2 The Daily Tar Heel Wednesday, April 22, 1987
By LEE ANN NECESSARY
A proposal calling for an open
Republican presidential primary will
be voted on during the North
Carolina GOP convention in May,
said Jack Hawke. N.C. Republican
Hawke's proposal to the conven
tion will be separated into two parts.
The first part applies to registered
voters with no affiliation (indepen
dents) and the second part concerns
allowing Democrats to vote in the
The purpose behind this strategy
is to ensure that the whole proposal
would not be struck down by the
courts if it were to pass.
In December the U.S. Supreme
Court ruled in the case of Secretary
of State of Connecticut Tachjian vs.
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to 28 births per 1,000 people, said
Mary Kent, population expert for
the Population Reference Bureau.
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Republican Party Committee that a
state cannot determine which voters
may participate in a political party's
"The way we understand this
ruling is that we can set our own
rules as to who may vote in our
primaries," Hawke said. "I don't
think they would strike down the
whole proposal anyway, but by
making the proposals into two steps,
well at least open the primaries up
to the independents and no-party
The N.C. Republican Party hopes
the crossover primaries would be
able to attract conservative inde
pendent and Democratic voters who
are already "behaviorally Republi
cans," Hawke said.
The party also hopes to prompt
the 1980s, the U.S. birth rate has
stabilized, Kent said, explaining that
the rise was due to baby-boomers
w ho had delayed having children.
She predicted that the U.S. birth
rate will remain stable in the near
future. "In the short term, nobody
is expecting the rates to go up."
Relaxation of the Chinese govern-
an increase in Republican voter
registration by adding people who
are still registered as Democrats for
traditional reasons, Hawke said.
"Twenty years ago the people
voted the way they registered; now
they'll vote Republican but won't
register with us," Hawke said.
N.C. Democratic leaders do not
think the crossover primaries would
have that much effect on the way
Democrats vote, said Ken Eudy,
executive director of the N.C. Demo
Eudy said the party was opposed
to the plan because they wanted
Democrats electing Democrats.
"What Jack Hawke is not saying,
is they tried to get people to switch
over a couple of years ago, and the
operation did not work. This, plan
is not going to work either," Eudy
ment's policy of one child per family,
public resentment of the policy and
an increase in the number of people
of child-bearing age may have
accelerated the Chinese birth rate,
China's birth rate rose from 18
births per 1,000 people to 21 births
per 1 ,000 people.
Declining birth rates in Africa and
Latin America were balanced out by
the Chinese increase, Kent said.
Since the population of China
makes up more than one-fifth of the
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Democrats electing Republicans
and Republicans electing Democrats
would damage the party system
tremendously, Eudy said. .
"I'm not as concerned about our
Democrats going over to them as I
am (about) the right-wing radicals
messing up our nomination process,"
Hawke said infiltration of the
primary by a liberal group who
would vote for a weak Republican
to sabotage the election would
probably not be a problem.
"After 25 years of working on
campaigns, I've found it's hard
enough to motivate people to vote
for someone they favor, much less
someone they do not want to win,"
world's population, any increase in
the country's birth rate has a strong
impact. The world's population is
expected to pass the five billion mark
by July, Kent said.
Dick Udry, director of the Caro
lina Population Center, said passing
the five billion mark is insignificant.
"Five billion is an interesting
round number," Udry said. "It
illustrates the fact that the world's
population is still going up, and will
continue to do so."
Car bomb in bus terminal
kills nearly 150 in Sri Lanka
From Associated Press reports
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka A
car bomb at rush hour Tuesday
created an inferno at the main bus
terminal that officials said killed
up to 150 people, bringing the
death toll from terrorism to
nearly 300 in five days.
The bombing was the third
attack since Friday on this island
south of India, where Tamil
insurgents have waged a four-year
war for an independent nation
against the Sinhalese majority.
Tamils killed t least 142 people
in northeastern Sri Lanka Friday
U.S. makes another Iran deal
Reagan's National Security
Council has approved the sale of
a $900,000 computer system to
Iran, industry and administration
officials said Tuesday.
The approval represents the
first major U.S. transaction
involving Iran since disclosures in
late 1986 that the administration
had been secretly selling arms to
Administration officials said
the council ruled late last week
in favor of Commerce Secretary
Malcolm Balkrige and Secretary
of State George Shultz, and
against Defense Secretary Caspar
In Monday's article, "Commence
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Daily Tar Heel incorrectly reported
that the School of Journalism would
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Japanese want sanctions ended
WASHINGTON - A high
level Japanese emissary asked
President Reagan Tuesday to lift
trade sanctions against Japan, but
Reagan's chief spokesman said
action is unlikely before Prime
Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone's
visit next week.
Nakasone is due in Washington
on April 29 and 30 for a state
dinner and meetings with the
president and other officials.
Reagan honors N.C. teacher
Reagan presented a crystal apple
Tuesday to Donna Oliver of
North Carolina, the National
Teacher of the Year, and told her
that teachers were very special
people who "make the dreams of
children come true."
The 37-year-old high school
biology instructor from Burling
ton said that although she believes
"education has taken a real
beating" in the country during the
past several years, she had little
time to discuss vital issues with
the president during the picture
hold a special graduation ceremony
at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 10 in Hill
Hall. The ceremony will be at 1:30
p.m. The DTH regrets the error.
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