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continued from pg. 24 cited linked the use of cellular phones with elevated levels of brain cancer. Smith was testifying against tort system limits included in the new products liability bill. SECRETS OF THE TEMPLE. “Fed officials appear to be paying more attention to Congressional criticisms this year than last year,” writes New York Times reporter Steven Greenhouse, who goes on to describe the widely held perception that the Clinton Administration might be receptive to attempts to reduce the Fed’s independence. Greenhouse cited two bills aimed at imposing limits on the Federal Reserve. One bill, sponsored by Senator Paul Sarbanes, D-Maryland, would strip the Federal Reserve’s regional bank presidents of their right to vote on the central bank’s main policy-making committee. The other bill, sponsored by Rep. Henry B. Gonzalez, D-San Antonio, who chairs the House Banking Committee, would require the President to nominate the 12 regional bank presidents, who would then be confirmed by the Senate. After Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan suggested the central bank would consider lowering interest rates if the Clinton deficit reduction plan weakened the economy, many observers claimed that it was precisely Sarbanes’ and Gonzalez’s attempts to curb the power of the Fed, and the Clinton Administration’s interest in such initiatives, that have Greenspan singing with the choir. TRUE HERO. U.S. Ag Secretary Mike Espy gets high marks from the Texas Farm Bureau, the Waco-based tire and insurance company and agribusiness advocacy organization. This according to Texas Agriculture, the Farm . Bureau’s monthly newspaper. “I’ve talked to the president of the Mississippi Farm Bureau and I’ve talked to Cong. Charlie Stenholm, and Mike Espy gets high marks,” said Texas Farm Bureau President S.M. True. According to the January issue, American Farm Bureau President Dean Kleckner was also pleased with President Bill Clinton’s choice of Espy, an African-American Mississippi congressman who had just been elected to his fourth ten -n. “Espy has established a congressional voting record favorable to Farm Bureau [sic],” Kleckner said, “such as promoting a balanced budget amendment, opposing grazing fee increases, and working to retain the availability of minoruse chemicals.” True also praised Espy’s position on chemicals, saying “we’re glad to see we have a secretary who’s concerned about the use of chemicals and pesticides because they’re very important to agriculture today. The article went on to say that, according to the American Farm Bureau, “Espy has consistently opposed excessive environmental restrictions while in Congress.” TRUE CAMPAIGNERS. Senator Bob Krueger, Texas Treasurer Kay Bailey Hutchison, Jim Mattox and Jose Angel Gutierrez, all candidates in the May 1 election to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Lloyd Bentsen, were scrambling for the support of the Texas Farm Bureau when it met in Austin at the end of last month. Mattox, a former Texas attorney general, and Gutierrez, founder of the now-defunct Raza Unida Party and a former South Texas County judge, both turned their attention to Krueger, who was appointed to the Senate by Gov. Ann Richards. Both Mattox and Gutierrez said they opposed the U.S. military’s ban on homosexuals and both accused Krueger of flipflopping on the issue. “He’s had three positions in the last week, and he’s been a Senator less than that, Gutierrez said, as quoted in the Austin American-Statesman. Mattox unveiled one of the issues of a campaign he hasn’t yet officially declared: An attack on the tobacco industry. “We must stop these merchants of death,” Mattox told Farm Bureau members. Mattox’s campaign might be cast as the beginning of a crusade “to make the U.S. a smokeless nation by the end of the decade.” Mattox also characterized Krueger as the Senator from Texaco, because of his support of oil import tax. Hutchison, at least while talking to farmers, is running hard against the nascent Clinton Administration, and the Governor’s hairstyle. Others who have joined the race recently include: Richard W. Fisher, 43, a Dallas multimillionaire investor who was an adviser to Ross Perot’s presidential campaign and was an executive assistant to the U.S. Treasury secretary in the Carter Administration; Stephen Hopkins, 31, a Burnet Republican who plans to run graphic anti-abortion ads on TV stations in Houston, Dallas, El Paso and San Antonio. Federal election rules forced TV stations in the Austin area to run similar ads when Hopkins ran as a write-in challenger to U.S. Rep. 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