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Getting professional politicians back into presidential politics by mandating that 15 percent of all delegates should be “uncommitted” elected officials selected by members of Congress and state Democratic committees; Ruling that state parties could rewrite their rules to produce a greater likelihood of “winner-take-all” primaries instead of the proportional-representation elections of recent years; Eliminating the 1980 rule that bound delegates to vote for the candidate to which each was originally pledged. The DNC will probably ratify all or most of the changes. The idea is to prevent future nominations of what columnist Richard Reeves calls “little-known outsider candidates in other words, to lock the barn door after George McGovern and Jimmy Carter have escaped.” The Commission did nothing to reduce the number of primaries, the length or cost of the campaign or the influence of the news media. Comptroller Capers fr” The comptroller’s race got started on a predictably nasty note. Bob Bullock filed a formal complaint charging Sen. Mike Richards, R-Houston, may have violated election laws by soliciting contributions before naming a campaign treasurer. Bullock drew attention to a note at the end of a Richards memo which says, “After reading, please destroy and preferably do not discuss.” Sec. of State David Dean and Harris County officials say they’ll look into it. Richards calls Bullock “a very sick -man.” Marshall Has Think-Tank so’ Former Labor Secretary Ray Marshall has formed a new organization to push moderate-to-liberal alternatives to conservative policies currently winning favor in Washington. Marshall’s group, the National Policy Exchange, will be headquartered in Washington. Members of the group include James Tobin, a Nobel Prize-winning economist from Yale; Sen. Edward Kennedy; former Vice President Walter Mondale; former Sen. Gaylord Nelson; and AFL-CIO chief Lane Kirkland. Robert Straus& is one of the contributors; Vernon Jordan, formerly head of the Urban League and now a partner in Strauss’ law firm, is on the board of directors. CHEESECAKE ON THE RIVERWALK –“Deli 4kane urt roo Serving sandwiches to seafood, from 11:30 until 11:30 every day of the week; open till midnight in the Metro Center, San Antonio, Texas 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 *FUTURA PRESS AUSTIN TEXAS IFILJPTILAIRIA 512/442-7836 1714 South Congress P.O. Box 3485 Austin, Texas 78764 THE TEXAS OBSERVER 17