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    I—The Daily Collegian Tuesday, Oct. 28, 1986
Governor race ensues
Casey seeks
Collegian Staff Writer
Gubernatorial candidate Robert P. Casey,
former state auditor general, promises to
pick up the tab for student loan cuts and
wants to attract excellent students to Penn
sylvania teaching professions.
Casey is vying for the top state seat against
Lt. Gov. William \V. Scranton 111 in a race
many are terming too close to call.
Casey’s proposal includes providing flexi
ble student loan payments as incentives to
teachers in rural, disadvantaged urban or
economically distressed communities.
Casey also wants to help parents save
money for their children’s education. His
proposed individual education account, he
says, will allow parents to deposit money into
a state high-paying investments account.
“Parents would be paying today’s prices
for tomorrow’s education,” Casey, 54, said,
adding that the plan would encourage stu
dents to consider college earlier since their
parents are investing in their future.
Casey’s program also will try to expand
efforts to encourage research and technology
by including greater cooperation between
industry and higher education.
“I will actively encourage the higher edu
cation community to participate in solving
many of the social and economic issues in the
state.” Such probelms include storing haz
ardous waste and assisting in job retraining.
The Democratic canididate wants to dis
mantle the Department of Commerce, which
he says is too bureaucratic, and replace it
with an Economic Development Corp.
Pennsylvania ranks 49th in the nation in the
rate of job development.
“Our plan places the governor and lieuten
ant governor right at the heart of economic
development decisions. That kind of involve
ment has been lacking in the (Thornburgh)
administration,” Casey said.
The corporation would consist of private
and public representatives of business, labor,
education and government. It would review
current and new economic development,
business financing and environmental pro
grams. Casey said his proposed corporation
would implement economic revitalization
strategies through targetting money and re
sources to areas of the state where they could
be used most effectively.
Casey’s PENNTECH project would work
within the corporation to build Pennsylva
nia’s future economy by promoting the cre
ation of new, high technology businesses in
the state.
The project would foster “Centers of Excel
lence” at the state’s institutions of higher
education to seek to exploit the state’s com
petitive advantages in high-tech fields.
This election is Casey’s fourth attempt at
the gubernatorial seat. He last held office in
Casey has been endorsed by the state AFL
CIO, the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of
Police and the Pennsylvania Building
Harrisburg's balance of power up for grabs
Democrats aiming
to retake state Senate
Collegian Staff Writer
The state Senate majority that
has been in Republican hands since
1980 may have its current balance, a
26-23 GOP advantage, put at risk on
Election Day 1986, Democratic state
leaders say.
However, Glenn Reber, special
assistant to state Senate Majority
Leader John Stauffer, R-Chester,
said the chances of the Democrats
capturing control this year are
“slim to none.”
But the Democrats feel they have
“a very good opportunity” to regain
the state Senate, said Michael Mc-
Laughlin, executive 'assistant to
Sen. Edward Zemprelli, D-Alle
gheny. He said Democrats need only
two seats to balance the scales with
this Senate’s majority party.
Reber said that of the 25 seats on
the ballot. 13 are Republican and all
but one involve an incumbent. Dem
ocrats did not file opponents in six of
the races, he said, adding that one
race in Lackawanna County has no
Republican candidate.
“(The Republicans) won’t lose
control of the Senate but may lose
one seat,” he said.
. The key toss-up and most compet
itive races in the state are in the
16th, 44th, and 40th districts, Reber
said. McLaughlin added the 48th
District to the list and did not men
tion the 40th as being a key swing
• The 16th District, consisting of
the Allentown area, features three
candidates since incumbent Guy
Kratzer, elected as a Republican,
has changed to independent. He
Lt. Gov. William Scranton 111, the Republican
highest post, right, shakes hands with his
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Democrat (34)
Republican (16)
faces Democratic state Rep. Roy
Afflerbach and Republican Dave
Bausch. Bausch is now serving as
the Lehigh County executive.
• The East Hills area of Pitts
burgh, or the 44th District, will’
watch the competitive race between
second term Republican incumbent
Frank Pecora and Democrat Ernie
D’Achille. Democrats have a voting
registration advantage of 30,000
votes in the district, Reber said, but
added that people in the district do
not have a history of voting as
they’re registered.
• Westmoreland County’s 40th
District, in the North Hills area of
Pittsburgh, will see no incumbent
running on Nov. 4 because of the
primary defeat of Democratic in
cumbent Edward Early, Reber
said. Former Westmoreland County
Commissioner and Democrat John
Regoli faces Republican Allegheny
County Rep. George Pott. Without
an incumbent, the seat holds a great
possibility for a Republican gain,
Reber said.
• A rematch in northwestern
Berks County’s 48th District will
present a challenge to Republican
incumbent Chip Brightbill as he
again faces Democrat John Ans
pach, former Lebanon County com
missioner. McLaughlin said the
Democratic registration in the dis
trict is down to the Republicans by
18,000 votes but that a real possibili
ty exists in the second-round efforts
of Anspach
According to the Pennsylvania
Political Report, the “best-case Re
publican scenario” calls for key
victories by Bausch, Pott and Peco
ra and GOP retention of Senate
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control. The report also mentioned
the “best-case Democratic scenar
io,” under which key victories by
Afflerbach, Regoli and D’Achille
would tie the Senate.
One of the problems the state
Senate will face, no matter which
way the balance tips, is the inevi
table loss of a state senator to the
lieutenant governor seat, Reber
said. Both lieutenant governor can
didates, Republican Dean Michael
Fisher and Democrat Mark Singel,
are state senators and will have to
resign their positions if elected to
the state’s No. 2 position.
Fisher is from the basically Re
publican Allegheny County and
Singel is from the solidly Democrat
ic Cambria County. Whoever va
cates his seat will set a date for a
special election, probably in the
spring, to replace himself, Reber
If the best-case scenario occurs
for the Democrats and they tie for
contest, Bob Casey, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, before
their televised debate.
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Senate control, the lieutenant gover
nor’s state Senate seat would be the
tiebreaker. That seat will not be
filled until the special election.
McLaughlin said, “The better
(gubernatorial candidate Robert
p.) Casey is doing, the better the
chances we have at taking the Sen
“It wouldn’t do a great deal of
damage if the Senate is Republican
and Casey is elected,” Reber said.
“Despite partisan differences, the
governor couldn’t make hard and
fast decisions anyway.”
Although both parties are confi
dent in their choice for governor,
McLaughlin said, the new leader,
from either party, would need to
establish legislative relations with
the state Senate to discuss how
Control will be best exercised for the
best interest of the state. He said the
effectiveness of the Senate, in that
case, would depend on the attitude
and tone of the new leadership.
in dead heat
Mike Fisher
turn tables
Collegian Staff Writer
With the narrow Democratic ma
jority of 101-100 in the state’s House
of Representatives, this year’s elec
tion has many opportunities to turn
the tide for the Republicans, al
though Democrats think otherwise.
The House Republican Campaign
Committee has targeted its time,
efforts and resources on a few com
petitive races for the state House,
said Executive Director Thomas
Druce. He said the 13 competitive
races being targeted include only
solidly Democratic areas because
the Republicans are not taking any
thing for granted.
“We want to help a few candidates
a lot, so we can pick up the seats
needed for the majority,” Druce
said, adding that Republicans are
ahead in traditionally Republican
seats and even in Democratic areas.
The 101-100 Democratic lead will
suffer because two Democratic
seats are vacant, Druce said. He
said open seats in the Lawrence
(10th), Berks (130th), and Lehigh
(131 th) county districts will present
a challenge and a hope to the GOP.
Druce said Republicans do not
have the voting registration edge
but are placing more stock in the
quality of their candidates. He
added that of the 94 GOP incum
bents seeking re-election, many
have no opposition.
This year, 96 Democratic state
representatives are up for re-elec
tion, some with no opposition.
Anthony May, executive director
of the Democratic House Campaign
Committee, gave a firm “no” when
Collegian Staff Writer
After eight years as Pennsylvania’s No. 2
man, Lt. Gov. William W. Scranton 111 is
vying for the top position being vacated by
outgoing Gov. Dick Thornburgh.
In his campaign, Scranton, 39, the.son of
former Pennsylvania Gov. William Scranton
11, is proposing improvements for higher
education and economic development.
“Pennsylvania must stress a college and
university education as a long-term invest
ment in its economic well-being,” Scranton,
said, adding that the state “must work to
ensure that those educated in Pennsylvania
remain in Pennsylvania as part of the next
generation of leaders.”
Scranton opposes Democrat and former
state Auditor General Robert P. Casey in
next Tuesday’s election.
In his six-point plan, he said the state must
increase interest and investments in higher
education to provide security in the state’s
economy. He proposes to stabilize tuition to
increase college enrollment, and to set mini
mum admissions standards comparable to
strict high-school graduation requirements.
State appropriations would be increased
under a new system based on performance,
Scranton said. He said he would increase
minority enrollment through recruitment,
counseling and retention, and through reme
dial education programs for students unable
to meet admissions standards.
Scranton stressed the importance of retain-'
ing college graduates in the state. He pro
posed a “Prefer Pennsylvania Aid Plan” in
which more financial aid would be offered to
state residents attending Pennsylvania col
“Higher education represents a major eco
nomic force in the state,” Scranton said. He
added that every dollar invested in the indus
try returns $1.70 to the state’s economy.
Tlie lieutenant governor’s plan for job
attraction and retention calls for the restruc
turing of existing, programs and a new Penn
sylvania Department of Employment and
Training. The goal of the plan is to create a
more diverse economy independent of heavy
industry, Scranton said.
Scranton said he believes the state has
prospered because of its easy access to raw
materials, capital and markets through rail
roads and waterways. But he added that the
economy “will grow from investment in
human capital and improved access to high
quality colleges.”
Scranton is chairman of the Pennsylvania
Emergency Council and National Conference
of Lieutenant Governors. He also serves as a
member of the Panel of Technology and
Employment of the National Academy of
Sciences, which creates jobs through new
advanced technologies.
The Republican has been endorsed by
Pennsylvania State Education Association,"
the Association of Pennsylvania State Col
leges and University Faculty, and the state
Federation of Teamsters.
hope to
in House
asked if the Republicans could gain
the majority in the House.
“We did well in 1982 and in the
central part of the state when the
Democrats took over the House ma
jority,” May said.
Although a gubernatorial election
of Republican William W. Scranton
111 would help the party win some
House seats, Druce said, “We’re not
looking to Bill Scranton’s coattails
to win the legislature.”
The Democratic party agrees.
“The coattail effect is limited,”
May said. Democrats have done
well in Republican districts and this
election year with Casey running
well we expect to do well there also.
Republicans historically do well
around the Susquehanna Valley,
May does not expect a high voter
turnout this year except in Philadel
phia and Allegheny County. Both
political parties will affected evenly
by either, a low or high turnout.
According to the Pennsylvania
Political Report, an independent
political publication, the “immense
power of incumbency means there
will be very few new faces in (the
House).” The report said “just two
Democratic-to-Republican switches
could give the GOP control.”
“The Democrats believe that they
have a shot, albeit a long one, at 77th
District (Centre and Clearfield-)
Representative Lynn Herman,” the
report continued
The local challenger to the 77th
District, George Field, “has come
on like gangbusters and has a real
chance against incumbent Lynn
Herman. The election will be depen
dent on what the University commu
nity thinks,” May said.
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campaign trail
Collegian Staff Writer
Only moments after President Rea
gan returned from the Iceland sum
mit, political observers quickly took
sides on whether the trip would help
elect more GOP congressmen or lead
to a Democratic takeover of the U.S.
At the heart of the U.S.-Soviet dis
pute is the question of continuing
research on the "Star Wars” missile
defense system. In the past few
weeks, the candidates representing
Pennsylvania on Capitol Hill have
faced the issue head-on.
U.S. House and Senate candidates
differ on whether the Strategic De
fense Initiative will help lead to an
effective arms control agreement
between the United States and the
Soviet Union.
“We’re on the brink of something
happening that is good for the United
States and the world,” Republican
U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter said last
week about the Iceland talks between
President Reagan and Soviet leader
Mikhail Gorbachev.
“We almost had a very big arms
agreement,” he said
Republican U.S. Rep. William F.
Clinger said in a debate last week
that SDI is the reason the Soviets
agreed to a meeting in Iceland and
that the talks put the issue of arms
control and better Soviet-U.S. rela
tions on the right track.
Specter said, “The Strategic De
fense Initiative is a success because
it’s brought the Soviets to the bar
gaining table.” He said he has been
active in arms control and in 1982
proposed a summit between the pres
ident and the Soviet leader.
The U.S. senator said the way to
deal with the Soviets is from a posi
tion of strength.
“Even if you don’t like anything
about SDI, you have to concede that it
has brought them to the bargaining
table,” Specter said. “The way to
have arms reduction is to proceed
from a position of strength.”
During Jimmy Carter’s presiden
cy, Specter said, the administration
could not come to an agreement be
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cause the Soviets did not believe they
had to deal with the United States.
Ginger's Democratic opponent,
Bill Wachob, said research for the
program should be funded at lower
levels, as when the Carter adminis
tration began.
Specter said he supports the contin
ued research in SDI but without in
creased funding. He said the budget
for the project should be increased
from last year’s levels by only 3
percent. He said the United States
invested less than 1 percent of de
fense budget in SDI research last
Clinger compared the SDI program
to the research and development of
the national space program in that
the targeting of the program got the
ball rolling. He said: “It created lots
of new jobs . . . The same thing is
going to happen with the SDI pro
Specter’s Democratic opponent,
U.S. Rep. Bob Edgar, said earlier this
month that he does not support the
program “not just because I think the
technology is flawed’’ but because it
is a waste of money.
“I find it strange we can find plenty
of money for shelter for MX missiles
but no funds to find shelter for the
homeless,” Edgar said, adding that
Specter “will say this is a bargaining
chip, but whenever the scientists
can’t explain a peculiarity of a weap
ons system, they say it is a bargain
ing chip.”
Edgar, a six-term congressman
from Delaware County, said: "We’re
spending an awful lot of money on
bargaining chips that didn’t make us
more secure. In fact, they destabilize
our world.”
* Wachob said the United States
should work to establish an
agreement rather than risk some
thing that monumental on the contin
uation of President Reagan’s SDI
“The Soviets were willing to reduce
(intercontinental ballistic missiles)
aimed at us in exchange for keeping
SDI in the laboratory,” Wachob said
last week in a debate with Clinger.
“That’s a favorable proposal for all
Americans and one I would agree to.”
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