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Since 1866 The Place in Austin GOOD FOOD GOOD BEER 1607 San Jacinto 477-4171 Corpus Christi politics a la Watergate: somebody broke in at the office of La Raza Unida Party County Chairman Albert Huerta on the night of interest in general campaign files, but did steal confidential files of correspondence from Jose Angel Gutierrez as well as an undetermined amount of cash. The files contained names of potential contributors and papers on campaign strategy. There was also some general trashing. Editor gets 10 for pot Brent Stein \(whose pen name is newspaper editor, was sentenced to 10 years and one day in prison for possession of marijuana. Burns contends that police planted the small film canister full of marijuana seeds found in the glove compartment of his van March 4. Stein is appealing the case. It could develop into the most widely celebrated dope bust of a political figure since Lee Otis Johnson got 30 years for giving a joint to an undercover officer. On again, off again, the San Antonio North Expressway is on again. Despite the opposition of the Environmental Protection Agency and the White House Environmental Agency, the U.S. House of Representatives has approved legislation exempting the expressway from federal environmental guidelines. The measure, previously passed by the Senate, will allow the State of Texas to complete construction on the expressway using its own funds. U.S. Reps. 0. C. Fisher and Jim Wright were the two strongest proponents of the House bill; Rep. Bob Eckhardt led the floor fight against it, along with Rep. John D. Dingell of Michigan. Guess who’s supporting the Democratic ticket this year? Rep., Bill Heatly of Paducah. One good Republican. The best thing the Texas Republicans have come up with since George Bush is Doug Harlan of San Antonio, who’s running for Congress against 0. C. Fisher. Fisher’s the one who used to boast that he was the only man in Congress with a zero rating from Americans for Democratic Action. For all we know, he still is. Harlan holds a Ph.D. in political science, has taught at Trinity University and worked in various planning and resource agencies. Poage is chicken “I intend to explore fully the missing links in the events connected with the [Soviet wheat] sale in the course of hearings of my subcommittee on livestock and grains,” Texas Congressman Graham Purcell promised his fellow House members Sept. 14. That full investigation, however, doesn’t include anything as drastic as using the House Agriculture Committee’s subpoena power. According to columnist Clark Mollenhoff, the Ag. Committee, chaired by another Texan, Robert Poage, has rarely, if ever, subpoenaed witnesses during the last quarter century. “Most of our witnesses are responsible businessmen and government officials whom you would expect to tell the truth,” one of the staff members told Mollenhoff. Witnesses simply have been invited to appear and tell their version of the grain deal story. Denton Democrat-for-Nixon John B. Connally is the Republican Party’s choice for President in 1976. Is anyone surprised? At a Denton fund-raising-disguised-asawards gala, Sept. 23, GOP big-gun John Wayne, sharing the platform with Connally, told a cheering crowd of the wealthy: “Recently I had the privilege of talking to the President and Mr. Kissinger, and if Mr. Connally had heard the nice things they said about him, he’d know why we all want him in ’76. I’m willing to help start it, anytime.” The Duke held a $50,000 rifle inlaid with rubies and decorated with gold as he said this. He was the last act in a live horse opera billed as “A Gathering of Eagles,” at the Rex Cauble Ranch and Show Arena. Connally, Wayne and Herb W. Klein, the Dallas big-game hunter and investor in gas, oil and real estate, were honored as “Eagles” for their “Love of Country, Love of Outdoors and Love of Sportsmanship.” The “Eagles” symbolism was explained thusly: “It is appropriate that Eagles should gather on National Hunting and Fishing Day.” Homer Koon, “the foremost rifle designer in the world,” presented each “Eagle” with a plush weapon, the first three produced by his new firm, Omega Arms, Inc. of Flower Mound, next door to the Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Airport. Production models will sell at a much lower price: $400. Connally, Wayne and Klein came early enough to cut the ribbon opening Omega Arms before moving on to Cauble’s Show Arena. At Cauble’s, a long private party billed in PR releases as “an adult affair” preceded the brief public showing of the Big Three. Cauble’s air-conditioned barn may well be the Astrodome of the world’s quarterhorse circles. Larger than a football field and equipped with offices and a saloon, the arena houses Cutter Bill, world champion cutting horse, retired now to stud, and many of his high-priced offspring. Mollenhoff maintains, “When congressional committees don’t use the power of subpoena and oath, they are abdicating their oversight responsibilities to see that bureaucrats administer the laws as intended. Careless congressional supervisions or a cozy relationship between committee members and Agriculture Department officials creates an unhealthy relationship by which Agriculture Department officials and the business interest they deal with or regulate ‘are permitted to interpret and apply the law to suit their own purposes.” Cauble is an oilman, banker, investor and owner of thousands of acres of Texas. Cauble’s guests dined and drank safe from the rain but breathing the rank odor of horse manure and Pine-Sol, while a choir sang “God Bless America” and “The Green Leaves of Summer.” Klein and his gold “R.N.” lapel pin all but got lost in the shuffle around Connally and Wayne. The rich grabbed Wayne for snapshots, then reached for Connally’s hand, the hand that only the night before had . touched the President’s and wealthy Democrats-for-Nixon at Connally’s Floresville ranch. The public was admitted in time to see the “Eagles” on stage and taking off. Homer Koon handed Connally his gun reminding the audience that Connally has “felt the sting of the assassin’s bullet.” Connally’s speech was largely non-political. “A hunter is not a killer; a hunter is a conservationist,” he said. Then a cry arose from the crowd, and it was solidly cheered: “John Connally, ’76!” S. Dunn October 20, 1972 9 Bookkeeping & Tax Service 503 WEST 15TH, AUSTIN 78701 O cu AND BY APPOINTMENT ANYTIME OFFICE HOURS: 9 A.M. TO 1 P.M. Republicans for Connally