The podcast will feature SFR staff writer Joey Peters and myself speaking about politics on a weekly basis. We will have a new episode every Friday, with the occasional special edition throughout the week.
The initial episode will feature a talk about the New Mexico Senate race and some key legislative races. Also, Justin Horwath, a staff writer with the Reporter, has a feature on former Gov. Gary Johnson.
A little something for you to listen to on the weekend to keep you abreast of the latest in New Mexico politics.
On to the Word:
- Unsurprisingly, KOB has the report on the U.S. Senate debate between Martin Heinrich and Heather Wilson. It seemed almost a replay of previous debates — Wilson spent her time hammering Heinrich and Heinrich tried to deflect each attack. Again, there were no game-changing moments. And with the large number of early votes already cast (see below), time is running out for a big comeback.
- New Mexicans like early voting.
As of October 25, 2012: Total Absentee Ballots Received and Early Votes: 173,671
— Erin Muffoletto (@erinmuffoletto) October 25, 2012
- Bernalillo County’s numbers:
Total Absentee Ballots Mailed through 10/25/2012: 36,288
Total Absentee Ballots Received through 10/25/2012, 8:32AM: 17,679
Total Early Voters through 10/25/2012, 8:32AM: 45,106
- The Associated Press covers the 1st Congressional District race.
Unlike the nasty Democratic primary fight, where Lujan Grisham narrowly won a three-way race that included former Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chavez and State Sen. Eric Griego, the general election has been “a ho-hum race,” said Gabriel Sanchez, a University of New Mexico political science professor.
- KNME has a pretty awesome campaign finance map of state Senate races. Check it out, because it is pretty awesome.
- The Albuquerque Journal staff looks at legislative advertising. The piece is not the friendliest to Jay McCleskey, the Karl Rove to Susana Martinez’s George W. Bush.
There isn’t really a good piece to excerpt — but the entire thing is worth reading.
- Even without an election, Pat Woods is a state Senator.
- Sen. Mary Jane Garcia, D-Doña Ana, paid her fine for charging campaign funds to cash.
“I’m just going ahead and paying the whole thing to get it behind me,” Garcia said. “I don’t want my constituents to think I’m a crook, because they know better.”
Garcia is heavily favored to retain her seat, despite the snafu, which she says she paid just to get it behind her and not as any admission of guilt.
- KUNM’s Voices behind the Vote continues, with Part 9.
Carol Lovato was born in Chicago. Her father was in the military so the family moved around a lot – to New Mexico, California, and Germany.
When it came time for her to choose a place to live as an adult, she went to the place where she felt the happiest as a child – Albuquerque. And she found a job that was just right for her.
- Steve Pearce and Evelyn Madrid Erhard don’t agree on much, Michael Coleman of the Albuquerque Journal finds.
- Gary Johnson has his first ad and it features drones.
- Speaking of candidates running quixotic campaigns, the Santa Fe Reporter has Jefferson Byrd’s tax philosophy in doodle form.
- Jus tmention labor unions to Democratic state Senate District 33 candidate Stephanie Dubois.
“Labor is the backbone of our nation,” Dubois said. “And their trying to kill the unions, the teachers’ union, AFSCME [American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees], all of them.”
Dubois was happy when the Chicago teachers went on strike and laments the fact that Alamogordo teachers don’t have that right in their collective bargaining agreement.
Dubois faces an uphill battle against Republican Bill Burt for the seat.
- The Las Vegas Optic looks at the three local legislative races.
- From the Ruidoso News:
Following a Sept. 16 meeting of the minds between Congressman Steve Pearce, Bryan Bird of WildEarth Guardians and representatives from the U.S. Forest Service and Mescalero Tribal lands, an avenue of cooperation has been opened between groups that typically promote opposing agendas.
- The union representing Albuquerque police officers says that neighborhoods hiring off-duty police officers to patrol their neighborhoods shows that the Albuquerque Police Department does not have enough police officers.
- A co-founder of Pixar according to New Mexico Business Weekly.
- Joline Gutierrez Krueger is not happy with Ann Coulter.
After Monday’s presidential debate – in which we were introduced to the conciliatory Mitt Romney – Coulter went beyond the provocative into the perverted by tweeting: “I highly approve of Romney’s decision to be kind and gentle to the retard.”
She later told the website Politicker: “The only people who will be offended are too retarded to understand it.”
Ann Coulter is the real-life equivalent of an internet troll.
- Natural gas prices are at a ten-year low. This is good for consumers’ budgets — but it isn’t so good for the state’s budget. The state budget depends a lot on the oil and gas prices.
- The Albuquerque Journal remembers George McGovern.
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