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Where to watch results roll in
Our three-reporter election team is heading out to various camps around the city. In the meantime, watch preliminary results roll in online.
Politico’s got a few states breaking red or blue on its still mostly gray map.
At the New York Times’ 538 blog, the counting has begun. The forecast is looking Obama-y.
In New Mexico, the Secretary of State’s Office has results online for you. Nothing’s up yet since our polls are still open.
The county clerk’s site is the place to check in about Albuquerque’s minimum wage. Nothing will be there until after 7 p.m.
What’s up with county bond 5?
The Alibi loves bikes. What could be better for our country’s health and the environment than everyone getting out of their cars and powering themselves to work?
It’s part of why we’re not crazy about the Paseo and I-25 interchange revamp. That’s going to suck up so much money. Why not put that cash toward public transit, bike paths or other creative solutions to our vehicle-based problems? When you make the road bigger, it just fills up with more cars.
The city isn’t the only entity pitching funds toward the overhaul, though it’s certainly putting up the most. The county may toss in $5 million, depending on what voters say today.
But here’s the thing: The ballot language on county bond 5 doesn’t say a thing about Paseo. Instead, it says the bond puts cash toward road repair and bike paths. It’s a $10 million bond—and half of it goes to Paseo.
We say vote for it anyway. BernCo residents shouldn’t suffer potholes and dangerous conditions for cyclists because of this shady business. Still, it’d be nice if the ballot language was clearer.
Screw the campaign commercials
Even I’m sick of them. And I love this stuff.
I hear lots of people talking about how they’re all burned out on political candidates and their endless bickering. This is the most expensive election of all time. And where did that money go? Ads. Lots and lots of ads.
But even if you don’t care at all about who’s the next president, senator, county commissioner, whatever, there are a few other issues on the ballot today that are worth your attention.
Do you think Albuquerque’s minimum wage should go up $1? Our election team does, and here’s why.
Do you think Albuquerque should spend $50 million on rebuilding the Paseo and I-25 interchange? We didn’t. Here’s why.
And what about those amendments? Three of the five are about strengthening the Public Regulation Commission. They probably stem from the disaster that was Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. The Alibi’s endorsement crew likes all the amendments, especially the one that pulls the Public Defender’s Office out from under the thumb of the guv. (You may not care about that agency today, but you will if you ever get in trouble with the law and you can’t afford a private attorney.)
Go vote! The polls are open all day!
You’ve got until 7 p.m. to cast your ballot at any of these 69 polling locations. If you got your absentee ballot in the mail, but you haven’t turned it in yet, you can drop it off at the County Clerk’s Office by 7 p.m. That’s in City Hall (1 Civic Plaza) on the sixth floor.
You do not have to bring ID.
If you have any problems at the polls, call these voter protection hotlines:
Here’s what the Alibi thought of the candidates and the issues you’ll see on your ballot today.
Life in a box
Tom Stoppard’s existential masterwork Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is in its last weekend at Theatre X (in the basement of UNM’s Center for the Arts). Alibi theater critic Leigh Hile reviewed the ambitious production.
The Daily Word in hazmat, more Gangnam Style and Penn State prez
Gary Johnson's campaign splices him into the presidential debates.
Guy rode his bike through Hurricane Sandy.
Back East, people are lined up for miles to get gas.
Former Penn State president charged with perjury in Sandusky scandal.
Gene Hackman knew the dude he slapped in Santa Fe.
Dr. Kevorkian's paintings.
City councilors lodge an ethics complaint against a pro-minimum wage hike group.
Campaign finance reports filed today. So, how much did those legislative campaigns blow?
Noam Chomsky Gangnam Style
10 election oddities explained. By the British.
Is America ready for a female president?
The Daily Word in Syrian ceasefire, Hurricane Sandy and WikiLeaks
A funeral home sent a family their loved one’s brain in a bag. Court says they can’t sue.
Maximum sentence for a driver who killed a cyclist in January: 90 days in jail, $300 fine.
Syrian army agrees to a ceasefire from Friday to Monday.
Hurricane Sandy is heading our way.
WikiLeaks is releasing the U.S. policies on detaining people in camps and GitMo. The website hacked them from the DOD.
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei goes Gangnam style.
Why it’s so hard to fire a police officer.
Bullied teen throws herself in front of a train.
7-year-old girl writes an opera.
Legalizing marijuana is on the ballot in Washington, Colorado and Oregon.
Rape is rape, says the president.
Don’t worry about convicted sex offenders this Halloween. They’ve got a curfew.
Last-minute DIY Halloween costumes.
Nirvana, the Broadway musical.
Courtesy of KiMo Theatre
Bless Me, Ultima Live
Bless Me, Ultima
I had the unusual privilege of meeting Rudolfo Anaya at his Albuquerque home in March. I was there to interview him about censorship. See, at the beginning of this year, Arizona dismantled a Mexican-American studies program. Books were yanked from public school shelves in Tucson, including Anaya's Bless Me, Ultima. As we spoke, it became clear the author was not surprised. In fact, he had dragged a cardboard box out of storage that was stuffed with articles and clippings from when various groups have tried to ban and censor Ultima over the 40 years since its publication. So as our neighbor to the West begins to learn its lesson about the enduring nature of this tale, celebrate Chicano literature, New Mexico and hometown hero Anaya by catching a performance of Bless Me, Ultima at the KiMo Theatre tonight. The production promises traditional song, dance and folklore from the llano. Tickets are just $5 to this all-ages show. Buy them at the KiMo Ticket Office or bit.ly/UltimaLive. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. KiMo Theatre • 7:30 pm • $5 • ALL-AGES! • bit.ly/UltimaLive
Better Than Candy Corn
Rio Grande Community Farm's 15th Annual Maize Maze
No kidding, I love the Maize Maze at the Rio Grande Community Farm. But I'm kind of into mazes. I had a book of them that kept my crayon busy as a kid. And you know the end of The Shining where they're in that hedge maze? I've always thought it looks like fun, nasty old limping Nicholson and all. What the North Valley kid-friendly corn maze lacks in ax-wielding jerks it more than makes up for with a haybale city, farm animals and a pumpkin patch. Plus, it's haunted Oct. 26 through 28, and the night before Halloween. This year, the 7-acre puzzle is shaped like a frog, so expect to spot info about endangered amphibians as you make your way through. It's open all month long, typically on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. "Dannnnyyyyyyyy! I'm coming!" bit.ly/MaizeMaze Rio Grande Community Farm • 3-9 pm • $5-$7 • ALL-AGES!
The Daily Word in veep debate, diamond planet and sassy Big Bird
Supersonic human free fall has been rescheduled for Sunday due to weather.
Navajo Nation will put drone tech to good use by using an unmanned aircraft to monitor crops.
Soprano to take a Virgin Galactic flight into space and siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing.
A diamond planet bigger than Earth.
13 obscure punctuation symbols you might like to use, such as the authority point and the snark mark.
Lots of people are going to be sassy Big Bird for Halloween.
Advice from Miami stripper Skrawberry. (Warning: Kinda raw.)
America is not mostly Protestant anymore.
How to find truth on the Internet.
In today's so-obvious-maybe-it's-not-news news: NRA backs Heather Wilson.
And she's talking about driver's licenses some more.
Latin Sin Wednesdays with DeeJay Louie at Dirty Bourbon
Taxi Driver (1978) at KiMo Theatre
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