6BWednesday, October 27-2010 // The Statement
CANDIDATES FOR THE 18TH DISTRICT SENATE SEAT
FOCUS ON THE STATE'S ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION
BY RACHEL BRUSSTAR
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news in review
Five of the most talked-about stories of the week, ranked in ascending order of actual importance
s the general election for the
18th District state Senate seat
approaches, Democratic can-
didate Rebekah Warren and Repub-
lican candidate John Hochstetler
appear to agree on one primary issue
- the need to revitalize Michigan's
economy. They just have different
ideas on how to go about doing so.
Throughout the campaign period,
Warren - who currently represents
the city of Ann Arbor as the state
tnpresentative for the 53rd House
District - has focused on environ-
mental issues, while Hochstetler has
pushed to expand localized agricul-
ture in Michigan to boost the state's
As a candidate for the state Senate,
Warren continues to emphasize the
issues she advocates for in Lansing,
like legislation to facilitate the cre-
ation of new jobs in Michigan. She
stressed that of all the issues her cam-
paign focuses on, economic develop-
ment and job creation are at the top
of her list.
"I am dedicated to investing in
education and job training programs,
expanding the Venture Michigan
Fund to give technology start-ups
access to capital and closing outdated
corporate tax loopholes that have
only benefited a small group of spe-
cial interests," she said.
Warren served as chair of the
House Great Lakes and Environ-
ment Committee, through which she
Norked to protect Michigan's natural
"I am proud of my work to pass the
Great Lakes Compact, which protects
the Great Lakes Basin's water sup-
ply," she said. "I also look forward to
continuing to work toward the pres-
ervation of our farmland and green
spaces and the elimination of invasive
species like Asian carp."
Warren has held various other
positions within the state House
since 2007, as co-chair of the Legisla-
tive Biotechnology Caucus, member
of the Subcommittee on Biosciences
Industry Development and co-chair
of the Mental Health Caucus.
Michael Traugott, professor of
communication studies and politi-
cal science at the University, said fie
thinks Warren has a "considerable
advantage" in the election because of
this experience in the House.
Hochstetler, a resident of Man-
chester, Mich., wants to focus on
restoring the business climate of
Michigan by supporting local agri-
culture and other small business in
if elected to the state Senate, Hoch-
stetler said he hopes to generate jobs
in farming, shipping, distribution and
A story about Democratic Rep. Billionaire George Soros donated $1
Gene Taylor of Mississippi went vi- million to the campaign to legalize
ral this week after he told the Biloxi, marijuana one week before citizens
Miss. Sun Herald that he voted for voted on a Calif. ballot measure
GOP candidate John McCain over that would allow anyone 21 or
Democrat candidate Barack Obama older to grow and possess up to an
in the 2008 presidential election. ounce of marijuana.
Senate Republican nominee and for- A crowd of 14,000 at a sold out
mer CEO of Hewlett-Packard Carly Women's Conference booed
Fiorina will not be able to take part in California Republican gubernatorial
her final week of campaigning. She candidate Meg Whitman after she
was hospitalized yesterday because verbally attacked her Democratic
of an infection from reconstructive opponent and refused to take down
breast surgery she had last summer. her negative television ads.
A volunteer for Kentucky Republi-
can Rand Paul's Senate campaign
stepped on a liberal activist's head
outside a debate in Lexington. The
volunteer was dismissed and Paul's
campaign fired its Bourbon County
LEFT: FILE PHOTO/Daily RIGHT: CoURTESY OF THE HOCHSTETLER CAMPAIGN
Democrat Rebekah Warren (left) and Republican John Hochstetler (right), candidates for the 18th District state Senate seat.
inspection by creating start-up pro-
grams. In particular, he emphasized
the importance of buying food locally
from farmers for the benefits to the
state's overall economic situation.
The 10 Percent Washtenaw cam-
paign - an initiative working to
expand the business of local agri-
culture within the county - has
been one of Hochstetler's priorities
throughout his campaign.
In response to Washtenaw county
residents spending upwards of $1 bil-
lion on groceries each year, the cam-
paign aims for the county to locally
produce 10 percent of all of the food
consumed here, creating a business
that would generate $100 million
each year and create 1,500 jobs for
Michigan residents to grow, process
and deliver the food, Hochstetler
"Agriculture in America is shut-
ting down," he said.
By purchasing foods at a local
level, Hochstetler argues, consumers
would stimulate the state's economy
while reaping the health benefits of
foods that are naturally produced.
The national initiative to phase out
genetically modified foods, which
would ostensibly help the campaign
for localizing food production, has
already started in some grocery
stores, including Wal-Mart.
This could be a major flip in the
economy, Hochstetler said. Part of
ensuring this progress will be edu-
cating the public and showing people
what is really going on in the industry
of food production, which, he said,
operates under a veil of secrecy.
Hochstetler also advocates for tax
reform and a lower level of regulation
of businesses throughout the state.
PROPOSAL 1: CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION TO DRAFT REVISION OF STATE CONSTITUTION
BY JOSEPH LICHTERMAN
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with his opponent Democrat Kristen Gillibrand about her recent spread in
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ED RENDELL, Democratic governor of Pennsylvania, about how his political
party should stand by the issues it supports.
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The number in billions of dollars that the House The percentage of Republicans who say The percentage increase of funds that Congres-
and Senate candidates have nearly spent cam- they are more excited about this midterm sional candidates for the House are spendingecom-
paigning for this election. election than they have been in the past. pared with the 2008 race.
L ansing Mayor Virg Bernero, the
Democratic candidate for gover-
nor, and Republican nominee Rick
Snyder agree on very little. Howev-
er, they are unified in their opposi-
tion to Proposal 1.
Prop. 1 is a constitutionally man-
dated measure that appears on the
ballot every 16 years and requires
Michigan voters to decide whether
or not to convene a constitutional
convention to rewrite the state's
This will be the third time since
the state's constitution was rewrit-
ten in 1962 that a proposal for a
ConCon has appeared on the ballot.
The two previous proposals were
handily voted down in 1978 and
All indications show that this
year will be no different.
According to an article in the
Detroit News, a poll conducted
earlier this month by Mitchell
Research and Communications
revealed that 44 percent of Michi-
gan voters oppose a constitutional
convention, while 25 percent sup-
port it. Thirty-one percent of voters
In an interview with the Daily,
Communications Prof. Michael
Traugott said the proposal will
likely not pass.
"My suspicion is that this is an
issue that involves a lot of inertia
and the public will probably con-
clude that the risks (of having acon-
stitutional convention) outweigh
the probable benefits, and therefore
it will fail again," Traugott said.
Bernero said he opposes Prop.
1 for financial reasons. Estimates
show that the ConCon could cost
the state $45 million and Bernero
said the state simply can't afford
that at this time.
"Writing a whole new constitu-
tion diverts state leaders' attention
from what should be every leaders'
top concern right now - creating
jobs," Bernero wrote in an e-mail
to the Daily. "Also, a constitutional
convention could cost tens of mil-
lions of dollars, money the state
doesn't have right now."
Snyder, meanwhile, said he
believes the ConCon would cause
special interest groups to bring up
controversial issues that would
divide the state at a time when the
state should focus its attention on
things like the economy and job
"The reality is that special inter-
ests from across the country would
flood into Michigan and turn the
whole convention into a circus at a
time when our state, both elected
officials and citizens, need to be
focused on the immediate eco-
nomic and government fiscal crisis
before us," Snyder said on his cam-
on the other hand, Traugott
said, ConCon supporters argue that
a constitutional convention would
allow the state to address issues
with the legislature, the state bud-
get and the economy.
"The people who support this
argue, primarily, that the current
constitution is outdated," Traugott
said. "We need to have a general
revision to update the constitution
to be able to deal with contempo-
rary economic issues in particular."
Democratic Gov. Jennifer Gran-
holm is one of the main proponents
of the ConCon.
Graham Davis, a spokesman for
Gov. Granholm, said in a telephone
interview that Granholm supports
Prop. 1 because she believes the
current constitution is outdated.
"Gov. Granholm is supportive
of Proposal 1 because she believes
the state of Michigan is very dif-
ferent than it was in 1961 and we
need a foundational document that
reflects the 21st century," Davis
said. "Having a constitutional con-
vention would set the stage for
a streamlined government that
moves Michigan forward in a com-
If the measure passes, another
election will beheld within the next
six months to elect 148 delegates
to the ConCon. One delegate from
each state House and Senate dis-
trict would be elected. Then, after
the new document is drafted by the
convention, another statewide vote
would be held to ratify the new con-
Ultimately, nobody knows how
long the process of rewriting the
constitution would actually take.
In 1962, the process took seven
months, but according to The
Detroit News, some estimate it
could take over a year to complete,
and ratify, a new constitution.