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Houston Breakthrough 1980-05 - Page 9. May 1980. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 18, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/5534/show/5511.

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(May 1980). Houston Breakthrough 1980-05 - Page 9. Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/5534/show/5511

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Transcript Sheppard got the job in the courthouse right out of University of Texas law school. He has handled the renting of the Astrodome; he won a case for the county which allowed it to keep its buildings at 76 degrees last summer while everyone else was at 78; and he designed and defended the ordinances which have allowed legal pressure against nude massage and photo parlors outside the city limits of Houston. It's a rather non-exciting, Dolph Briscoe sort of record, but Sheppard is not ashamed of the comparison or his respect for the former governor. And despite his middle road record he has a little humor and quirkiness about him. For example during a Good Friday interview he said that his anti-skin campaign in the boondocks has not really closed down the nude places—it has just caused them to cover up a little. Characteristically, he described the whole show as a zoning- fight, not a sin-stomp. "It's been a kind of go-along, get-along situation with the county attorney," said political analyst Dr. Richard Murray. "It hasn't been too controversial, but occasionally it gets pushed into something. The attorney there anyway is in a weak position to be a catalyst for change. He can't do much grandstanding, anyway, Ralph Yarborough. Driscoll has a background in business, law, and as a Justice of the Peace, and his charges against Sheppard are not so much of villainy as being out of touch with the needs of the county. The attorney's office has been slow and short-sighted he says. "What happens," said Driscoll, "is that the commissioners decide to do something, say use a piece of land. They have to pay the owner a fair price for it—every delay means that the owner can get more for it from the county. And the delay has been inevitable, so far. "Take the new county jail," he continued. They didn't want to build it at first. It took an ACLU lawsuit on behalf of the prisoners there and then a federal court order to force the commissioners' hand. The county attorney was opposing the jail, then delaying the whole proceedings even when the county had admitted the jail was inadequate, so that finally Federal Judge Bue legally took over the county jail himself, and is running it to this day." The delaying, although it served the county officials apparently, actually cost money and should have been avoided. "It was obvious that going to jail in the county was cruel and unusual punishment," said Driscoll. "It was obvious we needed a Anthony Sheppard is related to Susan B. Anthony but Mike Driscoll doubts whether she'd vote for him. as the house lawyer for the county." Sheppard agrees that things have been mostly quiet, but this is the sign that matters are being taken care of: "It's a legal office, not a policy-making position. There is a large bulk of work, with the welfare and medical suits increasing geometrically. All this is not necessarily a bad sign—I believe in people being able to take their cases to court. But that makes experience, experience with public law, all the more important for this position, and there is no question about my knowing the work and the office." He points to his endorsements by many presidents of bar associations, by people long associated with the county attorney office, by some of his grateful clients, including some community and minority groups. And then there is Susan B. Anthony. Susan B. Anthony does not ordinarily endorse candidates for county attorney, but Sheppard claims to have her in his corner because he is a lineal relative of the leader. Mike Driscoll Mike Driscoll, however, questions whether Susan B. Anthony would have endorsed Sheppard's bid for election. Driscoll thinks Anthony might have endorsed his race instead, joining the Harris County Women's Political Caucus, Harris County Democrats, PASO, and union groups on his list of supporters. "The Susan (B. Anthony thing," said Driscoll, "is just an attempt to curry favor. Her influence seems minimal: look at the Equal Opportunity plan that Sheppard drew up for the county, only after Bass and the Justice Department both pushed him—the plan included all ranks in the same quota system, and now, as a result they have only one black and one woman, and are not really offering equal opportunity on a professional level." Driscoll also has a famous relative in the background—former U.S. Senator 1 new jail. If I had been attorney, I would have been meeting with the commissioners, not aloof from them, and I would have been advising them to avoid the law suit and go on and make the improvements. "That new jail started with a $15 million cost, the cost for improvements that should have been made, but by the time it is finished and the judge lifts the federal court order, that jail is going to cost three times the price of the Astrodome." He spins off charges: the county attorney needs to have real world experience, operate on real time and have real money consciousness. "Here's another example," said Driscoll. "When the county condemned land for a project at Wallisville and Garth roads, they sold some bonds to raise money for the project. The bond issue passed in 1975. But the whole plan has been snarled up in red tape, so that they have only acquired rights for construction this year—can you imagine how costs have ballooned under them since 1975? One of those county projects involved 3.5 million dollars-we're not talking about digging a ditch." Driscoll said much of the delay in the county government has been due to the distance between commissioners and legal staff. Plans are drawn up, then submitted, and batted back and forth between attorneys and commissioners. He would bridge this gap by meeting with the commissioners, as a group and individually, and for the special, busy area of land condemnation, he would establish a special legal section within the office. Driscoll hammered at his point. "Shep pard's strength and weakness is that he's been in that office all his working life. I am a lawyer, I have a lot of different legal experience, including some as an elected public officer." Morris Edelson is a general assignment reporter for the New York Times. Kathy Whitmire, left, and Eleanor Tinsley have endorsed Debra Danburg. DEBRA DANBURG for State Representative - District 79 Supported by Harris County Women's Political Caucus Gertrude Barnestone Mary Ellen Brannan Joyce Cragg Sylvia Garcia Joy Goodman Vera Jackson Liz Kloman Norma Lee Sharon Macha Ruth Milburn Beatrice Mladenka-Fowler Ida Reeves Ann Robinson Alice Schrader Iris Sizemore Olga Soliz Ella Tyler Nikki Van Hightower Donna Vollmer Diane Teichman We need your time. We need your money. We need you. WE'VE GOT A LOT TO WIN! Paid for by the Debra Danburg Campaign, Charles Blanton, Jr., Treasurer P.O. Box 7241; Houston, TX. 77008 C£H] p-"-n p-n-n D£H] C=3 Q£L£| ruT-rj MAY 3rd DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY VOTE FOR JAMES R. (Jim) KUHN CANDIDATE FOR JUDGE HARRIS COUNTY CRIMINAL COURT AT LAW NO. 10 • PRINCETON 1967, A.B. • UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS 1970, J.D. • ADMITTED TO PRACTICE TEXAS 1970 • PRECINCT COMMITTEEMAN 1978-80 • PRACTICING ATTORNEY FOR 10 YEARS • ENDORSED BY HCD AND GPC • RECOMMENDED BY AREA V DEMOCRATS • ENDORSED BY BAPTIST MINISTERS' ASSOCIATION c=3 =3 [HFO =3 KF3 WELCOME HOME SISSY SUNDAY, JUNE 1ST Mark your calendar to join the Women's Political Caucus for a Texas-style WELCOME HOME for our favorite daughter Sissy Farenthold Details in the next issue or call (512) 474-1798 The National Women's Political Caucus will hold its quarterly meeting in Houston May 29-31. Call Olga Soliz, chair of the HCWPC for more information: 225-4480. MAY 1910