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By Todd Anderson
Senior staff writer
Libertarian candidates for state
office may have a long shot at winning
the election, but they will stand behind
their principles with hopes of increas
ing voters’ awareness of their party,
After submitting the 6,000-signa
ture petition with the secretary of
state’s office in mid-August that is
required to appear on the November
ballot, die Libertarian party has nomi
nated a slate of three candidates to run
for state-level offices.
Andrew Sullivan, an Omaha tele
marketing trainer, has announced his
candidacy for attorney general in the
election against die Republican incum
bent Don Stenberg and Democratic
candidate Pat Knapp of Lincoln.
Loud Citv resident and farmer Jerry
Hickman, whose name will appear on
the November ticket, said he will
announce his candidacy later this
month, and UNL sophomore psycholo
gy major Shannon Miller is die party’s
candidate for secretary of state, running
against incumbent Scott Moore and
Democratic candidate Km Bembeck.
Hickman said he does not have a
lot of time or money to dedicate to the
race but hopes adding his name to the
list of candidates will increase expo
sure for the Libertarian party.
“We know that we can’t win this
election with the name recognition that
(Rep.) Bill Barrett has,” Hickman said
Nevertheless, he plans to spread
his name by speaking in the western
half of the state.
Hickman, who has farmed on his
father’s land in Sherman country for 2 8
years, said he joined the Libertarian
party in 1992 because he agreed with
its platform on several issues, especial
ly its stance that ^government growth
should besfopped mdcirt back.
“I’ve been unhappy with the con
tinual increase in size and cost of our
government for a long time,” he said
Hickman said if he were elected to
represent Nebraska’s 3rd
Congressional District, he would intro
duce legislation to eliminate federal
agencies such as the Department of
Education and the Environmental
Protection Agency. * V
Sullivan also said the government
had taken on too much responsibility
and said he would advocate turning
problems back to the responsible citi
zens if he were elected attorney gener
Sullivan, who graduated from
Creighton University in 1989 with a
philosophy degree, said he would
focus on defending personal liberties
that he said have been violated by the
He cited Omaha Mayor Hal Daub’s
involvement with the purchase of feder
al helicopters two years ago, which he
said were used to monitor speeding,
drug trafficking and illegal immigration,
as a direct attack on citizens’ liberties.
He said his candidacy is the result
of his ideology and not built out of
understanding of the laws of society,
for which a team of lawyers could be
assembled, he said.
Miller, Libertarian candidate for
secretary of state, did not return phone
calls to die Daily Nebraskan.
Andy Miller, Libertarian party
chairman, said die party is more con
cerned with having a third party repre
sented on the ballot than winning the
All political parties must win at
least 5 percent of total election votes
cast to remain on die ballot from year
Miller said spreading recognition
of his party is his main short-term goal.
Sullivan said the party is planning
a rally in October to send out its mes
sage and rally party members.
“People should start opening their
minds to another party,” Sullivan said.
“The Democratic and Republican par
ties fteiftt interested in realsolutkms.”
r Voters can View the Nebraska
Libertarian party’s official Worldwide
Web site at
Student harassed man
A man exposed himself to a univer
sity student and continued to harass her
TTie University of Nebraska
Lincoln sophomore was walking on a
path south of the Walter Scott
Engineering building around 8:20 p.m.
when the man approached her from
behind, University Police Sgt. Mylo
The man grabbed her rear aid and
then exposed his genitals when she
He continued to grab at ha, trying
to pull her close while taunting her
repeatedly, Bushing said
The victim threatened to call police,
and the man fled in the direction ofVine
She was able to call university
police from an emergency phone.
The man is described as a white
male, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 30 years old,
with short dark hair. He was wearing a
green shirt and dark shorts.
Man dies in car accident
A Lincoln man died in a car acci
dent Sunday, though police suspect a
At 10:15 ajn. 61-year-old Sherman
Kage was driving northbound on 70th
Street when his car struck a curb at
Orchard Street, left the road and struck
a tree in the yard of 1210 N. 70* St.,
Lincoln Police Sgt. Ann Heermann
Paramedics at the scene found that
the wreck likely was caused by a heart
Freshman caught with vodka
One UNL freshman was caught
bringing a gallon of vodka into
Schramm Hall early Saturday.
Just after 1 a.m. a Community
Service Officer saw the 18-year-old stu
dent carrying a large brown paper bag
into the residence hall, Bushing said.
The CSO found two half-gallon
bottles of vodka in the student’s bag.
Though the student claimed the
alcohol was not his, he was cited for
minor in possession of alcohol.
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Stenberg to file for reinstatement of 40 sentences
From staff reports
Attorney General Don Stenberg
told Ihe media Monday how his office
plans to argue for the reinstatement of
the original sentences of 40 prisoners
convicted of second-degree murder.
Stenberg filed an action with the
Nebraska Supreme Court alleging the
court acted in violation of the Nebraska
Constitution in 1994 when it voted to
require malice to be alleged and proven
m second-degree murder cases.
The court overturned its decision
last month after 40 convicted murder
os had their sentences reduced or dis
missed because of die 1994 ruling.
Stenbeig said his office was acting
out of concern for public safety as pris
oners finish their reduced sentences
and continue to be released.
“As many as 20 previously convict
ed second-degree murderers have been
released back among the citizens of
Nebraska,... and that number will
continue to increase as prisoners who
subsequently received lesser sentences
for their criminal behavior are required
to be released,” Stenbeig said.
Stenberg’s office alleged the court
acted in a legislative manner that vio
lated the state constitution, which ren
dered the ruling void.
“The court orders setting aside the
original second-degree murder convic
tions had no legal effect, and, therefore,
those original convictions remain in
place,” Stenbeig said.
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