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Bulk up, Mayor Stodola. Looks like you've got the power.

Results here for backers of the two measures to increase the LR mayor's powers.

The early voting favored the two measures 69-30 percent. About 1,500 votes were cast early and that set the tempo for the evening.

With  all votes counted, it appeared the measures would prevail almost 2-1, about 63-37.  It drew more favor among white voters than among black voters.

The business community-backed campaign to give the mayor veto power, appointment power over the city manager and city attorney and city boards now will take effect. Will it produce a city government markedly different than that produced by the consensus-oriented, underrated Jim Dailey? We shall see.

Will the people who promised a vote for this is a vote for a gradual process to end at-large city directors and go to ward representation follow through? I'm less confident.

But Mark Stodola appears to have the power and a pay raise. He should announce tomorrow that he's forsaking any other source of outside professional income so that he may work full time at $160,000 plus car, health, perks as mayor of Little Rock. Not mayor of LR and counsel to various other interests.  Will he do it? Ask him.

A federal lawsuit over this change in government is still in progress, but I believe the legal chances are slim.

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