1973-10-14 TENNESSEAN Pusser For Governor_Daughtrey_2B

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1973-10-14 TENNESSEAN Pusser For Governor_Daughtrey_2B - Bagp Looks Like Another Big State Surplus ,...
Bagp Looks Like Another Big State Surplus , Notes from Capitol Hill: State budget planners already are closely watching .tax collections for the first two months of the fiscal year for indications that still another embarrassing surplus ; will stack up in the treasury. For the first two months of the fiscal year, total tax collections are up 15.5 over 1972. That is almost twice the growth rate budget planners predicted. In short, that means a surplus, perhaps as . great as last year's $30 million overcollection of taxes. It's a Dilemma . What this means Is a . political dilemma for both Democrats and Republicans in a gubernatorial election year. The half cent sales tax Increase which has become the symbol of Gov. Winfield . Dunn's administration for many is again due to expire . next June 30. Many Democratic legisla- tors want to let it lapse. Others fear that the next governor they hope a Democrat might have ( relrapose it. Still others fear that Republicans will accuse '. them on the stump next year of being unwilling to meet ; state needs. , On the other hand, many ; Republicans are wary about ; Democrats capitalizing on the issue of tax relief. And few of them want to cast record votes for the sales tax again . in an election year with a huge surplus on hand. Stickers Are Out A few of the candidates for governor already are beginning to do more than talk about the race. Democrats Tom Wiseman and lim McKinney, for example, have recently put out bumper stickers promoting their candidacy. Mch'inney's says simply, "McKinney in '74." It doesn't say what office, but the former House speaker smilingly points out that they have been distributed in Memphis and Knuxville. Hew from the 111 By Larry Daughtrey. Wiseman also has sent out a pamphlet to college students, seeking their views on the issues. And Republican Nat Winston already has lined up a Nashville advertising agency to handle his campaign. Thera He Is Chattanooga Republicans are still furious about James (Bookie) Turner receiving a well-paying federal iob. The controversial former Hamilton County sheriff and police commissioner is a Democrat, and Republicans figure that he couldn't have gotten the job without an okay from some high-ranking Republican. The question is: what Republican? No one will admit helping Bookie, but there he is in the job. Settled The Internal Revenue Service has settled a lawsuit brought against it by Common Cause regarding the $1 per person checkoff on tax returns for presidential campaign funds. This year persons who wanted to donate $1 of their tax monoy to the political party of their choice had to mark a separate form. The IRS has agreed to put I he checkoff space on the 1040 form next year. Shakeup In the wake of a telephone threat on Gov. Winfield Dunn's life, there has been a shakeup in his security force. State Trooper Jim Lane, James 'Bookie" Turner He got that job f S&W ' 4 IS who also acted as Gov. Buford Ellington's bodyguard, has been shifted from Dunn's personal security detail to the governor's mansion. He was replaced by Jim Cassidy, another veteran trooper. Safety Commissioner Claude Armour claims the shift was strictly routine. Pusser for Governor Friends of Buford Pusser said the former McNairy County sheriff is still under pressure to run for either governor or Congress in the 6th District. Pusser, who held office as a Republican, has become a household word to many he-cause of the popularity of a movie about his career, "Walking Tall." Spotlight on Women There is a possibility that the race for Public Service Commission next year the only statewide contest other than the governor's race could attract women candidates on both sides. Some Republicans are urging Jane Hardaway, state commissioner of personnel, to get into the race. Rep. Victor Ashe, who claims partial credit for the idea, thinks she may have a better chance than other Republicans. Two Democratic women are being mentioned in connection with the race- They are Rilla M o r a n Woods, a longtime Democratic Women's Federation leader, and slate Rep. Mary Anderson, who became widely known with a statewide race for governor in 1970. Wooing Votes? Gov. Dunn's appearances at the Tennessee State-Grambling football game and a TSU convocation within a week have started political speculation at the Capitol that the governor may be courting black voters for the GOP in next year's elections. Dunn's staff, however, insists that this isn't the motive; they say he has a personal conviction that he should promote better communications with the black community. Dunn recently added a black businessman, Lawrence Wade, to his personal staff to contribute ideas on relations with blacks. I

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  1. The Tennessean,
  2. 14 Oct 1973, Sun,
  3. Page 22

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