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 Jul 20 - 26, 2006 
Hell or High Water
Reeling in New Mexico--the best fly-fishing spot in North America is closer than you think.
NEWS/OPINION
News Feature
Swimming upstream--the endangered silvery minnow struggles to survive an exceptionally dry summer.
MUSIC
Spotlight
Two bands for the price of none! The Giranimals and Santa Fe's The Cherry Tempo release two new albums at the same free show this weekend.
FOOD
Eating In
Eat the ditch: Laura Marrich tells you how to cook crawdads from your own backyard.
FILM & TV
Film News
High noon at the camcorder corral: The Duke City Shootout brings digital filmmaking to the Wild West for the sixth year running.
FEATURE
ARTS/LIT
Gallery Review: By Invitation Only
New Mexico Pics zooms in on local photography at the Harwood Art Center.

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The Daily Word in meth-smoking Buddhists, triple boobies and a White House intruder.

The Daily Word
In the news: White House intruder, meth-smoking Buddhist monks, woman with three breasts, Pink Floyd’s new album, Female polygamist ninjas, McKinney, TX, restraining order on Uber and Lyft, Carlsbad flooding evactuations, car smash on I-40, Scott Baio

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Alibi Picks

A Feast for Folk Fans: Conor Oberst at Sunshine

Conor Oberst, formerly of Bright Eyes, takes the stage with some folk-infused ditties.

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editorial

Dotdotdotdashdashdashdotdotdot: High court calls on SOS to perform job as election nears

In a stunning blow to governance by partisan paternalism, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled on Friday, Sept. 19, that the Secretary of State does not have authority to remove advisory initiatives approved by county commissions from the general election ballot. This high court ruling means that citizens of Bernalillo County will get to vote on two nonbinding polling questions regarding decriminalization of small quantities of marijuana and raising sales tax one-eighth of a cent to fund mental health services.

In an oral presentation of the Court's ruling, Supreme Court Justice Barbara Vigil said New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran failed to perform a mandatory duty of her office by refusing to include county-approved initiatives on the general election ballot; the Court ordered her to do so.

If you haven't already, you'll hear more about Duran in the weeks to come. Her unsuccessful attempt to quash Bernalillo and Santa Fe County advisory initiatives via unilateral memorandum and petititions of both federal and state courts is only part of the coming Duran-centric news cycle. As the incumbent candidate for Secretary of State, Duran may already be familiar to you.

In the wake of the Court's decision, Duran issued a written statement: “We of course will comply with this order, but what it means is that Bernalillo County voters will be using a ballot printed in tiny 7-point font, just so people can be presented with a meaningless public opinion poll.” How can the opinion of voterssome of whom obviously voted for hernow seem meaningless to Duran?

Her campaign website, diannaduran.com, colorfully presents polarizing rhetoric. On a page titled "Dianna Duran v. Maggie Toulouse Oliver: The Strikingand very AlarmingContrasts," Duran calls herself the "target" of "extreme far-left activists of the Democratic Party." She goes on to contrast herself with Toulouse Oliver using all-caps and underlined keywords like "DARK MONEY," "political consultant" and "left-wing activism and partisanship" in reference to Toulouse Oliver.

In contrast, Toulouse Oliver's minimalist campaign website, maggietoulouseoliver.com, focuses on endorsements, and finding criticism of Duran is more challenging. (On the landing page of Duran's website, an arrow guides you straight to the aforementioned "Contrasts" page.) After clicking through Toulouse Oliver's bio and thoughts on the job, the news section of her site reveals her official statement on the Supreme Court decision. And it is critical of Duran, but phrases like "overtly partisan and activist interference in the ballot creation process" and "blatant disrespect for the separation of powers in our government" pale in comparison to Duran's chart that lists Toulouse Oliver's background and experience as "Campaign Manager for Dark Money Orgs."

But don't take my word for it. Visit their respective websites, linked above, and form your own opinion. For even more insight into their educational, professional and political backgrounds, news, endorsements and campaign contribution disclosures, visit the Ballotpedia pages for Dianna Duran and Maggie Toulouse Oliver.

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