JA - The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 6, 1995
States face quirky election ballots tomorrow
The Associated Press
Political correctness in California.
Secession in Kentucky. Affirmative
action - by ZIP code, not race - in
Minnesota. Not your usual ballot is-
sues, they spice the thin stew of propos-
als that voters will decide tomorrow.
In the four-year election cycle, the
November before a presidential contest
for most means a break from the annual
hurly-burly of picking officeholders.
With few statewide races, italso means
fewer citizen initiatives, or referendums,
since most of the 24 states that let voters
enact laws by putting measures on the
ballot limit them to general elections.
But constitutional amendments and
local measures may be proposed any
time. In at least 21 states, those will be
most of the questions of public policy
put to voters, as well as the usual bond
issues, such as Maine's four issues total-
ing $91.9 million to pay for roads, rail-
ways, water and airports, and bridges.
And the more local, the quirkier.
Marin County, Calif., voters, whose
$28,381 per capita income topped the
1990 census, will decide if they want a
$40 million showcase designed by I.M.
Pei to house researchers looking for
ways to make old age more enjoyable.
People in the farming community of
Tollesboro, Ky., furious since the county
closed two schools, want to secede and
join the county next door.
San Franciscans will answer the ques-
tion: Should Cesar Chavez Streetnamed
just this year for the late founder of the
United Farm Workers Union, revert to
its name since 1850: Army Street.
A measure on the St. Paul, Minn.,
ballot would require businesses getting
at least $25,000 in government aid to
favor city residents in hiring.
Columbia lands safely; Atlantis up next
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Space shuttle Columbia and its crew sailed
through a clear dawn sky and landed with the heaviest scientific load ever
yesterday, clearing the way for NASA's next mission in just six days.
It was, at 16 days, the second-longest flight in shuttle history, just one-half day
short of the record.
"Probably more than anybody, I was really hoping that we would get the
duration record. I wanted to stay up a day or two, however long we could, longer,"
said pilot Kent Rominger.
Columbia's laboratory-research mission was all about learning how to use the
international space station, once it's built. The next shuttle flight will focus on
Atlantis is scheduled to blast off Saturday on the second docking mission with
the Russian space'station Mir.
There will be no crew swap this time. Rather, the shuttle will take up a docking
tunnel, food, water and other supplies for the cosmonauts; the Atlantis crew will
attach the tunnel to Mir for future shuttle dockings.
It will be the first time a shuttle has ever performed station-building tasks.
Shuttle commander Kenneth Bowersox said it is important for NASA to learn
how to conduct station-type science while learning how to build a station.
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to break mold,
FRANKFORT, Ky.-The hoped-for
link between state and national politics
was short-lived in the Kentucky capi-
tal. On the national level, the GOP has
more than held its own, winning four of
the six presidential elections since 1968.
But here in Frankfort, after a brief Re-
publican interlude, politics returned to
normal, meaning politics dominated by
Tomorrow, Kentucky Republicans
have their best chance in almost three
decades to break the Democratic grip on
the governor's office and provide aboost
to their party before next year's presi-
dential election. The contest between
Larry Forgy, a lawyer and veteran GOP
activist, and Democratic Lt. Gov. Paul
Patton involves all the usual state issues,
from roads to schools to taxes.
But it also is being watched closely
by the two national parties, with Re-
publicans hoping the message from
tomorrow's election will confirm con-
tinued momentum behind the "Repub-
lican revolution" in Washington and
Democrats hoping Kentucky will issue
a warning about what they see as the
excesses of that revolution.
According to a poll published late
last month in the Louisville Courier-
Journal, Forgy has closed the gap with
Patton, pulling almost even with the
Democrat among all voters and slightly
ahead among those considered most
likely to vote.
blow to Philadelphia
Naval Base and Shipyard, the nation's
oldest naval base, is shutting down.
The closure, the result of defense
industry downsizing, means the loss of
9,000 jobs and the demise of the Phila-
delphia area's largest manufacturing
Philadelphia has lost 250,000 factory
jobs in the last2Syears, aperiod during
which the city watched a quarter of its
population move away. A poll con-
ducted by the Philadelphia Inquirer
found that 43 percent of the remaining
residents would like to move out, so
concerned are they about crime, jobs,
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quaify for runoff
WARSAW, Poland - President
Lech Walesa, turning around his sag-
ging political fortunes, appeared to
emerge as one of the two top vote-
getters in yesterday's presidential elec-
tion and will likely qualify for a runoff
against an ex-Communist whose party
now dominates Poland's government,
according to reports last night.
Walesa, who rose to a peak of popu-
larity in the 1980s as leader of the
Solidarity trade union and its success-
ful struggle against Communist rule,
has been suffering miserable ratings in
the past year, the last of his five-year
term as Poland's first post-Communist
elected president. But he put his deft
campaigning skills to good use in the
last month, and an exit poll predicted
last night that he would easily qualify
for the runoff, with 33.1 percent of the
Aleksander Kwasniewski, a 40-year-
old economist who had served as a sports
minister in the last Communist regime,
was leading the vote, with 33.7 percent,
according to the exit poll. The survey was
conducted by the ,state-run Center for
Public Opinion Studies, the principal gov-
ernment polling organization.
Braving icy winds, more than 60
percent of eligible voters turned out
by early evening to choose among
13 contenders for the second free
presidential election since the fall of
communism in 1989.
Vietnam to release
two jailed Americans
HANOI, Vietnam -In a rare gesture
of goodwill, Vietnam plans to release
and deport two Vietnamese Americans
who have been jailed for two years for
helping to organize a conference on
Nguyen Tan Tri of Houston, Texas,
and Tran Quang Liem, whose home-
town was not known, will be expelled
before midnight (noon Ann Arbortime),
the official Vietnamese News Agency
said yesterday in a three-sentence re-
"The decision was made proceeding
from the Vietnamese government's
goodwill and in response to the Ameri-
can government's request," it said.
The U.S. Embassy was closed yes-
terday and officials could not immedi-
ately be reached for comment.
The unusual releases come on the eve
of the arrival of an American delega-
tion that will discuss measures to im-
prove trade and economic cooperation.
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