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 V.17 No.44 | October 30 - November 5, 2008 
Alibi’s Online Election Guide

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What Would the World Be Like?

Look into the future with the Alibi’s 2008 Election Guide

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Tina Larkin

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Election Day Is Tuesday, Nov. 4

Early voting ends Saturday, Nov. 1. If you want to vote after Saturday, you must go to the polls on Election Day proper.

To find out where to vote on Election Day and to get sample ballots, visit: bernco.gov/wherevote

If you have questions about voting, call the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office at 468-1290 or see “Poll Pointers” in this week’s News section.

Early voting hours were extended:
Weekdays: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Print-n-Save Voters’ Guide

Print out this handy reminder (use alibi.com’s “print” button for a printer-friendly version) and take it to the polls. Disagree with us on our endorsements? Cross out our candidate and write in your own.

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Jeff Drew

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President

Sen. Barack Obama is—above all, perhaps—a source of inspiration. He is the first leader of our generation who has had the presence and politics necessary to kindle something that died in many Americans: Interest. Empowerment. Hope. Not since the days of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. has a political figure so captivated national attention. He couldn’t have come at a better time.

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Tina Larkin

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U.S. Senate

If Rep. Tom Udall is elected as one of New Mexico's two senators, he would bring his brand of moderate pragmatism to the table. He was the state's attorney general in the '90s and has been a congressperson in the House of Representatives since 1998. He's worked on bipartisan efforts to preserve wilderness in New Mexico.

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Tina Larkin

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U.S. Congress

If Martin Heinrich is elected to serve as our congressperson for the First Congressional District, New Mexico would gain a moderate progressive in a seat that’s held a hard-right conservative for the last decade.

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Tina Larkin

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Public Regulation Commission

If Jason Marks keeps his job as the Albuquerque area representative for the Public Regulation Commission, he'll continue as a methodical examiner of the state's utilities, telecommunication and insurance industries.

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More Alibi Picks

We sent questionnaires to every candidate running for a relevant office. Mixed with this online version of our Election Guide, you’ll find the responses of those who answered along with job descriptions, terms, salaries and campaign websites for every candidate, even those who didn’t respond.

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Justices of the Supreme Court

Job Description: One of five justices that has superintending control over all other courts and attorneys in the state.

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New Mexico State Senate

Job Description: Writes budgets and crafts laws pertaining to schools, prisons and governmental agencies.

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New Mexico House of Representatives

Job Description: Writes budgets and crafts laws pertaining to schools, prisons and governmental agencies.

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Bernalillo County Commission

Job Description: Represents the county in all cases not already provided for by law. Appoints officials to vacant seats. Crafts the county budget. Sets policies, ordinances, resolutions, zoning and business regulations in unicorporated areas.

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Bernalillo County Clerk

Job Description: Conducts all elections within Bernalillo County. All public records are also filed with the County Clerk’s Office.

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Bernalillo County Treasurer

Job Description: Acts as the property tax collector for Bernalillo County, the City of Albuquerque, Albuquerque Public Schools, the State of New Mexico and other taxing agencies in Bernalillo County.

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District Attorney

Job Description: Prosecutes on behalf of city government.

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Second Judicial District

Job Description: The governor appoints judicial vacancies, but those appointments must run in a contested, partisan election in the next general election. If they are elected, they thereafter run in nanpartisan retention elections. In the Second Judicial District, only felony DWI and domestic violence cases are heard.

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Bernalillo County Metro Court

Job Description: The governor appoints judicial vacancies, but those appointments must run in a contested, partisan election in the next general election. If they are elected, they thereafter run in nanpartisan retention elections. Metro Court presides over civil actions under $10,000, first felony appearances, misdemeanors, misdeamor domestic violence cases, misdemeanor DWIs and all other traffic violations.

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Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority

Job Description: Builds and maintains flood control structures to alleviate flooding problems within Greater Albuquerque.

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Constitutional Amendments

These are statewide and appear on every ballot

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Bonds

The Alibi endorses all bonds proposed this election cycle. Here's a breakdown of what you're being asked to vote for.

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Bernalillo County Gross Receipts Tax

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Bernalillo, Sandoval and Valencia Counties are all being asked to raise their gross receipts tax by one-eighth of 1 percent to fund regional transportation. Gross receipts taxes are what New Mexico uses instead of sales taxes. They are imposed on businesses, but most businesses pass them on to the consumer, and so they generally act as a sales tax. Gross receipts taxes vary between counties, but Bernalillo County's is now 6.75 percent.

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