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Bracy's Senate bid turned down
LANSING (UPI)-The Michigan
Supreme Court yesterday turned down
a bid by Ann Arbor law professor
Warren Bracy to have his name placed
on the primary election ballot for U.S.
But Bracy vowed to go one step
higher-to federal court-in an effort to
stay in the race.
THE HIGH COURT, in a terse, two-
paragraph statement, refused to order
the Board of State Canvassers to place
Bracy's name on the ballot for the
Democratic U.S. Senate nomination.
The board had refused to certify his
candidacy, saying Bracy filed too few
nominating petitions. The state Elec-
tions Division had told candidates they
needed'17,764 signatures to get on the
ballot, but Bracy said that was a misin-
terpretation of election law.
Following his lead, two other can-
didates hitchhiked on his court
challenge because they, too, did not file
the number of signatures which the
Elections Division said they must have
THE HIGH COURT'S ruling against
Bracy, therefore, also axed the can-
did'acy of Detroit attorney Harry Payne
II for the Democratic Senate
nomination and Helen Gotowka for the
Republican gubernatorial nod.
"My next step is to go to federal
court," Bracy said. "My position is that
I complied with the law fully and I have
no opinion here from the court saying
my interpretation is incorrect."
He said he was unsure whether his
challenge will be filed with the federal
district court in Grand Rapids or direc-
tly with the U.S. Supreme Court, but
said it probably would be filed with one
of the two courts Monday.
THE SUPREME COURT ruling whit-
tles the Democratic field for the U.S.
Senate nomination to six, and Gov.
William Milliken will be unchallenged
for the GOP nomination for governor.
Democratic Senate candidates now in
the running are state Sens. John Otter-
bacher of Grand Rapids and Anthony
Derezinski of Muskegon, former Grand
Rapids Congressman Richard Vander-
Veen, former Detroit City Council
President Carl Levin, Ann Arbor
publisher Phil Power and state Rep.
Paul Rosenbaum of Battle Creek.
Bracy conceded that a federal court
Milliken may back tax
LANSING (UPI) - Gov. William which is all but guaranteed a spot on the
lilliken says he is leaning toward November ballot, "it will reflect a
ndorsement of a tax limitation frustration that's been building up over
roposal, and will make his decision the years and is directed at the proper-
ublic before the Aug. 8 primary elec- ty tax," he said.
ion. The governor isaid he is getting con-
The governor yesterday said he can flicting advice from his aides on the
nderstand taxpayers' frustration and question of a tax limitation and has not
elieves it is proper that they have a yet made a decision on whether to back
h t t t li ittiit.
c ance Ro voVe on tax m maon.
IF VOTERS APPROVE the measure,
"I feel under no great constraint to
make one, except to say I will make one
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injunction could halt the August elec-
"That's not my purpose, but I think I
presented arguments about the statute
and the state supreme court didn't
respond to those arguments at all," he
said. "Their decision gives no guidance
as to what the statute means."
Bracy filed 3,077 nominating
signatures and claimed that under a
strict interpretation of election law,
that was enough to get him in the
before the primary," he said.
THE TAX LIMITATION proposal
would prohibit state taxes and spending
from growing at a rate faster than
citizens' total personal income. It is
aimed, in part, at halting bureaucratic
"I think in some directions the state
and federal governments have moved
too far," Milliken conceded.
"I can see some merits to the
HE SAID A tax limitation likely
would "have some impact" on current
state programs and services, but is
unable at this time to pinpoint what
programs would be hurt most.
The governor said he is adamantly
opposed, however, to a huge property
tax cut such as the one approved by
"The adoption of a California-type
proposal would be a very serious
mistake," he said.
Such a plan surfaced over the past
weekend and backers are hoping to
collect by the July 10 deadline 265,000
signatures needed to get it on the fall
Milliken said he does not-believe of-
commit political suicide by opposing a
tax reform proposal, but admitted that
they should not ignore what appears to
be a rising taxpayer revolt.
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
volume LXXXYIII, No. 35-S
Thursday. June29. 197
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