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Ann Arbor, Michigan
Wednesday, November 8, 2006
U.S. Senate: Incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabe-
now (D) wins with commanding percentage.
University Board of Regents: Democrats
take both open spots, unseating incumbent
Republican David Brandon, who finishes fourth.
How'U'voted: Campus precincts voted 76
against Prop 2, 57 percent for Prop S, 80 per-
cent for Granholm and 78 percent for Stabenow.
Proposals: Voters say YES to earmarking
state recreation funding, NO to hunting mourn-
ing doves and YES to limiting eminent domain.
City Council: As expected, a perfect sweep
Mayor: Hieftje wins in landslide.
State Senate: Republicans keep control.
State House: Democrats wrest away majority.
Ann Arbor's state representative: Rebekah
Warren (D) rolls over GOP challenger.
Ann Arbor's state senator: Liz Brater (D)
U.S. Senate: As of 4a.m. today, who controls
the Senate appeared to depend on a likely
recount in Virginia, where Jim Webb (D) leads
George Allen (R) by several thousand votes,
and on who wins in Montana.
U.S. House: Democrats score a resounding
victory in the House, winning 227 seats to the
GOP's191 as of 4 a.m. today, withl7 not yet
Key races: Breakdowns of congressional
results across the country.
An historical perspective: The University's
long past as a leader on diversity.
Affirmative action in numbers: A smorgas-
borg of statistics.
YOUTH VOTE IN MICH.
Young voters made a strong turnout in
Micbigan yesterday, witb about 3,250 eters
ging to the polls in campus precincts, nearly
twice as many as in 2002.
Young people ages18-29 voted against Pro-
posal 2, with nearly 60 percent voting to keep
affirmative action legal in Michigan. Despite
their efforts, the proposal passed. There was
a similar show of support for incumbent Gov.
Jennifer Granholm, who also won with about
60 percent of the youth vote.
COLEMAN OUT OF TOWN
University President Mary Sue Coleman
was traveling yesterday and was not scheduled
to return until late last night, a University
spokesperson said. She voted in Ann Arbor
Coleman did not give any interviews last
night but plans to address the campus at noon
today on the Diag.
MICH. VOTING SNAFUS
The Detroit chapter of the NAACP received
80 complaints last night about voting irregu-
larities statewide, the group said in a press
release. Most of the complaints came from
voters who were not on voting lists and thus
weren't allowed to vote, even though they had
voter registration cards, the group said.
The release said these voters should have
been allowed to cast provisional ballots.
The Associated Press also reported that
tbe NAACP was seeking a federal investigation
intoetwoemenetbegroup said were Repubican
volunteers posing as poll workers and interfer-
ing with voting.
Tbe Micigan Republican Party alsoealleged
problems at tbe yells. Accrding to a GOP
statement, Democratic volunteers were at
pelting places around the state wearingeorange
vests posingas electivn oicials. IeGOPiled
a suit against-the Democratic Party asking for
an injunction to ban the vests.
DOWN THE BALLOT
j Terri Lynn Land retained her position as
secretary of state, beating out Democratic
challenger Carmella Sabaugh.
* Attorney General Mike Cox also held
onto bin job, defeating oonent Amos Wil-
. Democrats took hold of the State Board of
Education with Casandra Ulbrich and incum-
bent Reginald Turner winning narrow victories.
* 0 Voters elected to keep justices Michael
Cavanagh and Maura Corrigan on the Michi-
gan Supreme Court.
* Kirsten Kelly and Briana Zahra also
kept their jobs on the Michigan Court of
TODAY'S HI: 54
WEATHER LO: 43
ot ers passrp 2 As resulaIts trickle in,
by decisive margin 'U. See back age students largely quiet
By WALTER NOWINSKI
Michigan voters dealt a firm
blow to the University's affirma-
tive action programs yesterday
voting decisively in favor of Pro-
posal 2, which bans the consider-
ation of race, gender or national
origin in college admissions, hir-
ing and contracting.
University President Mary Sue
Coleman, a vocal opponent of the
proposal, reaffirmed the Uni-
versity's commitment to diver-
sity late last night in a statement
released before the election was
"We defended affirmative
action all the way to the Supreme,
Court because diversity is essen--
tial to our mission as educators,"
Coleman said. "Regardless ofW
what happens with Proposal 2,
the University of Michigan will
remain fully and completely
committed to diversity."
LSA junior Ryan Fantuzzi, co-;
chair of the Washtenaw County
Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, g
the group that campaigned for
the amendment, said he was
overjoyed at the proposal's pas-
"It is like Christmas," Fan-
tuzzi said. "The government
can't discriminate against people
anymore - and that is a beautiful
Not all students were quite so7
jubilant at the news.'
LSA junior Rachel Tanner,
who campaigned against Pro-
posal 2 with Students Supporting TOP BY JEREMY CHO, BOT TOM BY PE TER sCHOTENFELS/Dail
Affirmative Action, resigned her- TOP: School of Business sophomore Arvind Sohoni somberly
selfto efea lat niht. watches Proposal 2 resultsstrickle in at a College Democratss
self to defeat last night. pat hs. BOTTOM A sign urging passersby to vote no
See PROP 2 PASSES, page 12A on the proposal, is left discarded on the Diag late last night.
Good news for 'U' brass:
Proposal 5 defeated
By ALEX DZIADOSZ
By midway through yester-
day afternoon, a steady rain had
already corroded most of the "No
On 2" signs posted throughout
For some students, the elec-
tion marked the culmination
and release of weeks of intensive
get-out-the-vote and educational
For others, it was an intensely
For most, it was another dayof
The morning began gray and
Two spray-painted "No On 2"
signs were propped against the
Hatcher Graduate Library rail-
ings. "It's not just a black and
white issue," one read.
Canvassing the Diag was a
group of students and outside
activists composed mostly of
members of One United Michi-
gan, the United States Student
Association and the College
Among them, LSA senior
Kristin Purdy was sheltered
from the constant drizzle by a
7-foot donkey suit riddled with
The atmosphere among the
activists was tense, she said,
but hopeful that Proposal 2
See REACTION, page 12A
WHAT: In the wake of Prop 2, a speech
to the entire campus community
WHO: University President.
Mary Sue Coleman, whose.
defining moment to date
may have been leading the
University through the2003
Supreme Court affirmative
WHEN: Today at noon
on the Diag
IN CASE OF RAIN:
Event will move into
the Michigan Union
changing way education
money is allocated
By KELLY FRASER
Proposal5, which would have changed
the way the state funds the University
and other public schools, was losing by
a 24-point margin last night as of 4 a.m.
The proposal would have mandated
that the state Legislature increase fund-
ing for public schools each year by the
rate of inflation or 5 percent, whichever
The amount local school districts have
to pay in pension and health care benefits
would have also been capped under the
proposal. The state would have had to
cover the remaining costs.
come out against the proposal
According to the language on the bal-
lot, the proposal would have cost the state
an estimated $565million in its firstyear.
Opponents feared that the proposal
would have forced the Legislature to
raise taxes or cut other programs to fund
it. Some also worried that the initiative
would have tied up too much of the state
University President Mary Sue Cole-
man opposed the proposal, saying she is
favor of increasing education funding but
that the proposal was simply bad public
With the proposal's failure, there will
be no change in how the state allocates its
funds to education. State appropriations
for each public university are proposed
and then negotiated in the Legislature at
the beginning of each state budget cycle.
This year, the state granted the Univer-
See PROP5, page 9A
Gov. Jennifer Granholm
celebrates hervictoryo ver
Dick OeVes as the Michi-
gan Democratic Party's
celebration at the Renais-
sance Center in Detroit last
Granholm wins a second term
By ANDREW GROSSMAN
Democrats across Michigan were cele-
brating last night as Gov. Jennifer Granholm
cruised to a second term after facing a tough
challenge from Republican businessman
With 96 percent of precincts reporting at
4 a.m. this morning, Granholm was leading
with 56 percent to DeVos's 42 percent.
In her victory speech in Detroit, Granholm
called for both parties to put the contentious
election behind them and look to the future.
"I'm asking everyone who is watching at
home to join us in putting aside the differ-
ences that came out in this campaign," Gr4-
nholm said. "Two campaigns ended tonight
at 8 o'clock. One Michigan is moving forward
with all of us together."
After conceding, DeVos expressed similar
See GOVERNOR, page 9A
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