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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, March 14, 2002 - 7A
State Senate candidates prepare to contest issues

By C. Price Jones
Daily Staff Reporter
With the state Senate primaries quickly
approaching, candidates Elizabeth Brater (D-
Ann Arbor), Richard DeLong (R-Scio Twp.)
and state Rep. John Hansen (D-Dexter) are
preparing to fill the 18th-district seat.
{ Though the race may not heat up until May,
the candidates are already focused on claiming
the seat of Sen. Alma Wheeler Smith (D-Salem
Twp.), who is running for governor.
Brater and Hansen emphasized education as
a key issue in their campaigns, although they

addressed the solutions by different means.
"My whole life was spent in public schools,"
Hansen said. "We've got darn good public
schools in Ann Arbor. I want to be the voice for
strong public schools throughout the state."
He added that his experience, over 35 years
in public education and schooling, earns him
respect in the school issue.
Brater said the focus should be on early edu-
cation, and that "the one out of five dollars
spent on corrections" should be used to make
sure education is adequately funded.
The candidates also emphasized the need to
address environmental and transportation

issues, including inappropriate land use and
construction of new roads.
"Some of our townships have extremely
large lot sizes for residential building, a bad
land use," DeLong said. He added that clus-
tered housing - preserving open space while
allowing development - would solve ineffi-
cient use of land in areas that have 10-acre
minimums on residential building.
Land use was an important issue to Hansen,
who said the issue would be the most important
one to Washtenaw County voters.
Reallocation of criminal systems funds is on
Brater's agenda, concerning not only education

but also health care to the mentally ill.
"The governor closed 15 out of the 20 men-
tal hospitals. People who would be in mental
hospitals are in prisons," Brater said of correc-
tional facilities. "We need to make sure that
people are getting health care in the health sys-
tems, not criminal systems."
Brater is running for the state Senate after
completing three terms in the House from
1994 to 2000. She added she will continue the
work she began in the House concerning the
"You can't build your way out of traffic
congestion. We need to give people

options," Brater said. She added she sup-
ports affordable public transit, such as the
bus system, because new roads lead to more
DeLong has served as Washtenaw County
commissioner for 10 years and is approaching
his five-term limit.
Hansen is reaching the end of his second
term in the House. He said he chose to run for
Senate this year due to his House term limits,
which would end in 2004, the off-year for Sen-
ate elections.
The deadline for candidates to enter the race
is May 4. The primaries will be held in August.

McCain, Bayh plan A2 town meeting

By Louie Meizlish
Daly Staff Reporter
U.S. Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Evan
Bayh (D-Ind.) will be hosting a town hall meet-
ing next month on campus, beginning a nation-
wide campaign to drum up
support for one of their legisla-
tive priorities - expanding
The senators will be speak- 3
ing April 8 at Hill Auditorium.
McCain and Bayh's bill, the
Call to Service Act of 2001,
would dramatically expand
community service opportuni-
ties for citizens.-McCain
"I think everyone recognizes
this is a unique moment in American history
where we can tap into the feeling of patriotism in
the country and put it to good use," said Mark

Kornblau, Bayh's communications director.
One of the provisions of the bill would quintu-
ple the size of the AmeriCorps program from
50,000 participants to 250,000.
The program awards students who perform
volunteer activities with such organizations as
Habitat for Humanity and the
American Red Cross with liv-
ing allowances and grants to
cover the cost of higher educa-
McCain and Bayh have been
working with President Bush
on the expansion of communi-
ty service programs after the
president outlined a similar
Bayh proposal in his State of the
Union address Jan. 29. Bush's
proposal, however, would expand AmeriCorps by
only 25,000. Another important difference
between the two proposals is that while the Bush

proposal would require that 50 percent of federal
work study funds given to colleges go to com-
munity service jobs, the McCain-Bayh bill
would only require 25 percent.
The legislation would also require that half of
new AmeriCorps positions be associated with
homeland defense and would also require the
establishment of state commissions on national
service to determine how volunteers can help in
emergency preparedness.
The bill would also encourage enlistment in the
military with additional cash incentives for serv-
ing on active duty.
"They especially wanted to come to the Uni-
versity of Michigan because that's where (Presi-
dent John F. Kennedy) initiated the Peace Corps,"
said LSA junior Eric Feldman, chair of the Uni-
versity's chapter of College Democrats.
The event is being sponsored by the College
Democrats, the College Republicans and the Uni-

Clinton's clemency policies criticized

WASHINGTON - Former President Clinton's half-
brother was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to
lobby on behalf of as many as 13 people seeking presi-
dential pardons, according to a new congressional
report that accuses the last administration of dispensing
legal forgiveness in a "reckless and corrupting" fash-
The report, to be issued today by a House committee
led by one of Clinton's fiercest critics, asserts that
Roger Clinton "engaged in a systematic effort to trade
on his brother's name,' reaping more money and trying
to obtain more pardons and other favors than previous-
Prepared by the House Government Reform Com-
mittee, the two-inch thick report contends that the for-
mer president "instructed Roger Clinton to use his
connections ... to gain financial advantage."
It details efforts the president's brother allegedly
undertook, including an abortive attempt to secure a
pardon for Rita Lavelle, an Environmental Protection
Agency administrator in the Reagan administration,
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that were deposited into Roger Clinton's bank account
from abroad.
The criticism of Roger Clinton is among the most
extensive in the report, which describes the findings
from an investigation initiated by Rep. Dan Burton (R-
Ind.), the committee's chairman, immediately after
Clinton's second term ended in January 2001.
The investigation focused on Clinton's decision to
lift 176 Americans out of legal trouble during the clos-
ing hours of his presidency by granting 140 pardons
and commuting 36 prison sentences. The beneficiaries
of those last-minute actions included Marc Rich, a
fugitive who had been indicted in the largest tax-eva-
sion case in U.S. history; figures in the Whitewater
scandal; former Cabinet members; and Roger Clinton
Some of the decisions were controversial because
they circumvented the Justice Department's normal
pardons process.
Much of the content of Burton's report emerged in
news accounts and legislative hearings during the past
14 months. A grand jury in New York is examining

whether any of the pardons were illegal.
The report does not allege the pardons broke the law
but uses harsh language to depict a compendium of
favors that it says helped "so many undeserving indi-
viduals" and "ignored almost every applicable standard
governing the exercise of the clemency power."
A spokeswoman for the former president said,
"The Burton report is filled with nothing but the
usual accusations, allegations and innuendo when it
comes to President Clinton. It offers no proof of
The spokeswoman, Julia Payne, also dismissed as
"simply false" the report's conclusion that Bill Clinton
encouraged his half-brother to "use his presidency for
personal financial gain." Attorneys for Roger Clinton
did not return telephone calls yesterday.
The report also criticizes a former deputy attorney
general, Eric Holder Jr., saying that he "explicitly rec-
ommended" that Rich hire Jack Quinn, a former White
House counsel, to pursue a pardon after the Justice
Department had failed to negotiate a plea agreement to
resolve Rich's case. a

President Bush answers questions during a news conference in the briefing room of
the White House yesterday.
Bush downplays bin
Laden but has harsh
words for Husseln

WASHINGTON (AP) - President
Bush declared yesterday that Iraqi Presi-
dent Saddam Hussein is a menace "and
we're going to deal with him;' and said
Osama bin Laden - a man he once
wanted dead or alive - has been
reduced to a marginal figure in the war
on terrorism.
"He's the ultimate parasite who found
weakness, exploited it, and met his
match," Bush said of the suspected mas-
termind behind the Sept. 11 attacks. "I
truly am not that concerned about him."
In his first full-blown news confer-
ence in five months, the president pro-
duced strong rhetoric on the war and
America's enemies. Bush said he is leav-
ing "all options on the table" as the Pen-
tagon reworks its nuclear weapons
policy to deter any attack on the United
States - including from non-nuclear
states such as Iraq, Iran, Libya and
"The president must have all options
available to make that deterrent have
meaning," he said.
Bush, holding his fifth formal White

House news conference, fielded ques-
tions on more than a dozen issues and
sought to defuse the toughest questions
with humor.
But his eyes grew red and moist as he
talked about slain U.S. servicemen in
Afghanistan. "I feel responsible" when
troops are harmed, he said. "I'm not
very good about concealing my emo-
In a slap at one of the closest U.S.
allies, Bush criticized Israel for escalat-
ing military action against Palestinians.
"It's not helpful what the Israelis have
recently done,"he said.
Still, the president said Israel has a
right to protect itself and expressed opti-
mism that U.S. envoy Anthony Zinni
would be able to reduce violence during
his Middle East trip.
Israel contends it is waging war
against Palestinian terrorists, but Bush
drew a sharp distinction between his war
on terrorism and the Mideast conflict:
"Unlike our war against al-Qaida, there
is a series of agreements in place that
will lead to peace."

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originally considered during the 2000
football season, but instead a cap was
placed on the number of student tickets
"Students, including the leadership of
(Michigan Student Assembly), voiced
very strongly the desire not to limit the
number of season tickets available to
students," Bodnar said in the memo.
The memo also stated that students
will still be able to give their tickets to
other students, but if they want to offer
their tickets to family and friends they
will have to pay the difference between
the student price and the public price.
A similar policy was implemented at
the University 30 years ago and it is
also common practice among other Big
Ten institutions.
"Several other universities - Penn
State, Notre Dame, Nebraska - they
all do it so we've looked at their pro-
grams and evaluated their strength and
weaknesses," Martin said.
Martin added that student IDs will
not be required at any other sporting
events because there is not as high of a

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largest college-owned stadium, and we
usually experience sellouts," Brown
said. "That is a bigger deal because it is
taking away the opportunity for some-
body who is rightfully authorized to
purchase tickets from getting into that
game. "
Brown added that the people who
take advantage of selling tickets are
those who try to make a huge profit by
selling an entire season worth of tickets.
"It is not so much a problem with
students trying to sell one or two tick-
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is punishable as a 90-day misdemeanor
and $100 fine.
"You can sell your ticket for face
value or less, it is when you try to sell
your ticket for over face value that it is
against the law," Brown said.

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the courts decide," Ann Arbor Police
Department Sgt. Mike Logghe said. But
the issue is "how to ascertain that they
were really in Canada."
"The border is one thing, but after
they leave the border is another issue,"
Logghe said.

surprised if more legislation were to be
passed on this:'
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Brown's sentiment. She said that
although she has not thought about it
thoroughly yet, "it surprises me that they
would pass such a law because it doesn't
make sense."
LSA junior David Post said he sup-
ports the new law.

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