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DETROIT - "True blue" Wallace aelegates have been given virtual control of the Michigan delegation to the Democratie National Convention, as well as 67 votes on the first and second ballots, required by law, in a surprise development at the state convention. Regular party leaders capitulated at district level and top party Ie vel for a number of reasons, including a desire to avoid challenge of the delegation at Miami July 10. But the virtual surrender to a popular vote of 51 per cent for Wallace in Michigan raises questions like these: Will the national delegation chairman from Michigan be a "true blue" Wallace supporter and hold firm for as many ballots as may be cast? Does the new strength of Wallace in the Michigan delegation give the Alabama Gov. George Wallace another boost for íhe vice presidential noaaftiation? Will regular Democrats be able to reelect State Sen. Coleman A. Young, a black Democrat from Detroit, as national committeeman? And, will he be able to name regular Democrat Patti Knox of Detroit to replace retiring national committeewoman Mildred Jeffrey as many regular Democrats have planned to do? The new situation of the Democratie party marks a decline in the power of the United Auto Workers union and the Michigan AFL-CIO in party management. It marks the probable end of leadership by state chairman James McNeely when his term expires at the state convention next February. And it raises the question of what kind of platform will be hammered out on the convention floor today in Detroit. Challenges of district delegates to the cttito rnnvention. as in the Saginaw and Kalamazoo groups, evaporated quickly Saturday as outstate districts led the way in reaching early accommodations with Wallace forces. With the exception of about a dozen delegates who left the 19th district caucus Saturday, threat of a Wallace delégate walkout and a rump state convention, failed to materialize. The situation now is that political rookies will be running the Michigan delegation and many veteran party leaders who formerly dictated strategy at national conventions this year will watcn the proceedings on the televisión set. &ev Wallace's 67 delegates, Sen. George McGovern will have 38, and Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey 27. State Chairman James McNeely said I the entire delegation will come close to I compliance with Democratie political I reforms with more than 50 women, more than 25 blacks, more that 25 persons under 30. By late Saturday when Wallace forces in districts such as the 5th, lOth and 8th outstate, and the 16th in Wayné County had succeeded in getting "a fair shake" from their particular district, a slight murmuring of dissent from the authority of Mrs. Josephine Chapman, the Wallace state coördinator could be detected. Brand-new Wallace delegates to the national convention in the 5th and lOth districts indicated an unwülingness to bolt the convention today favor of a rump session even though Mrs Chapman had already prepared petitions to e passed out if need to gather -signaturas of WaUace supporters wiUmg to walk out. ,.!_ Observers close to , the Stt i distact caucus (Saginaw) ind1Cated their Wallace people might stick regarclless, although 7th district Wallace peoplo indiSed they would follow Mrs. Chapman Bv late afternoon, Mrs. Chapman had caUed a caucus of Wallace forces. It canea ,„„,,„„„ „Ponle were naving StrdeTt batüs in tíeWayne Counly m??r1Ímanchineea-is "well-oüed," said MrMeanS"torn by strong feeling ovïrcourt-oriered school busing democrats tried to avoid a confrontation over the exj osive issue. After eight hours of debate a special subcommittee on busmg Eaüed to reconcile disagreements be- ween strong antibusing forces most of them favoring Alabama Gov. George C ■ Waüace and probusing facüons most of them supporting South Dakota Sen.B George McGovern. The subcommittee agreed on a so- acts on pending busing cases. A resoluüon from the 12th District,! Macomb County, opposing busing vasl readied for presentation Sunday. It calis I on tne Democratie Party to put itself on record "as being fundamentally opposed o Sced busing of school chüdca. , te the purpose of achieving artifical, racial ÍntTeOgrcountr that resolution delegates teacher to achieve equal educatior.aj opportunities. M


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