Weekly Alibi
 May 8 - 14, 2008 
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NEWS/OPINION
Native American readers vent their unfavorable reactions to last week's feature, and its author and subject respond. What does it take to end up on the New Mexico top delinquent taxpayers list? And the reason why hundreds of faculty members have a bone to pick with UNM President David Schmidly.
Websclusive: Answer Me This
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Websclusive: Thin Line
A Senate committee is making the first steps to do battle with the Federal Communications Commission's decision to relax media ownership regulations.
MUSIC
Former-Ant Farmer Jon Forrest Little returns to Albuquerque with a van full of kick-ass El Paso bands. Strung Out is still way more popular than your band. Plus, more Launchpad-Brand Linseed Oil shirts, all-ages music venues and neo-soul CDs than you can shake a rolled-up Alibi at.
Websclusive: The Empty Orchestra
Refer to our updated guide for all of your karaoke needs.
FOOD
Lotus Café closes in on curry perfection. Learn the secrets of heady little cherry tartlets. And this Mother's Day, raise your glass to the women of wine.
FILM & TV
The film adaptation of Marvel's Iron Man is solidly built, and Redbelt is anything but a straightforward martial arts flick.
ARTS/LIT
As It Is in Heaven at the Desert Rose Playhouse is a melodious portrait of 19th century Shakers. Amy Dalness fires the starting pistol for entering our Ridiculously Short Fiction Contest. And Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Steve Coll tackles the bin Laden family.

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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.

The Alibi encourages our readership to remain politically informed. To that end, please keep your eyes peeled for websclusive and print-edition political news and election coverage as the 2014 general election nears. And be sure to pick up a copy of the Alibi Election Guide, which hits stands on Thursday, Oct. 30. On a personal note, I've always appreciated the way Halloween and elections coincide. After all, there's really nothing scarier than citizen apathy, low voter turnout and resulting ineffective, subpar leadership and representation.

Alibi Picks

Welcome to the Danger Zone: Danger Carnival

Seeking some adult-friendly danger this weekend? How about a carnival’s worth? Emerge ABQ’s Danger Carnival is back for a second year! Step right up this Saturday, Sept. 20, from 6 to 11pm at Skarsgard Farms (3435 Stanford NE) for a night of art, food and entertainment. Equal parts harvest festival, freak show and vaudeville spectacle, the Second Annual Danger Carnival features fabulous fun for ages 21-plus. Jam along to The Tall Boys, DJ Dave 12, Zack Freeman and DJ James Black. Dandykor offers a spanking booth for the especially naughty, and Olive Bee Photography invites you to celebrate the skin you’re in with a Body Positive Photo Temple. Still feeling adventurous? Check out body parts printing by Zona, then marvel as the Albuquerque Aerialist Collective flies through the air with the greatest of ease. Soo Bak Food Truck brings a taste of “Korean Seoul Food,” while ABQ Mystique’s menu features Frito Pie and beer brat sandwiches. Wet your whistle with Skarsgard Farm’s hard cider and Casa Rondeña wines. For $5, you get five carnival tickets; additional tickets are $1. For more info, and to RSVP for Danger Carnival, visit on.fb.me/1obBV1M. Skarsgard Farms • Sat Sep 20 • 6-11pm • $5 suggested donation • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar

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The Daily Word in airstrike plans, Alison Krauss' imposter and a hearse parade

The Daily Word

The White House kicks off it's “It's On Us” campaign to address sexual assault on campuses.

The American Freedom Defence Initiative has placed anti-Islamic ads on a hundred NYC buses and two subway entrances this week.

Deputies in North Florida are baffled after 51-year-old Donald Spirit killed seven of his family members, then turned the gun on himself.

Alabama District Court Judge Mark E. Fuller is being pressured to resign after being accused of assaulting his wife.

After Congress gave the “OK” for a plan to arm and train Syrian rebels, the Pentagon is waiting for President Obama to approve their airstrike list.

A New Mexican woman is in trouble for violating probation after impersonating bluegrass star Alison Krauss and conning an elderly man in Arkansas out of his life savings, his house and his cars.

After two New Mexico counties went to the Supreme Court to put two nonbinding questions about marijuana and taxes on the November election ballads, Secretary of State Dianna Duran went to the federal court to intervene. But they said they won't referee this issue.

Jesus Arredondo Soto has been convicted of killing a woman and her 1-year-old son in 2010. He faces up to two life sentences, plus more than 70 years in prison.

According to a statewide ABQ Journal poll, 50 percent of New Mexico voters opposed marijuana legalization, while 44 percent were in favor.

You ever see a parade of hearses? No? Head to Michigan this weekend.

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