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Weekly Alibi
 Jan 19 - 25, 2006 
NEWS/OPINION
Maximizing the Minimum
A new low ... just kidding. The state's 30-day Legislative Session began this week and it looks like the minimum wage is on the rise. New Mexico residents could know by next month if wage regulation will be taken on at the state level. Jessica Cassyle Carr reports.
MUSIC
Spotlight: Bleeding Eardrum Rehearsal Studio
Is the Emergenza International Music Festival a scam as some of those out in Internet-land think it is? You heard the truth from the Alibi first!
FOOD
It's Just Grape Juice
With so many different wines, how do you choose which wine to bring to your next social engagement? Soon you'll know with these step-by-step instructions, based on who you'll be around, how much you like them and how much coin you have.
FILM & TV
Video Review
Kurly Tlapoyawa fills us in on the best DVD releases of last year, and mixed in with a little shameless self-promotion, you probably haven't seen most of the list.
FEATURE
The Rise and Fall of Civilizations
As a geologist, physiologist, professor and author, Jared Diamond has come to be known as one of the most profound thinkers of our age. This week he visits UNM, and Steven Robert Allen had the pleasure of being in the presence of brilliance.
ARTS/LIT
Book News
Is the novel really dead or is it simply the current fashion within literary circles to say so? Have movies and television taken over literature as the main social trendsetters and entertainment? John Freeman fills us in on his thoughts on the matter.

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news

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

The Daily Word

The White House intruder was just crazy.

Some meth-smoking Buddhist monks were arrested.

Surgeon creates woman with three breasts.

Pink Floyd’s new album will be their first in 20 years.

Female polygamist ninjas were unsuccessful in their kidnapping mission.

McKinney, TX is the best place to live.

New Mexico will consider arguments for a restraining order on Uber and Lyft.

Carlsbad flooding evactuations are urged.

There was a big car smash on I-40.

Happy Birthday, Scott Baio.

Alibi Picks

A Feast for Folk Fans: Conor Oberst at Sunshine

Hipsters and folksters, both young and old, are invited to gather at Sunshine Theater (120 Central SW) tomorrow night for an all-ages Conor Oberst concert. Promoting his fifth solo album Upside Down Mountain on this coast-to-coast tour, fans can expect to hear more poignant musical poetry than ever before. Oberst will sing new songs like sleepy, indie-pop tune “Time Forgot,” bittersweet trip-down-memory-lane “You Are Your Mother’s Child” and even a few relative oldies like rowdy, foot-stomping number "I Don’t Want to Die (In the Hospital)." Originally of Bright Eyes, Oberst brings a quavery, campfire vocal quality and simple, comforting and impassioned guitar playing. His poetic lyricsthat make fans remember childhood and lost lovesare where Oberst shines the most, and he has won recognition as an expressive and subtle lyricist. Don’t bring your mosh gear; instead, bring a lighter (or a lighter-imitating smartphone app) to wave in the air and a few buddies to sway with. Tickets are $25, and opening acts Jonathan Wilson and Refried Ice Cream take the stage starting at 8pm. Sunshine Theater • Tue Sep 23 • 8pm • $25 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar

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.

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.

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