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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 104

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?a!m Beach Post-Times, Sunday, Nov. 3, 1968 H7 ;h County Election Nov. 5. ' tmffon af eountia by law, raqulrH mitttrt relating vlUhad whan pratcnbvd (n tbt county eriartar or by aruflry end municipil govarnrmnf, aubrac! to-approval 31 21 MMtn mn mm Or MWMKIAtlVtt 41 41 41 cuiu- mmmttm Km cotnrrr uwiunoxn " 'f, Miiiiia aouaioa tor Om) (Vow tor Om) (Vow tor Om) (VoW tor Oral 36 37 mm o na ainucr cowt ira nurot -O MfUl llidliMMiidMrl. 4 A,MM MR (VM tor OM) 30 Imma uiM or aiaMatl BMrifta (Van tor Om) 22 23 24 25 26 U"C?" " tM.tttMOt UK con (VM for Ona) Vo Iw Oral (VM far Oft) (Vote far Ona) (Vow far Om) Va,r 23-A 24-A 25 A 26-A 27 A 28-A 29 A 30-A 31-A 32-A JM 8M 3M 37-A 38-A 39 A 40A 4M 42A 4M SARD H. ALFRED WILLIAMS. DAVID L C. E. ROBtRT C EF. ROBERT C BIIU. THEIMA S. ANN B. SCOTT L KENNETH X DHOPPOBED jk JOHN A. UW DONALD H, WILLIAM G. DONALD P. UOYD f. JOHN C I on, Jr. Furtado, Jr. Haidtmari Roid MeGnh.t Clark Van Kmtl John.on Bailay Wymtr McKay Fronch Ganaway """l1" tf Kwd, Jr.- Bafalii Raad, Jr. Jamtt Kohl Early Caiirdy X on, vr runaao, jr. mmimin m( u(j WJ WJ iur CINDIDJTH T wr) ml ml ml mi ml ml T J 7 " 1 I 22 -B 23-B 24 B 25 B ' 26 3 27 B 5W 29 30-8 31-B 32-B. 33-B 34-B 35-B S6-S 37-B 38- 39-8 404 41-8 42-B. 43- 1ERTV. JOHN B. I0GAR W. DANIEL A. HORACE ROBERT F, "HUC-T EW.W BERNARD JOHN PAUL IEE K. BILLY R. UNQPPOgEP DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE , MAWIN U. rkr Dunklt Tavlor Maxwtll Doherty Baailay Culpopptr Jawall Waavtr KimmIM.D Jomt,Jr. Sponcar Bum TmiMUMmwMmmmJMmamimmFmMMmmwwmmmBlmAAJ Moantt, Jr. sim i mm all mv w fcutj uu oru l"U own omjh mu JB""r J ( 22-C 23 C 244: 25-C 26 C 27 294: 2942 30C 31-C 32-C 33C 3C 3541 KC 37 3tC 3 40C 41-C 42-C 4K Gurney May Have Senate Constitution V Vital Issue For Voters EDITOR'S NOTE Rex Newman of Perry Publications' Tallahassee News Bureau, and Elvis Lane, staff writer for The Post-Times and Perry Publications, have been traveling throughout Florida with the U.S. senatorial campaign tours of Republican Edward J. Gurney and Democrat LeRoy Collins. The accompanying reports are their pre-election campaign appraisals. By ELVIS LANE All-Florida News LeRoy Collins, If he achieves fantastic majorities In three of Florida's most populous counties, might win the Nov. 5 election. Otherwise, Edward J. Gurney, his Republican opponent, will be the definite victor for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by George Smathers. Gurney's organization is well oiled and well heeled. It exudes confidence. It should. It knows the average Florida voter is not only dissatisfied but Is downright disgusted with the present Democratic administration in Washington. So Gurney, U.S. representative from Winter Park, has constantly charged that Collins Is part and parcel of the Johnson-Humphrey administration. This attack appears to have succeeded everywhere except In Dado, (Miami), Hillsbo-rough (Tampa), and Pinellas (St. Petersburg) counties. In these metropolitan areas Collins seems to have the upper hand but by how much? If the former Florida governor can obtain overwhelming majorities in these counties, he has a chance a slim one, but a chance. Collins, probably to his surprise, misflgured wliaj his best assault was. He thought Gurney was most vulnerable because of the latter's strong stand on how the UnitediStates should conduct the war in Vietnam.- Either obtain victory there, Gurney said, or else get out. If winning meant risking war with the Soviet Union and Red China, take it, he said. Collins immediately pictured his opponent as a warmonger. Gurney just as quickly used words to describe Collins as an appeaser, an advocate of "no-win, stalemate war." Neither one lost' additional supporters because o their views on the war In Vietnam. This attitude was something the average Floridian had already decided long before the senatorial campaign. By REX NEWMAN All Florida News It would appear alter three weeks of traveling with the two candidates for the U.S. Senate, that Hep. Edward J. Gurney takes the edue Into the polling booth Tuesday. But as always, any attempt to predict just what a voter will do Is as precarious an undertaking as polling a Jury before it announces Its decision. Collins Is aware of the mood of the people and has tried to disassociate himself from the Johnson-Humphrey administration. He has campaigned on the premise that law and order is a local and bipartisan problem," he has ignored inflation. Early In the campaign he made a decision, against some advice to the contrary, to mention Gurney's name frequently but only in adverse fashion. He has attacked absenteeism of Gumey in Congress and calculated that Gurney's hard line on the Vietnam war could prove Gurney's undoing. If Collins miscalculated on that issue it will turn out to be a factor-In favor of Gurney. Gurney's statements are more hawkish that those of Republican presidential nominee Richard Nixon. But it should be remembered that Nixon is trying to capture some of the more liberal vote in the nation, and the liberal vote generally is considered more dovish. " Florida has shown vividly In recent years that it has a relatively small liberal vote. Gurney considers the phrase "liberal LeRoy" to be a tag which works in his favor, and Collins half admits it when he consistently insists he's an Independent. The Winter Park Republican had certain advantages in the campaign from the outset, the principal one being Collins' tenure in the Johnson-Humphrey administration. The Chicago National. Democratic Convention spectacle brought into sharp focus one of the Issues hammered on by Gurney and repeatedly raised by voters throughout the state the unrest in the nation over law and order. This is regarded as a campaign plus for Gurney On the other hand, Rep. Gumey has had a definite problem of inadequate identification by voters outside his home district or Orlando ana! Brevard counties. James Allison, Gurney's campaign manager, readily admits this and indicates that only in the closing weeks of the campaign had Gurney's name and face become anywhere close to being as well recognized as Collins. Collins also had going for him the fact he had become almost a legendary governor In Florida. He was governor from 1954 to 1960 and many people still remembered and responded. Gumey could offset this to some extent by the fantastic rate which Florida had added people since Collins left office. Many newcomers were not aware of Collins' gubernatorial record, a fact which Collins' people admitted when they relied heavily upon the past record to remind people and to educate newcomers. What it all boils down to Is whether Collins can come out of Dade and Hillsborough counties with sufficient votes ot offset the more anti-national administration areas of Florida. The factor which points up the peril of cither candidate being too sure of himself is the apparent large undecided vote in the state. Allison conceded just two-weeks before the election that there was a 22 per-cent undecided vote In the state. He contended that it leaned to Gurney. Democratic registration outnumbers Republicans in the state 4 to 1. All other things being equal it could bo argued that this undecided vote should lead 4 to 1 in favor of Collins. Another complicating factor is the strong support for third party presidential candidate George Wallace. All polls show it nip and tuck between Republican nominee Richard Nixon and Wallace for majority vote in the other offices? Collins supporters are counting on the Wallace vote, particularly In the triangle between hnuc iHntKnoM ftUUtlTMCI 1 Va Mr On) I (Vara tot Oral Mr Om EDWARD GURNEY Even the Gurney people's reaction to this attack by Collins showed that it hurt. This record proved to be seventh worst In the House for roll call votes this year. Gumey did not deny It, but said his committee work on the Space Committee plus subcommittee work where attendance is not counted was part of the reason. The other, he said, was his practice of coming- home on weekends to campaign so he could overcome his lack of identification outside his home district. Just how effective this attack by Collins was can't be assessed, but it has worried Gumey people. The over-riding issue in the campaign, based on what seems to be on people's minds, are the failures of the Johnson-Humphrey administration. Electorate attitudes indicated these to be inflation and riots, crime and general restlessness over the country. It would appear that Gumey will carry the state by about 52 or 53 per cent. Using a mean prediction figure of 1.7 million as the voter turnout. This would put his whining margin between 50,000 and 100,000 votes. PALM BEACH GARDENS Precinct 46, Garden Bowling Lanes, 3169 N.Lake Blvd. Precinct 47, Golfers Village Recreational Bldg., 4300 Golfers Circle. PALM BEACH SHORES Precinct 58, New Fire Station. Precinct 63, Town Hall, 247 Edwards Lane. PALM SPRINGS Precinct 113, Village Hall, 226 Cypress Lane. RIVIERA BEACH Precinct 62, Riviera Beach HlxhSchool Gym, W. 29th St. Precinct 64, City HaU, 2214 Ave.E. Precinct 65, John F. Kennedy H igh School, 2231 Ave. S. Precinct 66, Washington El- ementary. School, 1700 W. 30th St. Precinct 67, Tate Recreational Center, 1 120 W. 10th St. Precinct 68, Recreational Hall, 180 E. Flagler Drive. ROYAL PAL.vf BEACH Precinct 93, V illage Hall, 681 Camellia Drive.. SOUTH BAY Precinct 109, Town Hall. TEQLESTA Precinct?, Village Hall. TMOWilfl (Vo tor Om) I (VM Mr Oral Edge Months ago voters were for Gurney or against Collins, or' vice versa, because each candidate's views reflected the voter's view on the war In Vietnam. But Collins did get response when he attacked Gurney's attendance record in the U.S. House of Representatives. He pictured Gurney as a "do-nothing congressman." Crowds nodded in agreement when Collins asked if a person wouldn't be fired from his job if he were absent as much as "Gurney has been In Congress?." The charge wounded Gurney, and he showed It In Palm Beach County last Tuesday. At a hurriedly called press conference In Riviera Beach Gurney shouted "foul." "I've got a damn good attendance record," he said. He then asked newsmen to report his attendance for the six years he has been In Congress. "Good. Better than average for five years," Gurney said. He complained that the newspapers in the three counties where Collins is hoping for miraculous majorities, the Miami Herald, the Tampa Tribune and the St. Petersburg Times, are not doing an accurate job of over-all reporting. These three newspapers have endorsed Collins. Meanwhile, Collins hopes he has eroded a little of the obvious lead Gurney has in Duval (Jacksonville), Orange (Orlando), Brevard (Melbourne) and Palm Beach counties. If he has and he can obtain great majorities in Dado, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, Collins Just might pull an upset. But don't bet on it. There's desperation in Col-lius's organization, even though'the former governor Is a Indefatigable campaigner. The desperation Is there because the Democratic party in Florida is In splinters. Gurney, meanwhile, Is playing It smooth and cool. The only time he was upset was In Palm Beach County, and he recovered quickly. In the Duval, Baker, Nassau, St. Johns district, which elects five senatois, it appears Republicans will lose two scats. Polls taken there show Democrat Verle Pope, retiring Senate president from St. Augustine, leading Jacksonville Sen. Dr, John Fisher,- who switched seats just to take on Pope. Republican William Stockton is being pressed hard by William Beauford, a former State Road Board member and Development Commission chairman for a short time under Republican Gov. Claude Klik. Republican Tom Slade is expected to be returned to the Senate. In Palm Beach, Hendry, Glades and Lee County, Indications are that Sen. Elmer Friday, D-Ft. Myers, is being hard pressed by Republican Rep. Joe Humphrey. Humphrey lives In Palm Beach County, which has voted heavily Republican In recent years and which has four times the vote of the other three counties combined. Sen. Jerry Thomas, D-Lake Park, a veteran, Is expected to overcome State Rep. Bob DcYoung, D Riviera Beach. (Vara LEROY COLLINS Pcnsacola, Jacksonville and Ocala, swinging to Democrat when voters go on to the Senate race, second item on the ballot. Gurney forces figure Collins' ties .to the Johnson-Humphrey administration, inflation and the Vietnam war dilemma will swing their Wallace backers to the Republican side. If Collins is 100,000 or more votes ahead when he emerges from Dade County, Gurney forces will need tremendous margins in his home county of Orange as well - as Brevard, Palm Beach, Broward and North Florida if he Is to win. There seems to be certain parallels between the Collins-Gumey race of 1968 and the Robert King High-Claude Kirk race of 1966. More than 180,000 extra votes ended up In Republican Kirk's camp that election. Collins found a flaw in Gur-' ney's record in this campaign, however, which High did not have with Kirk. That Is Gurney's record of absenteeism on the House floor. He missed 57 per cent of roll calls this year, and on his Education Committee, he missed two out of three of the ' committee meetings. 2. Local government, through provisions for chartered and non-chartered county governments, would be strengthened considerably. 3. .Three provisions for Instituting a revision of the constitution, partially or completely, are provided for outside the Florida legislature. This gives the power to alter the basic document of the state to the man in the street. 4. A provision Is contained in the constitution to compel reapportionment of the legislature following each decennial census as weU as giving the legislature power to force political parties to reapportion their state party machinery. One of the main accomplishments of the proposed document simplylnvolvesverbiage, that Is the volumes of it now in the constitution. The 1885 constitution, plus amendments, contains between 40,000 and 50,000 words. If all three propositions are adopted this language would be chopped to 21,286 words. Necessarily, the editing which was done on the old constitution in arriving at the proposed one helped in clarity and simplicity. The proposed constitution more clearly defines areas of responsibility for the legislature and the executive branches. A lieutenant governor is provided for placing the line of succession In a statewide elected official Instead of the president of the Senate who is elected by, a small portion of the people of the state. It would limit state agencies, now numbering over 200, to 25 major departments plus those specifically provided for In the constitution. The six elected public officials who serve as advisers to the governor and are commonly referred to as cabinet members will be given constitutional status as a cabinet in the new constitution. The old constitution does not specifically mention the cabinet and It has gained It powers through legislation over the years. The governor would be allowed to serve a second four-year term. Presently the gov-ernor can only serve a single four-year term and does not have the right to succeed himself. The tax structure of the state Is altered to the point that a 10 mill limitation Is imposed respectively on counties, school a 10 mill limitation Is imposed respectively on county School boards and municipalities. However, any bonded In-debtcdncss, special tax district or any millage approved by affected voters can be added to the general 10 mill levy. Income taxes, estate taxes and inheritance taxes are prohibited. However, If the federal gov-ernment should provide a kickback to the state of a percentage of the federal Income tax, the constitution would provide for Florida to share in it. The present constitution does not allow it. The old constitution was amended to provide for the estate tax kickback a few years back when the federal government passed legislation allowing states to share In the national estate tax. By REX NEWMAN Tallahassee Bureau TALLAHASSEE (AFN) Voters of Florida have an opportunity Tuesday to give themselves a greater voice in running their state government. B'acing voters will be three propositions which will modernize and simplify, the 1885 Florida constitution. , No. 1 carries the main thrust of the change. It revamps all but three articles of the constitution. For simplicity, it is called the main body of the ' constitution. .No. 2 involves the election process In the state. The change is slight. Tightening of language is its main purpose. It was placed separately because it was thought at one time there would be a change in the voting age to either 18 or 20 years. Neither passed the legislature. No. 3 Involves local government. It is a considerable change, all revolving around vesting more power at the local govern men t level. Not changed in the 1885 constitution will be the judicial section. It remains the same regardless of the votes on the three propositions. A vote of no on any one proposition does not affect the remainder of the propositions. The three propositions stand by themselves and rejection of one merely retains the existing section of the constitution. Any proposition which passes is substituted for corresponding sections of the present constitution. Other changes Include: 1. State bond Issues would have to go to a referendum. Presently, revenue certificates are sold by the state for such things, as new buildings without prior approval of the voters. Efforts by Republicans to unseat veteran State Sen. Lawton Chiles, Lakeland, is expected to fall short. With the exception of support for Gov. Claude Kirk, Polk Countians in the past have stuck to the Democratic side of tiie state level ballot. The strong George Wallace vote in the county, basically Democratic In past years, Is expected to go to that colunui when it conies to State House representation. However, Chiles Is apprehensive of the strong support which U.S. Senate Republican nominee, Rep. Edward J. Guri ney, has in the county because of the possibility it would pul the county on the Republican side. Incumbents Sen. Dennis Patrick O'Grady, R-Invemess, youngest man In the state's upper chamber, is being seriously challenged by former state Sen. Welborn Daniel of Clermont. Daniels seems to be a slight favorite. In the challenge by former State Rep. Fred Karl, D-Daytona Beach, of Sen. Ralph Clayton, R-DeLand, the key seems to be the Daytona Beach vote. GOP Has Little Chance To Control Legislature ity In Tuesday's Election CANAL POINT "reclnct 36, community ilding. CLOUD LAKE Precinct Ml, Town Hall, ngKiiad. D U.RAY BEACH ?rccinct M3, Seat-rest lUg-h hool Gym, Seat-rest Blvd. Precinct 166, Earl Wallace ,rcL TOON. Federal llwy. Precinct IT!, Spatly School fcteria, N W Eighth Ave. Precinct 173, Carver High hool, 301 SW lllh Ave. Precinct 175, Delray Recre- onalBldg.,tityllall. Precinct 190, Beach Fire ition No. 2. Precinct 193, Delray Motors Precinct 116, Royal Ware-house Bldg. LAKE PARK Precinct 36, Luke Park School, 314 Third St. Precinct 57, Town Hall Fire Station, 535 Park Ave. LAKE WORTH Precinct 119, North Glade School, KUN.KSt. Precinct 120, American Legion Hall, 212 N J St. Precinct 121, Highlands St-hool Cafeteria, 135 Seventh Ave. Precinct 122, Highlands School Cafeteria, 1733 Seventh Ave. Precinct 123, South Grade St hool Cafeteria, 716 S.K St. Precinct 121, Lake Worth High School Gym, 101 College St. Pretintt 126, South Grade School Cafeteria, 716 S. K St. Precinct 128, American Polish Club, 4725 Lake Worth Road. Precinct 129, Trail Park Fire Station, 3439 Lucerne Ave. Precinct 131, North Grade School. 824 N.K St. Precinct 133, Barton School, 1700 Barton Road. Precinct 138, Finnish Workers' Educational Club, 908 Lento Lane. LANTANA Precinct 127, Fire Station. Precinct 130, New Lantana Recreation Center, Federal Hwy. Precinct 136, City Hall.Grey-nolds Circle. MANUONIA PARK Precinct 70, Methodist Church, Voss Road and 52nd Street. NORTH PALM BEACH Precinct 48, Faith Lutheran Church, U.S. 1. Precinct 49, North Palm Beach Elementary School, 401 Anchorage Drive. Precinct 50, Our Lady ot Florida Manastery, 1300 U.S. L PAHOKEE Precinct 51, Pahokee High School Gym. Precinct 55, Pahokee High School Gym. PALM BEACH Precinct 77, North Fire Station, Wells Road Si N. County Road. Pretintt 90, Town Hall Fire Station, County Road and Australian Avenue. Precinct 111, Phipps Park Garage, S. County Road. Precinct 123, Phipps Park Garage, S. County Road. Precinct 134, Phipps Park Garage, S. County Road. By REX NEWMAN TALLAHASSEE (AFN) There seems little chance the Republicans can gain control of the State Senate In Tuesday's elections If three weeks of discussions around the state Is any indication. It seems the 4-to-l Democratic registration will continue to work in favor of Democratic candidates and it appears that votes going to third party candidate George Wallace, basically a Democrat, will end up in the Democratic column after the presidential lever is pulled. There never was much chance of the Republicans gaining control of the House since they had only 39 members and it would take a landslide of 21 additional seats to gain control. There is some indication a few more House seats might swing Republican. In the Senate, even Senate minority leader C. W. (Bill) Young privately will admit he doubts his party can wrest control from Democrats. In fact, he fears Republicans will lose two seats. Young had a lot riding on the outcome, namely the front-running chance at the Senate presidency. S. Federal llwy. GBEEN ACHES CITY Precinct 18, City Hall, 500 try Ave. Precinct 118, Community ill. Fourth St. and Martin re. JINO Precinct 7, Town Hall, 811 cean Drive. Precinct 43, Volunteer Fire ept, Carolina Drive. .HITTER Precinct 1, Town Hall. Precinct 3, Jupiter Eli'inen-ry School, Loxahatchce rive. LAKE HARBOR T-

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