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Published September 27, 1995
WA's top three political leaders are determined to keep the Mariners in Seattle by coming up with a way to finance a new ballpark. Michael Paulson reports in this morning's SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER that Gov. Mike Lowry, Speaker Clyde Ballard and Senate Majority Leader Marc Gaspard "appear increasingly likely to call the Legislature back for a special session to deal with the stadium issue." However, "they will do so only if they can reach a deal acceptable" to legislative majorities, the Governor, the Mariners and a majority of the King County Council. Ballard, a Republican, "appeared to be relaxing his demand" that a special session include overriding a veto on a business tax cut by Lowry earlier this year. Meanwhile, King County Exec Gary Locke, who had insisted money for the Mariners be accompanied by financing to help pay for last year's Kingdome repairs, now says "priority number one is saving the baseball team" (SEATTLE POST- INTELLIGENCER, 9/27). REGIONAL TEAM, OR NEW RIVAL? On Monday, Portland Mayor Vera Katz voiced her support to bring baseball to the city and proposed that a task force recommend how to lure a team within two to three months. Abby Haight reports that one possibility could be the Mariners as a regional team, splitting games between Portland, Seattle and Vancouver. Tom Glasgow, President of the Portland Metropolitan Sports Authority, believes regionalization would create a TV market among baseball's top ten (OREGONIAN, 7/26). WATCHING AND WAITING: William Collins' Virginia Baseball group has focused on the Mariners as "the principal team in its sights now" (WASHINGTON TIMES, 9/27).