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CAROLINA BLUES: BEAVER "DISAPPOINTED" AS VOTERS REJECT TAX

          Voters in the NC Triad area yesterday "hollered a loud
     'No!' to a tax to build a baseball stadium," according to
     Jay Weiner of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE.  The
     "resounding" defeat in both Guilford and Forsyth counties
     "leaves the Twins with no place to go for now, pushes nearby
     Charlotte into line as the next possible site for a Twins
     move and increases the prospect that the team may have to
     play in the Metrodome for the 1999 season."  Twins Owner
     Carl Pohlad, after the ballpark defeat: "I don't know what
     we're going to do.  We'll regroup.  We're going to consider
     all alternatives.  We know Charlotte wants the team, and
     we'll go from there" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 5/6).  
          THE VOTE: The initiative, which included a 1% sales tax
     increase on prepared food and a $.50 ticket surcharge, was
     soundly defeated in both counties, losing in Guilford by a
     margin of 67.2% to 32.8%, and in Forsyth by a margin of
     59.2% to 40.8%.  The referendum drew a "strong" turnout rate
     of 32% in Guilford County (Greensboro NEWS & RECORD, 5/6).
          THE DON SPEAKS: In Winston-Salem, David Rice reports
     that prospective Twins Owner Don Beaver was "disappointed"
     by the results, but "made it clear that he will look
     elsewhere in the state -- presumably Charlotte -- to find a
     home for a team."  Beaver: "I think this vote means baseball
     won't be coming to the Triad area.  That makes me very sad." 
     Beaver added that the outcome "won't affect" his
     negotiations with Pohlad.  Rice reports that while Beaver
     "did not make a definite commitment last night to make
     Charlotte the team's permanent home," he did "made it clear"
     that public money would "be required" for a Charlotte
     ballpark to "demonstrate that city's commitment to a team." 
     Beaver: "You need public money in baseball.  Charlotte's not
     any different" (David Rice, WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL, 5/6).
          WHAT WENT WRONG? In Winston-Salem, Scott Maxwell writes
     that although stadium proponents outspent opponents 28-1,
     the opposition "had a campaign strategy that resounded with
     voters and was easy to follow."  UNC-Greensboro
     Communications Professor Craig Allen Smith said that park
     supporters' "biggest flaw" was that they "simplified their
     effort down to one issue: asking residents to 'Vote yes' if
     they support baseball."  Smith said that instead of focusing
     on that one theme, the "Vote Yes For Baseball" group "should
     have touted the nonbaseball benefits that a stadium would
     have provided."  Vote Yes organizer Walt Klein: "I don't
     think there's any one thing you can put your finger on when
     your side of the issue gets beat as heavily as we did"
     (Scott Maxwell, WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL, 5/6).

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