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         BASEBALL & ANTITRUST:  Opponents of MLB's antitrust
    exemption will lose two key allies when the 104th Congress is
    sworn in in January '95.  While the retirement of Sen. Howard
    Metzenbaum, the leading exemption foe on the Senate Judiciary
    Committee, has been known since last year, Rep. Jack Brooks, the
    chairman of the House Judiciary Commitee who came out strongly
    against the exemption in hearings this fall, was defeated
    yesterday for re-election.  However, by winning both houses of
    Congress, Republicans will control chairmanships of all
    committees and the pace and substance of legislation.  In an
    apparent boost for the MLBPA and exemption foes, Republican Sen.
    Orrin Hatch, who co-sponsored a bill with Metzenbaum that would
    have lifted the exemption for the duration of the work stoppage
    and allowed the players to sue if the owners imposed a salary
    cap, will take over as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary.
         WINNING OWNERS:  George W. Bush, Managing General Partner of
    the Texas Rangers, was elected Governor of Texas over Democratic
    incumbent Ann Richards.  Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl of Wisconsin,
    the owner of the Milwaukee Bucks, easily gained re-election.
         BIG-NAME POLITICAL PLAYERS:  Oklahoma will send two football
    greats to Congress:  former Seahawk receiver Steve Largent and
    former O.U. QB J.C. Watts, both Republicans.
         PULL THE CHUTE, BIG DADDY:  Drag racing legend "Big daddy"
    Don Garlits came up short in his bid for a Florida congressional
         OTHER WINNERS AND ALSO-RANS:  The graduated income tax in
    Massachusetts did not pass.  The proposal would have raised taxes
    on the wealthy causing some sports agents to speculate that it
    could affect free agents' decisions on whether to sign with
    Boston teams....Arizona Gov. Fife Symington was re-elected.  He
    supports a sales tax hike to pay for a baseball stadium to lure
    an MLB expansion franchise.  His Democratic opponent did
    not....Capitals & Bullets owner Abe Pollin and Redskins Owner
    Jack Kent Cooke will have to deal with Marion Barry for their new
    arena and stadium plans.  Barry completed his long-shot comeback
    to regain the DC Mayor's seat.  However, if Cooke is thinking of
    sticking with his plans to move to Maryland, he won't know for
    some time who to contact.  The Governor's race in that state
    remains too close to call.

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