Why? Well, the website wasn’t making even the bare minimum amount of break-even money that I needed to pay for basic things like rent or food. This is a common thing among state bloggers, something that I believe I would be able to overcome, perhaps foolishly. So I now have a normal job. Nothing to do with politics, just something that will pay the bills and take up 40 hours of my week.
I hope one day that this site will be something that is viable as a primary job for me. But it is rare that such a thing can happen for anyone who isn’t independently wealthy or with connections with the insiders who happen to be wealthy.
To all of you who have donated, thank you a million times. Thank you for supporting real, independent journalism.
If you choose to donate, know that these donations will go towards things to improve the website. I still want to launch a podcast. I still want to get a video camera to do some video posts. And I will still do my best to cover New Mexico news and politics with as much as my new time constraints will allow.
I’ve never been good at asking people for money, even when it is needed. I’ve never been good at selling myself or putting myself out in front; I never want to make myself the story. Writing those posts asking for donations were about as pleasant as having someone do a root canal without drugs. Bugging campaigns or groups to advertise feels like just that to me — bugging. Maybe it is something that I need to do more of if something like this website is going to succeed on its own. But for now, I’m going to regroup, make some money (though not a lot) and keep this site going the best that it can.
Thank you to all the readers — and keep coming back. The site will stay alive. The Morning Word will continue to be on the site (and in your inbox for free if you want!). But things will slow down a little bit. News that breaks in the afternoon and evening will not be immediately written about, but will happen well after midnight. So keep coming back.
This isn’t an end, just a different (hopefully temporary) phase for the site.
Anyway, on to the Word:
- Rep. Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, is starting a PAC to help Democrats keep control of the House.Egolf wrote at Democracy for New Mexico:
Democrats already lost one seat in redistricting, so we must gain seats in November or there will be a Republican Speaker of the House, and Governor Martinez will have the rubber stamp legislature she wants. We cannot risk losing control to a Tea Party-controlled Republican majority.
- Carl Trujillo says in an NMPolitics.net opinion piece that David Coss is spreading misinformation about his campaign.
My stands on the issues are clear – they’ve been on my website since the beginning of the LAST campaign in 2010 – and for Mayor Coss and his campaign to suggest otherwise is dishonest political posturing.
I’ve been a Democrat since I was first old enough to vote. And I’m proud to come from a long line of Democrats, because I believe in the values that the Democratic Party has long stood for – chief among them, fairness, honesty, social justice and inclusivity.
One word that didn’t’ appear in Trujillo’s piece? Debate. It appears that Trujillo still refuses to participate in debates.
- Politico’s Dave Cantanese tweets:
— davecatanese (@davecatanese) May 22, 2012
Seems about right. Wilson is a formidable campaigner, but is competing in a state that is turning increasingly blue — and in a Presidential year, no less.
- Senate District 39’s Democratic primary is getting some attention, with incumbent state Sen. Phil Griego battling to keep his seat against challengers Jack Sullivan and Nicole Castellanos. The Santa Fe New Mexican wrote about it:
The challenge to Griego’s hold on power comes after Senate District 39 underwent a dramatic makeover due to redistricting, the once-a-decade redrawing of legislative boundaries. Gone are precincts from Los Alamos, Mora and Taos counties. New to the district are precincts in Lincoln, Torrance and Valencia counties, giving Senate District 39 one of the larger geographical footprints in New Mexico.“Forty percent of the voters are new to the district,” Sullivan said. “We have a better opportunity to get a message out to voters who are willing to listen.”
And NMPolitics.net as well, which highlighted the ethics complaints against Griego. Griego did not respond to requests from comment from either the New Mexican or NMPolitics.net.
- The winners in 15 primary elections in June will have no competition in the general election in November, the conservative Capitol Report New Mexico reports.
- John Fleck writes about the battle between the state government and the federal government on the state of the Rio Grande. And, of course, the silvery minnow is in the middle of all of it, although Fleck says it is more than just for the minnow. In other words, read Fleck’s column.
- Torrance County Commissioners are upping their complaints about Hector Balderas in relation to the audit his office is compiling against the commission. Commissioners say he broke the law by giving an interview to a local TV news station before providing the audit to the commission. Balderas says the county commission is trying to muzzle a public official.
- A New Mexico State University researcher received a grant to map chile genetics.
- Johnny Depp was adopted into the Comanche Nation.
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