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Lancaster Eagle-Gazette, Wednesday, November 4, 1992 Page 3 ii iwniwi Mm 11 in mtMmtmnH'nm mtiA l.n.i t -nirT 1 Historic first for U.S. Senate Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois, a Democrat from Illinois, will become the first black woman to ever serve in the U.S. Senate. Humble beginnings didn't keep Clinton from White House By KAREN BALL LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Born fatherless in a dusty little Arkansas town, Bill Clinton's life story is the classic American tale of someone who overcame long odds with drive, personality and eternal optimism. Though he has the education of someone with a silver-spoon upbringing Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, Rhodes scholar, Yale Law School Clinton's early days were hardly soft. The family's finances were only average. And there were troubles: a sometimes violent, alcoholic stepfather and a half-brother his only sibling who would become an addict too. To know Clinton is to know what happened three months before his birth, on Aug. 19, 1946. His natural father driving home to see his pregnant wife went off a highway in Missouri's Bootheel, was thrown from the car and drowned in a ditch. The event shaped Clinton in many ways. He has talked of how his father's death at age 29 gave him a sense of urgency to accomplish things quickly. And it led him to Hope, where the toddler went to live with his grandparents while his mother, Virginia, returned to nursing school in New Orleans. His grandparents ran a pay-as-you-go grocery story across from a cemetery in the black section of town. Clinton, a son of the segregated South, says it was his grandfather who taught him to treat all people the same, regardless of race. His grandmother instilled a love of learning: She taped flash cards near his high chair, teaching him numbers and letters at age 2. As an adult, Clinton would call education the "instrument of my liberation." When Billy was 4, his mother married Roger Clinton, a car dealer who moved his new family to the old gambling and spa town of Hot Springs. She has called him a good man with a short fuse made worse by the disease of alcoholism. Only a year into the marriage, a drunken Roger Clinton fired a shotgun at the ceiling to keep his bride and stepson from leaving the house. Clinton has said that living with an alcoholic turned him into a peacekeeper, someone who tries to avoid conflict. Some friends speculate it may have sparked an overachiever streak fueled by the need for approval. His mother says that as a teenager, he took on a role of protector when Roger Clinton beat her; he confronted his Less than half of school issues pass COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) More than half of 244 school issues on Ohio ballots failed at the polls, the Ohio Department of Education said today. Of the 244 issues, voters rejected 129, or 53 percent, and passed 1 15, or 47 percent. Voters rejected 61, or 52 percent, of 117 operating levies on local ballots, passed 32 of 47 AP Laserphoto stepfather at age 14 and Roger Clinton never laid another hand on Virginia. And it was as a teen-ager that the boy born William Jefferson Blythe IV would take the Clinton name a gesture of family support to his stepfather and half-brother. His mother was an independent, hard-working nurse with an affection for $2 wagers at the Oaklawn race track. She took her son once, but he was turned off by gambling. Clinton attended a Baptist church, making the Sunday trek by himself with his Bible in hand. Religion is something he says sustains him; at his gubernatorial inaugurations, he insisted on using his personal Bible, a worn, tattered and underlined book. Once he set his mind to something, he didn't give up. High school counselors fretted that their star pupil might be shut out of college when he refused to apply anywhere but Georgetown; he helped pay the bills by working in the office of a home state hero, Sen. William Fulbright. Clinton went on to be a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University, then to Yale law school, where he met his future wife, Hillary Rodham. Both gave up big money and prestige to return to Arkansas, where Clinton said he wanted to help improve his state. There, he was elected governor at age 32 the nation's youngest but was turned out of office after one term when the voters thought him high-handed and brash. Stung by the defeat, he took a deep breath and spent two years traveling his state to apologize and listen. Voters there gave him another try and eight more years in office. He is charming a man who gives his undivided attention to whomever he is talking to. But he can be testy and doesn't hesitate to flash his temper or upbraid a staff member who has messed up or let him down. Friends say he usually doesn't blow unless something else is wrong exhaustion, sinus trouble or not enough time with his 12-year-old daughter, Chelsea. Clinton has said he ran for president to make the country a better place for people like Chelsea. Asked last week if he would be devastated to lose the election, Clinton said no, that he would go back to his wonderful life in Arkansas. "I've already had more good things happen than I ever could have deserved," he said. capital improvement or new building issues, but voted down two of three operating-capital improvement issues. More than half of 44 bond issues failed. Voters nixed 28, or 64 percent, and passed 16, or 36 percent, of those issues. Income tax issues didn't fare much better. Voters rejected 21, or 78 percent, of 27 issues. Voters say Glenn has right stuff COLUMBUS (AP) Democrat John Glenn lost two elections before convincing voters in 1974 that he had the right stuff to be their U.S. senator. Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, proved Tuesday he still . has what it takes to win. He survived the toughest challenge of his Senate career by defeating Republican Lt. Gov. Mike DeWine after enjoying easy victories in his first three six-year terms. "Six more years, six more years," supporters cheered as a beaming Glenn, with wife Annie at his side, basked in election results Tuesday night "Thank you, Annie. And let me just start off saying I sure do love that woman. She's great. I love the state of Ohio, too," Glenn said. Glenn, a former Marine Corps fighter pilot, had a bumpy introduction to politics when he first ran for the party nomination in 1964, trying to unseat incumbent Sen. Stephen M. Young. Glenn was forced from the race when he slipped in the bathroom, hit his head against the tub and suffered a concussion. Six years later, he tried again but Hobson By KATIIERINE RIZZO Associated Press Writer Bad blood and bad checks spelled bad news for Ohio Reps. Mary Rose Oakar and Bob McEwen. Voters angry at overdrafts and other perks of .office sent Oakar packing after 16 years in office and ended McEwen's congressional career at 12 years. All the other incumbents were returned to office, including David Hobson, R-Springfield, repesenting the new 7th District that incudes Fairfield County. Voters kept their own long-serving lawmakers in office even as they approved mandatory retirements in a term-limit initiative. And they helped Democrats keep a majority of the state's seats in Congress. Before redisricting, the edge was 11-10. The pared-down delegation for the next decade begins with a 10-9 Democratic edge. For McEwen and Oakar, defeat came after mean, expensive campaigns. Oakar took out bank loans and spent more than $600,000. McEwen spent more than $475,000. Both outspent their challengers. Ohio House may be very interesting By MIKE RUTLEDGE Thomson News Service COLUMBUS The Ohio House of Representatives should be a more interesting place for Democrats and Republicans alike over the next two years. The majority that Democratic House Speaker Vernal G. Riffe built and maintained for two decades shrank significantly Tuesday. Republicans in the minority say the times are changing. Rather than 61 Democrat votes to the Republicans' 38, the Democrats appeared early this morning to have 53 seats to Republicans' 46, according to unofficial results. With that shift, a 21-vote Democrat advantage dwindled to a seven-vote edge. "We have eliminated Riffe's ability to rule as a dictator over Leading economic indicators again decline WASHINGTON (AP) The government's barometer of future economic activity fell in September for the third time in four months, signaling continued weakness during the first year of the new presidential term. Most analysts believe the economy will escape a new recession. But they agreed the 0.3 percent decline in the Commerce Department's Index of Leading Economic Indicators on Tuesday suggested it will remain a major problem. "It's not a harbinger that (the economy) is falling into another recession," said Lynn Reaser, an economist with First Interstate Bancorp in Los Angeles. "But it is ... certainly consistent with the belief the economy is not performing up to par and why it was a major factor in the election." lost the nomination to Howard Metzenbaum, who subsequently was defeated by Republican Robert TaftJr. Glenn's return to politics in 1974 was marked by his defeat of Metzenbaum in the May primary, capping a bitter campaign. Metzenbaum's commercials criticized Glenn as a man who "never really held a job." An angry Glenn lashed back during a debate. "I tell you, Howard Metzenbaum, you should be on your knees every day of your life thanking God that there were some men some men who held a job," Glenn said. "I've held a job, Howard." . Glenn went on to defeat Republican Ralph Perk in November 1974, but the bad feelings about Metzenbaum lingered. The two Democrats eventually made peace after Metzenbaum won his seat in the Senate in 1976. Glenn captured 69 percent of the vote in winning a second Senate term by defeating James Betts in 1980. In 1986, he won 62 percent of the vote in his successful campaign against Thomas Kindness. a winner, In her concession speech, Oakar didn't mention her own attacks but did complain about "negativism," news reporting and re-districting. "I did have a Hobson 40 percent new district. Those people did not know the qual-ity of service we gave, and I was not able to promote the message of service and legislation. And I don't think I had an awful lot of help from the major news source in the city," she said. The Republican who ousted her, Martin Hoke, had capitalized on Oakar's 213 overdrafts, problems with the House post office and past ethics scrapes. His ads called her "out of touch and out of control." After winning, he promised to try "to restore integrity to Congress." Hoke defeated Oakar by pulling 134,711 votes, or 57 percent, to Oakar's 102,573, or 43 percent. McEwen, who had 166 bad checks, never quite overcame the trauma of his whisper-thin primary Ohio's public policy," Ohio Republican Party Chairman Robert Bennett. "Republicans will force real debate on liquor privatization, the sunshine law, campaign finance reform, equity in school funding, and streamlining state government." Riffe, meanwhile, claimed victory in keeping a majority. "Tonight we overcame tremendous odds to maintain a Democrat majority in the Ohio House," he said. "Good candidates and good campaign organizations will win over gerrymandered districts every time, and that was clearly the case today." "Our goal as you know is 50 in 92," Assistant Minority Leader David Johnson, R-North Canton, told a Republican audience in Columbus' as the results were still uncertain. Economist Sung Won Sohn of the Norwest Corp. in Minneapolis said that while he also doesn't expect a new recession, "certainly the probability of that has increased because the leading indicators declined for two consecutive months." The index is designed to forecast economic activity six to nine months ahead. In the past, three consecutive declines were con-sidered a fairly good, but not infallible, sign of an approaching economic downturn. But the index failed to predict the last recession, since it did not start turning down until August 1990 the month after the recession began. "Despite its name, it's more indicative of what was happening in the third quarter than six months down the road," Reaser said. The government has estimated the economy grew at a 2.7 percent X. AP Laserphoto OHIO SENATOR John Glenn hugs his wife, Annie, after receiving ; word that Ohio voters had returned him to the U.S. Senate for a : fourth term. but McEwen isn't victory over Rep. Clarence Miller, R-Lancaster. McEwen didn't make a concession speech. His staff issued a written statement thanking supporters, expressing "no regrets at all" and proclaiming "I have always tried to do the right thing." The Democrat who turned him' out of office, Ted Strickland, had portrayed McEwen as a creature of Washington, consumed with cashing in on perks and missing votes to moonlight on the money-for-speech circuit. He said he didn't win on checks alone. "It was the entire pattern of congressional behavior that the people are sick of," Strickland said. Psychologist Strickland won by 3,542 votes out of 238,924 cast, according to final, unofficial tallies by The Associated Press. Strickland had 121,223 votes, or 51 percent, to McEwen's 117,681. In the state's four open-seat races: Democrat Eric Fingerhut defeated Republican Robert Gardner in the state's northeast corner. He will succeed Rep. Dennis Eckart, a six-term Democrat who retired. Democrat David Mann defeated Stephen Grote, a Republican- "Fifty seats out of 99, that puts us in control," he added. The Republicans, aided by districts that were drawn to their party's liking after two decades of Democrat-tilted maps, fell short of that goal, but noted they will be able to have more impact in the House. "There's a new breeze blowing in Columbus," Johnson proclaimed. "It's a breeze of change, and it's going to be a breath of fresh air, because we're going to give the other side all that they've ever wanted." "This is the night which we've waited for a long time, in which we can say we're picking up seats in the Ohio House of Representatives and moving toward a majority," said House Minority Whip JoAnn Davidson, R-Reynoldsburg. Johnson and Davidson, who appeared on the stage with Bennett, annual rate in the July-September quarter, but many analysts said the number overstated the economy's strength. "My guess is that we'll be well under 2 percent in the fourth quarter," predicted Lawrence H. Meyer, head of a St. Louis economic forecasting firm. He said a 2.5 percent growth rate is the best that the nation can expect during the first six months of next year. That would be less than half the growth of most recoveries following other recessions since World War II. Such slow growth would not be able to generate new jobs. The index has fallen 0.3 percent in three of the last four months June, August and September. The August decline originally was estimated at 0.2 percent. The index rose a mere 0.1 percent in July. x ii If Jff V ' endorsed independent, in Cincinnati. He will succeed Rep. Charles Luken, a Democrat who decided one term was enough. Republican Debra Pryce won in Columbus. She succeeds Republican Rep. Chalmers Wylie, who's retiring after 13 terms. '. Democrat Sherrod Brown, a former secretary of state, won in a suburban and rural district outside Cleveland. He succeeds Rep. Donald Pease, a Democrat who's retiring after eight terms. Among the incumbents, Rep. James Traficant, a Democrat, was the favorite of the favorites. His constituents returned him to office with 84 percent of the vote the biggest percentage in the state. Also winning were Reps. Douglas Applegate, Tony Hall, Marcy Kaptur, Tom Sawyer and Louis Stokes, all Democrats, and Republicans John Boehner, Willis Gradison, David Hobson, John Kasich, Mike Oxley and Ralph Regula. Republican Paul Gillmor was unopposed. In addition to Miller, the Ohio delegation also is losing Rep. Edward Feighan, a Democrat who decided to retire after five terms. His seat was dissolved in redistricting. are considered the leading candidates to become House speaker if their party captures the majority in two years. The biggest gains for Republicans occurred in Columbus and the rest of Franklin County. Cliff Treyens, who ran the House Democrats' campaign, said the Democrats overcame difficult odds to keep 53 seats. "Frankly, people don't realize how tough the odds were," he said "They were very, very tough odds." The Republican-drawn maps were "an enormous handicap," he said. And the growing Franklin County, which leans Republican, also hurt the Democrats' effort to keep more seats, he said. "Franklin County, it's a tough area for Democrats in many ways," Treyens said. Six of the 1 1 forward-looking indicators were negative, led by a drop in the price of various raw materials, which suggested a lack of demand. Other negatives were a shorter average workweek, fewer unfilled manufacturers' orders, an increase in new claims for unemployment insurance, a drop in an index measuring consumer expectations, and fewer orders for business plants and equipment. The five indicators making positive contributions were: an , increase in building permits; slower business delivery times, which is a sign of growing demand; an increase in orders for consumer goods; rising money supply, and higher stock prices. The various changes left the index at a seasonally adjusted 148.2, up 2.2 percent from a year ago. , (--'

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