The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 20, 1996 · Page 1
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SALINA %/ _ «• Tournament finals set Southeast of Saline, Concordiatomeetin championship/C1 Deepfreeze Flooding, plunging iefnps^ wreak havoc on East Coast /A2 : Defendants want Sheridan trial out of Geary County / A8 ^DOCtOP'S tPial: First week ends with description of farmer's death / B1 l ~ 'V • . INSIDE V ;' ' - f '' Low: 20 Partly cloudy and warmer today. South winds at 10 to20mph. /B7 Classified/C4 Comics / B8 Deaths/A7 Great Plains/B1 Money/B5 ; Religion/A4 Sports / C1 Viewpoints / B2 ournal SATl JANUARY 20, 1996 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents T CAMPAIGN '96 Roberts' decision leaves void for his seat 2:Republican legislators seek backing to run for his seat in Congress By, DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal ROBERTS Republican Party leaders like Rep. Pat Roberts' chances in the race for the U.S. Senate, but they also have a message for him: Don't expect a cakewalk. "I never feel a candidate should rest on his laurels," said Randy DUncan, chairman of the Saline County Republican Committee. "You need to t-ADM ADM uses influence |o curry led favors Political donations have helped shape sweet laws for food giant ByTIMWEINER the New York Times WASHINGTON — Lately, Dwayne Andreas and Archer- Daniels-Midland Co. have been through a hailstorm of bad news —; price-fixing investigations, corruption charges, shareholders' wrath. But the agricultural giant's feisty chairman pays it no more mind than a Kansas farmer does a passing squall. Andreas shouted down dissident investors at Archer-Daniels' annual meeting last fall and ignored inquiries about allegations of. embezzlement at the company's highest levels. When a questioner cited Robert's Rules of Order, An- d£eas cut him off, saying: "I make the rules." •In Washington, Andreas has been making his own rules ever since he walked into the Nixon White House in 1972 with an envelope stuffed with one thousand $100 bills. At 77, he is an acknowledged master at the art of amass- iiig political clout. That influence, along with Archer-Daniels' growing mastery of the agricultural marketplace, has been a shelter in the storm. Andreas, who declined a request for an interview, has said he views courting politicians as part of-his job. Archer-Daniels does not have a lobbyist in Washington; it really does not need one. The company, Andreas and his family have contributed so much money to politicians over the years — spanning a spectrum that includes Bill Clinton, Bob Dole and Newt Gingrich — that such an operation might be redundant. They have given more than $4 million since the 1970s to Republican and Democratic parties, campaigns and committees, making Archer-Daniels and the Andreases one of the nation's largest sources of political cash. That long-term investment has reaped a nice return: federal tax breaks, direct subsidies, export subsidies, export credit guarantees and other benefits totaling billions. Close to half of Archer-Daniels' 19J4 profits of $746 million came from corn sweeteners and ethanol, both protected or subsidized by Washington, said James Bovard of the Cato Institute, a Washington research center with an antipathy to>'federal aid. "ADM's political strategy has long been based on the ideas that politicians should coTfttrol prices and markets, and that ADM and Andreas should control politicians," he said. """>" See ADM, Page A6 work hard and run a strong campaign, which he (Roberts) will." Roberts Thursday became the second -Republican to say he will seek the Senate seat. Former state Sen. Eric Yost, a Wichita attorney, is the other GOP contender. State Treasurer Sally Thompson is the only declared candidate for the Democratic Party's.nomi- nation. ' , Duncan listed two Republicans in the Kansas Legislature as possible candidates for the 1st Congressional District seat that Roberts has occupied for 15 years: Senate Majority Leader Jerry Moran of Hays and Rep. Robin Jennison of Healy. Both have been organizing and calling people for support. Neither Jennison nor Moran could be reached Friday for comment. 1st Congressional District West says money Is the key Garden City attorney Duane West, who was defeated by Roberts in the 1990 and '92 elections, said a successful candidate must have one ingredient: money. He also said that might spell bad news for any Democratic candidate. "There isn't anyone who could get that seat unless they get a lot of money," he said. "The state Democratic committee hasn't put a lot of money into a campaign. The national committee may, I don't know." Money isn't the only factor, West said. Voters have the final word. "How a candidate stands on issues, whether the voters are apathetic or informed or whether they even give a hoot," he said. Merle Hodges, chairman of the Saline County Democratic Committee, said Roberts' decision to run was "totally expected." "With the two branches of the Republican Party not necessarily verbally at war but throwing hand grenades; you would expect a centrist Republican to run, and they've found the perfect one," Hodges said. Hodges doesn't believe Roberts is a shoo-in, stating that not all of the potential candidates have declared. But he does believe Roberts has the inside track. "I think anyone would have a hard time beating Pat Roberts," he said. Hodges also doesn't believe there are many strong candidates, Republicans or Democrats, in the race for the 1st District seat. "I think the state leadership is sorely lacking in both parties," he said. Duncan and Salina Mayor John Divine, who was defeated by West in the 1992 Democratic primary, also said Roberts has an excellent chance to win. "He's got an awful lot of advan- tages, and I'm not sure there are too many disadvantages," Divine said. Those advantages include a huge pot of money from special interest, groups, he said. In 1992, Roberts spent $601,655. More than $185,000 of that money was from Political Action Committees. Most PAC money comes from special interest groups. West spent $64,850. The total amount of PAC money? $0. Roberts has received special attention from the media because of his position in the House of Representatives, Divine said. "Everything he has done has been a campaign statement, hi a subtle way," he said. "In the six months up to now that he's made a decision to run, he's gotten different press coverage than other people who may have announced." KELLY PRESNELL/The Salina Journal Michael Henson Is reflected In a puddle of melted Ice as he runs toward second base Friday while playing kickball during fifth-grade recess at Sacred Heart Grade School. TBUDGETTALKS Republicans divided on shutdown strategy GOP senators want quicker end to budget standoff; House favors squeezing out some programs By ALAN FRAM The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Battered by the first two federal shutdowns, congressional Republicans say they want to avoid another one next weekend but concede they are divided over how to do it. House Republican leaders decided Friday to recommend a bill that would run for 30 days and keep most agencies at no less than 75 percent of last year's budgets, the same level now in effect. But when the GOP rank-and-file considers the measure next Tuesday, it may insist that it pinch even tighter. With temporary spending authority for scores of agencies and programs expiring next Friday night, GOP leaders hope to send President Clinton a bill next week keeping civil servants at work and the government open. But so far, they have not figured out how to simultaneously satisfy moderate Republicans in the Senate, deficit-slashing conservatives in the House and a president who stands ready to defend his own budget priorities. Although many lawmakers seem willing to put off a confrontation with the White House for now, they are not willing to do so for very long — especially with budget talks stalemated. "I think the administration has decided it wants war with us, a war right through the election," said Rep. Robert Walker of Pennsylvania, a member of the GOP leadership who wants to eliminate programs Republicans dislike. "Well, that war won't have one-sided casualties. ... They'll find we are not going tp passively sit by and allow liberal programs to survive." With most lawmakers due to return to the Capitol from a whiter recess next week, House V FERTILITY "I think the administration has decided it wants war with us, a war right through the election." Rep. Robert Walker R-Pennsylvania leaders scheduled a leadership meeting for Monday and a gathering of House GOP lawmakers for Tuesday to decide what to do. Their thinking is also likely to be shaped in part by Clinton's State of the Union address Tuesday. Right now, the goal of the GOP leadership is to move a bill through Congress next Thursday that Clinton would sign so an immediate crisis is averted. Such a measure would once again temporarily provide funds for the nine Cabinet departments and dozens of agencies whose 1996 spending bills remain incomplete. The bill also might end up eliminating some programs Republicans oppose — particularly Clinton initiatives such as his national service program. That could set up a veto confrontation and perhaps trigger another shutdown. Following the expiration of that measure, House leaders envision passing subsequent bills lasting 30 days apiece at steadily declining spending levels. But conservatives prefer an even tougher, more targeted approach, financing programs Republicans favor for the rest of the year and leaving others to expire. "I believe there will be programs that will be zeroed out," House Budget Committee Chairman John Kasich, R-Ohio, said this week. But that targeted approach is receiving a cooler reception in the Senate. Many Republicans there would prefer to do less cutting and are less eager to proldng the confrontation. Do statues have magic touch? Women flock to give them a rub after pregnancies pop up By IKE FLORES The Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. — Only Ripley's Believe It or Not! could come up with such stories: that women who have fondled African fertility statues keep getting pregnant. But there they were Thursday, many of the 14 mothers and mothers-to-be who did just that at Ripley's offices before the carvings went on display. Now, many other women are flocking to the exhibit at the Ripley museum to marvel at and touch the ebony statues of male and female gods carved by the Baule tribe on West Africa's Ivbry Coast. Kimberly Martin didn't intend to rub the belly of the fertility carving. She tripped over it. "I caught myself or it and kept myself from falling. A month later, I was pregnant," said the 24-year-old Martin, who said she was on birth-con- The Associated Press Yvette Fine, who has been trying for six years to have a child, rubs the child of the African statues for a bit of luck. trol pills at the time. Some of the mothers and moms-to-be admit the whole thing may be a coincidence, but they say it can't be ignored. In some cases, the women had been on fertility drugs, to no avail. Others had tried artificial insemination. Several were on birth-control pills. Believe it or not, all the ba- bies and pending births — with a single exception — are boys. The figures, which had been housed temporarily in Ripley's corporate offices, went on display this month after officials realized what was happening. A sign on the wall behind the statues warns visitors: "Please Don't Touch Unless You-Want to Start a Family."

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