The Montgomery Advertiser from Montgomery, Alabama on October 26, 1988 · 4
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Wednesday, October 26, 1988
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 1988 PAGE 4A Campaign '88 Dukakis Camp Blames Bush For Negative Campaign By DAVID ESPO Associated Press Writer George Bush accused a hard-charging Michael Dukakis on Tuesday of basing his campaign comeback bid on an appeal to "division, fear and envy." Said the Democratic presidential candidate, "We're just working hard and we're going to win." Mr. Bush, possessor of a solid lead in the polls, said in Ohio that Mr. Dukakis was an advocate for economic policies "far outside the mainstream" and resembling European socialism more than American free enterprise. Mr. Dukakis was campaigning on the ground in California and on television through a five-minute paid network commercial and an appearance on ABC's "Nightline." The most recent nationwide public opinion polls point to a big Republican lead with the election two weeks distant, and Mr. Dukakis awoke to headlines in the Los Angeles Times that he trails by 11 points in California, the nation's largest state. But aides to Mr. Dukakis were busy spreading the word that his recent Populist-style rhetoric and allegations of Republican campaign lies were scoring points with the voters. One aide said the campaign's own polls showed the national gap narrowing, and spokesman Dayton Duncan added, "Our polling shows by an overwhelming margin people are blaming Mr. Bush for this negative campaign." Mr. Bush dispatched surrogates to rebut Democratic charges of unfair campaign tactics. Among them was vice presidential candidate Dan Quayle, who said desperate Democrats were dishing out "political sludge" with Mr. Dukakis' active encouragement. He branded the entire operation "despicable" and said Mr. Bush was a man of "unshakeable integrity and fairness." Mr. Bush, sought personally to deflect Democratic charges that he stood for the wealthy at the expense of the less well off. "We will move forward not by succumbing to the base temptations of division, fear and envy, but by following, as Abraham Lincoln said, those better angels of our nature," he said at a breakfast in Columbus. Mr. Bush said Mr. Dukakis had been making "increasing appeals to class conflict," and said that in Digest Siegelman Still Trying To Oust Reed From Staff Reports State Attorney General Don Siegelman will appeal to the state Supreme Court to unseat Tuskegee state Rep. Thomas Reed, convicted last month of accepting a bribe. Mr. Siegelman unsuccessfully argued in state circuit court Monday that Mr. Reed sould be removed from state office immediately since he was convicted for accepting a bribe to gain early release for convicted murderer Anthony Dennis Chesser. The court ruled that state law requires Mr. Reed to be removed upon sentencing. Mr. Siegelman orginally planned to appeal his case to the state appeals court. Justice Reappointed State Supreme Court Chief Justice C.C. "Bo" Torbert Jr. has been reappointed to the Board of Directors of the State Justice Institute. The U.S. Senate confirmed the appointment last week. Mr. Tor-bert's new term expires in September 1991. He is chairman of the 10-member board and will continue as chairman for another year. The institute is a private, nonprofit corporation established by Congress to provide financial assistance to state courts to improve the administration of justice. Alabama recently received two grants by the board one to expand and evaluate the court referral program for DUI offenders and another to develop and implement an automated case tracking system for juvenile courts. ' ; in ,., i ii ..j... nr.. n it rn if ir fl minn 11 " " - - " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " - iim.m him hh.miu.m . mm , m i . m.,,.,,. iu.u ., .. - .-..i.,. l u,n immmmmmm i iiuii ii uw, - wr iff nwmuw '.-!WHMm I "J V - . " 'J" I I .- .T. -f t"" f v ' Mr. Dukakis visits California his view there was "no place in American life for philosophies that divide Americans one from another along class lines and that excite conflict among them." The vice president charged his Democratic rival was "far outside the mainstream of economic thinking and he's broken with the American tradition of entre-preneurship and free enterprise." The GOP nominee said Mr. Dukakis favors an industrial policy of control that has been tried and rejected as unsuccessful in Europe. "Around the world, governments are abandoning socialism, moving away from socialistic, high control experience ... and embracing the American model of low taxation, entrepre-neurship and individual initiative." Craig Fuller, Mr. Bush's chief of staff, asked if the vice president was calling Mr. Dukakis a socialist, said, "That would be going too far." yt -pMJ i Sxi 'in XnBiii In iir -J Legislative Council Steers Clear Of Suit By AMY HERRING Advertiser Staff Writer A legislative committee agreed Tuesday to stay out of a state senator's lawsuit that could block the spending of millions of dollars for special projects. Members of the Legislative Council also said lawmakers should address "pork reform" after the court rules in state Sen. Mac Parsons' suit. "We've had tort reform, we've had education reform, and what we are looking at is pork reform," said state Sen. Gerald Dial, D-Lineville. Money for special projects in the districts of specific legislators commonly is referred to as pork. Mr. Parsons' suit would prevent Gov. Guy Hunt from spending $1.7 million appropriated for the governor's discretionary account and stop 14 department heads from using money in their budgets for special projects. The suit claims the money was illegally appropriated because only the state Legislature, not individual lawmakers, have authority to direct expenditures not outlined in the budget. Mr. Parsons also claims in the suit that the Legislature cannot appropriate money to the governor to be spent solely at his discretion. "I hate to say I am joining in a suit to protect pork barrel," said House Speaker Jimmy Clark, D-Eufaula. "I don't think that is a good suit for the Legislature to be in." UJI1IUJI . Ik' Associated Press day care center on Tuesday Campaign surrogates were making their customary rounds. Senate GOP Leader Bob Dole was in Pennsylvania, predicting a Republican victory and taunting Mr. Dukakis that he deserved a "Rip Van Winkle" award. "He just sort of went to sleep there for about six or eight weeks and when he woke up the election was over," said Mr. Dole, who lost out to Mr. Bush in the springtime race for the GOP presidential nomination. Mr. Dukakis began airing a series of television commercials last weekend that charged the Bush campaign with distortions and lies. His campaign also purchased time for a five-minute , paid advertisement on NBC late Tuesday night that duplicated a commercial aired Saturday night on ABC. In it, Mr. Dukakis accused Mr. Bush of running a campaign of "fear and of smear" and pledged to fight for Main Street Americans. ... GovernmentPolitics Slate Sen. Rick Manley, D-; Demopolis, said the practice of putting money in departmental budgets for special projects probably is legal, but said Mr. Hunt's discretionary account could be in trouble "I don't think it's too serious about using the pass-through agencies, but the discretionary fund may be a question," said Mr. Manley, a lawyer and chairman of the Legislative Council. Mr. Clark said fights over special project money have intensified ; and the money should be distributed more equitably for public projects. "We need to come up with a better way to fund these spe- cial projects so that everybody gets money on the same basis, and require better justification," he said. "We need to set criteria so that a fair amount of money is given to everybody, based on population. "The way it is now, we vote for. things based on who can offer the highest price." State Rep. Charles Adams, D-Phenix City, said too much money is spent for special projects. , "It has gotten out of hand," he said. "It used to be a couple of hundred thousand dollars, now it's tens of millions." Mr. Parsons claims in his suit that $14 million was appropriated illegally through the state's General Fund budget and the education budget during the recent Special Session of the legislature. Associated Press Mr. Bush catches a football tossed to him by Cleveland Brown players; watching Mr. Bush are, from left, U.S. Rep Ralph Regula, Browns linebacker Clay Matthews and place-kicker Matt Bahr Early Election Broadcasts Anger West Coast Voters By DAVID FOSTER Associated Press Writer SEATTLE If you've ever been robbed, says U.S. Rep. Al Swift, you know how some West Coast voters felt in the last two presidential elections when TV networks declared a winner hours before their polls closed. "When people are told the election is over before they've even voted, it tends to convey that their vote doesn't count," said Mr. Swift, a Washington state Democrat. "It's like being robbed a combination of feeling violated and helpless," he said. "You're angry, but you don't know who to hit." For eight years, Mr. Swift and other Western politicians have looked for someone to hit, as they try to put a little suspense back into election night for their constituents. But their battle against the "time zone factor" has been frustrated by congressional inaction, court challenges and lack of firm evidence that election-night projections of winners do any real harm. Despite their crusade, election coverage on network television Nov. 8 promises to differ little from 1980 or 1984, analysts say, Advertising Agency Files Suit Against Judicial Candidate By SHELTON FOSS Advertiser Staff Writer A Mountain Brook advertising agency has sued the Republican nominee for state Supreme Court chief justice, Eugene Rut-ledge, saying the candidate has not paid his bill. Mr. Rutledge said he doesn't owe the firm a penny. He said the suit was filed because he fired Don Kirkpatrick, president of Kirkpatrick Advertising Inc., as his campaign manager in July. Mr. Kirkpatrick's firm filed the suit. Mr. Rutledge said he offered to pay Mr. Kirkpatrick his out-of-pocket expenses from the campaign, but he hadn't paid him since he was fired. The suit, filed Tuesday in Jefferson County Circuit Court, said Mr. Rutledge failed to pay $22,000 for campaign advertising and public relations services such as creative ideas, research, State Acts By AMY HERRING Advertiser Staff Writer Use of the state's long distance phone lines will be more closely monitored to prevent abuse, under a proposal adopted Tuesday by a legislative oversight committee. Under the plan, long distance phone calls will be limited and when the limit is exceeded a lawmaker will be notified and his access number will be revoked. Legislators will be assigned a new five-digit access code and asked to review his or her phone bill. If the bill includes calls the legislator did not make, the Alabama Bureau of Investigation will investigate. The Legislative Council's ac x)L and it may even bring news of the winner George Bush or Michael Dukakis in record time. Projections of presidential winners have been made since the 1964 Goldwater-Johnson race. They are based on exit polls, in which voters leaving a balloting place are asked at random how they voted and why. Personal information such as age and sex also is recorded. The polls and projections have grown steadily in speed and accuracy. In 1980, when Ronald Reagan scored his unexpected landslide over President Carter, NBC declared Mr. Reagan the winner at 5:15 p.m. Pacific time, or 8:15 pm. on the East Coast. CBS and ABC quickly followed suit, prompting Mr. Carter to concede publicly more than an hour before California polling booths closed at 8 p.m. The 1980 projections infuriated many Western politicians and voters. Election observers reported seeing prospective voters step out of line after learning of Mr. Reagan's apparent victory. Democratic leaders in the West complained that Mr. Carter's early concession hurt their efforts to get voters to the polls in close local races. art work, printing, photography, advertising copy, brochures and purchase of billboards and newspaper advertising. Mr. Kirkpatrick said that on Oct. 3 he gave Mr. Rutledge 10 days to pay his bill, which was at least three months past due. When no payment was received, Mr. Kirkpatrick said he had no choice but to go to court. He added he usually takes people to court who are delinquent with their payments. "It's just a delinquent bill as far as I'm concerned," he said. Mr. Rutledge, a Birmingham attorney running against Democratic candidate Sonny Hornsby in the Nov. 8 election, said he hired Mr. Kirkpatrick to serve as his campaign manager, but Mr. Kirkpatrick lied to him three times. "The first time I ignored him, the second time I warned him and the third time I fired him," he said. To Curb Phone Abuse tion comes after reports that state phone lines were being abused by people outside state government. Birmingham state Sen. Earl Hilliard, who had 1,588 minutes worth of long distance calls charged to his access number in one month, made the motion to adopt the plan. The time limit for each legislator will be determined by the average amount of time the lawmakers spend on long distance calls and the size of the legislative districts. Greg Pappas, assistant clerk of the state House, said the finance department can determine the average amount of time lawmakers spent on long distance calls finnr I Vwvfi vUr I M jV f ) t MM r ; But network executives argued, then and now, that giving the early word to Western voters is unavoidable in a country spread across four time zones, or six if Alaska and Hawaii are counted. Legislators in many states rejected that argument and sought to restrict exit polling on the ground that its results intimidate voters. Nearly half the states have enacted restrictions limiting how close exit pollsters may work near balloting areas, said Floyd Abrams, a network attorney. He said the three networks filed lawsuits this year in six states with the most stringent curbs on exit polling. The networks said the restrictions violated iheir First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech. Federal judges agreed, striking down statutes in Washington, Montana, Georgia and Florida. Last week, a judge ruled that Wyoming's exit poll restrictions were unconstitutional. Mr. Swift said it is up to Congress, not the states, to correct the problem. In 1985, Congress extracted a promise from the three networks not to project a presidential winner in any state where any polls are still open. Mr. Rutledge said the advertising executive first told him he developed his "Not for Sale" slogan. "But we found that in a Republican handbook he must, have absentmindedly given the campaign," the candidate said. Mr. Kirkpatrick also said he tried to set up campaign appearances, but told Mr. Rutledge no one was interested, the candidate said. Finally, Mr. Rutledge said, Mr. Kirkpatrick said billboards must be leased four months. Mr. Rutledge said he found they could be leased for a month. After he was fired, Mr. Kirkpatrick threatened to file a lawsuit when it would hurt the campaign most, Mr. Rutledge said. "You have to ask yourself why a legitimate lawsuit filed in Birmingham today got to you in Montgomery today," Mr. Rutledge said Tuesday. billed to the state. Time will be added to the total because some lawmakers' districts include several counties, Mr. Pappas said. All lawmakers will be allocated the same amount of time, he said. For instance, Mr. Hilliard lives in Birmingham and all his Jefferson County constituents can be reached through the local exchange. Demopolis state Sen. Rick Manley said he has 10 phone exchanges in his state Senate district. The new plan will take effect after a "fair and equitable" time is set for long distance calls. The Legislature's monthly phone bill is about $6,000.

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