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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

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TODAY Soldier spent years underground, doctors say H44 L32

Local & State 23-year old shot, killed in south Lansing parking lot A man was shot and killed Monday in a south Lansing shopping plaza, police said. Police believe the shooter fled the scene in a green Dodge Durango sport-utility vehicle, heading south on Pleasant Grove.

Israeli prisoner malnourished, heartened by Tuesday’s release

By Sheera Frenkel McClatchy Newspapers MITZPE HILA, Israel—After five years in Palestinian custody, Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was greeted by Israeli army officers as he stepped onto Israeli soil After being flown to an airbase, where he was welcomed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Shalit was reunited

with his parents away from the eager television cameras, and then helicoptered home. The Israeli soldier ws snatched in a cross-border raid by the Islamist organization Hamas and two other Palestinian groups on June 25, 2006. Shalit, 25, was then reunited Doctors said he was malnourished and that he probably had spent much of the past five years

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu embraces Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit at the Tel Nof airforce base in Israel on Tuesday. Shalit was moved into Egypt from captivity in Gaza in a prisoner swap deal including hundreds of Palestinian prisoners to be freed in return for Shalit, who has been held in captivity by Hamas militants since June 2006.

in solitary confinement below ground. His appearance certainly bore that out. Looking fragile, Shalit seemed unsteady when Israel’s prime minister, defense minister and the head of the army greeted him with warm hugs. He limped noticeably from wounds he received when his captors snatched him in a daring cross-border raid in June 2006. His pale skin and weakness were the apparent effect of long years without exposure to sunshine.

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Governor: Bridge would strengthen ties to Canada Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said Tuesday he wants to strengthen economic ties with Canada, adding that one of the best Snyder ways to make that happen is to build a new bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario. Page 7A

Nation & World

The GOP Puzzle

Lansing dropout rate more than 25%

As candidates continue to vie for the Republican nomination, we take a look at the sometimes fractured segments of the party

By Kathleen Lavey Lansing State Journal

By David Lightman McClatchy Newspapers

Feds to change bankruptcy laws by end of year The first overhaul of bankruptcy laws in 27 years will force more debtors to work out repayment plans with creditors. Page 3A

SPORTS & Leisure

MSU men’s basketball: Ohio State loss clinches Big Ten title for Spartans Wisconsin’s 63-60 upset win at Ohio State Sunday gives the Spartans a share of their third Big Ten championship in four years. It’s the seventh for head coach Tom Izzo—making him one of five Big Ten coaches in history who have won seven or more.

The Republican Party is hard to define. The easy part is detailing its struggles. It still has difficulty attracting big numbers of African-American voters and tends to be less popular than the Democratic Party with Hispanics. But among its core voters — those who cast ballots in this year’s GOP caucuses and primaries — the GOP includes several very different blocs. While some factions are stronger than others, none is so dominant it can choose the GOP’s presidential nominee by itself. They share one common characteristic: They’re fiscal conservatives. They want deficits reduced dramatically, and fast. They want taxes lower, and they want, as Ronald Reagan used to say, to get government off people’s backs. Beyond that, though, are different factions, some more powerful than

others. Social conservatives dominate the debate, but can’t agree on a single candidate. Moderates, once dubbed the “Rockefeller Republican” wing after the long-serving, big-government New York governor, are influential only in a few states. Libertarians have enough muscle to make a difference, but perhaps not enough to get their candidate elected. And blue collar and suburban voters, who want lower taxes and efficient government services, are up for grabs. Whoever wins the party’s nomination will have to cobble together a coalition of these different groups, and it won’t be easy. Here’s a look at the party’s divisions: in Southern states to have any chance of winning general election. TEA PARTY Where? All over. Who? Generally fiscal conservatives of all ages, often people usually

not active in politics Recent hero: CNBC’s Rick Santelli, credited with mobilizing the movement in 2009 Current favorites: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; Utah Sen. Mike Lee; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul Preferred GOP nominee: Michele Bachmann; Rick Santorum; Newt Gingrich; Ron Paul Key beliefs: Pushed hard for sharp cuts in federal spending and no increase in debt ceiling. Helped elect dozens of fiscal conservatives to Congress in 2010. Influence in party: Important force in 2010. Hard to handicap in 2012, since group lacks central organization or unified mission, but is passionate about their cause. See GOP, Page 4A

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Where? Predominantly white suburbs Who? Better-educated white-collared Recent hero: President George H.W. Bush and John McCain Current favorites: Chris Christie; Illinois and Paul Ryan of Wisconsin Preferred GOP nominee: Mitt Romney Key beliefs: Crucial swing voters, who often turn out and contribute to campaigns. Want government to act efficiently and responsibly; McCain’s campaign to clean up the campaign finance system in ‘00 was well-received.

Where? All over, but particularly in states with big independent voter blocs like Maine Who? All ages, but notably voters under 30 and white-collar professionals Recent hero: Barry Goldwater, 1964 GOP presidential nominee Current favorites: Texas Rep. Ron Paul and Sen. Rand Paul Preferred GOP nominee: Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Key beliefs: Seek to dramatically reduce size of government.

Where? Upper Midwest, Pennsylvania, New York Who? Factory workers, middle-income service workers Recent hero: Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp Current favorites: Sarah Palin Preferred GOP nominee: Santorum and Gingrich Key beliefs: Often called “Reagan Democrats”. Many are union workers who have been laid off.

Where? New England, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey Who? Usually white-collar, welleducated voters in Northeast Recent hero: None since Nelson Rockefeller in the 60’s and 70’s Current favorites: Chris Christie, Olympia Snowe, and Susan Collins Preferred GOP nominee: Romney and Huntsman Key beliefs: Conservative, favor lower taxes, but also want a large role in helping poor.


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The number isn’t pretty: The dropout rate for Lansing School District students who started school in 2006 and were supposed to graduate in 2010 is 25.7 percent. Compare that with 22.4 percent in Grand Rapids, another large, urban district, or 1.76 percent in suburban Okemos. “There’s an excessively high dropout rate for everyone, but especially among Hispanics and black students,” said the Rev. Fred Thelen, pastor at Cristo Rey Catholic Church in south

Where? Mostly South, Rocky Mountain West, farm belt Who? All ages Recent hero: Pat Buchanan and Pat Robertson Current favorites: Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum Preferred GOP nominee: Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann Key beliefs: To emphasize role of faith in American life.

ESTABLISHMENT Where? All over, particularly in the Midwest, Northeast and urban South Who? Business owners, chamber of commerce members, Wall Streeters. Recent hero: Presidents George H. W. Bush and Gerald Ford Current favorites: John Boehner and Mitch Daniels Preferred GOP nominee: Mitt Romney Key beliefs: Often called “country club Republicans,” they care most about fiscal issues.

NEW SOUTHERNERS Where? Sun Belt communities, in Florida, Georgia, Virginia, Texas, North and South Carolina Who? Transplants from Northeast or Rust Belt. Recent hero: Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. Current favorites: Marco Rubio, Sen. Graham, and Gov. McDonnell Preferred GOP nominee: Gingrich Key beliefs: Fiscally conservat iveSocially conservative and religious. Economic issues are most important .

TEA PARTY Where? All over. Who? Fiscal conservatives of all ages, usually not active in politics. Recent hero: Rick Santelli. Current favorites: Gov. Scott Walker,Sen. Mike Lee, and Sen. Ron Paul Preferred GOP nominee: Ron Paul, Bachmann, Santorum, Gingrich. Key beliefs: Sharp cuts in federal spending and no increase in debt ceiling.


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