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Morning Word, 5-8-12

Here we are. Exactly four weeks from the primary election — voting has already started with absentee and early voting becoming an increasingly popular way to vote and avoid the long lines.

Candidates will have to identify who has already voted and move on to convincing their most enthusiastic voters to help get others out to vote. In small turnout elections such as primaries for state House or Senate or county positions, every little bit helps.

Will be an interesting final few weeks — and expect mailers critical of candidates to make news as well as questionable campaign tactics in the final weeks.

If you see or hear about any of these, email and I’ll look into it.

On to the Word:

  • Yesterday, NM Telegram looked at Independent Source PAC getting involved in a state House race and backing Sheryl Williams-Stapleton in her reelection attempt — by attacking her opponent Cara Valente-Compton. Valente-Compton calls the literature piece “Karl Rove” style campaigning by the progressive PAC.
  • Congressman Ben Ray Luján endorsed David Coss in the race to replace Luján’s father, Speaker of the House Ben Luján. The elder Luján is stepping down because of health problems.
  • Former U.S. Senator Pete Domenici celebrated his 80th birthday on Monday.
  • Apparently high-wage tax credit claims are soaring. And it is because the tax credit does not have a statute of limitations as other tax credits do and companies are claiming the high wage tax credit for years past.
  • Milan Simonich predicts the sand dunes lizard won’t be listed as an endangered species thanks to election year politics. Of course, the only people paying attention to the little lizard and a potential listing live in heavily Republican areas like southern New Mexico and west Texas.
  • Heath Haussamen thinks that former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson’s best-case scenario in his presidential run as a Libertarian is to be a spoiler.

    Johnson has almost zero chance of winning the race. The best he can do is keep Romney from winning. And that might force Republicans to rethink who they nominate for president, just as Ralph Nader has done for Democrats in recent elections and Ross Perot did for both parties in the 1990s.

    I’d have to agree with that assessment.

  • U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman’s clean energy bill would cut more CO2 emissions than a proposed climate bill. Of course, neither have a very good chance of passing while Republicans are willing to filibuster everything in the Senate and control the House of Representatives.
  • New Mexico will be ground zero for a solar eclipse on May 20 and John Fleck has the details, including discussion of an 18th century map that tracked the moon’s shadow across Earth.
    The eclipse will be visible over a large area, but because of Albuquerque’s location right in the bull’s-eye of maximum darkness (along with freeways that make it easy to move if clouds are blocking your view), we’re becoming global eclipse central for the international community of eclipse chasers. The peak of the action comes at 7:33 p.m.

  • Las Cruces mayor Ken Miyagishima and local business leaders were invited to the White House to discuss the New Mexico economy and jobs.
  • New Mexico ranked 33rd for businesses according to — but an anonymous CEO loves Susana Martinez.
  • I feel like I should mention this, but I’m not sure why — the 39-pound cat from New Mexico that made national attention in recent weeks died of lung failure on Monday.

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Matthew Reichbach has blogged about New Mexico politics since 2006. Matthew was a co-founder of New Mexico FBIHOP with his brother and part of the original hirings at the groundbreaking website the New Mexico Independent. Matthew has covered events such as the Democratic National Convention and Netroots Nation. In addition to politics, Matthew is an avid sports fan, especially of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and TV fan.

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