O’Rourke of Houston said the decision had blown a possible out-of-court settlement out of the water. Lo-Vaca’s chief executive confirmed that the company had been in the process of reaching an agreed settlement with its customers. Walter Wendlandt of Austin, former head of the RRC’s gas utilities division, called the decision a “donothing, buck-passing copout,” which is very strong language indeed for Wendlandt. However, Wendlandt noted that the cities of Austin and San Antonio got themselves into this mess by opposing RRC regulation a few years ago, when Coastal wanted out of its long-term, low-cost contracts. At this point, the options don’t look good. The RRC, having stalled for two and a half years, could easily keep granting extensions on the decision, while customers continue to pay 100 percent passthroughs, until the RRC gets a new member next January. Or the customers could just shoot the horse, as it were, and take their chances with the federal bankruptcy folks. Or the customers can go with the RRC’s own, notoriously inadequate rate-making practices, which Don Butler, Austin’s utility consultant, calls “a gimmick to allow the utilities more money.” Bob Folsom, the millionaire, ex-SMU football star, won the Dallas mayor’s race. He beat former city councilman Garry Weber, the other millionaire, ex-SMU football star in the race, by a couple of percentage points. The two, in their millionaireish, ex-SMU football star fashion, managed to spend about $700,000 between them vying for the $50-a-week job. Some fine old mud-slinging developed in the latter days of the run-off. Folsom took out an ad revealing to an unsuspecting citizenry that “Garry Weber actively seeks and accepts support of ecology and environmental groups. On the other hand, Garry Weber has a roomful! of game trophies he himself shotmany of which are on the Endangered Species list.” The spelling and the emphasis are Folsom’s. A drawing of a melancholy rhino head decorated the ad. The Dallas Morning News, which seemed to endorse Folsom every other day, took a pet over Weber’s referring to Folsom as “the CCA candidate.” Folsom was smart enough to realize that an endorsement from the Citizens Charter Association, THE Dallas Establishment, was a political liability in this race, so the CCA didn’t endorse him. But even the DMN was aware that Folsom’s candidacy was not the result of parthenogenesis. He was the CCA candidate. Notwithstanding the inroads made by single member districting, it looks as though the old Dallas Establishment is riding high again. Speaker Billy Wayne Clayton and his . minions are out to scuttle the liberal House Study Group again, and this time they may succeed. The House Administration Committee, chaired by Pete Laney of Hale Center, voted to change the House rules so that no employee can be paid by more than two members. That seems to obviate the four-member staff of the HSG, whose salaries are paid by the 40-odd members in the HSG. The members were apparently too busy campaigning before primary day to raise much objection to Laney’s coup. The Laney ruling will also affect other employees paid by two-or-more reps. The ad hoc House group concerned with utilities regulation, the black caucus, the chicano caucus, House environmentalists, and any other group of reps who want to pool resources to get research done on a specific Observers and some participants including the speaker, have been predicting that House liberals will be in a bad way next session, what with veteran libs like Neil Caldwell of Alvin and Carl Parker of Port Arthur no longer on the scene. At this rate, the libs won’t even have to wait for the start of the session for the gutting to begin. Ann Fears Crawford, co-author of John B. Connally: Portrait in Power, is suing James Conaway and his publisher, Alfred Knopf, Inc., for plagiarism in Conaway’s book The Texans. 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