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Libertarian Candidate Files FCC Complaint Against WRAL

Posted October 8, 2004

— The Libertarian candidate for governor filed a complaint against WRAL Friday for not including her in the upcoming debate.

Barbara Howe's complaint with the Federal Communications Commission accuses WRAL of "viewpoint discrimination" by not allowing her to share the stage with Mike Easley and Patrick Ballantine.

WRAL looked at several issues in deciding to exclude Howe from the Oct. 15 debate. The main factor is her overall lack of support. In the 2000 governor's race, she received 42,000 votes -- which was just 1 percent.

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