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Since 1866 The Place in Austin Immortalized in Bill Brammer’s THE GAY PLACE 1607 San Jacinto GE 7-4171 DON BROWN Sun Life of Canada Austin, Texas GR 6-1942 Texas Politics Considering opposing Sen. Ralph Yarborough in 1964, ex-Gov. Allan Shivers is mulling the conservative switch to the G.O.P. Dick West of the Dallas News -quotes Shivers that Yarborough should not be re-elected by default and implies Shivers says he will run if it’s all right with his family, if he has a 50-50 or better chance of winning, and if it won’t cost him too much in his business. West, in this context, observes that in the 1964 G.O.P. primary, “just about every Republican voting . . . would otherwise be a vote for Shivers. . . . Assuming only 150,000 independent conservatives and Republicans vote in the G.O.P. primary, Shivers would be going to the polls with a 150,000 ‘handicap.’ ” Shivers has accepted some speaking engagements and continues to be given publicized parts to play in the activities of the University of Texas exstudents’ association. In Houston the G.O.P. drive proceeds apace. About 150 dissident conservatives met at the Rice and raised $1000 toward financing a public switch-ta-the-G.O.P. ceremony March 15 at the Rice, at which Sen. John Tower is to speak. If it goes over well, Shivers will take note, and conservative officeholders who hope for promotion as Democrats will, too. . On the other hand, power attracts the powerful. Dallas News said that of the 50 Texans kicking in $1,000 at the private Democratic dinner with the Kennedys, 32 were from Dallasbusinessmen mostly, with hardly a liberal among them. In Austin, Governor Connally, dallying with this same new dilemma, is playing a complicated game. His appointments to the board of regents of the University of Texas were, in sum, liberal. Rabbi Levi Olan of Temple Emanu-El in Dallas is a profoundly liberal person. W. St. John Garwood, former Texas Supreme Court justice, said, “Any errors I make as a university regent will be on the side of integration and academic freedom.” Connally’s third regent, Mrs. R. C. Johnson, daughter of the late Amon Carter, Sr.: is understood to be moderate on race and has been working closely with Chancellor Harry Ransom. . . . Connally is running privately with conservatives. For instance, there was a party at the Branding Iron out Fredericksburg Road attended by. Speaker Tunnell, his key House leaders, and such turned up. There are four men in Austin whose interrelationships will subtly determine their own futures and the state’s the next four years: Connally, . Lt. Gov. Preston Smith, Tunnell, and Atty. Gen. Waggoner Carr. Connally evidently hopes to run for the U.S. Senate in 1966; Tunnell is running for speaker again; Carr and Smith both want to be governor, and since they both come, from West Texas and are both conservative, they have a problem. Each of these ambitious men has power that can either help or menace the others, and each has much to win or lose. Connally is handling questions involving President Kennedy carefully. He has said he is glad Kennedy didn’t propose lowering the depletion allowance, ducking comment on the harsh implications of other Kennedy proposals for oilmen’s profit ledgers. Asked at a press conference about Kennedy’s leaving a federal center for Dallas out of his budget, Connally said only, “I’m sorry he did not include it.” . . . Business lobbyist Preston Weatherred’s brochure applying political labels to the legislators includes labor’s scores on them and also the scores of something cryptically called “Business Research.” The Observer asked Weatherred what this is. He replied, “The ‘Business Research’ is an exhaustive report upon 38 measures considered by the business organization making the research to be of serious interest from the conservative and the business point of view.” He did not say what the organization is. February 7 , 1963 15 AMERICAN INCOME LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY OF INDIANA Underwriters of the Union Labor Disability Plan Executive Offices: P. 0. Box 208 Waco, Texas Bernard Rapoport, President