POLITICAL NOTES: Michigan's Habit

In going after his sixth consecutive two-year term as Michigan's Governor, bow-tied Soap Heir G. Mennen Williams, the aging (47) political prodigy, ran into his first primary contest in a decade. Opponent: William L. Johnson, owner of Ironwood's radio station WJMS, backed by insurgent Democrats, who dislike "Soapy" Williams' alliance with the United Auto Workers' President Walter Reuther. But against potent Soapy, Johnson proved to be a washout. Last week, by a nearly six-to-one margin, Michigan Democrats picked Williams to run in November against G.O.P. Nominee Paul D. Bagwell, Michigan State University communications professor and a political novice. Odds-on...