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THE MICHIGAN DAILY'
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Wednesday, May 19, 1976 THE MICHIGAN DAILY ~. Page Three
a complex process
DETROIT (UPI) - The delegate al-
location process in yesterday's Michigan
presidential primary differs by party.
Republicans allocate their national
delegates in direct proportion to the
statewide primary vote. The Democratic
process is more complicated, based on
both the total state vote and the vote in
each of the 19 congressional districts.
IN BOTH PARTIES, delegates are
bound to their candidate for two ballots
at the national convention.
The GOP apportionment formula is
simple: a candidate gets a percentage
of the 84 Republican delegates equal to
his percentage of the statewide Repub-
lican primary vote.
Therefore if one candidate won 60
per cent of the vote and another con-
tender got 40 per cent, 50 delegates
would be pledged to the winning candi-
date and 34 to the runnerup.
MICHIGAN DEMOCRATS tried out
their new procedure for the first time
One hundred Democratic delegates
are allocated according to election re-
sults in each congressional district and
33 are apportioned on an at-large for-
mula based on the statewide vote.
Each of the state's 19 congressional
district has four to seven delegates, de-
pending on its population and relative
IN ORDER TO be eligible to win one
delegate in a district, a candidate must
have at least 15 per cent of the district
vote or 5 per cent of the statewide vote.
The delegates are then allocated
among the eligible candidates according
to their proportion of the district vote.
In a district with four delegates, for
example, a candidate gets one delegate
for every 20 per cent of the vote he has
THE 33 AT-LARGE delegates are di-
vided proportionately among all candi-
dates who get at least 15 per cent of
the statewide total.
The percentages under 15 per cent
won by minor candidates are lumped
together and if totaled they make up at
least 15 per cent of the vote, the com-
bined candidates are eligible to win
uncommitted delegates. .
A nod is as good...
Duong Thi Yen Nga sits behind her daughter Mai Yen Phuong, 5, after they
were reunited Monday in Phoenixville, Pa. An American nurse, Sara Coner,
was charged with kidnaping Phuong and her sister Thanh, 12.
Mickey MouSe Club
takes new members
Tax bill to aid energy research
By JENNIFER MILLER
State Representative P e r r y Bullard
(D - Ann Arbor) introduced legislation
Monday that would raise severance tax
on gas and oil corporations, with part of
the revenue put aside for wind and solar
The bill would raise the current sever-
ance tax of two per cent, which is levied
on all production computed on the basis
of monthly reports of production, to six
Four more years
Yesterday would have been Richard
Sears first chance to vote in a presiden-
tial election. But he was denied his right
to vote. Not by the hired thugs of a po-
litical boss, but by a little 9 year old
girl - his sister Laurie. "I was really
excited about voting for the first time,"
said the 18 year old University sopho-
more, "but beforeI could vote, she
(Laurie) reached up and pulled the
lever". Sears, a Reagan supporter,
wound up having his vote cast for Ford.
Don't worry, Richard, it'll only be four
. . . begin today at 10:15 a.m. when
the University and GEO bargainers will
resume talks. All talks are open to the
public . .. at 7 and 9 p.m., the People's
Bicentennial Commission is showing the
film Distant Thunder in Aud. 3 MLB
The first spring meeting of the
United Farm Workers Support Commit-
tee will be held on the 4th floor of the
Union at 7:30.
Weather or not
It will be sunny and warmer today
with highs in the middle 60's. Clouds will
start to move in by early evening and
temperatures will dip sown into the up-
per 30's. Thursday should bring us even
warmer weather with highs in the 70's,
FOUR-TENTHS of one per cent of the
tax would go to wind and solar energy
research instituteswat the University and
Michigan State University, with the rest
going to the state's g neral fund.
"The bill has a dual purpose," said
Bullard. "It would raise badly needed
tax revenues and, at the same time,
provide for a continuous flow of funds for
research and development of solar and
wind energy to replace outfading and
increasingly costly fossil fuels."
Bullard estimated that in the first year
the increase would bring approximately
$10-11 million, with the amount increas-
HE EXPRESSED hope that the bill
would pass. "There's a good possibility
of it," he said, "although the oil lobbyists
will fight i, and so will the representa-
tives from oil producing areas. But the
Governor's office will support it"
Bullard explained that with the state's
budgetary problems, the extra revenue
could "help as part of the package to
raise the necessary $150 million."
See TAX, Page 10
LOS ANGELES (/P) - A brand-new,
racially integrated set of Mouske-
teers will be singing the Mickey
Mouse Club anthem on home tele-
vision screens starting next year.
The Walt Disney studio in Burbank
is producing a new version of the
1950s show, which staged a come-
back with reruns across the country
"THE NEW series will go on the
air in January," co-producer Mike
Wuergler says. "It will be in color
for the first time, and we'll have
new serials and color cartoons from
the studio's supply. There will be no
adult emcee like Jimmy Dodd of the
first series. The emcee will be Mic-
key Mouse. He'll be much more a
part of the new series."
The 12 prospective child stars,
ranging in age from 7 to 12, will re-
port to the studio May 24 for rehear-
sals, Wuergler says. Production on
the first 85 of 150 scheduled shows
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will begin June 21 and end late i
The new dozen differ from the
original Mouseketeers in two ways.
'There is more of a geographical mix,
with new members coming from as
far away from Hollywood at St.
Louis, Ft. Worth, Miami and Van-
couver, B.C. There also is racial
balance, with two blacks, one Mex-
ican - American and one Chinese-
"WE WANT to avoid the slick pro,
and that's why we looked beyond
liollywood," said Wuergler.
"Applicants came here from all
over the country," added co-produc-
er Ed Ropolo. "During the first week
of tryouts women arrived with chil-
dren from Cheyene, St. louis and
Despite the wide-ranging hunt, all
the new Mouseketeers have had some
professional experience, and many
have appeared on television shows or
Amfleet breezes in from the windy city
By MICHAEL BLUMFIELD
and BENITA HOFSTETTER
Forty minutes behind schedule, Am-
trak's new "Amfieet" train, originating
from Chicago, pulled out of Ann Arbor's
station, bound for Detroit. But in the
opinion of many passengers, the wait
was worth it,
Yesterday marked the inauguration of
a shiny stainless-steel fleet of cars that
will replace two of three French tur-
bine trains on the Chicago to Detroit
run. It left the windy city at 7:45 a.m.
and arrived in the motor city at 3:00
AMTRAK representatives say that the
turbine was being replaced because they
cannot handle the weekend crowds due
to the six-car limit on their hauling
Amfleet cars boast electrically-pow-
ered doors, heating and air conditioning,
an air suspension ride, individual read-
ing lights, and tray tables on the back
of plush seats. For nearly double the
fare, reserved seats, more room, and
personal food and beverage service are
offered on the first class "Amclub" cars.
"It's nifty!" exclaimed Scott Schorer
who made it known he was four-fingers
old. Scott was among a group of 35
pre - schoolers who constituted, along
with a handful of reporters, a sizeable
proportion of the riders from Ann Arbor
FIVE-YEAR old Cary Preston said "I
like the seats," pointing to the multi-
colored upholstery. "I like the way they
go up and down," she commented as she
pressed a release button and threw the
weight of her three-foot frame into the
Her guardian, Barbara Lawrence,
said "I love it. It's beautiful. I can't
wait to take it again." She joined the
,,n-pns5's of passengers who found the
new cars smoother, quieter, roomier,
and in .general much more comfortable
than -the old cars,
Conductor John Carroll was pleased
with the job done on the trains, which
are being built for Amtrak by the Budd
Company of Philadelphia.
"A conductor's job is done if you can
get people into seats - you can't al-
ways do that with those Turbos, espe-
cially on the weekends.
CARROLL attributed the train's tardi-
ness to all of the extra attention of the
The trains are modeled on the design
of the "Metroliner" high-speed train and
are shaped more streamlined than con-
ventional models. Powered by a small-
er-than-average General Motors engine,
the train is capable of speeds up to 120
miles an hour.
Extensive use of carpeting and other
insulating material helps reduce the
noise level. The first class section fea-
tures swivel seats and earphones. Seats
throughout are mounted on tracks and
can be moved to accommodate varying