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Affirmative Action Banned in Michigan. Also, Liberty Is an Easy Lover. [Nov. 8th, 2006|07:30 am]
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I do not believe the other 27 percent of the votes that have not counted as of yet will change the 59 percent into a "no."

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Affirmative action ban OK'd

Michigan 3rd state to nix preferential treatment

BY SUZETTE HACKNEY
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

November 8, 2006

Jennifer Gratz, executive director of the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, greets supporters Tuesday at a party at the Marriott in East Lansing. Gratz was the University of Michigan applicant in 1995 who was placed on a waiting list and later spurred a case heard by the Supreme Court. (KATHLEEN GALLIGAN/Detroit Free Press)

Michigan voters sent a clear message about affirmative action programs that offer preferences to women and minorities: It's time for them to end.

An Election Day poll and hard voter numbers Tuesday showed the controversial proposal winning by a wide margin. Michigan becomes the third state to outlaw giving preferential treatment to groups or individuals based on their race, gender, color, ethnicity or national origin for public employment, education or contracting purposes.

With 73 percent of precincts reporting, 59%, or 1,491,457 people, voted yes on Proposal 2 and 41%, or 1,052,209 voters, opposed it.

The ban led 55% to 45% in a poll of 800 voters conducted for the Free Press and WDIV-TV Local 4.

Fran Smeak, 80, a registered Republican from Birmingham, said she read the pros and cons for the five ballot proposals, but Proposal 2 was the hardest to make a decision about. In the end, she voted for the ban.

"I can see how some people would feel like if they did not get extra help, they would not make it," she said Tuesday. "My overall view is that if everyone is on the same basis, then they should all get fairly treated."

The proposal was largely prompted by a 2003 U.S. Supreme Court decision that upheld a general affirmative action admissions policy at the University of Michigan's law school but struck down the undergraduate admission formula as too unyielding because it awarded points based on race.

U-M is the only university in the state that uses affirmative action to a great extent in admissions, but all public colleges and universities would have to reevaluate their outreach, scholarship and grant awards if they benefit gender or racial or ethnic groups. Programs that target specific groups in K-12 schools also would be affected.

Jennifer Gratz, the U-M applicant in 1995 who was wait-listed and later spurred the case heard by the Supreme Court, served as the executive director of the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, sponsor of the proposal.

"I am excited and hopeful that Michigan will finally be a place of equal opportunity for all," Gratz said Tuesday. "The people of Michigan are the ones who have won today. They stood up to big business, big labor, to the entire establishment and said, 'We want to be treated equally.' "

According to Tuesday's poll of voters conducted by Mitchell Research and Communications Inc. of East Lansing, voters under age 40 were the only group to oppose the measure in significant numbers.

Men overwhelmingly supported the ban; women narrowly opposed it. Democrats opposed it while Republicans and independents favored it. Black voters strongly opposed the proposition, but it was passing among white voters.

Both Democrats and a majority of Republican leaders spoke out against Proposal 2. A coalition of 200 business, religious, labor, education and government officials and others also worked to defeat MCRI, which was backed by Ward Connerly, a former University of California regent.

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick said Proposal 2 was the single biggest issue in the election, one that would shape Michigan's economy for years. He said the campaign against it got off to a slow start because of lack of money. One United Michigan raised about $3.4 million to oppose the measure.

David Waymire, spokesman for One United Michigan, said Michigan politicians now have the costly task of trying to figure out how to bring equal opportunity to all. "It's up to the leaders to step up and try to overcome this," he said.

Michelle Crockett, an attorney with Miller Canfield in Detroit, said Proposal 2 will be challenged with lawsuits.

"This is not the end of it, even though it may win tonight. It's going to be in the court for a long time to come," Crockett said.

Contact SUZETTE HACKNEY at 313-222-6614 or shackney@freepress.com. Staff writers Marisol Bello and Tina Lam contributed to this report.

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Liberty is an easy lover.

She'll get a hold on you. Believe it.

She's like no other. Before you know it, you'll be on your knees.






Don't believe it?




I'm just trying to make you see. This Phil Collins and Phil Bailey jam really fits the reality of the concept.

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Phil Collins and Philip Bailey - Easy Lover

Written by Phil Collins, Nathan East, Philip Bailey

Easy lover
She'll get a hold on you believe it
Like no other
Before you know it you'll be on your knees
She's an easy lover
She'll take your heart but you won't feel it
She's like no other
And I'm just trying to make you see

She's the kind of girl you dream of
Dream of keeping hold of
You'd better forget it
You'll never get it
She will play around and leave you
Leave you and deceive you
Better forget it
Oh you'll regret it

No you'll never change her, so leave it, leave it
Get out quick 'cuz seeing is believing
It's the only way
You'll ever know

Easy lover
She'll get a hold on you believe it
Like no other
Before you know it you'll be on your knees
She's an easy lover
She'll take your heart but you won't feel it
She's like no other
And I'm just trying to make you see

You're the one that wants to hold her
Hold her and control her
You'd better forget it
You'll never get it
For she'll say there's no other
'Til she finds another
Better forget it
Oh you'll regret it

And don't try to change her, just leave it, leave it
You're not the only one, ooh seeing is believing
It's the only way
You'll ever know, oh

No don't try to change her, just leave it, leave it
You're not the only one, ooh seeing is believing
It's the only way
You'll ever know, oh

She's an easy lover (she's an easy lover)
She'll get a hold on you believe it (get a hold on you)
(she's) like no other
Before you know it you'll be on your knees (you'll be down on your knees)
She's an easy lover
She'll take your heart but you won't feel it (you won't feel it)
She's like no other
And I'm just trying to make you see (trying to make you see)

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I'm just trying to make you see.

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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-11-09 10:06 am (UTC)

LOL, Discovery

I would like to believe this story reported off Philip Bailey's listing in wikipedia as true:

Bailey has also recorded as a solo artist, as well as duets with Phil Collins and Eric Benet. His most notable song was a duet with Phil Collins, "Easy Lover" from his solo album Chinese Wall. Phil Collins, during a radio interview, was asked how "he discovered" Philip Bailey. Annoyed at the lack of knowledge of the interviewer he made up a story about how he had been filling his car with gas/petrol when he heard the attendant singing...and that turned out to be Philip Bailey. The interviewer believed the whole story, which was also picked up by other media outlets.

That's effing hilarious . . . and sad . . .
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From: jackwilson
2006-11-09 08:27 pm (UTC)
sharp post, chris
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-11-09 08:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

This one got lost in the time slot.

I'm currently lol'ing at the sentiment on voters who used their privilege to cast for Granholm the Democratic Governor . . . and Proposal 2 (this aff.action ban).

One of them in the Freep (Detroit Free Press) said that their decisions had a case-by-case basis, and they didn't let each point "cross-pollinate."

Yet, at the same time, there was overwhelming sentiment to vote Democrat for candidates to oppose President Bush and the Republican majority in government.

So, I don't really see how failure to allow cross-pollination was the overwhelming reason in this state-specific set of decisions.
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