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- The Michigan Daily - Friday, August15, 1986- Page 3
Pursell and.Baker prepare to do battle
By PETER MOONEY primary total was down by two
U.S. Rep. Carl Pursell (R- thousand votes." The upcoming campaign seems literature rather than using the elec- crucial part of Baker's primary vie-
Plymouth) seems relatively confident He also attributed much of the likely to hinge on whether Baker can tronic media. tory. In the November election,
of winning re-election this November, Republican turnout to the guber- get his message out to the entire Baker is confident his issues will be however, Baker would need a large
despite University graduate student natorial primary won by William district as effectively as he did to received favorably by the district, turnout in his favor among students in
Dean Baker's victory in last week's Lucas. Voters who vote Republican Democratic primary voters, and Baker said his primary victory order to have a chance at unseating
Democratic primary. for one office can vote only for whether Baker's positions on issues "shows people care about the issues Pursell. Pursell has easily defeated
Baker's 316-vote upset of the Republican candidates for the other such as Central America, military and that they're willing to work." almost every Democratic opponent he
heavily-favored Don Grimes, a offices. spending, and sanctions against South Though Baker's campaign received has faced.
University economics researcher, WEISBROT said the Baker cam- Africa are too liberal for the district most of its volunteers from local Weisbrot believes, however, that
elicited no reaction from Pursell's paign will continue to emphasize the at large. peace groups and from University the committment which Baker volun-
press secretary Gary Cates, who issues which brought Baker victory in TO GET that message out, the students, he said, "it would be wrong teers bring to the Baker campaign,
called it, an internal Democratic par- the primary. Baker is best known as Baker campaign will rely primarily to say the support came just from the and the issues it stresses, will overcome
ty development. an activist against U.S. intervention on grassroots tactics, primarily can- Central America issue." Pursell's inherent advantage as an
AN INDICATION that five-term in- in Central American and for his work vassing door to door and mailing Students were an important but not incumbent.
cumbent Pursell may be giving some on a "Peace in Central America"
credence to the Baker campaign ballot proposal which passed in last
comes from Cates' assurance that, April's Ann Arbor city elections. -
"He (Pursell) certainly will debate Baker also took part in a series of sit-
Dean Baker." Cates, however, could ins at Pursell's Ann Arbor office
give no estimate of how much money against the representative's vote for
the Pursell campaign intends to U.S. aid to the Nicaraguan rebels,
spend. known as the Contras.
One reason for confidence in the According to Cates, Baker's victory
Pursell camp comes from the will not affect Pursell's stance on
Republican primary in which Pursell Contra aid. "His position has not
received almost twice as many votes changed on that issue. He believes
as the combined total of Grimes and that the best solution to the conflict in
Baker. Baker campaign manager Nicaragua is negotiations between the
Mark Weisbrot noted, however, that Contras and the Sandinista (gover-
"the total in the Democratic primary nment) perhaps mediated by church
was up by four thousand votes from leaders. Until then we should continue
the 1984 election while the Republican to aid the Contras.
SDI cuts will not
affect 'U' funding
by MARTIN FRANK the Senate next month, could also af-
Last week's House of Represen- fect more advanced SDI projects.A
tives decision to freeze spending on But Gerl and Assistant Vice
Star Wars' research will probably not President for Research David
ffect the program's funding for Heebink are not worried about the 7 j
niversity researchers, according to freeze affecting proposals currently
overnment and University officials. under consideration.
University researchers are curren- . Daily Photo by CHRIS TWIGG
ly working on five Strategic Defense "THE SDI is such a big program
nitiative contracts - worth $698,000 and whatever trickles into the
with 11 more proposals still pending. University is a small percentage of Qu.
he SDI has awarded an estimated that, and since we do mostly basic Bowling Green, Ohio, resident David Jacoby feeds the ducks last Tuesday at Gallop Park, his favorite spot to visit
25 million in universities nationwide. research, there shouldn't be much of while spending the summer in Ann Arbor.
a problem of us getting our share,"
THE RESEARCH has generated said Heebink.M S t m ri ton ff t
ontroversy among some University Lieut. Colonel Terry Monrad, ai M SA awaits m ediation effect
aculty and students who oppose SDI official in Washington, agreed
resident Reagan's vision of a space- that basic research should not be af- By MARY CHRIS JAKLEVIC Layman said the mediation process is bly's cohesiveness will be how assem-
sed defenseshield. fected, but he added, "With each cut, The Michigan Student Assembly nearly complete, but Zumeta will bly members handle a particularly
University professors perform specialized research programs will be appears to have resolved some of its meet with the whole assembly in the divisive issue with strong ideological
ostly basic SDI research, which affected." internal disputes with the help of a fall. The number of meetings then will implications, such as proposed
ay not have military applications professional mediator this summer, depend on how responsive returning changes in the University's classified
ccording to SDI officials in He added that it was too early to But assembly members say the assembly members are to the research guidelines.
ashington. This research should not speculate before SDI funding is long-term effectiveness of the mediation effort. Zumeta charges $50 FORMER Student Rights Party
affected by the House vote, should finaliz . mediation cannot be determined until per hour. presidential candidate Jen Faigel,
t become law. President Reagan had originally fall, when it is tried with the full now an employee of the Ann Arbor
sought an increase in SDI funding assembly. Only about a third of LAYMAN said he is optimistic that Tenants' Union, fears the mediation
"It appears likely that basic research, from this year's rate of $3.1 billion to assembly members have been in town mediation will help the full assembly will not make a dent in the assembly's
will continue like before," said Neil $5.3 billion. The House voted 239-176 to this summer. be productive. He said the assembly problems.
Geri, a project representative with keep funding at its current level, with The assembly hired a mediator in has a more cooperative spirit than it "A lot of (the problem) is the per-
the University's Division of Research a slight adjustment for inflation mid-June, when bickering between did at the beginning of the summer. sonalities involved. There's been too
evelopment and Administration bringing the total to $3.4 billion. President Kurt Muenchow and other "The kind of armed-camp at- much water under the bridge to go
(DRDA). The House at first overwhelmingly assembly members reached a peak. mosphere isn't there anymore," he back,"Faigel said.
rejected a bill that would cut SDI Some MSA members feared the rivalry said. Bad feelings developed during the
GERL and other research officials spending to $1 billion, and narrowly might distract the assembly from Art School rep. David Lovinger said assembly's elections last spring,
o fear the possible future im- defeated a bill pegging the figure at making substantive decisions, mediation has taught the assembly to when members of both Muenchow's
lications of a funding freeze. Said $3.6 billion. ZENA ZUMETA, director of the effectively make decisions, rather moderate Meadow party and the
RDA Director, James Lesch, "When "It's too early to tell right now, but Ann Arbor Mediation Center, has than focus on personal and ideological liberal Student Rights party engaged
ou cut spending (nationally), budget there are a lot of things that can hap- spent 18 hours this summer observing differences. This includes being more in mud-slinging.
uts (to University researchers) pen. The bill could go to $3.9 billion or MSA meetings andsuggesting ways to considerate of members who hold op- Since then Muenchow and other
ould most likely follow, which could somewhere in between; right now it's improve relations within the assem- posing views. Meadow party members have conflic-
ean trouble somewhere down the hard to say where it will end up, but bly. But some MSA members believe the ted repeatedly with Student Rights
od." any sort of cut could mean some bad So far, Zumeta's services have cost ability of the assembly to work effec- representatives, who hold a majority
repercussions for future research the assembly $900 tively depends largely on the issues 'of seats and nearly all chairmanships
The spending ,freeze,,ifalowedby programs," said Lt.Col Morad. Assembly employee Itthard that rise: The real test of the assem- on the assembly.

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