Candidates spend big bucks on state campaigns

AUSTIN ‘ You wouldn’t know it by watching television, but Laredo businessman Tony Sanchez Jr. is not the only candidate for governor and David Dewhurst is not the only guy running for lieutenant governor. But Democratic gubernatorial contender Sanchez, who faces former attorney general Dan Morales in the March 12 primary, clearly is spending the most on TV advertising. And Republican Dewhurst is obviously shelling out big bucks right now for TV ads in his race against Democrat John Sharp. Interestingly enough, the Texas Association of Business and Chambers of Commerce, which normally supports GOP contenders, voted to endorse Sharp. Every other candidate getting the group’s endorsement was a Republican. Four years ago, the association endorsed Republican Rick Perry over Sharp in the lieutenant governor’s race. Association president Bill Hammond told the Austin American-Statesman that Sharp literally talked his way into the endorsement this year. ‘He spoke to issues that are important to employers across the state, and these are issues we have been working on for quite some time,’ Hammond told the newspaper. Times have changed In 1896, when prizefights were illegal in Texas, the governor called out the Rangers to prevent a boxing match from being staged in the state. With a show of force keeping a much-ballyhooed fight between two nationally known pugilists from coming off in El Paso, the promoters took the train to Langtry and held the fight on an island in the middle of the Rio Grande. One hundred and six years later, the state employee in charge of licensing boxers has said that controversial boxer Mike Tyson, whose license application was turned down by fight officials in Nevada because of his criminal record, would be welcome to fight Lennox Lewis in the Lone Star state. ‘We have no reason not to license him here,’ Dickie Cole, the boxing administrator for the Texas Department of Licensing ad Regulations, told the New York Daily News. ‘There’s no way we could deny him a license. We’re not altar boys down here. We don’t hold church in our boxing arenas.’ Texas Motor Speedway executive vice president and general manager Eddie Gossage has had discussions with Tyson’s camp and with the firm representing Lewis, about having the fight at the Metroplex track. But the Association of Boxing Commissions has recommended that other states follow Nevada in not granting Tyson a license. The association’s action, however, is not binding.

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