neurs in a 100-unit motel going up in Johnson City. A. W. Moursund, trustee of the President’s financial interests, is legal counsel for the developers. V Peter O’Donnell, Texas Republican chairman, charges that Texas Democrats are guilty of a “political cronyism which has created a ‘closed society’ in Texas government where decisions on public power and legislation are made by a select few” and that the Great Society has this “closed society” as its principal power base. V U.S. Consumer, a new adless weekly in Washington, D.C., provides specifics for Texas as to the National Rural Electric Cooperative Assn.’s charge that private power companies overcharged consumers more than $3.4 billion during a seven-year period ending in 1962. The alleged overcharges as to Texas: Central P&L, $57 million; Community P.S., $12. million; Dallas P&L, $47 million; El Paso Elec., $25 million; Gulf State Util., $36 million; Houston L&P, $112 million; Southwestern Elec. Power, $40 million; Texas Elec. Service, $40 million ; West Texas Util., $31 million; Texas P&L, $93 million. V The Belden Poll said Texans polled oppose repeal of 14-B of Taft-Hartley, 69-26% or 65-25%, depending on how the question is put. Roy Evans, Texas labor leader, said that was just the point: both questions Belden asked, he charged, were “loaded,” and the poll was “rigged in advance” to produce a result pleasing to business. go0 Texans in Washington voted two-to one against a pay raise for members of the U.S. Su. preme Court. Voting for the increase were Brooks, Gonzalez, Pickle, Pool, Thomas, Thompson, and Young. Wright and Purcell did not vote. All others voted no. Sen. Ralph Yarborough charged the Johnson aid to education bill disqualifies young veterans for scholarship aid. He indicated he will vote for the President’s voting rights bill, but wants an amendment to leave the cases that arise under it in the jurisdiction of local district judges, rather than in Washington, D.C., courts. Sen. John Tower opposes the voting bill as drawn. V April 12 will mark one year to the day when the Dallas News published Billie Sol Estes’ $50,000 charge against Sen. Yarborough, and this fact has a significance. V Gov. Connally appointed to the board of regents of the University of Texas two oilmen and a dredger: Jack Josey, head of an oil company that bears his name, Frank Ikard, president of and lobbyist for the American Petroleum Institute, and W. H. Bauer of Port Lavaca, a shell dredger and banker. Connally reappointed W. W. Heath, chairman of the regeants. V The Austin Statesman reported that Connally is now the owner of a 14,700 .1.11.0111.001101111111.01111MtiOAMM111.11111111 FUN TO READ! THE IDLER is an individualistic liberal monthly that entertains while it informs. Send $3 for year’s subscription. Money refunded if you don’t enjoy this unusual magazine. THE IDLER 125 Fifth St. NE Washington 2, D.C. INIMAIMIMIIIM.011043.1111.04.11111,040041101. acre ranch, the Tortuga Ranch, in Dimmit and Zavala counties. Tax stamps indicated he paid about $300,000 to Delhi Properties for it, the Statesman said. He and his brothers now operate a family ranch near Floresville. V In a two-part series by Joseph A. Loftus, Washington correspondent, The New York Times characterized Connally as a conservative on a broad variety of issues. “There is evidence . . . that Connally does use power, subtly and negatively,” Loftus wrote. “He can endorse a program on paper and, by private action or conscious neglect, see that is evaporates.” Loftus reported that liberals are leaderless in state affairs and Republicans’ Texas hopes are badly blurred. “Connally’s happy affinity with Texas’ powerful business and financial leaders makes the Republican Party almost unnecessary to that community so far as statehouse issues are concerned,” Loftus wrote. The Times headlined his first article, “Connally Divides Texas Democrats,” with which the governor would surely quarrel. V Atty. Gen. Waggoner Carr is the beneficiary of billboards in many cities bearing his picture and the message, “We need you to fight juvenile crime.” In Houston there is a note on these billboards, “Contributed by the Houston Poster Adver Austin A review of developments during the last fortnight in the war on poverty in Texas: About 50 persons met in Dallas and authorized R. L. Dillard, Jr., president of the Council of Social Agencies there, to appoint a committee of seven to select a countywide community action committee to plan anti-poverty action. The city’s school district has requested a federal grant for a neighborhood youth corps; in Washington Cong. Earle Cabell of Dallas said on the House floor that the U.S. labor department’s requirement of a $1.25 minimum wage for youths in this program was “blantant usurpation of legislative authority,” unrealistic, will reduce the number of youths who can participate, and “could encourage dropouts” because “the youngster may be earning more than his parent.” Youth Corps projects were approved for the schools in Austin \($33,700 for 120 $108,810 for 450 Gov. John Connally’s approval. The $1.25 wage rate that Connally has opposed is part of these Washington plans. In Austin, the youths are to work ten hours a week for pay and take five hours’ training at no pay \($12.50 each a week or about $300 Originally Austin proposed 75c an hour for them; later this was revised to 90c. The Houston school board has also approved war-on-poverty pre-school education for 5,000 or more culturally deprived fourand five-year-old children next summer. Two Washington officials conferred with Mayor Louie Welch, but prospects tising Co.” . . . Carr told a House committee he favors holding parents liable for damages caused by their juvenile children, with no money limit on this liability. The present limit is $300. V Mohair clothes that were displayed in Gov. Connally’s office for Gov. and Mrs. Connally, Lt. Gov. and Mrs. Preston Smith, and Speaker and Mrs. Ben Barnes were given to the three wives. Claude Gilmer, lobbyist for the American Angora Goat Breeders Assn., was in evidence. V Taking note of the Observer’s financial report, the Independent, edited by Lyle Stuart in New York, commented, “Were it a conservative journal, it would have no problems attracting a flow of Texas oil money. But the Texas Observer is the most liberal periodical in Texas.” V For the first time major Texas dailies were well represented by reporters in a major racial crisis in the Deep South. Saul Friedman for the Houston Chronicle, Gene Goltz for the Houston Post, and Fred Pass for the Dallas News were assigned to Selma. Texas marches and the participation of people from Texas in the Selma marches were also fully reported in Texas dailies. V A group of University of Texas faculty and students are preparing a marathon discussion of Viet Nam for April 8. for a Houston-wide anti-poverty program do not seem much improved. In Waco, where the war on poverty was called socialism at one school board debate, action on it was delayed again after another one. Tri-county programs are being prepared for Atascosa, Karnes, and Wilson counties and for LaSalle, McMullen, and Frio counties. The Corpus Christi program now includes a neighborhood education center that provides bookmobile services, recreation programs for children after school and Saturdays, and adult night classes in arts and crafts and furniture renovation in conjunction with story hour and reading for children. An organization, Women in Community Service, has undertaken to find girl recruits in Fort Worth for Job Corps residences in other states, but nothing else is happening yet in Fort Worth, nor has anything been heard from localities in East Texas. Austin was announced as regional antipoverty headquarters for Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. 0E0 grants of $8 million to help migrant farm workers were announced for ten states, but not Texas, which has about 100,000 migrants, more than any other state in the union. DeRose Industries, Inc., of Bonham, Texas, was awarded a $299,429 contract for prefabricating structures for a job camp at Cass, Ark. Laurence Stern divulged in the Washington Post that General Electric, Phil co, Westinghouse, and other major companies are bidding for large contracts that are being given to private industry in connection with war on poverty installations. The War on Poverty in Texas
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