Shower shoes? Declaring that he intends to be a “political force in this state for the next four to eight years,” agriculture commissioner Reagan Brown went on a sudden tear the first week of the new year. He fired two employees for mishandling public funds, secured the retirement of six other department executives who Brown said “were just wandering around the halls, doing nothing,” returned $800,000 in unspent appropriations from 1978, took a potshot at his predecessor in office, and warned all department staffers that any of them showing up for work wearing “shower shoes” would be summarily dismissed. Brown, who regularly is garbed in the blackest suits and whitest shirts you’re ever going to see outside a funeral home, says that former agriculture commissioner John White is a friend of his, but they differ on administrative philosophies”I believe in hard work,” Brown offered. “We don’t play much golf and we dress with a tie and suit,” he added. Service with a smile Not only do lobbyists tinker with government from the outside, but some of them have found their way inside. Don Adams, for example, when he’s not doing business for such accounts as Monsanto, Texas Association of Business, and the Association of Elec. tric Companies, serves as one of 12 members of the Texas Industrial Commission, having been appointed to the slot by his old boss, Dolph Briscoe. Gaylord Armstrong, who lobbies for the likes of Exxon, General Electric and Continental Airlines, also does duty as chairman of a state commission subcommittee that will recommend changes in the disclosure sections of our campaign finance law. Two Houston lawyer-lobbyists have just been named to the Texas Film Commission: Dean Cobb, who represents Brown & Root, Entex, Houston Natural Gas and other firms, and Frank Calhoun, who lobbies for Texas Commerce Bancshares, El Paso Natural Gas, and other corporate clients. Sharkskinners To commemorate the successful fight he led against loanshark legislation in the 1977 Legislature, Sen. Bill Patman is presenting aides who helped out with appropriate souvenirs sharkskin wallets, custom-made in Yoakum, Texas. “Slili111111lif 9 Don’t spread it around! We’re not telling everybody… but if you’re the kind of person who’s looking for a plush, sophisticated place to have a tall drink after a fast day .. . intimate music in the background so you can talk…or just listen, and a location ,in the heart of downtown … Stephen’s just may be what you’re looking for. Stephen’s -=:” Keep it to yourself. ST HEN’S Congress and 7th. the.illphoi 1 Stephen F. Austin Hotel. Lunch 11:30-2:00 Tues.Fri. & Sunday Brunch Dinner 5:30-10:00 Tues.Sun. Steaks, Spirits, mv\\cArnqiicifs 507D4a_mRd. irrigE. :11=11 O USE Printers Stationers Mailers Typesetters High Speed Web Offset Publication Press Counseling Designing Copy Writing Editing Trade Computer Sales and Services Complete Computer Data Processing Services Vo l g Us T /AMTOS1 FILITILBRAL 512/442-7836 1714 South Congress P.O. Box 3485 Austin, Texas 78764 14 FEBRUARY 2, 1979
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