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THE
Michigan Daily
Edited and managed by Students at the
University of Michigan
Saturday, August 3, 1974
News Phone: 764 0552
The Daily endorses .

State 54
By DAVID WHITING
('YNITHIA CHURCHILL, em-
ployed at Com-Share, Inc.,
is the ony woman in the race.
She stresses the need for more
somen in potitical office and is
a member of the National Or-
ganizatin for Women.
Favoring a state-wide grad-
uated income tax, she also
wants to repeal Michigan's 4
per cent food and drug tax, de-
criminatize marijuana, ad in-
crease fundting of health care,

enate candidates

education, and better hoasin
Churchill emphasizes that
tiqated family law m s
o deposit, no return updated, attacking
as juvenile justice, child
lody, protective services,
EACH OF THE THREE candidates seeking the Demo- the Friend of the Court sys
eratic Party's gubernatorial nomination in next Stressing campaign fin
Tuesday's primary lection is unsuited for holding the reform, she is the only on
highest state offite and thus The Daily chooses to make the race who has not given
income tax forms to thep
no endorsement i this contest, but would make them avail
Battling for the Democratic nod are Sander Levin, on request. Churchill in
Jerome Cavatagh, and James Wells. to spend less than $500 in
Levin, who narrowly lost to incumbent governor Wil- 'primary and limits scrs
mdonations to $5 with no i--i
tianmMitliken four years ago, holds moderate to liberal 'accepted from groups.
stands on most issues but has often been indecisive in PETER ESKSTEIN, anz
taking action. ciate economics professoi
Inherently the governor must be able to make hard- Western Michigan Univer
hitting, incisive decisions - in the past Levin has failed has put major emphasis on
political activism and ex
to demonstraste this qutality.ience ia trying to lobbying
While Cavanagh maintains a political posture not
unlike Levin's his major weakness has been an inabilityI
to carry out promises.
As mayor of Detroit, Cavanagh -- then hailed as a
boy wonder -'put forth many grandiose hopes for the
Motor City, but when he left office few had come to h e n
pass. I

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taes
It an-
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laws
and
'em.
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prey
lalle
the
sonal
asso-
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sity,
his
xper-
for

reform.
Eckstein favors a graduated
income tax, repealing the food
and drug tax, decriminalizati-in
of marijuana, women's rights,
:md harsh pollution laws.
Stressing "the Bursley A" ,
mmlv rearranges injustices,"
Eckstein wants to change ei-
:ational financing and give more
money to public schools.
Planing on spending ab iti
54.211 in the primary, ie las
put no limit on campaign con-
tributions. He does favor strict-
er control on campaign finan:-
ing.
GERALD FAYE, a politic) l
science professor at Oakland
Community College, stresses
"equitable financing of educa-
tion" while attacking the Burs-
ley Bill, and is concerned w'h
the environment.
Faye favors a graduated is-
come tax, repeal of the food and
drug tax, decriminalization of
marijuana, and more money fir
education.
He has stressed his 2xper-
ience in the Democratic party
and come out for campaign fic-
ancing reform putting a $100
1 -it on personal contribiins
and $500 on group donations. tte
plans to spend $7,000-$8,000 ;n
the primary.

He points out his "full scats '
campaign to beat the Reputlican
incumbent Gilbert Birsley char-
ging that Bursley spent over $6,-
000 during May on mailings.
Faye further emphasizes that
"blacks and chicanos remain
the poorest and therefore suf-
fer the most acutely" fram pol-
lution.
hAROLD MOON, a local ba ?-
bondsman, has set his major
theme the state-wide abolition
of parking meters, being the
only one in the race to hit that
issue.
Moon charges parking fines
"are unlegislated taxes, ' also
pointing out that those in poli-
tical office are allowed stata-
owned cars which he wnst to
stop.
He favors a graduated in -ime
tax, repealing the food anJ drug
tax, decriminalization of mari-
juana, and more money for ed-
ucation.
The only one in the race ac-
cepting no contributions from
outside sources, Moon plans to
spend $4,000-$5,000inthe pri-
mary and favors strict laws in
campaign financing.
Also attacking "corporan eig-
wigs" Moon promises to "fight
for the average citizen" by get-
ting inflation under control.

THE LIZ AND PERRY SHOW
it rains, it pours

The dark horse candidate in the race is James Wells,
a Southfield attorney. He is unacceptable because of his
conservative political outlook which is very similar to
that of George Wallace's.
BECAUSE OF THE FLAWS in each candidate, The Daily
cannot lend its support to any of them.
and not to be refilled
IT IS WITH A heavy heart The Daily comes to you un-
. able to endorse any of the candidates running in the
15th district county commissioner primary.
In the two-way race are David Copi and Kathy Mc-
Clary. McClarv has chosen to be a hidden face from the
voters by taking a job out of state for the summer. Copi's
previous job was connected with Friends of the Court.
McClary managed to delay effective rape legislation
by obstanantly refusing to compromise her unrealistic
sweeping proposals for over seven months, also attempt-
ing to channel grants intended to combat rape into the
Women's Crisis Center of which she is a member.
Copi dodges basic reforms such as a progressive
health care programs by speaking, for such controversial
issues as- bike paths. Furthermore he is blind to the
causes of penal reform, seeing bigger jails as the only
solution.
Ignoring much needed rehabilitation programs for
our jail, Copi favors building a new jail "larger, so we do
not have to build another one in the next 10 years."
and rates aspiring judges
IN THE 15TH DISTRICT judgeship races, The Daily re-
commends the following candidatest
For the new indgeship:
Recommended: George W. Alexander, Washtenaw
County's onlir oiblic defender who supnorts the $5 mari-
juana law and would like to see victimless crimes settled
out of court.
Shirlev J. Burtovne. a lonetime advocate of womens
rights who also sonnorts the $5 amendment and wants a
low prinrity on victimless crime.
Acceptable: Glynn D. Barnett. an active Democrat, who
feels the $5 mariiuana law is a mandate from the peo-
ple but has not been very specific on victimless crime.
R. Bruce Laidlaw. who wants to see fair and speedy
dispo.gition of court cases. including victimless crimes.
James Stuart Sexsmith. who sees "no fault" with the
$5 law and also sees that there is "to much stress" on vic-
timless crimes.
To fill the expired term:
Recommended: Donald E. Koster, who has been a
longtime worker for tenants' rights in Ann Arbor and
defended those arrested in the LS&A bookstore sit-in.
Acceptable: Peter J. Collins, a lawyer, who worked
for the abortive Eugene McCarthy campaign in 1968. He
supports the $5 dope law as a matter of "home rule."
Unacceptable: S. J. Elden, a "strict constructionist"
-i.e., reactionary-who overturned the first $5 dope or-
dinance in Ann Arbor. About the only thing to his ju-
dicial credit is that he did judge the Daily bubble gum
blowing contest last year,

By PAUL HASKINS
THOSE OF US who tuned in to WCBN-Fm Sun-
day evening were treated to one of the more
unrestrained exhibitions of political backstabbing
and sidestepping in recent memory.
Incumbent State Representative Perry Bullard
and challenger Elizabeth Taylor, Washtenaw
County Commissioner, squared off - for a com-
bination debate'" Question and "swer '/elo-
cution lesson in preparation for the Aug. 6 Demo-
cratic primary.
The youthful, articulate, progressive social lib-
ertarian Bullard and the progressive, liberal, ar-
ticulate social libertarian Taylor defied all known
laws of probability in finding enough points of
aesthetic, stylistic, and semantical disagreement
to more than bloat the scheduled one and half
hour program slot.
Each of the two Democratic hopefuls was al-
lowed a five minute opening statement.
BULLARD SPOKE FIRST, emphasizing h i s
efforts to reduce the penalties and stigma attach-
ed to victimless crimes. "Many purely personal
activities are defined as crimes by our criminal
laws and should be repealed," declared Bullard,
citing marijuana use, consensual sexual activity
(including prostitution), and gambling.
It was pure essence of Bullad throughout, with
the incumbent masterfully j-gling enough token
references to populist causes to make Cesar
Chavez come off like a Kiwanis Club treasurer.
He seized upon the democratization of public and
private corporations as one of his major pur-
suits as an office-holder. He spoke glowingly of
his vision of a day when Blue Cross and Blue
Shield would see a a two-thirds majority of "ord-
inary consumers on their boards of directors,
though failing to expound on the Bullardian de-
finition of ordinary.
Having perfunctorily dispelled any lingering
doubts about the future of man and government,
Bullard wrapped up his opening with a final ex-
hortation for his dutiful constituency: "Ann Ar-
bor is in unique position to provide effective in-
put on the important issues" - a statement above
refutation, considering Ann Arbor's unique taste
in legislative input valves.
THE SNOW HAD barely settled beneath Bul-
lard's microphone when Taylor unleashed her
attack. Obviously is no mood for mincing words,
she all but ignored the old-school tradition of
stating one's politics.
Taylor initially stressed the glaring absence of
any professional social workers on a state legis-
lature which annually embraces social services
as its largest single budgetary item ($810 million
this year).
She casually mentioned the May 16 House de-
bate over a social services bill amendment, dur-
ing which Bullard had nothing better to do than
browse through a daily newspaper and event-
ually change his vote on the issue when he real-
ized it diverged from the party line.
This first of what proved to be a constant flow
of Taylor potshots inspired an impromptu sem-
inar on the multiple variations and underlying
subtleties of party line voting - an heroic ex-
change of pregnant insight which managed to
drone on for what seemed like two minutes and

thirty seven seconds despite a fatal case of
predictive anemia compounded by th' dreaded
dangling participles.
INTRODUCTORY NICETIES had long since
deserted the promises as the conversation back-
tracked full circle to the issue of human rights
(listeners not included),
Taylor argued her superiority over Bullard
as a proponent of women's rights f-sr bioogical
if no other reasons, though the mnconventional
trappings of her particular brand of feminity
must have fully taxed the radio audience's cre-
dulity.
Bullard, assuming his finest what-did-I-do-to-de-
serve-this posture, reflexively opted for the scenic
route in approaching the "Deep Throat" caper,
a fast-buck, bush league imitation of campaign
fundraising a few months back which Bullardites
the town over have come to thoroughly regret.
Bullard made short shrift of any personal cul-
pability in the matter - summarily dispatching
a Taylor blurb about syndicate ownership of
"Throat" - preferring to depite the situation
as a bold new concept in populist fundraising, the
film itself seen as a progressive giant of the
porno field.
HAVING GROWN weary of his 'role as designat-
ed flack-catcher, Bullard no doubt relished a
caller's beratement of Taylor for engineering a
cut in the County Boards social services' budget,
and rendered each of the challenger's attempted
replies abortive with: "The fact is, you cut the
budget, Liz," - thereby hurtling that phrase into
instant contention for Bartlett's.
Now gripped by surging momentum, Bullard
rattled off a string of local, liberal politicos sup-
porting him over Taylor.
At the mention of County Commissioner Meri
Lou Murray's name, Taylor cried foul, claiming
Murray's allegiance for herself. Eventually,
each settled for a piece of the Murray pie,
leaving Murray the big loser in this particular
tete-a-tete.
Triumphantly displaying that day's edition of
the Ypsilanti Free Press, she read aloud a
statement of Bullard's financial holdings.
THE FREE PRESS account had Bullard hold-
ing 35 shares of KMS Industries in 1972, three
shares in 1973.
KMS, it seems, was a major target of a 1972
City Council drive to refuse city services to war-
related industries - an efort that Bullard had
publicly supported at the time.
After a few hard swallows accented by a
liberal sprinkling of harumpphs, the annoyed
Bullard assailed Taylor for character assassina-
tion, the Ypsilanti Free Press for bogus report-
ing. He had owned only three shares of KMS in
1972, said Bullard, not 35 (Bullard's contention
has since been confirmed by the Daily). What's
more, he upwardly dandered, the stock was only
worth three dolars a share ($3.58); he'd won it
in a friendly wager on the 1972 Democratic Presi-
dential nomination, hadn't had a chance to dump
it and has no intention of collecting dividends.
Bullard mentioned no -relationship between the
KMS incident and his crusade to decriminalize
gambling.

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