premature to cite specific figures. V Locke is the only front-running candi date for governor who has not given a definite “no” to the legalization of parimutuel betting. While the other candidates replied to a Council of Churches questionnaire by saying they oppose race track betting, Locke said the question was too complex for a yes-or-no answer. V Unconfirmed rumors abound in Aus tin that Locke is running out of money. His radio and television spots slacked off during April. Locke’s office says he could use more money but that he is not hurting. Some political analysts guess that the candidate deliberately cut down on his mass media campaign to offset earlier criticisms. Many believe that Locke’s campaign peaked too early for maximum effect. sof It has been a musical campaign, the airwaves filled with jingles for Locke, Hill, and Briscoe. Spanish language stations are playing a Yarborough corrido or folk ballad. It was written and performed by Felipe Martinez, an Austin resident who currently has 14 songs on the Spanish language hit parade in Texas. Pat O’Daniel, son of former governor W. Lee O’Daniel, is accompanied on his bus tour of the state by a hillbilly band, which includes one member of his father’s Light Crust Doughboys. V Few major newspapers had voiced preferences in the gubernatorial race as the Observer went to press. The Dallas Morning News endorsed Locke as its “personal choice” for governor but pointed out that “the state would be ably served by Carr or Smith.” The paper added, “the News’ expressions, as of now, are subject to change should new issues alter the picture before May 4, and certainly in the June runoff a new appraisal will be made.” The Houston Chronicle favors Preston Smith. The Galveston News, the LaGrange Journal, and the Canadian Record are supporting Hill. The Wichita Falls Times has endorsed a home town boy, Republican Paul Eggers. Races for Congress v Only five Democratic congressmen have primary opposition this year. Rep. John Dowdy of Athens, seeking his ‘ ninth consecutive term, has been challenged by Dempsie Henley, a mayor of Liberty best known for his efforts to conserve the Big Thicket. Cong. Joe Pool of Dallas, who is not actively campaigning, is opposed by David Ivy, a moderate conservative. Pasadena Mayor Clyde Doyal is running against incumbent Cong. Bob Casey of Houston, mainly on the charge that Casey has not been effective in getting congressional funds for Houston’s Manned Spacecraft Center. Casey has argued that although NASA’s appropriations have been cut, funds for the Manned Spacecrat Center have been increased. Cong. 0. C. Fisher of San Angelo is running against Gordon Johnson of Odessa who insists that Fisher is “out of touch 4 The Texas Observer with reality.” A former postal worker, Hubert Letts of Corpus Christi is opposing Cong. John Young on the basis that Young’s congressional record is “dismal.” Young says the basic issue in the race is the effectiveness of his work in representing the 14th district. “That’s the issue I stand on,” he says. The solitary contested Republican primary is between two men from Beaumont, 0. C. Galloway, the owner of a plastic plant, and Henry Presler, a spice company salesman. The winner will face Cong. Jack Brooks in November. Slush Funds V The Houston Chronicle revealed re cently that Sen. John Tower and several Texas congressmen use slush funds to pay extra expenses. Tower uses money contributed by the “Tower Senate .Club” to help defray office and transportation expenses. Sen. Ralph Yarborough has no special fund although he has an inactive senator’s club in Dallas. “I usually get so far in debt I have to have a fund-raising dinner to pay off the promisory notes,” Yarborough said. Among the congressmen with special funds are Bob Eckhardt and George Bush of Houston, Jim Wright of Fort Worth, and John Young of Corpus Christi. Cong. Earle Cabell of Dallas has used Contributions from the “Congressional Club for Earle Cabell” to help meet office expenses and campaign debts. Cong. Henry B. Gonzalez of San Antonio uses funds raised through testimonial dinners and lecture fees to help meet office costs. Cong. Joe Pool of Dallas has used proceeds from a campaign fund to pay for stationery, newsletters, and other office expenses. The Chronicle quoted an assistant of Cong. Bob Price of Pampa as saying, “The congressman does not want to be reached concerning this matter.” The new ethics code adopted by the House requires that members keep campaign funds separate from personal funds and that they not convert campaign funds to personal use. 1# A day before the SDS’s nationwide “Ten Days in April” began, the board of Regents of the University of Texas Sys tem approved a policy making students and faculty members subject to dismissal for using force or violence or the threat San Antonio The most striking presentations at both the US and Texas pavilions of HemisFair are on film. Visitors flock to the films, partially because they offer a constructive excuse to sit down, but more importantly because the pictures, shown on multiple screens, are the most effective medium for describing the confluence of cultures to which both pavilions are dedicated. The 23-minute film shown at the US pavilion’s Confluence Theatre transcends of violence to disrupt the university. Regents Chairman Frank Erwin Jr., said violence includes such activities as “sit-ins, stand-ins, and lie-ins.” The regents also issued a directive saying that any students or employee convicted of handling or using drugs or narcoticson or off campuswill be dismissed. . In the aftermath of two unusually bitter campaigns for the editorship of the Daily Texan, the publications board at the University of Texas at Austin decided to appoint future editors rather than having them chosen in campus-wide elections. Texan editor Mary Morphis Moody told the Observer that student campaigns have been costing upwards of $1000. HemisFair HemisFair attendance for the first two weeks was 10,000 to 20,000 daily under projected figures. But while there were fewer persons visiting the fair, they were spending two to three times as much money as planners had anticipated. V The enthusiasm of HemisFair’s “Proj ect Y” for the new left and hippiedom has cooled considerably since Newsweek revealed the project’s intention to sponsor a Neo-American wedding. The editor of the East Village Other, Allen Ka t z m a n, had accepted an invitation to be married at the fair, but project officials nixed the plans because of adverse reaction to the first published news of the wedding. In its April 1 issue, Newsweek said, “On June 24 … the editor of a New York underground newspaper will get married in a ‘mixed media wedding.’ Beneath the roof of an inflated polyethylene church, electronic music will accompany the orations of a priest of the NeoAmerican Church, which uses LSD as its principal sacrament.” Outraged parents of youthful volunteers at “Project Y” objected to their children being exposed to such psychedelic happenings. The project pulled out of the wedding and abandoned plans to host a convention of the Underground Press Syndicate, as well. Also, a proposed conference of radicals and liberals, patterned after the one sponsored in March by the Observer and the AustinHouston underground weekly Rag, has been shelved. Project Y had sent an observer to the March conference in Austin. the usual exhibition propaganda, giving Americans a critical look at their society. For this reason, it has been a subject of controversey since the fair opened April 6. Called “US” and pronounced “us,” the film was produced and directed by Academy Award winner Francis Thompson and his associate, Alexander Hammid. The narration, thoughtful if a bit preachy, was written by a Pulitzer Prize winning poet, W. H. Auden. Viewers are parceled into three theaters The Films at HemisFair
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