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Monday, August 27, 2001
Libertarians Gain Spot on Ballot
By Michael McKnight
Staff Writer
N.C. Libertarians secured their spot
on statewide ballots - at least through
2004 - after they finished collecting more
than 59,000 petition signatures last week.
State law requires political parties that
did not receive at least 10 percent of the
popular vote during the most recent
gubernatorial election to submit a peti
tion to the N.C. Board of Elections con
taining signatures of at least 2 percent of
the number of people who voted in that
race - 58,842 signatures in this case.
Barbara Howe, chairwoman of the
N.C. Libertarian Party and last year’s
Libertarian gubernatorial candidate, said
the state’s severe standards inhibit third
party candidacies because of the high costs
they incur and the time they consume.
She said the state-mandated petition
drive cost the party more than SIOO,OOO,
- money that could have been spent
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“People’s resources are limited, they
can only give so much,” she said. “If
they give to the petition drive, they may
not be able to give during the election.”
Howe said volunteers collected about
half of the signatures, with professional
petitioners collecting the rest She added
that most of the SIOO,OOO cost the party
incurred was from hiring people to col
lect die signatures.
The Libertarians began their petition
drive Nov. 7,2000 - Election Day -and
completed it last week.
Richard Winger, editor of Ballot
Access News, a California-based group
that advocates election reform, said North
Carolina had some of the most stringent
requirements for third-party and inde
pendent candidates to get on the ballot
“In terms of the number of signatures
it requires to get on the ballot, North
Carolina is second in the nation.
California is the only state that requires
more,” he said.
Several third-party leaders, including
ative believed responsible for the
killings might surface at the service. The
funerals concluded without violence.
Nikolay Soltys, 27, is suspected of
slashing the throats of his pregnant wife,
3-year-old son, aunt, uncle and two
young cousins during a rampage that
spanned several hours on Aug. 20.
“Today is the day of our trouble, the
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Howe and Doug Stuber, chairman of the
N.C. Green Party, lobbied legislators for
changes in state ballot access require
“North Carolina is way behind the
times in terms of democracy,” Stuber
said. “They are squelching democracy
by keeping it a two-party system.”
Sen. Wib Gulley, D-Durham, intro
duced the Ballot Access Reform Act last
year, which would have extended the
amount of time third parties have to col
lect the necessary signatures.
The bill passed the Senate in May but
was killed in the House.
One of the bill’s most ardent oppo
nents, N.C. House Minority Leader Leo
Daughtry, R-Johnston, said he did not
feel the state’s ballot standards were too
demanding and that the bill was unnec
“I think it dilutes the strength of the
parties,” he said. “I think the two-party
system works fine. I like the idea of
Republicans and Democrats.
Church. “No one thought their lives
would end so quickly.”
Anatoliy Nakonchay, the eldest of
Soltys’ wife’s four brothers, said there
were periods of “disquiet and domestic
unrest” between the couple.
“There were episodes where I and
my brothers had to physically inter
vene,” Nakonchay said in an interview.
When his sister, Lyubov, decided to
leave the Ukraine to join Soltys in the
United States, “There were many who
Gulley attributed the failure of the
Ballot Access Bill to the objections of
Daughtry and other House Republicans.
But Daughtry said defeating the bill
was a bipartisan effort. “We had several
people vote against it - Democrats and
All 58 House Republicans except
one, along with 16 Democrats, voted
against the bill.
In spite of the Ballot Reform Act’s
failure in the House, Gulley said he
plans to continue his efforts to change
state ballot access laws.
But because of the legislative calen
dar, the bill will have to wait two years
before it can be reintroduced.
In the meantime, Howe said the
Libertarians are setting their sites on the
2002 Senate race. “We’re already think
ing about who we’re going to run for
Jesse’s seat.”
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asked her not to go. Her answer was ‘I
want my son Sergey to have a father,’ ”
Nakonchay said.
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House: Judgeship Ballot
No Longer to List Party
By Jennifer Samuels
Assistant State & National Editor
A bill that passed the N.C. House
Thursday would bar candidates for N.C.
District Court judgeships from signify
ing a political party affiliation on the bal
The legislation passed the House 54-
52. The bill was also approved by the
N.C. Senate. It will now return to the
Senate, where changes made in the
House will be examined.
Sen. Walter Dalton, D-Rutherford,
who sponsored the bill, said he pro
posed the change because he thinks the
judicial system should be separated
from politics as much as possible.
“The test of a judicial candidate
should be that they will be fair and hon
est and will render a fair and honest
decision,” he said. “A few years ago we
passed a bill that Superior Court races
would be nonpartisan. It seems appro
priate and consistent that we do the
same (in this case).”
In 1996, the N.C. General Assembly
passed a bill requiring candidates for
N.C. Superior Court judgeships to run
nonpartisan campaigns.
Sen. Dan Clodfelter, D-Mecklenburg,
said the bill shifts the emphasis from
party politics to the qualities important
forjudges, such as neutrality.
“I think the bill will benefit (the pub
lic) because what you need from a judge
are not the qualities you need from a
legislator or governor,” he said. “Those
aren’t the things the you need from a
But House Minority Leader Rep. Leo
Daughtry, RJohnston, said the bill will
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have a negative effect on elections
because the lack of partisan candidates
will make it easier for special interest
groups to get the candidates they sup
port elected.
“(Parties are necessary) because that’s
how you screen the candidates,” he said.
“The party has the mechanisms to get
the best candidates before the voters.”
Without party support, judges will
have to find alternative methods of
financing their campaigns. Candidates
for judgeships have received an increas
ing number of campaign contributions
in recent years.
Dalton said he expects candidates to
continue raising money on their own.
“They go out and raise the money,”
he said. “If a candidate wants to adver
tise his or her party label he has a right.”
But the bill would not completely
excise political parties from the cam
paign process.
Clodfelter said that while he expects
the individual candidates to continue
working to raise money for themselves,
parties will still be involved.
“Political parties can make contribu
tions to (candidates for judge) just like
any other candidate,” he said.
But Dalton said he thinks the the bill
would benefit voters most because it will
force candidates to interact with the
people they serve.
“I think (the bill) will be successful
with voters,” he said. “There will be a
greater incentive for judicial candidates
to get out and know the people rather
than rely on a party label.”
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less after halftime and limited them to
286 yards alter having to deal with dif
ficult field position as a result of the
first-half turnovers.
Despite trailing by as many as 34
points, UNC’s defensive intensity
never appeared to waver.
“We just knew we had to bounce
back because we knew hard times
were going to come,” said senior line
backer David Thornton, a first-year
starter who tied a game high with 13
tackles. “And just keep fighting and
keep fighting. So that’s what we strived
to do throughout the game - play four
quarters of all-out football.”
The Tar Heels went through some
growing pains Saturday, but they
expected nothing else.
“I think this team grew a substantial
amount,” Bunting said. “I don’t how
much. I can’t tell you. We’ll only be
able to measure that by the way we
perform against Maryland next week.”
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ing the summer.
“I guess in the fall you have a lot of
people that are coming back to school.
... They’re just getting to know people,”
he said. “You don’t have as many peo
ple that could get into a conflict”
Twenty-seven of the reported inci
dents had male victims. Mclntyre said
male-oriented assaults are usually the
result of arguments, and females are
usually subject to more violent assaults.
Mclntyre said nine times out of 10,
females are the target of sexual assaults.
But that statistic doesn’t scare Cali
Schmitt, a junior international studies
major. “It doesn’t seem like it happens
that often, and generally there’s enough
security,” she said.
Schmitt said stranger assaults seem dis
tant when it doesn’t happen to someone
close to her, although, being a female, she
understands that she is at greater risk. “I
think if I were a guy, I wouldn’t have as
many worries being alone.”
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from Winston-Salem who went to both
the Crossroads and Brent Road, said
Brent Road is on the verge of becoming
a campus legend. “You hear about what
it used to be like, and it’s sad because it
will probably never be like that again.”
Oktay Rifki, a N.C. State senior from
Morrisville, said Brent Road served as a
tradition linking N.C. State students
regardless of when they went to school.
Rifki said he felt sad for all the younger
students who would never know what
Brent Road truly was like in the past
“Look at this place,” he said, gesturing to
a street populated only by officers. “Brent
Road is already dead, die cops are the
killers, and we’re the mourners.”
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