Smith Acquitted OFirst Baptist Church of Dal las over subscribed a budget of $1,195,000, which a church spokesman said is believed to be the largest local church budget “in the history of Christendom.” O”Russia knows they can’t take us by military means, so they’re trying to get us to give up our individual freedom and responsibility,” Dr. Kenneth NVells, president of Freedom Foundation, told a student gathering at Sam Houston High School in Houston. “Those people in our politicsI don’t care which party who say they want more government are playing right into the hands of the Communists.” OTwo Dallas Negro attorneys requested the Court of Criminal Appeals to throw out the conviction of Wiley College senior S. J. Briscoe, convicted of unlawful assembly by Harrison County court-at-law during the Marshall sit-ins last March and fined $400. The attorneys argued the state’s unlawful assembly statute is indefinite and therefore unconstitutional. Harrison County Dist. Atty. Charles Allen said the students assembled illegally when they entered Woolworth’s. “We feel the United States was built on the right to do business with whomever you want to do business, he argued. ODistrict clerk Gene Smith of Dallas was acquitted in criminal district court of compelling a deputy to contribute to a fund to help pay off his 1958 campaign debts. A number of former and present deputies testified that Smith repeatedly demanded and got money from them. Smith denied he ever solicited money, and maintained the deputies constantly bedeviled him with offers which he had to reject. ODr. Robert J. van Zonneveld of the Netherlands, an international expert on aging who has been touring the country under sponsorship of the Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare, declared in Dallas that the United States is lagging behind in its care for the elderly. He said the Netherlands, England, and the Scandinavian countfies all appear to be more advanced in their handling of the problem. OLawyer Pat Maloney, hired to defend newspaper publisher Lawrence C. Pope of charges of robbing banks in Thornton and Schulenburg, said he will plead his client insane. Pope was arrested by FBI agents in San Antonio. OStrong backing for a teach ers’ salary increase to a $4,014 yearly minimum was promised by the executive board of the AFL-CIO. A resolution passed by the board said, “To grant any smaller increase would . . be simply a special tax on teachers alone to make up for a deficit which all of us must and should pay.” OThe liquor control board passed private club regulations which it expects will end open saloon operations in the state. The new rules require a private club which offers liquor to its members to conform to certain organizational requirements such as maintaining a membership list at all times, carrying out a food service to members, and paying club officials and employees from service charges unconnected with the distribution of liquor. OCol. Alvin C. Hope of San Antonio, president of the Independent Petroleum Assn. of America, said in Houston an industry-wide group has come “very, very close to agreeing on what ought to be a gas bill.” He said he believed a legislative pro. posal freeing gas producers and gatherers from utility controls can be ready for Congress early early in the next session. OThe Texas PTA went on rec ord against federal aid to education in its state convention in Austin. “We believe that better schools for Texas children is our state’s right and our state’s responsibilityto be paid with Texas money and without federal controls,” the statement said. Mrs. F. C. McConnell, vice-president, said Texas and two other states have opposed the national PTA’s endorsement of federal aid. Watchdog Committee CORNED BEEF AND GOOD BOOKS If you haven’t been to the new HOUSE OF BOOKS, in the center with the new Alfred’s, take time out now. 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Albert Pena, head of the San Antonio west side organization and chairman of Viva Kennedy Johnson Club, has written a letter to Daniel urging him to make Gonzalez his interim appointee. Cong. Jim Kilgore of McAllen said in Dallas he will make a decision in a week or so. Others in the Texas congressional delegation being mentioned for the race include Wright Patman of Texarkana; Frank Ik’ and of Wichita Falls; Olin Teague of College Station, and Jack Brooks of Beaumont. Teague’s candidacy is being pushed by the Brazos County Democrats. Other possible candidates: Wright Morrow of Houston, for AUSTIN The U.S. broadcasting industry has been considerably startled by Sen. Ralph Yarborough’s direct and dogged insistence on his subcommittee’s investigation of the Political fairness of radio and TV stations. On Oct. 14 Yarborough wrote all radio and TV stations in the country, explaining that his subcommittee had been charged by the Congress to investigate and study “federal policy on uses of government licensed media for the dissemination of political opinions, news, and advertising, and the presentation of political candidates, and a review and examination of information and complaints concerning the dissemination of news by such media.” Therefore, Yarborough wrote, “you are requested to report to the subcommittee within 24 hours of your receipt of any complaint made directly to you by any candidate for public office, political committee, or individual alleging discrimination by you . . .” This threw the industry in an uproar. Sitting in Washington to receive the complaints was Yarborough’s counsel for the subcommittee, Creekinore Fath of Austin. By early November more than 800 stations had sent in complaints; as of now, Fath said in Austin, practically every station AUSTIN More than twenty Texas politicians of all sizes, shapes, and ideologies are being mentioned for the special Senate race to fill Sen. Lyndon Johnson’s vacant seat next year, but by Thanksgiving weekend only one had formally announced. The others are warily feeling out the terrain, seeking money and support, and waiting to see , which friends and foes decide to run. Cong. Jim Wright of Fort Worth, announcing his candidacy at a news conference, stressed his political moderation and said it would be a grave error for a “servant of extremism” either of the right or left to be elected senator. It became increasingly likely that ex-Gov. Allan Shivers, fresh from his role as leader of the Democrats for Nixon movement, would get into the race. Shivers said he had been getting large numbers of requests to run, and would announce his decision next week. Shivers’ decision to retire from politics had been based in part on his wife’s dislike of public life, but it is known in Austin that she is now urging him to try for the Senate. Shivers conferred with John Tower, the Republican who polled more than 930,000 votes against Johnson in the general election. Shivers said Tower expressed an interest in the forthcoming election, but that there was no discussion of mutual support. Tower is considered a certainty for the race. An advisory circulated by a Democrats for Tower organization urged Tower’s candidacy but warned against another situation like 1957 when conservative voters split on various candidates and Ralph Yarborough won the election. Atty. Gen. Will Wilson, who has won four statewide races without defeat, is making cautious soundings all over Texas. Wilson said he was “sitting tight” for a while. William Blakely of Dallas, who has not yet made a decision on accepting Gov. Daniel’s offer of the interim appointment, is known to be interested both in the interim job and the election. But his wife is reportedly opposed to the idea. Blakely had a heart attack last year and is 62 years old. Daniel has said he is undecided on a second interim choice if Blakely refuses, but it is speculated that John Connally of Fort Worth, long-time Johnson aide, would get the appointment. Ex-Congressman Martin Dies, an ultra-conservative from Lufkin, said any announcement of his intentions would come after Johnson resigns in January. A number Cong. Jim Wright . . . announces his candidacy THE TEXAS OBSERVER Page 3 Nov. 25, 1960 mer Democratic national committeeman; Ed Gossett of Dallas, former congressman; state house speaker Waggoner’ ‘Carr of Lubbock; former state representative and unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate Jack Cox of Breckenridge; and farmer state attorney general John Ben Shepperd of Odessa. Bo Byers, Houston Chronicle political writer, reported from Austin that the special election may not be held because of the difficulty of raising money for the balloting. Byers said Daniel is considering a proposal that might allow his appointee to serve until the next general election or for two years. Daniel responded that he knew nothing of such a proposal. His assistant, George Christian, said Daniel believes the people should be allowed to select their senator. If Johnson resigns his Senate
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