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Under the President’s legislation creating the Office of Economic Opportunity, programs must originate in local areas, and governors of the states are given vetoes over these programs. . . . The war on poverty in Texas is being managed at the state level by the conservative Democrats who are led by Gov. John Connally. This was dramatized when Terrell Blodgett, the governor’s aide, and the governor himself openly attacked the minimum wage of $1.25 an hour that was promulgated for youths in the Neighborhood Youth Corps. . . . The storm on $1.25 began gathering when U.S. News & World Report quoted Blodgett . . . that the minimum wage rate “will ‘sabotage’ programs in his state. `Communities just can’t live with it,’ says Mr. Blodgett.” .. . The dispute broke into the open when Washington reporter Ned Curran quoted an unidentified Labor Department official that Connally’s opposition to $1.25 endangered the success of the war on poverty in Texas. “Frankly, we are surprised with resistance from the President’s home state and from Governor Connally,” Curran quoted the official. Connally called a news conference on minutes’ notice. He denied opposition to the Neighborhood Youth Corps. . . . . . [Connally said], “As a practical matter, this action would place local school districts in the awkward and unrealistic position of paying inexperienced school age students of underprivileged families a rate of pay for casual chores that in many cases would exceed that of adult employees working in the same facility, the average earning of their own parents, and the wages he himself might reasonably expect to earn in the days immediately following school.” The requirement was “unfortunate,” the governor said. “We have many state employees, unfortunately, who do not receive $1.25 an hour,” he said. .. . On terms, ’62 vs. ’65 April 30, 1965 Governor Connally said on February 15, 1962according to the Houston Post the next daythat he would ask the Legislature to submit a constitutional amendment “limiting any governor to two two-year consecutive terms, effective with my own election.” .. . In his message to the Legislature in January 1963, Connally said, “I recommend that the Legislature submit to the people a constitutional amendment limiting the service of the governor to two consecutive terms.” The Legislature did not. Last January, Connally told the Legislature, “I recommend a constitutional amendment providing four-year terms for the governor and all statewide elective officials who now have two-year terms.” He did not mention any tion on the number of the governors four-year terms. This year the Legislature did what he asked, and the voters will pass on the proposal next’ . November. On 14-B May 28, 1965 . . . If there is one issue that pervades the labor movement, it’s the right-towork law. The rank and filers believe that whoever actively champions the right-to-work law is anti-union. Late and lukewarmly, but nevertheless explicitly, President Johnson endorsed repeal of 14-B of Taft-Hartley, which makes right-to-work laws possible. Once again, just at the moment when what he did would count the most, Connally last Friday wired every Texas congressman declaring that the right-to-work law is good and please save 14-B from repeal. The ’66 campaign . October 15, 1965 Anyone who runs against Connally is likely to be called a sacrificial lamb; the Observer hears no reports of anyone’s seriously considering opposing him in the Democratic primary. . . . The Republicans, too, are in the grip of Connally’s hypnotic political power. They have the special problem that they must re-elect Tower or lose most of their power in Texas. Tower has announced that the GOP candidate for governor will not be active. An aide close to Tower tells the Observer that a candidate will be selected who agrees to “stay in his office.” In other words, the Republicans already concede the governorship to Connally. Voters refuse November 12, 1965 Liberal and Republican voters contributed the bulk of the majority who defeated four-year terms for governor and other statewide officials in the Texas election on constitutional amendments November 2. Gov . John Connally’s State Democratic Executive Committee marshalled all the support . . . that it could, but the change was beaten down . . . 57 to 43 percent. Woods and Hollowell February 4, 1966 It was an unusual scene in Committee Room No. 1 at the statehouse the morn; .. ing Stanley Woods announced for governor as a Democrat. The assembled press knew the candidate only slightly, if at all, and Woods made it clear that he 18 AUGUST 24, 1979
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