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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 10, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 273 20 pages in 2 sections November 10 2000 FRIDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents INSIDE Candidates waste no time dragging lawyers into the A Wentworth among top contenders for job of lieutenant gov if Bush Florida voters are not the only ones upset about how balloting went on The Florida recount county returns and which counties went to Bush This is serious stuff its time to cool partisan passions or risk being damaged goods even if you win the Democratic consultant Jim Duffy How much longer Florida officials say results could come as late as Tuesday Bush lead less than 250 votes K JESSIE Karen Akins brought Sam Akins 8 and Mason Royal 10 bottom to the Governors mansion for an afternoon civics lesson Thursday afternoon 1 brought them here to get involved in demanding a fair she said Members of the media Bush supporters and execution protesters descended on the Governors mansion Thursday motives Still Republicans eyed BY RON FOURNIER AP Political Writer George W Bushs lead over Al Gore in allornothing Florida slipped beneath 300 votes in a sus pensefilled recount Thursday as Democrats threw the presidential election to the courts claiming an injustice unparalleled in our his The Bush campaign was con sidering recounts in two other closevoting states Chaos reigned It might take weeks to untangle the thickening legal and political webs and deter mine the nations 43rd president The presidential election on said James A Baker III the secretary of state in the Bush administration brought in to protect the Texas governors interests Gore wants a followup recount in four Florida counties and per haps a new election in the Palm Beach the Bush camp said amounted to politicizing and distorting the electoral system Amid a campaignstyle flurry of charges and countercharges Gore campaign chairman William Daley said his party will support legal actions by voters and supporters who say a confusing ballot may have led them to vote accidentally for Reform Party candidate Pat Buchanan Were raising some very serious questions and legal actions will be Daley said at a Florida ses sion with Warren Christopher the former secretary of state acting as Gores recount consigliere The Bush campaign fired back by staking its own claim to a Flori da victory and questioning Gores Election 2000 Countdown to the presidency recounts elsewhere in case Gore Austin host to media circus BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer AUSTIN The vigil outside the mansion pf Governor George W Bush stretched into a raucous second day Thursday The international press corps grew ever larger and protesters performed ever more boisterously Amidst the mediafueled circus was increasing uncertainty as news reports filtered in through out the day of Florida recounts and of a narrowing lead for Bush An officially certified recount could be some days away Unofficially the Associated Press was reporting a 250vote lead that had decreased throughout the day with only two counties left to report In the meantime Thursday the atmosphere in the crowd outside the Texas Governors mansion became more intense More news crews with bigger trucks more television cameras some from as far away as Australia and Hong Kong and more special chase cars crowded the streets of Austin There were more police deputies detectives and Secret Service agents There was yellow sheriffs department tape that kept getting knocked down There was more trash Chris Galbreath of Austin showed up outside the mansion about 4 to see for himself what was going on prevails in Florida raising the specter of a lengthy multistate battle One of the options that they seem to be looking at is new elec tions Our democratic process calls for a vote on Election Day it does not call for us to continue voting until someone likes the Bush campaign chairman Don Evans said in Austin Texas As the drama unfolded in Flori da Attorney General Janet Reno said in Washington she saw no rea son for federal authorities to jump in the controversy The former Miami prosecutor said she would review any complaints brought to her We are not here to generate she said There was already plenty of that An unofficial tally by The Asso ciated Press showed that Gore had cut Bushs lead to 225 votes with 65 of 67 counties recounted Near ly 6 million votes were cast in the state The official total lagged behind and Secretary of State Catherine Harris said it could as late as Tuesday a week after the the state certifies ballot results from all 67 counties She said it may take until Nov 17 to tabulate ballots cast by Floridi ans living overseas Nobody ever said that democracy was simple or said election board See Laura Bush leaves the Governors man sion late Thursday afternoon shortly before Dick Cheney and Press Secretary Karen Hughes amve K JESSIE SLATEN HerakJZettuog Board eyes crosswalk ideas BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer New Braunfels Transportation and Traffic Advisory Board suggested improvements Thursday to the Walnut Avenue and Landa Street crosswalk over a new crosswalk at Landa and Laurel Lane The residents of Laurel Plaza Apart ments on Laurel Lane had previously asked for money from a portion of the citys sales tax revenues to build a side walk to Landa Street and a crosswalk across Landa The apartments are operated by the citys housing authority and are home lowincome elderly and disabled resi dents Many of those people said they crossed Landa at Laurel Lane to get to the Albertsons across the street How ever they said it is dangerous crossing there and had asked the board that over sees a portion of die cityt sales tax rev enues for money to build the crosswalk and sidewalk to make it safer That board the New Braunfels Infra structure and Improvement for warded the issue to the transportation and traffic advisory board The transportation board finalized its recommendation Thursday City staff have said since the issue surfaced that a crosswalk at Laurel Lane was not safe because it is not at a traffic signal Assistant to the City Manager INSIDE Abby 9A Classifieds Comics Crossword Forum 8A 4A Movies 9A Obituaries 3A Sports Today Stocks 5A www Jmtld New sales tax changes renew debates about chamber contract Bv Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer New Braunfels does not have to make a choice between eco nomic development and streets and drainage when spending a portion of its sales tax revenues the local chamber president said Voters on Tuesday approved two proposals concerning the use of a portion of New Braun fels1 sales tax revenues The proposition passed by a vote of to Greater New Braunfels Cham ber of Com merce Presi d e n t Michael Meek said he was not surprised considering that there was no opposition to it in the com munity Issues that do not gen erate a lot of interest usually pass he said We have given our leaders a MEEK complete tool chest from which to create a comprehen sive econom ic develop ment pro Meek said I mink these funds can be used to do great things for our citi For several years the city has See CH SEROLD
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