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GOP senators rebel
against secret platform
WASHINGTON (AP)- Liberal I don't think you can turn around the
members of the Republican Party, par- next day and ask them for votes."
ticipating in a well-attended but
unauthorized platform hearing, told Rep. Jim Leach (R-Iowa) told the
GOP leaders yesterday that large blocs senators that the Republican Party
of voters could be alienated if President should not allow its "New Right to go
Reagan's policies are slavishly written unchecked," and claimed that ultra-
into the 1984 platform. conservative positions taken by the
But conservative activist John Dolan, party may scare away many voters.
one of more than 60 witnesses to appear Sen. Robert Dole (R-Kans.), chair-
at the maverick session, labeled the man of the Senate Finance Committee,
hearing a "cheap media stunt" and told the sponsors of the forum, "You
urged its organizer, Sen. Lowell can't have a better exercise than to
Weicker, and three other sponsors to have this hearing."
quit the Republican Party. DOLE, WHO opposes efforts by con-
"HELP THE Republican Party by servatives to write a "no-tax-increase"
leaving it," advised Dolan, chairman of plank into the platform, said "respon-
the National Conservative Political Ac- sible Republicans" know that cutting
tion Committee. spending won't be enough to end
"Well, Merry Christmas to you, too," soaring federal deficits and that tax in-
said Weicker, of Connecticut. Dolan creases will be needed.
called on Weicker and three other spon- "I think we should just give Mondale
sors of the hearing-Sens. Charles the trophy on that and move on to
Mathias of Maryland, John Chaffee of something else," Dole said of Mon-
Rhode Island and Robert Stafford of dale's convention statement that there
Vermont-to resign from the party. would be a tax hike under either a
He told two other GOP senators who Reagan or Mondale administration.
participated in the hearing, Mark Hat- The biggest stir of the day was
field of Oregon and Mark Andrews of clearly created by Dolan's testimony.
North Dakota, to "be more careful "Since I am myself not adverse to
about the company you keep. The folks cheap media stunts, I want to
back home might be upset to see the congratulate you for coming up with
people you are palling around with." one of the cheapest of all-a bunch of
WEICKER AND the five other senators, largely ignored by their party
senators said they were sponsoring the because they act as if they are mem-
forum because Republican officials had bers of the other party, giving advice on
decided to forgo the usual round of how their party should conduct itself,"
public hearings. Dolan testified.
Instead, preliminary platform draf- "If the media buys this, they will buy
ting sessions have been held in secret anything," Dolan said.
with White House aides. NCPAC, the conservative political
Weicker, claiming it was the inten- action committee headed by Dolan, has
tion of party leaders to see a platform poured millions of dollars into adver-
entirely supportive of the president tising, beginning in 1980, in efforts to
"slipped through in Dallas," told the unseat senators it deems too liberal.
forum: "The day of one voice being Noting that Weicker, Stafford and
able to speak for all is long gone in light Chaffee had only narrowly won their re-
of today's diverse, informed electorate. election efforts in 1982, Dolan said:
AND, SPEAKING with reporters, "The three of you instructing the
Weicker said the party's platform-draf- Republican Party on how to broaden its
ting process could cost Reagan needed appeal is a little like Ayatollah
0 votes. "Any time you close out any Khomeni writing a sequel to 'How to
major segment of the American people, Win Friends and Influence People."

The Michigan Daily -

TheMiciga Daly- Tuesday, July 31. 1984 - Page 5

CAROL L. FRANCAVILLA /Daily
An employee mixes cookies into ice cream yesterday on the first day of
business for Steve's. The store specializes in mixing candy and other extras
into ice cream.
Ice cream plus the
extras make i*t special

(Continued from Page 1)
EMPLOYEES say the store is
popular because of the extras that are
"mixed in" with the ice cream and the
fun atmosphere that is encouraged. A
piano is set up at every store, trivia
questions give people the chance to win
prizes, and the customers can watch
the ice cream being made right in front
of them.
All of this seems to give Steve's "a
carnival atmosphere," said Greg
Sigler, operations director for the com-
pany which owns the chain, especially
because the workers seem to enjoy
their work. Newly-trained ice cream
maker Ed Nahhat was autographing

the top of each container of ice cream
he made yesterday "because I take
pride in my flavors."
Outside the store, a group of ice
cream connoisseurs said Steve's con-
coction was just slightly inferior to that
of the Lovin' Spoonfuls store on Main
Street, but said they liked Steve's close-
to-campus location.
"I've got to check out the com-
petition," said Aaron, an employee
down the street at Jason's Ice Cream.
Jason's plans to keep its prices - which
are now similar to Steve's -unchanged
in an effort to avoid losing business.

Governors'
report
praises
education
(Continued from Page 1)
"The message of this report is sim-
ple," said Delaware Gov. Pierre du
Pont, chairman of the Task Force on
Education for Economic Growth which
produced the report. "We've made
progress, but if we stop here we'll
quickly find ourselves falling behind
again."
The report follows by 13 months an
initial Task Force study, "Action for
Excellence," a widely publicized
education reform proposal which
echoed the Reagan administration's
call for merit pay for superior teachers,
tougher standards, more homework,
and longer school days and years.
That report was one of the nine
studies by educators and politicians
during the last 15 months which helped
spur the current national debate on the
quality of education.

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