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POLL SHOWS DALLAS ARENA SLIGHTLY AHEAD BEFORE SATURDAY VOTE

          A Dallas Morning News poll shows that "voters are
     poised to approve" a $230M arena project, according to
     Gillman & Lee of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS.  Of those
     surveyed, 54% will vote for the deal, 40% will oppose it and
     6% are undecided.  The poll, which surveyed 508 Dallas
     residents last week, has a margin of error of +/- 4.5%. 
     Voters will decide Saturday whether to approve higher motel
     and car rental taxes for the city's $125M share of the arena
     deal.  The survey found "virtually identical responses among
     men and women and support among all age groups.  But there
     were significant gaps" among older and younger voters: 70%
     of voters 18-35 years old said they support the arena,
     compared with 42% of those 55 and older; 55% of those 35-54
     years old favor the arena deal (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 1/10). 
          PEROT AND HICKS CONTRIBUTE: A report filed Friday
     revealed that the pro-arena Yes! for Dallas campaign has
     raised more than $1.9M, including more than $1.6M from
     owners of the Stars and Mavericks.  Mavs Owner Ross Perot
     Jr. has donated $815,250 toward the campaign, while the
     Stars have contributed $807,250.  The anti-arena group
     raised $39,557 during the first reporting period and $36,665
     in the second (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 1/10).
          GOTV EFFORT: In Dallas, Mavs players staged their first
     campaign appearance for the arena at an area mall on
     Saturday.  At least 400 people attended (STAR-TELEGRAM,
     1/11)....NBA Commissioner David Stern is scheduled to hold a
     news conference today in support of the new arena from its
     proposed site (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 1/10).

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