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goo Candidates who abhor a political vic uum are waiting to replace state senators aspiring to, or now holding, higher posts. Rep. Charles Wilson of Lufkin and Bob Murphey, former house sergeant-atarms, go against one another in the Democratic primary for the seat of Sen. Martin Dies, Jr., who is running for Congress. Rep. Red Berry, Sam Jorrie, and Richard Owen seek tie Democratic nomination for the seat which belonged to Sen. Walter Richter, who resigned to head the Texas Office of Economic Opportunity after redistricting left little of his bailiwick on the map; the winner faces Republican Jim Segrest in November. David Carter and Reps Joe Bernal and Bob Vale of San Antonio will battle for the seat of Sen. Franklin Spears, candidate for attorney general; no Republican opposition. Rep. Wilson is distributing, in his Senate race, a clipping in which, in the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel Oct. 17, 1962, Murphey was quoted introducing GOP gubernatorial candidate Jack Cox, Connally’s opponent, as “The next governor of Texas.” Hardly the sort who will contribute to “the Connally consensus” in Austin, Wilson grins. Murphey is widely known in the district and is reputedly an excellent speaker. V Adman Joe Malec has received $2,400 in state Senate operating funds for writing speeches and press releases for Sen. Culp Krueger and his water pollution committee hearings, the Dallas Times Herald’s Ernie Stromberger reported exclusively. Krueger said Malec was hired to organize information, but granted that Malec had prepared the releases and speeches. The 1965 appropriations bill prohibits using state money for press agentry. Krueger faces Sen. Bill Patman of Ganado in the primary. Cold War GI Bill Is Law Sen. Ralph Yarborough said he ap proved of the finally-passed compromise version of the Cold War GI bill, pointing out it included 80% of the benefits in his Senate version, which passed last year. He said he hoped the bill would be broadened in the future. The Congress passed a bill much broader than the President had asked for. V Cong. Olin Teague, who wrote the coat promise version of it, accused Republicans of “damned poor politics” in seeking a more expensive measure. First year costs of the four alternatives: Teague $325 million; Yarborough, $380 million; GOP amended version $600 million, and the President’s version, $150 million. V Some notes of caution from the senior senator. Yarborough, who supported 14-B repeal, refused to sign the Senate petition to cut off the filibuster against repeal. “I do not choose to sign it” was his comment. And Yarborough’s office said he will not offer opinions on issues until he can vote on them; he is remaining silent on resumption of bombing North Vietnam and on the President’s proposal to extend the terms of House members to four years. V Speaking on an old worry, Yarborough said that strong gubernatorial control of poverty programs could result in chaos. . . . The House judiciary committee has okayed legislation which would create two new federal district benches in the Southern district of Texas and legislation which would allow the senior senator veto power over presidential appointments to federal judgeships; Yarborough had given up trying to convince Johnson to name labor lawyer L.N.D. Wells to the 5th circuit opening that went to Homer Thornberry. If the veto bill passes, Yarborough would have four judgeships to dispense, including a “temporary” slot in the northern district. V Dallas Dist. Atty. Henry Wade filed for reelection, although he was hoping for appointment by LBJ to the U.S. district court vacancy created by the retirement of Judge T. Whitfield Davidson. Should Wade get the judgeship after winning the primary, the Dallas County Democratic Executive Committee could meet and designate a nominee. V Yarborough has introduced a bill de signed to extend federal aid to the victims of 14 offenses, including help for the survivors of a murder victim. The Washington Star approved in principle, editorializing, “It is time the richest nation on earth showed a little compassion for victims in these crimes.” V Three Houston policemen photograph ed nine young picketers marching in front of the Tenneco building to protest the war in Vietnam and the use there of napalm manufactured by Tenneco subsidiaries; passerbys shouted curses and insults. fro Cong. Olin Teague proposes a consti stitutional amendment outlawing demonstrations against the American action in Southeast Asia. “Everybody tells me it’s a very difficult thing to frame legislation like this without running afoul of our constitutional guarantees of free speech and other provisions,” said Teague, a World War II infantry hero. He continued, “I think it is not only proper but necessary that we restrain the beatnik types and the pseudo-intellectuals who insist that the Constitution permits them to give aid and encouragement to our enemies and thereby further endanger the lives of those who are called upon to sacrifice so much for this nation.” V Cong. Ray Roberts told defense sub contractors meeting in Arlington, “I wish I could say they are going to quit [the war] and that we could get it over with real soon, but I think we will be involved over there for some time.” He added later, “We are going to need a lot more hardware, both from prime and sub-contractors.” The Dallas Times Herald headlined the affair: “Rep. Roberts Sees Accelerated War ; Boosted Spending.” V Cong. 0. C. Fisher of San Angelo told Masons meeting in Ballinger that 21 Masons signed the Declaration of Independence. V The religion of India “in effect causes her cattle to ‘eat up the the cattle,” observed Cong. W. R. Poage of Waco, who said America must feed that nation’s 500 million hungry souls. Evans and Novak write that Marvin Watson of Daingerfield lobbied hard for 14-B repeal in atonement for his “laborbaiting” background as a Lone Star Steel bigwig, but that national Tabor is seething at his part in national Democratic committee reorganization, fearful that the changes bode cutbacks in funds_for registration in the industrial North . . . In a thousand-word study of Watson, TimesPost syndicate writer Robert Thompson said Watson views criticism of his, Watson’s, alleged derelictions \(lay-off-liqUor letters to White House staff, the telephone dent.” State Affairs por The governor’s committee on public school education chose Glenn Ivy, who has been a Texas Research League researcher, as its director. His salary will be $22,500 a year. Julian Read, the Fort Worth publicist, is getting $12,000 a year for his parttime job as spokesman for the Gary Job Corps training center, which has its own resident public relations staff. Rep. Bob Eckhardt told Houston’s city council to “lobby with the lobbyists” if they plan any action on air pollution; Eckhardt said the new air control board is without legal powers to stop pollution .. . Newsman Stuart Long wrote in an analysis of the act that board members face prison if they divulge “confidential” information they are given while investigating offending firms. fro Comptroller Robert Calvert’s forecast of a $60-70 million surplus in the state bank account by Aug. 31, 1967, caused Connally to withdraw his prediction of big new tax measures. Lt. Gov. Smith followed the same line of thought in Corpus Christi, saying he saw little need for new taxes and adding that reapportionment might make new taxes hard to pass next session: “Now five metropolitan counties will have a majority of the senators, enough to block anything.” Calvert’s office said cigarette tax revenues looked worse last year because of “distorted figures” which included the switchboard from credit to cash payments for the tax stamps. The Texas State Teachers Association survey going to the statewide and legislative candidates asks their stance on a bill guaranteeing teacher salaries at the national average, on the appropriations for such automatic pay adjustments, on a raise in the salary ceiling, on slight retirement benefit increases, and on resubmission of a state-supported sick-leave bill that Connally vetoed. por Atty. Gen. Waggoner Carr said his staff is trying to see if the state has been victimized by price-fixing asphalt suppliers. “No conclusions,” he said at Observer deadline. An anti-trust action, if filed, would be the second since he took office. 6 The Texas Observer people’ rather than the people eating