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An election May 1 will give Austinites the chance to decide on the municipal equivalent of a constitutional amendment. Proposition F would fundamentally alter the system of government in Austin, giving the mayor the power to veto council decisions and directly manage the administrative affairs of the city.

An analogous debate took place in 1787-88 during the writing and ratification of the U.S. Constitution, pitting the Constitution's supporters, known as Federalists, against a faction known as the Anti-Federalists. The latter warned that the document would give too much power to the federal government, and to the president in particular.

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