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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 13

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Friday, April 25, 1986
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THE BAYTOW* SUN U-A Clements wants real victory AUSTIN CAP) - Former Gov. Bill Clements, a front-runner in the GOP gubernatorial race according to polls, said he thinks he has a good chance of winning the nomination without a runoff. And he said incumbent Mark White might not be able to do the same. Clements received 54 percent support in a recent statewide poll, compared with 18 percent each for rivals Kent Hancc and Tom Loeffler. Referring to a poll that showed White receiving only 50 percent support in a six-way Democratic race, Clements said Thursday, "I'm not sure Mark White's going to win his own primary without a runoff." While declining to predict he could get more than 50 percent of the vote May 3, Clements told a news conference: "All these preliminary polls are interesting, certainly they are. I hope that the numbers will confirm that we can win this primary without a runoff. But we have to turn out that vote." Texas GOP Chairman George Strake said he wasn't sure whether any Republican candidate would get enough votes to escape a runoff. "I think Bill Clements is clearly in the lead," said Strake, who on Thursday said he has changed his mind and will seek reelection as chairman. "But considering the kind of race that the other two are running ... I think it would be very difficult and unusual for any one of the three to win without a runoff." Predicting a turnout of about 500,000, Strake said, "I don't know who's in second place ... On the other hand, if somebody does put him (Clements) into a runoff, I think the person in se- cond place will have a very good chance." Clements, who was ousted by White in 1982, said his campaign telephone banks have contacted 200,000 households to ask for votes in the May 3 primary. At his weekly news conference later, While discounted Clements' remarks. "I'm very pleased by the response we've been getting around the state," White said, adding that he expects to win "without a runoff." In other political news Thursday: — Hance said White should "explain why nearly 150 state employees were registered for one conference on indigent health care in Dallas at an estimated cost to the taxpayers of more than $150,000." Hance, noting that state government faces a $1.3 billion budget shortfall, said 146 state workers signed up for the conference, including 112 from the Department of Human Services. "This is a graphic example of waste and mismanagement of funds that goes on in our state agencies," he charged. Hance, who also visited with the West Texas Chamber of Commerce in Amarillo Thursday night, said his campaign is on target, despite the poll. "That was a poll that was taken five weeks into the campaign. They only polled traditional Republican primary voters. We're going to bring in a lot of new people," he said. — Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Andrew Briscoe, 33, challenged 43-year-old opponent A. Don Crowder's characterization of him as "a kid." "I think it just shows Mr. Crowder's ignorance, and I might submit that he might need to go back to school and learn a little bit more about Texas history, "Briscoe said. Not only did Texans elect 33- year-old Dan Moody as governor in 1927, Briscoe said, but the average age of the Alamo defenders in 1836 was 27. — Democratic Supreme Court candidate Shirley Butts of San Antonio criticized opponent Oscar Mauzy for distributing a tabloid newspaper touting his candidacy and that of Democrat Jay Gibson, who is challenging Justice Raul Gonzalez. "While Mauzy sought and obtained the endorsement of certain M ex ica n-A meric a n organizations, those same organizations are trying to make Justice Gonzalez the first Mexican-American to be elected to the Supreme Court," she said. White, who appointed Gonzalez, joined in the criticism. "I think it was a tremendous mistake," he said of the Mauzy newspaper. The tabloid also angered Hispanic groups. "This is deception at its worst. They talk about Watergate. This is Texasgate." said Ruben Bonilla of Corpus Christi. president of the Mexican American Democrats. Butts also also questioned whether a judge can be impartial after accepting large donations from the very lawyers who practice before them. "It would take a saint to do that, and I don't know many judges who are saints," Ms. Butts said. " According to campaign contributions reported, as required, to Secretary of McDaniel. Mauzy $669.543. KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL SCOUTS of Troop 7138 show grocery bags they decorated to remind Baytown residents to Keep America Beautiful. The bags will be distributed Saturday at Holiday Foods, 1719 Garth Road. Scouts, from left, are Natalie Goodson, Julie Daves, Karen Hyland, Brandl Waltman, Terl Elizondo. Erin Hemngton and Lauri Lumus. Also pictured is Tom Power, manager of tne slore. The effort was a project of the Clean City Commission and all the Girl Scout troops of the Goose Creek Neighborhood. i Sun staff photo by Carrie Pryor) White says he's still influential State has Myra raised Hightower blames Washington AMARILLO (AP) — Policies in Washington have caused the state to lose 16,000 Texas farmers and ranchers last year, state Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower told the West Texas Chamber of Commerce. Hightower, speaking ' before the chamber Thursday, accused Washington of setting "artificially" low prices for commodities. "We lost 16,000 productive farmers and ranchers last year, not because of bad management on their part, not because of bad weather, not because of bad luck, but as a direct result of deliberate agriculture policies coming out of Washington, D.C. for about the last 30 years," Hightower said. ~ A study by the Independent Bankers Association showed that of the 22 leading agriculture areas in Texas, only six are in break-even situations, Hightower said. • Hightower said that Texas needs to concentrate on marketing, helping farmers sell as directly as possible to the ultimate buyer at a price that Allows them to make a profit. He said 34 farmers' markets have been established in the last three years, and 45 should be complete at the end of this year. Hightower also pushed for long-range planning and diversification of crops, including establishing wine vineyards. "There was one wine in 1975 in Breckenridge. Today, there's 18 wineries and another four are going on-line this year. We're going to be second to California in quantity and surpass them in quality," he said. Texas' second concentration, said Hightower, should be on processing of Texas commodities in Texas. Currently raw goods are shipped out to be processed then shipped back in to be sold to Texans. Hightower praised the efforts of wheat farmers from Dawn who, with'the help of the Texas Agriculture Commission, are establishing a flour mill. "We need to be investing in people at a grass roots level," he said. "It's not trickle down economics; it's percolate up economics." Also speaking Thursday was U.S. Rep. Charles Stenholm. who said a cupful of cuts in the military, a freeze in entitlement programs and at least a dash of higher taxes is the only realistic recipe for cooking up a balanced federal budget. "It is impossible to balance the budget without cutting defense, without cutting entitlements, without raising taxes," he said. "We need to cut' spending as deep as we can everywhere we can find 218 votes (a majority in the House of Representatives)." To fix the problems, some type of cuts must be found in the Defense Department and such entitlement programs as Social Security, Stenholm said. Together the two areas comprise more than 50 percent of the federal budget. Similarly, he said, freezing entitlements not only is necessary but defensible, even though it is political suicidal to push for those kinds of changes. Stenholm pointed out that although the elderly make up only 11 percent of the nation's population, they take 51 percent of the social services spending. That group also contains 50 percent of the country's wealthiest people. AUSTIN i APi - Gov Mark White says the federal administration in Washington listens more to him than it docs to former Gov. Bill Clements White, a Democrat, made the comment Thursday after he was obviously nettled by criticism from Clements, a Republican, who claimed White has no communication with Washington. Clements noted that White. who set himself up as a leader among governors of oil- producing states, was not invited earlier this week to a talk with President Reagan on the oil and gas crisis. Only the governors of Oklahoma, Wyoming and West Virginia were invited. "I think he (President Reagan i has heard every word 1 said," White told a news con ference Thursday. "I think he listens very carefully to things I say." Clements told a news con- ference that In- thought While's strained relations with the White House was "a very negative situation with regard to our economic dislocation in this state " White also told Ins news conference he would win the Democratic primary without a runoff, and repeat the victory in November "1 think on May l! you will (ind an overwhelming victory for my candidacy," White said When asked what In- considered ••overwhelming." White replied "One more than half White said he was one of the first governors to ask for oil arid gas talks with the president about 14 months ago He was the organizer of a summit meeting of oil state governors at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. "I think this group has iMmr mous influence." While said 'After one brief meeting in Dallas among five governors, the president immediately sought t » meeting with gover DOTS "I think the White House listens very carefully to what I have to say and responds quickly to things 1 ask for Sometimes they don't agree with me in every way. tint they respond," he said White also said (hat 'if Clements is so effective and he has such a pi pel i ne < to Washington', then why don't they do what he asks for'" White also said he is very concerned about the national administration policies on immigration •SVe iu*tnS tin- administration H> Washington to t-p.iorce the immigration law and until they en force !! we arc no! going to have a secure border." he said Report praises imported oil fee plan From Page 1 motor fuels tax." Net U.S. imports of oil are about 4.3 million barrels a day A barrel equals 42 gallons The report assumed an import tariff of $5 per barrel, an excise tax of $5 per barrel, a motor fuels tax of 12 cents per gallon, an ad valorem (invoice value) energy tax of 5 percent and a combination tax of S2.5U on im- ported oil and (i cents per gallon on motor fuels The import lee has failed to generate much support Kor ex ample. Sen Hob Packwood. H Ore., chairman of the tax- writing Senate Finance Commit tee. has said within the past month that then- are no more than five volt-son the20-mi.Mnber panel in favor of the fetv Earlier this year, Treasury Secretary Jame.s A. Baker 111 said President Reagan was keeping the door open on con sideration of an oil import fee as a way to reduce budget deficits However. Reagan Liter slammed the d(K)r, saying be would not accept such a levy, or any other general lax increase Nonetheless, Dornenici and others in Congress continue to push the idea as a way to shrink government red ink The Senate is now considering a bipartisan budget blueprint drawn up by Domenici's committee that calls for $18.7 billion in unspecified tax increases Council approves talk-time limits From Page 1 Dallas named first city of divorce .-.DALLAS (AP) — The "D" in pig D may stand for divorce, at Ijeast according to a new book Cubbing the city tops in broken •marriages. H-The Book of World City Rankings lists Dallas as the No. 1 city with 8.4 divorces per 1,000 people. Lowest of the 105 cities listed is Rio de Janeiro with .2 divorces per 1,000 people. • The top five divorce cities are Dallas, followed by Phoenix, Houston, Washington, and Len- ingrad, Soviet Union, according to the book. John Tepper Marlin, co-author of the book, said Wednesday that Dallas and other Southwest cities have nurtured a vibrant and businesslike image. But he said the image often contrasts with hopes of a smooth social life. "If business there runs so smoothly, then some may also have a similarly high expectation of their private affairs. Often that isn't realistic." he said. Marlin said the Dallas divorce ranking is drawn from 1980 U.S. Census figures and from 1979 totals from the National Center for Health Statistics. During that year, metropolitan Dallas, with a population of 1.5 million, accounted for 13,129 divorces, he said. "These things tend to be consistent," he said. meeting. On this form, the citizen will list his name, identify any organization he represents, the reason for his request and the action he is seeking before the council. Persons speaking to the council will be provided with a list of rules and procedures. The new rules also stipulate that persons, wishing to address an item, register on a form in the hallway just outside Council Chambers just prior to the meeting Citl/ens addressing agenda items will be permitted to speak three minutes unless a majority of the council agrees to an extension Councilman Roy Fuller said the new regulations aren't an attempt to limit anyone, but rather are an effort to set up guidelines The regulations were drawn up by a committee consisting of Fuller and fellow councilman Ron Kmbry and Fred Philips. Assistant City Manager Larry Patterson and City Clerk Eileen Hall. Kmbry said the committee examined City Council procedures in Houston. Beaumont. Port Arthur and other area cities. The Baytown regulations fall in about the middle in terms of stringency in comparison with other cities, according to Em- brv Senate studies new tax overhaul From Page I Reagan embarks on trip to Far East From Page 1 at a private estate for two nights •and are not scheduled to make lany public appearances after the 'president's brief remarks upon •arrival at Hickam Air Force 'Base. ^ Reagan is expected to ;telephone deposed Philippines 'President Ferdinand Marcos Awhile in Hawaii. He also is Scheduled to receive a briefing tbn U.S. military operations in ;the Pacific and receive a ^courtesy call by Gov. George -Ariyoshi. - The Reagans then set out for rBali, a trip that will take more rthan 14 hours in th6 air, broken ?only by a refueling stop in |6uam. j» During their visit to Bali, a ^volcanic resort island just south **f the equator, the Reagans em- bark on separate schedules. Reagan will meet Salvador Laurel, the new Philippines vice president and foreign minister. Laurel will be the first official of the new government to meet with the president. Reagan also will meet with his host, President Suharto of Indonesia, for what U.S. officials expect to be a friendly exchange on how to encourage more Americans to invest in Indonesia to help the island nation make up for revenue losses caused by the collapse of world oil prices. In addition to his separate session with Laurel, Reagan plans to confer with foreign ministers of other non-Communist governments in the region at a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Bali. Mrs. Reagan plans to visit a drug treatment project in Ball and attend some cultural events before heading off on her own for Malaysia and Thailand to press her campaign against drug abuse. She is scheduled to rejoin her husband at the close of the Tokyo summit. From Bali, Reagan flies directly to Tokyo for separate talks with several allied leaders before the formal summit conference begins May 4. Meeting under security precautions for which the Japanese are legendary, the leaders of the major industrial democracies are expected to produce a communique on terrorism. But Reagan said he cares little about that. "I'm not going there with the idea we should get some grandiose statement" deploring terrorism, Reagan said this week. "I think we all know how we feel about terrorism. I'm hopeful we can sit down and work out what it is that we can do together to • deal with thii problem." removed any of the reluctance the committee has shown toward reducing or eliminating several deductions and exemptions to pay for lower tax rales. The new proposal would go further in eliminating deductions than would any other seriously considered by Congress this year or last It is similar to one originally proposed by the Treasury Department in November 19JM a plan that Reagan and the House rejected as politically unrealistic These, according to several sources familiar with the latest proposal, are among the key elements: -Only two individual tax brackets, of 15 percent and 25 percent, compared with 14 brackets under present law for couples and 15 for single people with rates ranging from 11 percent to 50 percent. -The personal exemption, now $1,080 for 1986. would be raised to $2,000 (or everyone except those with Incomes above $150.000. who would gel less. — No Itemized deductions would be permitted. — Deferred taxation for Individual Retirement Accounts would be repealed. IlECT VIRGINIA " County Commissioner Precinct 4 - Chombers County HONEST CAPABLE Against Higher Taxes Against An Inflated Budget 14 1 2 Years ManageMit Exi. "Serving all of the people all o/ the rime" TO** von AMD connocua wiu n ggt*m

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