerance of risk and took away any accountability for when they made mistakes.

      2. Besides those, they’ve had a hand in a lot of 2nd-best solutions, wherein the regime was going to be a gov’t-regulated one no matter what, and their particip’n made it a better rather than a worse one. For instance, in the 1990s in the USA, nutritional labeling went from forbidden to mandatory; although neither is as good as voluntary, mandatory was better than forbidden, since most sellers who cared one way or the other wanted to do it. Similarly in cases where environmental objections have stopped construction boondoggles.

        1. Robert, you abbreviated the word “participation.” Nothing else you say can have any value, and you are an irredeemable asshole.

    2. It’s just another example of progressives making everyone more miserable for the benefit of a select few, while they pretend it’s all about making sure everyone is OK.

    3. Well this doesn’t happen in LA anymore:

      http://hereandthere.us/wp-cont…..essmog.jpg

      1. But you know, I’m sure the invisible hand was just about to solve that on its own.

        1. Actually, the trend was downwards for many years before the clean air act was passed:

          http://www.aei.org/wp-content/…..535523.pdf
          (Page 30 in the file).

          Not to say that the law was necessarily ineffective, but there was already improvement prior to it.

  3. Austin is full of faggot cookies.

  4. If you’re afraid of using a driver who isn’t fingerprinted then just don’t use uber and lyft… What, you don’t want your neighbor to use them either?

    1. Authoritarians, by definition, abhor the idea of people making decisions for themselves. They are your betters and they know what’s best for you, so just lie down and take it.

      1. Government is just the things we’re told to do together.

    2. Yeah, but what if I call a Taxi(TM) and the UberLyfter uses his smartphone to intercept my call and steal the fare, then what am I supposed to do, not get in the car? CMMON

  5. they see Uber and Lyft’s aggressive campaigning as bullying

    Free speech is bullying, but forcing onerous regulations on people at gunpoint is the most noble practice imaginable.

  6. Been using uber all over Europe for the past two weeks.

    I can see why taxis are scared, it is fantastic.

  7. Well you guys I hear lots of stuff in the news and stuff about Uber drivers killing people and raping and stuff. I’m sure it was on the Facebook.

  8. Never had any plans to go to Austin, and now I have another reason not to.

  9. “Uber and Lyft are running a deceptive campaign in a blatant attempt to confuse the voters and allow corporations to write their own rules.”

    Maybe it’s just me, but I was under the impression that a free people, by definition, write their own rules.

    1. that’s so cute

    2. Your first mistake was operating under the presumption that we are a free people.

    3. The funny thing about that quote is that argument worked on a lot of people. And, in reality it was the city counsels ballot language was deliberately confusing.

      http://www.kvue.com/news/local…../133431546

      1. Of course the language was deliberately confusing.

        I also find it funny that people think background checks are some sort of magic that prevents an epidemic of safety-and-violence problems, despite the fact that Austin already had no epidemic of such Uber/Lyft problems.

  10. I’d say the people of Austin will deserve the kind of shit service they voted for but a lot of Uber and Lyft supporters will get that same shit service. There’s not a single good thing in existence that the government can’t royally fuck up.

    1. The thing is I saw this coming. First time I played fanduels I said no way this stays legal. And when I saw how great uber was I knew the fuckers would come after it. Anything that’s easy and enjoyable just has to be regulated out of existence for our own good. Which is why we’ll never have sex bots.

      1. Or driverless cars.

      2. real currency.

  11. Won’t someone please take my freedoms of association and protect me from my own judgement,… Please?

  12. Fuck these people. It is no longer worth getting my blood pressure up about stupid people doing stupid things. Let them live by the consequences of their decisions.

    1. Now we’re seeing eye to eye.

    2. A lot of people are going to be harmed because they thought they were in a ‘live-and-let-live’ type of town. 10% of the population went and fucked it up for the other 90%.

  13. So the good people of Austin, rather than move truly forward with a superior service that benefits consumers, chooses instead to rely on a monopolistic and sub-standard service.

    Bravo you ignorant buffoons.

    Then they wonder why I loathe – loathe – the left-wing. They’re irrational statists.

    1. FYI and FWIW, Montrea/Quebec is prepping to kill Uber as well.

      Just incredible. Fuck the cabs and never will I ever set myself in one again. Fuck. Them.

      1. That’s because the name is in German, not French.

    2. it’s not the “good people of Austin” per se. It’s the nannies, know-it-alls and assorted fucksticks who insist that their way is the only way.

      17 percent voter turnout.
      For a municipal issue, this may actually be a higher turnout figure. The rank minority is given express permission by the majority to make those choices. Unknown is whether the majority is okay with that or simply doesn’t give a shit. Until, one of those people figures out that Uber can’t provide a ride on a given night, that is.

      1. I think the fact that the “good people of Austin” didn’t bother to turn out to gove government their thoughts, and as a result of their apathy, this happened, means it can be quite convincingly laid at their feet.

        All they had to do to stop this from happening was show up, and they didn’t.

        I mean, yes, the apparatchiks are also to blame but the reality is, if you don’t act in your own interest, you will get run over.

        1. All they had to do to stop this from happening was show up, and they didn’t.

          Well, that’s the problem. The Left are always going to be more motivated to grab power.

          Deblasio won in NYC with 17% voter turnout too.

        2. Exactly my feeling.

          1. C’mon Rufus – if you don’t come down to vote today then you are de facto agreeing that its OK if I take your house.

            And don’t forget to come by to vote again before dinner – that’s when we’re deciding how much of your car becomes public property.

            Oh, and at five o’clock tomorrow morning we’re voting on a tax raise – be there or be square.

        3. No. Not at all. Fuck no – I don’t even . . .

          If people didn’t turn up then that means whether or not Uber drivers are fingerprinted simply wasn’t an issue to them. So the default response by government should be NOTHING.

          Not – well you guys don’t seem to care so we’ll implement the power-monger scheme we wanted to do anyway.

          Government should not act unless given a mandate to act – not act unless their leashed is jerked.

        4. In Ann Arbor (a bit like Austin on a smaller scale and just as lefty), the most active Uber customers are college students looking for late-night rides home from the bars. But in Michigan, people have to have the same address on their voter registration as on their drivers license. Since very few students want their permanent address changed to their temporary student housing, they don’t register here and can’t vote. So a similar initiative might come out the same way.

          But, I even so, I don’t think the city council lefties (who would dearly love to ban Uber and did try initially) will succeed, because most of the cabs in Ann Arbor aren’t actually locally regulated cabs at all but state registered limos, and Uber and Lyft will probably be able to continue to operate under state regs regardless of what shenanigans the city tries to get up to. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the same thing happen in Austin, with the Republican dominated state government passing legislation to take precedent over the local ordinance in Austin. Which is apparently already being discussed:

          http://www.mystatesman.com/new…..rve/nrJ4n/

          Note, also, that Uber has already pulled out of other Texas cities who’ve passed fingerprinting ordinances, so the idea that this is a primarily a ‘People’s Republic of Austin’ story seems not to be accurate.

    3. Define and explain rational statist. Give five examples. For extra credit, name one rational statist and show how this person’s efforts improved the lives of his/her fellow man.

    4. I tried.

  14. Ain’t democracy grand? Two wolves and a sheep deciding the cow needs to pay for their lunch.

  15. “Company’s”? Chris.

    If you want people to take you seriously, at least don’t write like an idiot.

    1. As I typo “Christ”.

      1. Well, at least you can guess what people take you for now.

      2. Joez law. He was good for one thing.

  16. Brian, please check the math because 56% to 46% suggests 102% voting.

    1. Some voters go both ways

    2. It’s Common Core Voting.

    3. Meh. Feels right

    4. They lie a lot with unverifiable secret ballots in Texas.
      I spent a long time downloading, filling out and installing Lyft in Houston, only to have it announce the service had been pogromed out of town. The taxi app is really bad, and the cab monopoly sent a terrible, semiliterate driver who coughed and sneezed the whole trip. Ugh.

  17. Next thing you know the Austin (true blue) City Council will be proposing light rail streetcars, because consumers need mass transit.

    “That’s what D.C. has, and being the nation’s capital they know best.”

    1. Doesn’t Austin already have streetcars?

      1. No. But it’s horrible to get around and there’s not enough parking.

    2. they have tried a couple times to get lightrail passed, but voters saw through the BS. last year the city council members finally started representing districts. for decades it was just downtown super liberals running the show, which is why traffic and parking are terrible and getting worse. they are total hypocrites, just last month they voted to restrict asking a potential employee about their criminal record, you just can’t make this shit up!

    3. Oh its been brought up and rejected, so this is probably just some under-the-table vote counting/augmentation to punish the contingency.

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  20. Great job keeping it weird, Austin. Great job!

    1. Who knew ‘keeping it weird’ would basically be to cheerlead the state.

    2. When I was at the polls, I must have been the only person there under the age of 50. Which all leads me to believe that the Vote No on Prop 1 scare-mongering of the old people in Austin, must have worked.

  21. 56% of 17%? So 9% of voters in Austin decided that the other 90% shouldn’t be allowed to use uber? Where’s Tony to extol the virtues of democracy?

    1. Was coming down to post this. There are going to be a lot of pissed off hipster doofuses tomorrow who will realize that Uber is gone.

      Very often democracy in this country isn’t tyranny of the majority. It’s tyranny by the people who are willing to get off their asses and vote.

      1. When the shit was hitting the fan for daily fantasy sports last autumn, there was a poll taken in New York that found that 60% of people thought the sites should be illegal, while 3% of people used them.

        So a whole bunch of people who don’t use the sites basically want to use the state to stamp on the faces of people who are doing something of their own free will that the majority find icky.

        1. That’s how they outlawed cockfighting

        2. And I have to show ID to carry a gun.

    2. Yes, our city political machine holds really important elections at times where they know that the turnout will be low. This should have been on the March primary ballot, or wait for the general election in 6 months. Instead they hold a city / county election two months after the states primary election with hardly anything on it. It’s democracy at it’s finest.

    3. Not only that, but consider how much that service is used by out-of-towners, who couldn’t vote.

    4. Even if more people voted and the regs were defeated, progs wouldn’t consider it a result of democracy. It’d be painted as “evil capitalists influencing the outcome.”

      1. Sadly, that’s how they defeated it. They painted it as evil corporate money influencing a local election. And, all the regulations do is level the playing field. You know, the whole progressive quiver. Ironically, the level playing field they are protecting, is a Yellow Cab monopoly on the cities taxi medallions. You know, the little guy. But, they bought it. Hook, line and sinker.

  22. Ban Uber and hike the minimum wage. Must keep poor people on welfare.

  23. For those of you who are new to this web site, please note that you will be accepted by the commentariat by writing a comment such as the following:

    “Every person who voted for this should be fed feet first into a woodchipper.”

    OK your turn:

    1. All of your tired addiction posts should be fed into the woodchipper, while taped to your body.

      How’d I do?

    2. Am I supposed to be ashamed by that?

    3. You should add a disclaimer that this is not an actual threat. Just sayin’

      1. What if you mean it?

        1. A subpoena has no power after it’s been put through a woodchipper.

        2. Then you shouldn’t say anything. I have additional tips for a small consultant fee*.

          * This is a joke.

          1. AJB, how do we know you actually are a small consultant?

        3. Listen, you just have to feed the government employees into the woodchipper followed by any and all documents they’ve sent or produced about you. And your good.

    4. Federal gag order bait! Gestapo interrogation trigger alert!

  24. But voters are hip and in love with the Free Market Future! It’s the Libertarian Moment!

  25. So…If they want to level the playing field, couldn’t they stop fingerprinting the cab drivers?

    1. You would think. But, it’s never really about a level playing field now is it? This article didn’t mention the 1-2% of gross the city is going to confiscate to fund the city mandated finger print background checks. You know, for safety.

    2. One wonders why fingerprinting isn’t necessary to get a driver’s license.

      As soon as money changes hands, authoritarians go ape.

  26. Fuck these fascist shit eating nannies.

    I understand the mind of a statist, but can someone progsplain the reason for this: “The upheld regs also demand cars working for the companies be visibly marked with the companies’ emblem..”

    1. Oh never mind. It’s so they can easily be identified fucked with.

    2. Lyft already did this with the mustache, right?

  27. Did Uber and Lyft make it clear before the vote they would pull out if they lost?

    1. They probably would have been prosecuted for making threats.

      On a not-quite-related matter, football fans go nuts when I point out the reason the Irsays left Baltimore in moving trucks in the middle of the night is because the Maryland legislature was threatening to use eminent domain on the team.

      1. Considering that the only asset the team had was their name (which probably isn’t even subject to eminent domain) and some laundry, that’d’ve been remarkably stupid anyway.

        1. Remarkably stupid is a Maryland trademark.

      2. Not just threatening, they actually passed the bill (and the governor signed it too). Best part of the wikipedia page:

        All fifteen moving trucks took a different route to Indianapolis from Baltimore, done as a diversion tactic so the Maryland State Police could not enforce the eminent domain law that had just been signed (which they would have been able to act upon once it took effect to force the Colts back to Baltimore).

    2. Lyft released a statement Friday that they where shutting down on Monday if it didn’t pass. Uber announced they would do the same while the polls where still open.

  28. Fuck ’em. Arcade City will be much harder to beat.

  29. As an uber user and individualist, this kind of shit pisses me off to no end. But beyond that, I have two friends who were unemployed and then became uber drivers. I guess these fuckers would rather have people like my friends on the dole than providing a valuable service and earning a living.
    If this shit comes to where I live it might be the final straw for me. Why can’t these assholes leave us alone? Fuck.

    1. They get their rocks off fucking with other people.

      1. And taking down big, evil corporations who earn like profits and operate in big office buildings and stuff.

    2. Why can’t more voters clearly support a platform that says they want to be left alone? I do. It gets results, is not difficult, and makes your vote ten times as effective as a vote wasted on a looter soft machine.

    3. In Nashville recently my wife and I used Uber for the first time. It was unbelievably cheap, the driver was pleasant, and overall the experience was very positive. Talking to the driver, I found out he’s a veteran on a tight budget who lived north of the city and would come in on weekend evenings after his day job to help make ends meet.

      Or in Progspeak, a capitalist shitmonger of the 1% busily oppressing the poor and thumbing his nose at the people of Nashville.

    4. Your friends don’t deserve to make money unless the state says its OK.

      /progsplain

  30. I can see what the good people of Austin are thinking: a lack a good regulations allows for hobgoblins.

    No Uber: no hobgoblins. Works every time.

  31. You are free to gambol about the city; just not free to use a ride-sharing service to do it.

  32. “We can’t have just anyone driving a car for money! They must be fingerprinted!”

    “An ID required for voting?? How dare you hinder that right for anyone!”

    1. It is consistent with their world view: Commercial activity of any kind is, at best, a necessary evil. Depriving others of their rights is the highest form of self-expression.

  33. I wonder how many people will die or be injured because the city chased out the ride sharing companies out? It is, per Bastiat, the unseen. Uber and Lyft make it very, very easy to get a ride late at nite for a reasonable sum. How many will say “fuck it, I’m not waiting for a cab any longer” and get behind the wheel drunk?

    1. feature not bug

      1. The city will surely get more DUI revenue so I can see why they don’t like these companies.

  34. . . . 17 percent voter turnout . . .

    Some people like to justify this sort of crap by saying Democracy is the ‘will of the majority’.

    Its not. Even if everyone who voted, voted the same way it wouldn’t be anywhere near a majority.

    Its funny, businesses – those bastions of autocratic hierarchy, ruled at the whim of the Board, still require a quorum before any vote is binding. But we don’t do that for things that will affect thousands to hundreds of millions of people.

    1. That low turnout is by design. They hold our city / county elections separately from primaries or general elections. And, instead of holding them on Tue. like all other elections in Texas. They occur on Saturday’s. You know, to make things simpler and less confusing.

      1. Exactly why all elections should have a minimum participation requirement or they don’t count.

        1. Given that many elections never reach even 50% voter turnout there are some delightful implications to that idea…

    2. Some people like to justify this sort of crap by saying Democracy is the ‘will of the majority’.

      Mob rule is one form of democracy, though not a very desirable one.

      Good forms of democracy focus on protecting individual liberty above all.

      1. This isn’t even mob rule. its *TEN PERCENT* of the populace.

  35. Austin wanted to get a head start on adopting California’s business (and soul) crushing policies.

    1. Being the bluest area of Texas we already had a pretty big head start. For some reason it accelerated with all the Californians that have moved to Austin in the past decade fleeing the crushing Cali business climate.

  36. At first I felt a little sorry for the consumers who, most probably unknowingly, lost a convenient, cheap and efficient service. But now I say, fuck them…they deserve it. And kudos to Uber and Lyft for not cowering and “working” with the city government.

    1. fuck them…they deserve it

      No, they don’t.

  37. I wonder if Uber would have so many troubles if they had chosen a less obnoxious name.

    1. Well they tried, but Proletariot Chariot was already taken

  38. I am all in favor of giving the mammals of Austin what they asked for …good and industrially

  39. So rideshares, like marijuana, are illegal in Austin. Now nobody will see either one?
    There is a good chance the Uber choice of robocaller telehassling alienated rather than enlisted support. The upside is that Austinites are really resourceful at getting what they want through ordinary phone apps, free ad listings for rideshares and so forth. Folks the government cannot easily rob or coerce will move into the ecological niche if I know my neighbors.

  40. “Quartz sees this defeat?the pro-Uber forces outspent the anti-ones enormously, over $8 million to around $130,000?as the end of Uber’s power to get what it wants from city governments.”

    So according to Quartz, corporations can’t boycott a place because that place has laws directly harming the said corporations.

    But corporations *can* boycott a place in order to impose regulations on other businesses, and social signal while doing so.

      1. Quartz is a pretty terrible site, mostly SJW bullshit with occasionally interesting articles.

  41. I don’t envy the Austin travel and tourism industry. Who wants to hold an event in a city that’s so backwards they don’t even have Uber available?

    -jcr

  42. fawget it about iiiiit.

    Let uber burn, it should be about p2p ride sharing anyway.

    Then the next step would be for libs to go after Apple and Android app stores. Pretty soon though, we should find away around that. Less people are buying iPhones, and me thinks it’s because of all the proprietary bullshit that comes along with Apple.

    1. I forgot to finish that post, but maybe, instead, a SaaS that somehow doesn’t require a download of an app.

      1. How are you going to P2P ridesharing without an app? And that’s all Uber was in the first place.

        1. I meant to say “doesn’t require the hosting of a website”, I confused myself. Anyways, SaaS is any application that’s hosted on a network. I was looking a little bit at decentralized SaaS models.

          Uber has a head quarters, and they ultimately determine pricing, right? In this way, they could be held responsible for “unfair” business practices.

          I think the answer to that was Arcade City, which is true P2P.

          If people petition a ban on Arcade City from app stores, maybe to take it a step further, you can host an app on a network that you can connect to through an internet browser. A driver would have to pay out of pocket for their own background checks, but other than that, they just need to pay a percentage for server maintenance and pocket the rest.

          But then I thought of, why wouldn’t they just take down the website? So idk, just throwing ideas out.

          1. Unfortunately, there’s nothing magic about even a “true” P2P system that can’t be made illegal, and in fact, already is illegal. Picking up passengers and taking them to a destination for money without a license to do so is illegal in most places. And with any kind of an “app” which lets you find drivers, becomes fantastically easy to support. Simply put enforcers all over the street, hail a ride with the app, fine them or arrest them when they arrive to pick you up.

            1. Yeah, that’s what they’re doing in latin america. They even freeze your bank account, and I think they take funds from it before freezing.

              1. Yes. Holy Catholic Inquisition methods are still popular in these Italian colonies South of the Canadian border. The exact technical term for Lyft flagging is “thoughtcrime” or “crimideia.”

    2. You conflate the 1932 republican and nazi term for “liberals” with the true and correct term, still used in Australia, Canada and Great Britain to mean something like a libertarian gelding. I believe the noun you were searching for is “looters.” Dem looters seek other people’s money, GOP looters seek to steal other people’s happiness. Was this helpful?

  43. Quartz sees this defeat?the pro-Uber forces outspent the anti-ones enormously, over $8 million to around $130,000?as the end of Uber’s power to get what it wants from city governments

    So… money doesn’t buy elections after all? Can Citizens United stand then?

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  47. I tried Uber for the first time this past weekend when I was in New York City. It was great. Cheaper than cabs, easier and faster to summon, and safer too. So naturally the leftists must destroy it!

    So what is Tony and AmSoc’s take on this? I expected to see them derping about how this was a Glorious Victory for the Proletariat or some such.

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