rhe Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 3, 1998-- 7
Ime citizens fei
OAK PARK, Ill. - Everyone knows the next ord
usiness in Washington, once the results of today's mit
elections have been digested. It's back to impeachment.
Jausmann begs to differ.
mann is a Republican who holds no brief
Wstdent Clinton, whom he regards as a liar and ti
fiuld be censured. But he has little confidence it
tsppbIicans in Congress as they prepare for impeachi
iarings later this month.
"They have made it into such a political issue that i
at its interest and its substance to the rest of the cou
6usmann said. "The Midwest really doesn't care"
Gretchen Alvarez is the mother of two small children
other on the way. She believes Clinton committed pe
deserves impeachment. But she distrusts the motiv
s ey were against him to begin with and they wou
jre what he did and they would still want to impeach I
t said. "It doesn't change how I feel (about Clir
iions), but I don't think that it is right that they all ga
on him because they don't like what he stands for."
Hausmann and Alvarez were two of 10 voters fron
iicago area brought together Thursday evening to
bout this year's campaigns and the impending impeach
roceeding. They are not necessarily a cross-section o
>untry, and any group that small may not be represent
t blic opinion.
their impressions of the president's behavior
npeachment proceedings and the midterm election camp
r an insight into the continuing disconnect betweet
ation's capital and the rest of the country.
The Associated Press - Just under half of
lichigan voters eligible to go to the polls are
!ted to head there today, and that could spell
iWy or defeat for candidates in close races.
"Turnout is the single most important factor in the
tmrney general race" where Republican John
nietanka and Democrat Jennifer Granholm are
ked in a tight struggle, said Democratic analyst
cn Brock of Lansing.
Turnout is judged lest critical in the gubernatorial
c,, where Republican Gov. John Engler holds a wide
ai over Democrat Geoffrey Fieger. But the impact on
cai races--such as the state House, where Democrats
y Id a fragile 58-52 majority - could be crucial.
retary of State Candice Miller says voter
ottoday is likely to mirror that of the last guber-
drial election, when about half of the state's 6.2
io 'registered voters went to the polls. This year,
on and around
to vote In Ann
Arbor can vote
at the location
7 a.m. to
records to adoptees
Los Angeles Times
PORTLAND, Ore. - In the most
aggressive move yet to lift the veil of
secrecy that has shrouded many U.S.
adoptions since the 1940s, Oregon vot-
ers today will considera ballot initiative
that would open original birth certifi-
cates to all adult adoptees.
The initiative, if approved, would
make Oregon one of only three
states that does not offer a guarantee
of secrecy to birth mothers who
request it. Because itsis the first time
the initiative process has been
invoked on an issue that state
Legislatures have largely refused to
tackle, its passage is likely to launch
a wave of open-records movements
across the country.
Proponents say the widening interest
in opening records reflects a coming-of-
age of baby boom adoptees, bom under a
surge of secrecy laws enacted after World
War II, who are only now coming to
terms with the mysteries of their pasts.
"They keep saying that adoption
gave us the chance to be raised by a
good and loving family. I don't
believe you should have to give up
your civil rights to get a good home,"
said Denise Catellucci, the producer
of an online information site for
adoptees who is working for passage
of the measure.
But opponents say the measure
would violate pledges of confidentiali-
ty to thousands of women who gave up
babies born under what was once a stig-
ma of illegitimacy. Many of those
women have gone on to marry and bear
other children, they say, and their lives
could be shattered by the arrival of a
child from their past.
"For us, it's very similar to what lies
at the heart of all professional relation-
ships,'said William Pierce, president of
the National Council for Adoption,
which is helping to fight the measure.
"Everybody understands that there
is doctor-patient confidentiality,
there is lawyer-client confidentiality.
For decades, women have under-
stood that if you decide to place your
child for adoption, the records are
sealed, that chapter of your life is
sealed, you go on with your life.
Now. retroactively, the rules of the
game are being changed."
Adoptions across the country were
largely open until a postwar wave of
out-of-wedlock births led to a move
turnout expected at pols
the state says it has 6.3 million registered voters on the
rolls, with 49 percent expected to vote.
Miller said today's turnout is estimated at close to 3.1
million voters - similar to the 3.18 voters who went to
the polls in 1994. And, she said, late election activities
could boost that to as high as 3.3 million voters.
The U.S. Census estimates that Michigan has about
7.27 million residents old enough to vote. If Miller's 3.1
million turnout figure proves correct, about 43 percent
of the state's voting age population will go to the polls,
slightly lower than the 45 percent in 1994.
Some analysts said controversies over the possible
impeachment of President Clinton and the choice of
the outspoken Fieger might discourage Democrats.
But Miller said two ballot proposals, to authorize
bonding for environmental cleanup and to legalize assist-
ed suicide in Michigan, will attract voters to the polls.
Curtis Gans, director of the non-partisan
Committee for the Study of the American Electorate,
said that nationwide, he expected a typical midterm
turnout of between 36 percent and 38 percent of eligi-
ble voters, although voter reaction to the Monica
Lewinsky affair could have an unpredictable effect.
While voter registration is up, Gans said, voter inter-
est is down, with a record low 17.5 percent of eligible
voters participating in statewide primaries this year
Michigan voters head to the polls above the nation-
al average, although that gap is closing. In 1962, 59
percent of Michigan's voting population was going to
the nolls_ nereent hiher than the national average-
have different plans
for affirmative action
By 1994, the turnout rate had dr
just 5 points higher than the nati
"The biggest reason for alow
ple tend to be more interested in
are going bad," said Steve M
Research and Communications i
hthued from Page 1.
ting all the Democratic campaigns in
e: afea, will not stop until the polls
're putting a lot of time and
oney into election day," Rivers said.
Rivers' Republican challenger Tom
ickey also is working hard in an
tmpt to gain passage to
ashington. Hickey's campaign man-
;er Pat Rosenstiel said he anticipates
a long night, but the feeling around
their camp is good.
"We'll have a plethora of activity to
make sure this thing isn't taken from
us," Rosenstiel said.
The race for Ann Arbor mayor is one
of the closest races left to be decided in
the area, and both candidates are work-
ing non-stop in an attempt to gain the
Ann Arbor Mayor Ingrid Sheldon
knows how close election races can be.
The 1996 mayoral election provided her
with a victory over Chris Kolb of only a
few percentage points. In a situation
like that, she said, it's impossible to
determine the outcome.
"I'm anxious because you just never
know what could happen," Sheldon
said. "I can play the numbers all sorts of
ways, but it really comes down to the
Sheldon spent much of yesterday
on the campaign trail, taking a few
hours to speak with students and
remind them of their impact on the
results of the city
"The student v
effect on the race,
turn voters his wa
was spent getting
students. Kolb sai
about the his chan
"I expect to b
Ann Arbor," Kolb
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dpndent on the national trends.
'n all, there are 34 Senate seats on today's ballot, as
all as all 435 House seats and 36 governorships.
4ters across the country will also elect thousands of
ite legislators and county officials and settle the fate
dozens of ballot initiatives.
Since World War II, the party in power in the White
ruse has lost an average of 27 House seats and four
!nate seats in mid-term elections.
Republicans were forecasting lesser gains than that,
rt larly in the House, and Democrats talked opti-
asi ly about holding their losses well below that
vel, although all sides agreed the outcome would
pend heavily on voter turnout.
Pollster John Zogby forecast a less than dramatic
itcome. "Basically, when all is said and done, I don't
8 any seismic shift;' he said in an interview.
In Texas, Gov. George W. Bush Jr. was so confident
re-election that Republicans aired an ad in which
s father, the former president, spoke warmly of Rick
rry, the GOP candidate for lieutenant governor.
lags and I have known him for a long, long time.
"Basically, when all is said and done, I dory
any seismic shift"
ropped to 44 percent, REGENTS
er turnout is that peo- Continued from Page 1.
politics when things cation. She too would like to re-eval-
4itchell of Mitchell uate how the University attracts a
n East Lansing. diverse population.
Philip Power (D-Ann Arbor), the
election. only incumbent running for re-elec-
ote could have a big tion, stands behind the University's use
" Sheldon said. of race in admissions. He does not
provided one final think the University, which already has
r Chris Kolb, invested countless resources and
idate for mayor, to University dollars into the lawsuits,
ay. Much of the day should quit now,
in touch with his "Every year since the Supreme
ncy, including many Court decided (Regents of the
d he feels confident University of California v. Bakke) in
ce for victory. 1972, universities have been allowed
e elected mayor of to take race as a factor in admis-
said. sions" Power said.
"Where universities have been com-
pelled to eliminate race, like at the
't see Ud 'versity of California with
Proposition 209 and the University of
Texas Law School with (Hopwood v.
John Zogby State of Texas), the net effect has been
- largely to resegregate these universi-
Pollster ties," he said. "This would not be a
good thing for U of M."
el Patrick Moynihan Brandon said that opposing the
use of race in admissions does not
und the country are mean opposing a diverse student
ns of aiming to cut body.
seen some of those "I don't believe that if you're
ey are ... a shame on against discrimination and prefer-
ences that you're against diversity,"
HMOs and Social Brandon said. "I worry when people
ngressional contests. say they see a situation where dis-
uilding in the House, crimination is needed because I
vive today's balloting
the president's fate. H ECI
allots acrossathe coup-
e a near-sleepless blur. THE DAILY TO
irunning out and
ocrat Tom Vilsack, ALL OF 1
n. in pursuit of an
don't know when that stops. If you
say you can discriminate in one situ-
ation, what else is it OK to discrimi-
Like his other Republican con-
tender Dalman, Brandon suggested
alternatives as a way to achieve
"One way to approach diversity on
a campus like U of M is through
scholarships and endowments," he
Lester Monts, associate provost
for academic and multicultural
affairs, said the University has not
changed its admissions practices in
light of the lawsuits and not does
plan to simply because two lawsuits
were filed against it.
"Our admissions polices have not
changed at all," Monts said. "We are
not changing them in the face of the
lawsuit(s) or elections."
While the University awaits its day
in court to defend the use of race in
admissions, Washington state voters
will decide today whether to end
affirmative action in higher educa-
tion and other areas like the work-
Initiative 200 is similar to
Proposition 209, the law that eliminat-
ed the use of affirmative action in
It would prohibit all government
entities from giving preferences based
on race, sex, color, ethnicity or nation-
- Daily Staff Reporter Jason Stoffer
And everyone in our family strongly supports him,
said the former chief executive.
Victory for the Republicans in that race would
make it easier for the younger Bush to pursue the
White House in 2000.
Half a continent away, a raspy-voiced Lt. Gov.
Gray Davis was closing out his bid to become the
first Democrat elected governor of California in 16
years. He told one audience he had been described
as political road kill by a newspaper columnist, then
added, "This is the road-kill comeback tour."
Davis' rival, Republican Dan Lungren, forecast vic-
tory, as well. "I'm going to make sure this is the Golden
State. It's never going to be the Gray state," he said.
The Republican National Committee sought to buy
time for a new commercial on election eve that includ-
ed an exchange on Sunday television between the
party's 1996 presidential contender, former Sen. Bob
Dole, and Democratic Sen. Dani
of New York.
Dole says that Democrats aro
running ads accusing Republica
Social Security benefits. "I've
ads," replied Moynihan. "And the
More than issues such as
Security was at stake in the cot
Impeachment proceedings are bu
and the men and women who sur
could well be called on to judge t
For many of the contenders on b
try, the campaign's final hours wer
"It's the fourth quarter, time
we've got the ball," said Dem
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