States vote on pot,
The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 7, 1996 - 7A
The Associated Press
California turned its back ,n affirma-
tive action. Florida rejected a sugar tax
clean up the Everglades. And pot
' okers puffed celebratory joints in
California and Arizona after marijuana
was legalized for medical purposes.
Across the nation Tuesday, voters
decided on ballot measures ranging
from securities fraud to logging and
leg traps - all of them hot-button
issues in their states. Win or lose, they
tend to pave the way for future legisla-
tion, and national change. .
California's Proposition 209, which
kns racial and sex preferences in pub-
lic hiring, contracting and education,
was widely considered the most divi-
sive - and one of significant ballot
battles around the country.
Both sides invoked the spirit and
speeches of the civil rights movement
of the 1960s, framing the debate as a
vote on the future of discrimination and
affirmative action around the country.
Supporters argued for a colorblind
*ciety, while opponents said the move
would derail programs that counter
racism and sexism.
The final say will likely shape affir-
tmlative action programs nationally -
and will probably be decided, not by vot-
ers, but in the courts. Both sides yester-
day filed lawsuits over the measure -
proponents to get it into effect, oppo-
nents to get rid of it as unconstitutional.
"No matter what happens, this is
only the beginning of what we believe
will be a nationwide battle," said Kathy
Spillar, a leader of Stop Prop 209.
Casinos and other gambling proposals
lost out in Ohio, Arkansas, Colorado,
Nebraska and Washington. But in
Michigan, bolstered by strong support
from Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer, vot-
ers agreed to three casinos in that city.
Louisiana voters were less sure.
Given a unique opportunity to kick out
an industry that has riddled the state
with scandal, they split their decision in
parish-by-parish votes. Six parishes
with riverboat casinos voted to keep
them, 23 decided to allow it and 14
voted to keep them out; 30 parishes held
on to video poker and 34 rejected it.
The nation's views on hunting were
just as jumbled. Massachusetts and
Washington banned the use of dogs and
bait to hunt bears while Michigan and
Idaho rejected such restrictions. Oregon
refused to repeal a 1994 ban on similar
practices while Colorado banned leg
hold traps and Alaska banned tracking
wolves from airplanes.
Environmental battles also attracted
big money. In Florida, $23 million in
advertising by sugar companies and
farmers helped persuade voters to reject
a penny-a-pound sugar tax for
Everglades cleanup. Fertilizer runoff has
polluted the fabled "River of Grass," but
the voters refused an effort to make
farmers pay almost half the enormous
costs of restoring the wetland.
EYE EXAMS AND EYE GLASSES I.
Edmund Wong, a Junior at the University of California at Berkeley, shouts his disap-
proval of Proposition 209 during a march with other Berkeley students yesterday
in Berkeley, Calif.
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Daily was stolen from the racks. Left
behind were signs accusing the Daily of
racism. The Washtenaw County
Prosecutor's office refused to press
charges, saying that Michigan larceny
statutes do not make it a crime to steal a
Coleman said he estimates the recent
efts will cost The Daily Californian
more than $15,000, which includes the
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irrelevant when making decisions
affecting the University.
"1 cannot think of any issue in four
years where we had a split among parti-
tan lines" said Regent Rebecca
.cGowan (D-Ann Arbor). "I think
what people do when they're elected is
they move from being partisan. Their
cost of advertising and an additional
4,000 papers that were printed and dis-
tributed Tuesday afternoon.
Campus police have classified the
incident as grand theft, Coleman said,
but city police are considering it to be
Both campus and city police are cur-
rently investigating the case.
"It's a free paper, but only free in
limited quantities," Coleman said. "I
don't think 22,000 is a limited quanti-
Coleman said The Daily
Californian intends to prosecute the
Coleman said The Daily
Californian has not yet contacted an
attorney and plans to present their
case to the city after "gathering more
Coleman said the issue was not just
monetary and that it "involved some
issues of free speech."
"I'd like to know how those people
(protesters) would feel if I turned off
their microphone," Coleman said.
"That's kind of what happened to us. I
find it almost ironic that they did this.
It's like saying you can have free speech
if you say what we want."
Yvonne Choong, a student govern-
ment official at Berkeley, said she didn't
see a lot of student support for the theft.
"If we're going to support free
speech, we're going to have to support
it all," Choong said. "I don't think their
ability to spread information should be
obstructed at all."
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