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Vol. CI, No. 45 Ann Arbor, Michigan -Tuesday, November 61990a Michigan Da

Candidates

face apathy in

'90 race

by Henry Goldblatt
Daily Politics Reporter
Just another election year.
This seems to be the general atti-
tude surrounding Michigan's 1990}
election season. Although much
money and time have been invested
in the campaign, public interest has
not been sparked.
Registration figures indicate that
the total number of voters in Washt-
enaw County are down from the last
off-year election in 1986, said
Washtenaw County Election Direc-
tor Sandra Isaacson.
However, local officials from
both parties refused to be negative
about the apparent decline in voting
numbers this year.
"We expect turnout up from four

years ago, the governor race is much
closer than it was four years ago...
So much depends on the weather and
how busy the polls are when people
drive by," said Jim Blow, the Second
Congressional District Republican
chair.
"I don't think that the level of at-
tention has been greater or less - it
is typical of an off-year election,"
said Steve Gould, the communica-
tion director of the Michigan Demo-
cratic Party.
Both parties are expecting the
gubernatorial race to be the most
contested.
College Republicans President
Karen King predicted that John En-
gler would beat incumbent Governor
James Blanchard. She conceded,

however, that the advantage of in-
cumbency gives Democratic Senator
Carl Levin, and the rest of the
Congress a decisive electoral edge.

islature. "There is a very great
chance we will pick up two to three
seats in the house and we are opti-
mistic that we will regain control in

for complete election Cerage
I _-

"We have been doing callings and
drops all weekend," King said.
"There is much higher student
interest as the election approaches.
People are much more willing to
give time... there is a prevailing
attitude that it is time for a change
and new approach in everything from
the economy to education," King
said.
The College Democrats are tak-
ing a different approach. Last night,
the group sent members around Ann
Arbor to campaign, said Dana
Miller, co-coordinator of the Blan-
chard and Levin campaigns on cam-
pus.
"We are canvassing tonight for
all candidates from county commis-

sioner to Senator," Miller said. "We
hope to cover all of Ann Arbor on
foot on election day."
Students showed varying
amounts of concern for the election
ranging from apathy to an in-depth
interest. They expressed distaste with
negative advertising and campaign-
ing.
"Negative advertising really does
bother me. I see mostly Blanchard
and Engler stuff which is very dis-
turbing. It makes me want to vote
everyone out of office," said LSA
junior Julie Arrigo.
"I notice (negative advertising)...
all you see is a Blanchard ad ripping
on Engler or an Engler ad ripping on
Blanchard," said LSA senior Paul
Kesman.

"We think it is great for Engler
but we're realistic about Schuette.
We're still behind him 100 percent
though," she added.
State Democrats remained confi-
dent of a Blanchard win, and hoped
his coattails would extend to the leg-

the (State) Senate. We fully expect
Governor Blanchard and Senator
Levin to win," said Gould.
Around campus University
Democratic and Republican groups
are making final preparations for the
election through voter mobilization.

Schuette fights
big Levin lead
in Senate race

Engler faces
Blanchard for
governorship

by Henry Goldblatt
Daily Politics Reporter

The contest for Michigan's Sen-
ate seat is not as close as political
experts originally forecasted, but as
voters cast their decision today, both
camps refuse to take the polls for
granted.
Voters will choose between two-
term Democratic incumbent Carl
Levin and Republican Rep. Bill
Schuette.
Both campaigns see possible
election victories.
Despite Levin's formidable lead
going into today's election, the
Schuette camp remains optimistic,
"I think our chances are real good.
The electoral is really volatile.
There's real disgust with the incum-
bents," said Don Kraft, communica-
tions and research director for the
Schuette campaign.
The latest poll figures from the
Detroit News indicate Levin is sub-
stantially ahead. He leads Schuette

64 percent to 31 percent. The poll
has a margin of error of plus or mi-
nus 3.5 percent.
A Schuette spokesperson was sat-
isfied with the campaign but said
election day would be crucial. "We
think that we've done well. It de-
pends on voter turnout; the cam-
paign has shown a remarkable level
of disinterest of voters," said Hal
Kwalwasser, research director for the
Levin campaign.
Crime, environment, abortion,
and education are the main issues
that have surfaced in the race.
Candidates have bipolar views on
abortion. Levin supports access to
abortion with few restrictions, while
Schuette opposes abortion except in
cases of rape, incest or a threat to the
mother's life.
"The Senator (Levin) is strongly
pro-choice. He has voted to protect
federal funding for abortions for
cases of rape, incest, and protection
See SENATE, Page 2

Levin Blanchard
Q

by Henry Goldblatt
Daily Politics Reporter
Higher education, the environ-
ment, and abortion top the list of
priorities for the 1990 Michigan
gubernatorial candidates. Voters will
choose between the two-term incum-
bent Democrat Jim Blanchard, and
Republican challenger John Engler.
The latest Detroit News poll
shows Blanchard leading Engler by
14 points. Blanchard has 54.1 per-
cent of the vote as compared to
Engler's 40.3 percent. The poll's
margin of error is plus or minus 3.5
percent.
The abortion issue highlights the
biggest split between the candidates,l
with each one identifying with their
respective party's platform.
Blanchard has consistently op-
posed government intervention in{
abortion legislation.
"The Governor has vetoed anys
legislation that would limit orc
prohibit the right of a woman to

make a personal decision to have an
abortion... the decision should be
left up to the woman and the
government should not be involved,"
said Katie Wolf Deputy, campaign
manager and campaign spokesperson
for Blanchard.
As State Senate Majority leader,
Engler has been instrumental in sup-
porting laws restricting abortions.
"Engler is pro-life. He would
support exceptions in the case of
rape, incest, and to save the life of
the mother," said John Truscott,
Media Relations Director for the
Engler campaign.
Engler and Blanchard have pro-
posed alternative ways of increasing
state funding for higher education.
"Governor Blanchard has worked
hard to keep college tuition costs
down. He set up a program to pro-
vide incentives to the universities to
open up bonding privileges for
capital outlays, to put more money
See ENGLER, Page 2

Schuette Engler

Organizations denied rooms by B

by Christine Kloostra
Daily MSA Reporter
The Michigan Student Assembly
Budget Priorities Committee (BPC)
did not fulfill room requests from 31
student groups - including The
Michigan Review and Consider, or-
ganizations which have occupied the
same offices for more than seven
years.
BPC Chair Charles Dudley said
MSA President Jennifer Van Valey
requested that the Review - a con-
servative campus issues journal -
not recieve an office. Van Valey
denies the charge.
Dudley said he then decided it
would only be fair to deny space to
all other publications.
"My decision was, 'All right, all
*publications out,"' Dudley said, ex-

Michigan Revie
among groups to
plaining that he would not have re-
ceived any backing - from con-
stituents or assembly members -
had he denied space only to the
Review because it would have been
viewed as political bias.
"I didn't tell Charles not to give
them room," Van Valey said, adding
that her dislike for the publication is
not a secret and she "wouldn't be
upset" if they did not receive an of-
fice.

w, Consider, other publications
be denied offices in Union, League

us that very visible student groups
should be denied offices."
"I cannot stress enough the in-
convienence this causes," Miller
said.
Dudley contends that student
publications should obtain space in
the Student Publications Building,
which houses The Michigan Daily,
the Michiganensian, and the
Gargoyle. However, these publica-
tions fall under the auspices of the
Univeristy's Board for Student
Publications, while Consider and the

allocations for several years.
Engineering Rep. and former
MSA President Aaron Williams
agreed that there had been no diffi-
culties last year.
"Everyone who applied for office
space last year got an office," he
said.
The room allocations will be
brought before the assembly for ap-
proval at their meeting tonight.
Members can vote to amend
Dudley's recommendations.
Van Valey said she will present
an alternative proposal which would
provide space for all 83 groups re-
questing an office. The proposal
would require many groups to share

C Chair
an office.
Engineering MSA Rep. Bill
Cosnowski believes there may have
been a violation of MSA's Compiled
Code in the allocation procedure.
Chapter 42, section 31 states,
"MSA shall establish a committee to
make recommendations for space al-
location each year. The Chairperson
of BPC shall preside. The committee
shall be composed of MSA members
and/or MSA employees."
Initially, the committee consisted
of Dudley and two MSA employees
but was dissolved after members
concluded they were not
accomplishing anything.
" We didn't actually have a com-
mittee established," Dudley said. He
added that there had not been a
committee for several years.
See ALLOCATION, Page2

I(Ar~oI'pIE
tocation wafrd
Michigan Union 1 1
NOW
Bursley Hall 1 7
East Quad (2) 3 1
3 2
South Quad 4 1
on Beal Avenue,
North Campus
Coliseum (2) 4 3
Marly tI.4 2
Mary St. 4 2

John Miller, publisher of the
Review, said he was displeased with

the allocation procedure. Review do not.
"All of a sudden we find our- MSA Administrative Assistant
selves kicked out with no explana- Rebecca Gebes said there have not
tion," he said. "It seems ludicrious to been problems in determining office

Michigan Daily

Four vie for two positions
on 'U' Board of Regents

by Daniel Poux
Daily Administration Reporter
Most of the hysteria surrounding
the second Tuesday in November
usually centers around the congres-
sional seats and governorships up for
grabs across the country.
However, students who ignore
the full slate will miss an opportu-
nity to choose candidates for the
most powerful positions at the
University: two seats on the
University's Board of Regents.
The Reirental election is a narti-

At stake are two seats, both held
by Democrats.
Democrat Phillip Power is seek-
ing reelection to the seat he was ap-
pointed to after his wife's death in
1987. This is Power's first cam-
paign race for the eight-year regental
seat.
Southfield lawyer Don Tucker is
running on the Democratic ticket
with Power. Students may have seen
Tucker last Tuesday on the Diag,
honini that some of the enthniasm

bent candidates are coming under
much fire, only half of the dozen
candidates are seeking reelection.
Regent Thomas Roach is not run-
ning again, and both parties have
been working hard trying to pick up
the free seat.
Regent Roach, who has served on
the board for two eight-year terms,
said he is glad his term is over be-
cause the regental responsibilities
"take up almost 20 hours of (his)

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