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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Thursday, October 16, 2008

michigandaily.com

Obama
pulling
.staff out
of M.\.i ch.
With state no longer a major
battleground, workers head to
N.C., Penn., Indiana
By EMILY BARTON
Daily News Editor
Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama's
campaign confirmed yesterday that it would move
some of its staff members out of Michigan.
The move comes two weeks after Republican presi-
dential tominee John McCain announced it was pull-
ing all its resources from the state in response to polls
showing Obama's lead in Michigan increasing.
A recent Quinnipiac University poll shows Obama
with a 16-point lead in Michigan.
Obama spokesman Brent Colburn said he didn't
know the details of how many staff members would
be leaving or where they will be going, only that they
would be sent to "other battleground states."
"We'll still have over 200 staffers here through the
election day," Colburnsaid. He said the campaign won't
be closing any of their 60 field offices in the state and
still plans to open a new office in Detroit this weekend.
LSA junior Nathaniel Eli Coats Styer, chair of the
University's chapter of the College Democrats, said he
thought the Obama campaign made the right call.
"I think it's a smart strategic move," he said.
Styer said he didn't expect the staffing shift to have
any affect on the group's campaign efforts.
"We'll still continue our enthusiasm," he said.
Styer said some of the staff members he spoke with
See OBAMA, Page 7A

U.S. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) spoke yesterday to a crowd at the Michigan Union about his vote in support of the controversial bailout of financial firms and Barack Obama
Levin: Bailout

30-year veteran of
Senate praises Obama
in speech on campus
By A. BRAD SCHWARTZ
For the Daily
Speaking before a packed room of
students yesterday, U.S. Sen. Carl Levin
(D-Mich.) explained his controversial
vote on the bailout of financial firms
. and called Democratic presidential
nominee the perfect candidate to han-

die the nation's problems.
"The last time that I saw the pes-
sibility of change for the better in this
world was John Kennedy in 1960, and
I haven't seen this opportunity to real-
ly change direction since then to the
same degree," Levin said. "So this is an
opportunity which cannot be lost. It's
a once - maybe twice - in a lifetime
opportunity."
Levin cited former President Kenne-
dy several times in his talk, which was
hosted by the College Democrats and
held in the Michigan Union. He made
mention of Kennedy's well-chronicled

speech in Ann Arbor in October 1960
on the steps of the Union. In it Kennedy
first broached the idea for a service pro-.
gram that would become the idea of the
Peace Corps.
The senator took issue with the
Republican presidential nominee's crit-
icism of Obama's speech in Berlin this
summer. Upon Obama's return, McCa-
in called Obama "the biggest celebrity
in the world," citing a crowd of 250,000,
that flocked to hear the Illinois senator
speak.
"The truth of the matter is that if
we can have an American running for

president of the United States who can
inspire that kind of reaction, we should
not be mocking him," Levin said. "We
should be applauding him, regardless of
who that person is and what party that
person is from."
Levin also honed in on the nation's
current economic crisis. He contrast-
ed Obama's policies with McCain's by
tying the Republican to the current
administration.
"We can get this economy going
again if we do the necessary things
the way Bill Clinton did the necessary
See LEVIN, Page 3A

MCC
Down-ticket hopefuls press on

TRAPPED BEHIND BARS

Republican House,
Senate bids must
deal with loss of
McCain's resources
By JAKE SMILOVITZ
Daily StaffReporter
When Republican presidential
nominee John McCain pulled his
staff out of Michigan two weeks
ago, his campaign said he was
redirecting the resources to closer

battleground states. That has left
an even steeper uphill battle for
other Republicans seeking office
in the Great Lakes State.
of the six statewide and local
GOP campaigns contacted by
The Michigan Daily this week,
all expressed displeasure with
McCain's decision. But all prom-
ised to fight on.
The state's Republican candi-
dates for U.S. congressional offices
said they were relatively immune
to McCain's exit, because of strong
ground games of their own.
Danae Brack, manager of State

Rep. Jack Hoogendyk's long shot
U.S. Senate campaign, said McCa-
in's pullout hasn't affected the
campaign much.
"Of course we would have loved
to see McCain and Palin stay
in Michigan," she said. "But we
haven't been counting on that to
pull us across the line."
Hoogendyk is running in
an attempt to unseat five-term
incumbent Carl Levin, a Demo-
crat. While Brack admits a strong
fight from McCain in Michigan
could have boosted Hoogendyk -
See GOP, Page 3A

Village Corner barred from booze sales
City filed tax lien
on store after it fell
behind on IRS payments
SBy TREVOR CALERO
r~ r
Daw Stff ePor
Village Corner, a small grocery store on the cor-
ner of South Forest and South University avenues
that sells beer, wine and liquor, hasn't been able to
buy alcohol to stock its shelves since the beginning
of the school year after the store's owner failed to
pay taxes for the store to the Internal Revenue Ser-
vice on time.
The Ann Arbor Clerk and Registrar of Deeds filed
a federal tax lien against the liquor store on Aug. 26
because of back taxes, preventing the store from
purchasing alcohol until the back taxes had been
paid to the IRS.
MaxOCOLLi55Daiiy Village Corner owner Dick Sheer acknowledged
Village Corner stopped selling alcohol last week as a result at he was late in filing the store's tax reports, but said
a federal lien on the store. See ALCOHOL, Page 3A

Nursing junior Julianne Armijo speaks with a bystander while Engineering sophomore Pranay Lagadapati sits in a cage as
part of a Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! protest against the alleged use of animals in University drug and alcohol testing.
Assault suspect booted from team

Running back
Milano suspended
amid investigation
By DAN FELDMAN
and GABE NELSON
Daily StaffReporters
LSA senior Mike Milano, a
redshirt junior running back on
the University's football team,
was suspended from the team
yesterday, with the University's
Department of Public Safety
investigating an assault in which
Milano is a suspect, according to

multiple sources.
People with knowledge of the
situationsaid Milanowasinvolved
in an incident near East Quad
early Sunday morning that left
LSA junior Steve Kampfer with
severe head injuries. Kampfer is
a defenseman on the Michigan
hockey team.
Michigan hockey coach Red
Berenson said yesterday that
Kampfer sustained "a serious
fractured skull, right down the
back of the skull." The injury
will keep him off the roster for at
least eight to ten weeks, Beren-
son said.
Dave Ablauf, a spokesman for

the Michigan football team, said
Michigan football coach Rich
Rodriguez suspended Milano
"indefinitely."
The walk-on running back
left Schembechler Hall wear-
ing street clothes Wednesday
afternoon shortly before the
Michigan football team began
practice.
Athletic Department officials
declined to elaborate on the
reason for the suspension, but
acknowledged that it was related
to a University Police investiga-
tion.
"Coach Rodriguez at this time
See SUSPENSION, Page 7A

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