- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 7, 1999

A negative victory

In the opening minute in the global trade arena he wanted to call The Clinton Round,’ President Clinton took a huge swing and kayoed himself,” New York Times columnist William Safire writes.

“But cheer up: even as he permitted U.S. policy to be determined by organized anarchists joined by organized labor in the street battle of Seattle, the U.S. president ultimately scored a kind of negative victory,” Mr. Safire said.

“Flat on his back, dumped on by dumping nations and object of catcalls of the undeveloped world, a frustrated Clinton did not abandon our interests. In aligning himself with street people and bowing to AFL-CIO pressure, Clinton became a trade realist: he allowed the talks to collapse and made Seattle his Reykjavik.”

Big move

Reform Party national committee members decided in a controversial vote released yesterday to move the 2000 national convention from Long Beach, Calif., to an undesignated Minnesota city.

Chairman Russ Verney, a loyalist of party founder Ross Perot, called the mail-in vote a “farce.” Incoming Chairman Jack Gargan of Cedar Key, Fla., believes it is valid and called it “the will of the members.”

Minnesota Chairman Rick McCluhan and California Chairman Paul Hale organized the vote. The 143-member national committee voted both to allow the vote and to move the convention to Minnesota. The vote, conducted over the last couple of weeks, was 45.5 for Minnesota, 17 for California, 12 abstentions and three who didn’t vote, according to Mr. McCluhan. New Jersey votes count as half votes because of a dispute over state party control.

Mr. McCluhan says a quorum of 51 percent of national committee members was all that was needed to conduct any business. Mr. Verney “cannot sit back and dictate policy and procedure to the national committee,” Mr. McCluhan said.

But Mr. Verney said the vote didn’t follow party rules for calling meetings or setting the agenda.

Brown far ahead

San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown has a commanding lead over challenger Tom Ammiano with just a week to go before their runoff election, mainly because of voter concerns over how Mr. Ammiano would handle economic matters, according to a poll released yesterday.

Mr. Brown was the choice of 49 percent of 600 likely voters questioned, while 29 percent favored Mr. Ammiano. Twenty-two percent were undecided in the poll conducted for the San Francisco Chronicle. The election is Dec. 14.

“It looks like it’s Willie Brown’s election to win,” pollster Cheryl Katz said.

She cited the economy as a key issue among those rejecting Mr. Ammiano, who has suggested a variety of new taxes.

Just 19 percent chose Mr. Ammiano, the president of the city Board of Supervisors, when asked which candidate “would do a better job in dealing with the issue of business and the economy.” Mr. Brown was chosen by 63 percent on this question.

The poll, conducted from Nov. 30 through Dec. 4, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Brown far ahead

San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown has a commanding lead over challenger Tom Ammiano with just a week to go before their runoff election, mainly because of voter concerns over how Mr. Ammiano would handle economic matters, according to a poll released yesterday.

Mr. Brown was the choice of 49 percent of 600 likely voters questioned, while 29 percent favored Mr. Ammiano. Twenty-two percent were undecided in the poll conducted for the San Francisco Chronicle. The election is Dec. 14.

“It looks like it’s Willie Brown’s election to win,” pollster Cheryl Katz said.

She cited the economy as a key issue among those rejecting Mr. Ammiano, who has suggested a variety of new taxes.

Just 19 percent chose Mr. Ammiano, the president of the city Board of Supervisors, when asked which candidate “would do a better job in dealing with the issue of business and the economy.” Mr. Brown was chosen by 63 percent on this question.

The poll, conducted from Nov. 30 through Dec. 4, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Brown far ahead

San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown has a commanding lead over challenger Tom Ammiano with just a week to go before their runoff election, mainly because of voter concerns over how Mr. Ammiano would handle economic matters, according to a poll released yesterday.

Mr. Brown was the choice of 49 percent of 600 likely voters questioned, while 29 percent favored Mr. Ammiano. Twenty-two percent were undecided in the poll conducted for the San Francisco Chronicle. The election is Dec. 14.

“It looks like it’s Willie Brown’s election to win,” pollster Cheryl Katz said.

She cited the economy as a key issue among those rejecting Mr. Ammiano, who has suggested a variety of new taxes.

Just 19 percent chose Mr. Ammiano, the president of the city Board of Supervisors, when asked which candidate “would do a better job in dealing with the issue of business and the economy.” Mr. Brown was chosen by 63 percent on this question.

The poll, conducted from Nov. 30 through Dec. 4, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Brown far ahead

San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown has a commanding lead over challenger Tom Ammiano with just a week to go before their runoff election, mainly because of voter concerns over how Mr. Ammiano would handle economic matters, according to a poll released yesterday.

Mr. Brown was the choice of 49 percent of 600 likely voters questioned, while 29 percent favored Mr. Ammiano. Twenty-two percent were undecided in the poll conducted for the San Francisco Chronicle. The election is Dec. 14.

“It looks like it’s Willie Brown’s election to win,” pollster Cheryl Katz said.

She cited the economy as a key issue among those rejecting Mr. Ammiano, who has suggested a variety of new taxes.

Just 19 percent chose Mr. Ammiano, the president of the city Board of Supervisors, when asked which candidate “would do a better job in dealing with the issue of business and the economy.” Mr. Brown was chosen by 63 percent on this question.

The poll, conducted from Nov. 30 through Dec. 4, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Brown far ahead

San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown has a commanding lead over challenger Tom Ammiano with just a week to go before their runoff election, mainly because of voter concerns over how Mr. Ammiano would handle economic matters, according to a poll released yesterday.

Mr. Brown was the choice of 49 percent of 600 likely voters questioned, while 29 percent favored Mr. Ammiano. Twenty-two percent were undecided in the poll conducted for the San Francisco Chronicle. The election is Dec. 14.

“It looks like it’s Willie Brown’s election to win,” pollster Cheryl Katz said.

She cited the economy as a key issue among those rejecting Mr. Ammiano, who has suggested a variety of new taxes.

Just 19 percent chose Mr. Ammiano, the president of the city Board of Supervisors, when asked which candidate “would do a better job in dealing with the issue of business and the economy.” Mr. Brown was chosen by 63 percent on this question.

The poll, conducted from Nov. 30 through Dec. 4, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Brown far ahead

San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown has a commanding lead over challenger Tom Ammiano with just a week to go before their runoff election, mainly because of voter concerns over how Mr. Ammiano would handle economic matters, according to a poll released yesterday.

Mr. Brown was the choice of 49 percent of 600 likely voters questioned, while 29 percent favored Mr. Ammiano. Twenty-two percent were undecided in the poll conducted for the San Francisco Chronicle. The election is Dec. 14.

“It looks like it’s Willie Brown’s election to win,” pollster Cheryl Katz said.

She cited the economy as a key issue among those rejecting Mr. Ammiano, who has suggested a variety of new taxes.

Just 19 percent chose Mr. Ammiano, the president of the city Board of Supervisors, when asked which candidate “would do a better job in dealing with the issue of business and the economy.” Mr. Brown was chosen by 63 percent on this question.

The poll, conducted from Nov. 30 through Dec. 4, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Brown far ahead

San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown has a commanding lead over challenger Tom Ammiano with just a week to go before their runoff election, mainly because of voter concerns over how Mr. Ammiano would handle economic matters, according to a poll released yesterday.

Mr. Brown was the choice of 49 percent of 600 likely voters questioned, while 29 percent favored Mr. Ammiano. Twenty-two percent were undecided in the poll conducted for the San Francisco Chronicle. The election is Dec. 14.

“It looks like it’s Willie Brown’s election to win,” pollster Cheryl Katz said.

She cited the economy as a key issue among those rejecting Mr. Ammiano, who has suggested a variety of new taxes.

Just 19 percent chose Mr. Ammiano, the president of the city Board of Supervisors, when asked which candidate “would do a better job in dealing with the issue of business and the economy.” Mr. Brown was chosen by 63 percent on this question.

The poll, conducted from Nov. 30 through Dec. 4, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Brown far ahead

San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown has a commanding lead over challenger Tom Ammiano with just a week to go before their runoff election, mainly because of voter concerns over how Mr. Ammiano would handle economic matters, according to a poll released yesterday.

Mr. Brown was the choice of 49 percent of 600 likely voters questioned, while 29 percent favored Mr. Ammiano. Twenty-two percent were undecided in the poll conducted for the San Francisco Chronicle. The election is Dec. 14.

“It looks like it’s Willie Brown’s election to win,” pollster Cheryl Katz said.

She cited the economy as a key issue among those rejecting Mr. Ammiano, who has suggested a variety of new taxes.

Just 19 percent chose Mr. Ammiano, the president of the city Board of Supervisors, when asked which candidate “would do a better job in dealing with the issue of business and the economy.” Mr. Brown was chosen by 63 percent on this question.

The poll, conducted from Nov. 30 through Dec. 4, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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