KENNEDY PaQ FOLBRIGHT VU Fluorescent, genuine peel-off bumperstrip stock. 2 for 25c 10 for $1 150 for $10 1,000 for $50 Texas Division Citizens for Kennedy-Fulbright P.O. Box 1056 Austin, Texas 78767 Political Intelligence Looking Ahead to Next Year The amount and type of new taxes that are voted by the 1968 special session of the legislature will be the key issue of those proceedings and may determine the extent of Republicans’ progress in bringing about a two-party Texas. It is generally expected in Austin that the session will be held next summer after the primary elections. Gov . John Connally recommended to the legislature that a one-year budget be provided in the session just concluded and that the second year of the biennium be funded during a special session in 1968. This was the governor’s way out of a political dilemma when $45 million worth of his recommendations for new taxes for the biennimum were opposed by many of the lawmakers. Opposition was evident on the part of rural legislators to doing away with some funds for farm-to-market roads, and numerous pairs of cold feet were noticeable on legislators who didn’t want a record vote on the liquor by the jigger plan. V Some Democrats have expressed their dismay at the prospect of voting new taxes during an election year. Since Republicans number only four of their party among the legislature, leaders of the GOP are rubbing their hands together over the prospect of being able to indulge in free-swinging criticism of the 1968 session, should an unpopular tax, or taxes, be voted, as is quite possible. The GOP has cause to hope that the ’68 session could be a political disaster for the Democrats. The Republicans have already prepared a potent campaign issue in attacking the peculiarities of the state budget V State Sen. Barbara Jordan, Houston liberal, has predicted that a raise in the state sales tax is to be recommended by the Connally administration next year. Republican Sen. Henry Grover, also of Houston, believes that the legislature will enact an income tax during the session, since liberals have, he believes, enough strength in the Senate to stall a sales tax increase. Grover has lead an effort to erode some of the governor’s conservative strength by charging that Connally worked some with Senate liberals in the recent session, most notably in trying to get the House budget through the upper chamber without a conference committee. Grover believes a one-cent hike in the state sales tax is likely, so long as liberals win either a corporate or a personal income tax at the same time. V If the session is held after the pri maries, then Connally will have some added political leverage next spring. So reasons Franklin Spears, the San Antonio liberal who plans a statewide race next year. Spears figures that Connally could “bargain with the communities in this state for votes in exchange for legislative favors that he would bestow or withhold in July following the primaries, depending on whether or not they delivered enough votes and money to him and his anntinted candidates. . .. It is a pure political maneuver don’t pass the tax bill before the coming primaries and promise the moon to those who will contribute money and deliver favors in the way of appropriations.” The ’68 Lineup V Meanwhile, in the wake of the legis lature’s adjournment this year, it appears that the Democratic primary next spring will be the hottest since 1962 with this line-up of opponents: For governor: Connally, liberal Don Yarborough in a third try for the top job, and Lt. Gov. Preston Smith. Lieutenant governor: Spears vs. Ralph Hall, the State Senator from Rockwall. However, it is heard these days that Spears might be considering another try for attorney general against the incumbent Crawford Martin. V Close political associates of Waggoner Carr, former state attorney general who ran for U.S. senator and lost, tend to dismiss him as a contender for high office in 1968. V Don Yarborough and family continue to bask about in Europe. Don is learning Spanish, presumably preparatory to running for governor again in 1968, perhaps with a Castilian accent. His Houston sidekick and close adviser, Jim Phelps, is understood to have visited with him in Spain recently. Liberals sit around their cocktail tables these days debating whether they would prefer that Franklin Spears or Don Yarborough run for governor. All this is no doubt premature, as all speculation six months in advance of a political season is. Gov. Connally has said he will make his own decision about whether to run for a fourth term by October, although that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll announce it then. BUMPERSTRIPS: A leader of Texas liberals, whose sug gestions are taken seriously, believes that Byron Abernethy, the reinstated professor of government whose dismissal from Texas Tech resulted in the blacklisting of that institution by the American Assn. of University Professors for a decade, but who has now won out in the case, should be considered as a candidate for governor. Abernethy did not leave Lubbock, but stayed there as a labor-management arbitrator and consultant. He has won back pay and vindication. He and two other faculty members were fired in 1957 because of liberal political activities and pro-integration stands. V Speaker Ben Barnes evidently will have to content himself with a third round as leader of the House, though there is some speculation that he may yield the lower house’s leadership on the eve of the 1969 session to one of his lieu tenants such as Reps. Gus Mutscher of Brenham, Randy Pendleton of Andrews, or Ralph Wayne of Plainview. Barnes, this theory runs, could be appointed Secretary of State, replacing John Hill, if Hill would be willing to move to another job, per haps a judgeship. This is the manner in which Barnes became Speaker just be fore the opening of the 1965 legislature, moving up when Byron Tunnell became a Railroad Cmsr. and urging that those July 21, 1967 11 GARNER AND SMITH 14VSTOIIRE . . . offers its customary 10% discount on .. . 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