And in this corner . . . Lawsy, lawsy, the feudin’ and the fussin’ does get tacky toward the end of a session. Among those in the ring in mid-May were Joe Christie, chairman of the State Insurance Board, and Rep. Ben Bynum of Amarillo, chairman of the House Insurance Committee. Christie had seen fit to criticize a bill allegedly designed to cut medical malpractice insurance rates. Christie said it would do no such. Bynum started off by talking about Christie’s arrogance and audacity in making such ‘a criticism and then he got warmed up: “This is the most amazing and irresponsible compilation of innuendoes, inaccuracies, misstatements, and unadulterated drivel that I have ever seen.” Christie punched back in fine style, “A statement that the legislation will avoid excessive or discriminatory rates reaches the floweriest heights of rhetoric and bristles with pompous, pseudo-impressive phraseology that substantiates nothing.” The mutual disapprobation society that Rep. Joe Salem and Sen. Mike McKinnon, both of Corpus, have going gets more interesting as it becomes clearer that Salem will run against McKinnon. He is expected to announce on June 16. McKinnon was asked to comment on an early sign of Salem’s candidacy. “I’ve seen a lot of those cheap ‘Sen. Joe Salem’ signs tacked to trees,” said McKinnon. “I don’t know if they’re being put up just to make him feel good or to kill the trees.” All of which reminds us that we meant to tell you about-4n episode that occurred in the Colorado Legislature almost a Month ago. It seems that there \\ was an unseemly brouhaha going on in those chaste halls, when Some peace-loving fellow, whose name we never got, stepped to the front mike.. “Gentlemen, please,” he said, much distressed, “you are behaving like a bunch of Texas legislators.” Whereat they were all so shamed, we hear, that concord was instanter restored. Colorado must be very dull. Political Intelligence present convention system and involves far greater participation by the people.” He pointed out that only 7 percent of the people who voted in 1972 party primaries attended their precinct conventions, the first step toward choosing presidential delegates. He denied that “this is a winner-take-all primary law, as in the case of the California delegation to the 1972 Democratic Convention, when all of that state’s votes went to Senator McGovern even though he scored only a bare plurality in the primary.” \(He did not mention that, under the new Texas primary system, all of a senatorial district’s votes will go to any candidate who scores only a bare plurality Dry run A quorum never showed so it didn’t count. But, for those who care to remember, the following House members cast anti-ERA votes \(i.e. voted to favorably report subcommittee chairman Joe Wyatt’s Wyatt of Bloomington, Tom Cartlidge of Henrietta, Bob Close of Perryton, and Ben Bynum of Amarillo. There were no negative votes. The libs boycotted the meeting. Reps. Ray Hutchison of Dallas and Tom Schieffer of Fort Worth voted “present.” The Dallas school board has voted unanimously to urge the Texas Education Agency and the Legislature to require that the Christian story of creation be taught along with Darwin’s theory of evolution. The State Board of Education currently only requires that Darwin’s explanation of the origin of species be clearly labeled “theory.” Not good enough, says Dallas board president Bill Hunter: “We have a responsibility as educators to equip students with enough facts to make an intelligent decision.. . . If presentations are not balanced, then I think you’re not dealing with education. I tend to think you’re dealing with indoctrination.” There was one trustee, Dr. Emmett Conrad, who took exception to having Darwin’s theory characterized as “pure speculation.” Conrad voted for the resolution. So did James Jennings, who observed that only a small, “sick” portion of the community would object. June 6, 19 75 9 HOW OPEN HALF RECORD / StAAGAZINES 1514 LAVAc,A, AUSTIN; TOAV IN DALLASMoist* * 51’q LcAnuts LAKKIII535 itaCIPOILY At 205 MKS, OAK um ALSO 610 wAS141NGfoN IN WACO LBJr. law Governor Briscoe has signed the “Bentsen bill” into law, thus creating a one-time-only presidential primary in Texas which will benefit the presidential campaign of Sen. Lloyd Bentsen. The Dallas Times Herald has been editorializing against the bill. In May, the paper gave Bentsen a chance to defend the new primary system. Bentsen’s thoughts on the subject ran opposite the editorial page. The senator started off by saying the new law is “among the best in the nation,” and that the “election of delegates at the ballot box is far more democratic than the HEARTS & MINDS 111DIUIEMI11EILIE An Austin Sun Benefit WED.. JUNE 4 VILLAGE CINEMA IV
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