The Senate Yields In the aftermath of the Sept. 7 elec tion the 39-member Senate proposition, killed by big-city voters who whacked it with wide margins that can be summed up as angry, can be seen as vulnerable not, only to pro-urban and to liberal objections, but also to conservative hostility toward authorizing and paying for some more politicians. Some of the heaviest opposition came from big-city silk-stocking precincts. Republican spokesmen in the big cities sang out “Vote No” with gusto matched only by big-city liberals. Sen. Walter Richter, Gonzalez, wrote letters to editors and disputed a columnist in the Austin daily before the election, but to no avail. The Houston dailies and the San Antonio Express opposed 39; both Dallas dailies, the Star-Telegram in Fort Worth, and the Corpus Christi Caller-Times all wound up supporting expansion. Interestingly the Edinburg Daily Review said Vote No, arguing in part: “And finally there is the question of upkeep on the new state senators. Senators are expensive pretties, at best. Nine out of ten aren’t worth their keep. Why add eight to get one-half a senator [for the Valley] ? . . . We have too many now.” \(The James Mathises, publishers of the Edinburg daily, have just In the retrospect Sen. Culp Krueger, El Campo, looks pretty smart: he said he’d bet his last dollar the proposition would lose and joined Senators Bates, Hightower, Kazen, Schwartz, and Spears in opposing its submission. Schwartz slammed it just before the vote at a large meeting of the Harris County Democrats. Sen. George Parkhouse in Dallas publicly debated for it have helped Parkhouse much politically in Dallas, where the proposition lost heavily. Gov . John Connally said the Friday before the vote in Plano that he favored a 39-member Senate, he did not take the stump for it. The 48,000 majority against 39 came mostly from the big counties: Bexar was 7-1 against, Harris 4-1, Dallas 3-1. The consequences of the outcome will not be apparent until 1966, but the Texas Senate will never be the same. Already such liberals as Barbara Jordan in Houston and Oscar Mauzy in Dallas are arousing conservatives’ anxieties. Ralph and John w In Washington, the final decision of House-Senate conferees to confirm the Senate’s deletion of the governors’ veto over three major federal anti-poverty pro Sen. Ralph Yarborough over Gov. Con nally. Yarborough hailed it: “Now the 10 The Texas Observer people of a community can go ahead and develop their own Neighborhood Youth Corps and community action programs free from the harassment which they have received from governors in so many cases.” Connally had no public comment, but the next day Sen. John Tower, the Texas Republican, received a wire from Connally urging Tower to support more civil defense funds. Tower of course released the wire and said he would do just that. Apparently Connally meant to convey the idea that he will work with Tower, not Yarborough, hereafter. Then, in Terrell, Connally said Texas is cooperating withWashington in programs to improve education. frIf Tower said he plans to go to Viet Nam in his capacity as a member of the armed services committee. Texas GOP chairman Peter O’Donnell said in a Valley speech that Goldwater’s defeat was not Goldwater’s fault, but the fault of Republicans who defected and the exploitation of the test ban treaty and social security issues. In Austin Yarborough, at a labor day picnic, scored the Austin AmericanStatesman for the Sam Wood story based on a letter sent by an aide of Yarborough’s. Yarborough declares that copies of the article, which he says is a plot to smear him, not a report of a plot to smear Connally, have been mailed out with the address-plates of the State Democratic Executive Committee, and this charge has not been denied. vr The guessing game continued on Con nally’s plans which he was to reveal on Sept. 18 in Amarillo at the S.D.E.C. meeting. Margaret Mayer said in the Dallas Times-Herald that his “intention” not to run had changed; the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Harley Pershing quoted “a source close to the first family” that Mrs. Connally told Connally if he wants to run for governor again she won’t object and will help; the Star-Telegram urged Connally to run again in an editorial three wide columns wide. But from Wash ington Les Carpenter said Connally, and AMERICAN INCOME LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY OF INDIANA Underwriters of the American Income Labor Disability Policy Executive Offices: P.O. Box 208 Waco, Texas Bernard Rapoport, President
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