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Vol. LXXXIX, No. 54 Ann Arbor, Michigan-Wednesday, November 8, 1978 Ten Cents Ten Pages











Pierce off
High turnout at the, polls vaultedM,
Democrat Edward Pierce into the 18th
district state Senate seat by a large
margin oyer C. William Colbunr.
In the Ann Arbor state House race, R
incumbent Perry Bullard easily.
defeated his Republican challenger
Doug Buchanan to return to Lansing for
his fourth consecutive term.
BOTH CANDIDATES were aided by
large voter ,turnouts throughout the
area, especially in student districts.
Pollsters reported that at some dorms, g
voters waited an hour and a half before
casting their ballots.
Results from the two races for
University Regent were not available
at press time.
With about one-third of the vote coun-
ted Pierce had 19,423 votes to Colburn's
12,734 to 'lead in the race for the seat.
This story was written by Dan 'S
Oberdorfer with reports from Shelly
Wolson at Republican headquarters >n
and Mark Parrent at Democratic
headquarters. Marianne Egri and ;
Ron Gifford were at the County
Dy cam us by
' end.o ot

Fitz smashed


by Gov., 58-42
Governor William Milliken, one of the most popular Repub-
licans in the nation, was elected to a third term yesterday by a
58 to 42 per. cent margin over Democratic State Senator William
Fitzgerald. The figures were compiled after 43 per cent of the
vote had been tallied early today.

If Milliken -serves his entire
four-year term, he will have
held Michigan's highest elec-
tive office for a longer period
than any governor in the state's
Milliken and the other major
Republican candidate on the ballot,
U.S. Senator Robert Griffin, who lost
his election to Carl Levin, delayed
making their speeches last night. Grif-
fin was stuck in an elevator in the
Renaissance Center in Detroit for
nearly one hour. According to cam-
paign workers, Milliken said he would
not make his victory speech until Grif-
fin had conceded defeat.
The size of Milliken's victory was a
surprise to most of those involved with
the gubernatorial election. The most
This story was written by Gregg
Krupa with reports from Rick Berke
at Milliken campaign headquarters
and Judy Rakowsky with the
Fitzgerald campaign.

recent poll in the campaign showed Fit-
zgerald leading by only two per cent.
Milliken moved to the state's top of-
fice when Governor George Romney
became President' Nixon's Secretary
for Housing and Urban Development in
1969. In 1970 and 1974, he won close
races with Sander Levin, whose brother
Carl will be the next U.S. Senator from
The governor's handling of the PBB
scandal became the major issue in the
campaign. The two candidates often
reverted to harsh criticism of each
other during the campaign over the
PBB issue.
Milliken's responses to his opponent's
charges were unusually harsh. His staff
issued a booklet which sharply refuted
the "gross distortions" of the Fit-
zgerald campaign.
Paula Holmes, Milliken's press
secretary, said, "For the last week,he
(Milliken) has been predicting he'd win
this election by the largest margin he
had ever receiveI, and he certainly
See MILLIKEN, Page 7

Daily Photo by WAYNE CABLE
ABOVE, VICTORIOUS U.S. Rep. candidate Carl Pursell offers consolidation
to fellow Republican State Rep. candidate Douglas Buchanan, saying, "I lost
my first race, too." Below, Democrat Edward Pierce beams as he hears of his
State Senate victory.

Griffin ousted by

The tax revolt stops here.
The hopes of those - who wanted
Michigan to become the next state to
succumb to California's Proposition 13
fever were dashed yesterday as voters
defeated two tax-cutting proposals, and
narrowly approved a tax-limitation
Meanwhile, there was little reason
for celebration on campus, since voters
passed Proposal D by a large margin,
thereby raising the drinking age to 21
later this month.
PROPOSAL E, also known as the
Headlee proposal after its author
Richard Headlee, an insurance com-
pany president, was approved, but by a
much closer margin than polls had
predicted. Headlee supporters, who
gathered at the Farrell's Ice Cream
Parlor in Southfield, had to wait until
almost midnight before they were sure
their proposal had been approved.
This story was written by Julie
Rovner with reports filed by Elisa
Isaacson, John Sinkevics, and from
wire reports.
-Wedn esday-
It was announced last night
that Michigan Student Assembly
(MSA) Vice President Nancy
Smith has quit her post. MSA also
heard a report that the Michigan
Union Board voted 54 last night
to turn the Union's hotel rooms
into dormitory space. The vote
signifies board support for part of
the recently-issued Sturgis
Report, which recommended
conversion of the building into a
student center.
" Democrats kept a strong ad-
vantage in elections nation-wide

"I'll make it short and just say we areA
winners," Headlee announced to his
weary supporters shortly after mid-
night. "The taxpayers have whipped"
the big spenders."
"I'm confident we're going to be able
to implement it smoothly," Headlee
said last night of his proposal, which
will go into effect next August 1.
"People in Michigan are going to won-
der why we didn't do this ten yearst
THE TWO BIG losers of the night
were the Tisch and Voucher plans, s
Proposals J and E respectively.r
The Voucher plan, which would have
abolished the use of property taxes as a
base for funding public schools lost by
almost a three-to-one margin.
The Tisch amendment, brainchild of
Shiawassee County Drain Com-
missioner Robert Tisch, would have cut
property taxes nearly in half. The
amendment, which had been given a
good chance of passing, failed by a bet-
ter than two-to-one margin.
See PROP., Page 7
No PBB detected in

Democrat Carl Levin yesterday kept
his pledge to make Don Riegle the
senior Senator from Michigan.
In one of the major upsets in the
nation, Levin defeated the incumbent,
Robert Griffin, a ranking Republican
senator. Levin won handily, 53 per cent
to Griffin's 47 per cent, and was projec-
ted the winner less than a half hour af-
ter the polls closed.
In the Second District Congressional
race, Congressman Carl Pursell staved
off a largelytoken challenge from City
Councilman Earl Greene to maintain
Republican control of the seat. As of
early this morning, 1'ursell was leading
Greene by about two-to-one.
WHEN LEVIN joins Riegle in the
Senate this January, it will be the first
time in 12 years that Michigan has had
two senators from the same party.
Levin cut deeply into two of Griffin's
strongholds by polling 57 per cent of the
vote in suburban Detroit. In 1972, Grif-
fin did well in that region because of his
adamant anti-busing stance.
Levin also got the better of Griffin in
the usually Republican upper penin-
This story was written by Keith
Richburg with reports filed from
Dennis Sabo with the Griffin
campaign and Brian Blanchard at
Levin campaign headquarters.

sula The U.P. was upset at Griffin for
changing his mind about running for
reelection-a decision which cost
Houghton Republican Congressman
Phillip Ruppe his job. The U.P. went for
Levin, 69,321 to 62,746.
LEVIN WAS aslo helped by a strong
turnout in Wayne County, where he en-
joys wide name recognition. 558,000
people voted there, accounting for 40
per cent of the total vote in the state.
In a brief victory statement shortly
after midnight, Levin thanked the
president and the vice-president who
helped campaign for him in the state.
Griffin, however, refused to concede
defeat as of early this morning.
After being stuck in an elevator at the
Plaza Hotel for about an hour, Griffin
told his supporters that "the margin is
getting narrower all the time" between
him and Levin. Griffin said despite the
projections "actual vote shows us neck-
CBS-TV News projected Levin the
winner at 8:21 p.m. with 55 per cent of
the vote going to the Democrat. As of
late last night, Levin's lead was
reduced to 53 per cent-still substan-
tial for a challenger taking on a major
Griffin foresaw his fate early in the
campaign-the polls had him losing by
See LEVIN, Page 7

Daily Photo by BRAD BENJAMIN

An nArbor
An analysis of water samples drawn
from two wells inside the, Ann Arbor
City Landfill has shown no trace of the
toxic fire retardant chemical PBB,
(poly-brominated biphenyls) despite
the fact that two-and-one-half tons of
PBB-tainted grain was buried there in
PBB, a toxic chemical used as a fire



one part per trillion."
According to Schenk, his firm was
engaged to test the well water in the.
landfill to determine if there was any
seepage. He said that he understood
that the city was considering the Ian-'
dfill as a dumping ground for PCB-
tainted sludge. Schenk also said that it
was difficult to measure chemicals in
"such infinitesimal amounts.
"We had to go thrnuh few

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