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V.24 No.3 |

news

The Daily Word in heavenly lies, gay marriage and glitter

The Daily Word

The kid who wrote The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven admits: “I did not die. I did not go to heaven.”

The clock is ticking on the issue of gay marriage for Supreme Court justices who need to put it on their calendar before their current term ends in June.

If civics isn't your best subject, you might not want to move to Arizona.

Police are looking for a teenage Kentucky couple who have gone on a multi-state crime spree.

Scientists report that 2014 was the hottest year in Earth's recorded history.

SWAT has been called out to a home in southwest ABQ where a man has barricaded himself after trying to commit an auto burglary. This story is still developing. Check KRQE for updates.

APD has released the names of the two officers who were involved in Tuesday night's fatal shooting on San Mateo: Michael Oates and Matthew Fisher.

The lawyers for APD officers Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez have filed a motion to stop the DA's office from prosecuting murder charges for the shooting of James Boyd in March 2014.

The Bernalillo County commissioners agreed to go ahead with a tax increase that would raise $40 million a year to help with the county budget and mental health programs.

An Ohio woman is being charged with vandalism after trashing her boss' office with glitter and silly string. Wait … what's the bad part?

V.24 No.1 | 1/1/2015

Film News

Birds, Boys and a trip to Budapest

The Best Films of 2014

From Birdman to Boyhood: the best films of 2014.

Reel World

The Worst Films of 2014

From Saving Christmas to The Amazing Spider-Man 2: the worst films of 2014.
Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

The Oddest Ends of 2014

From Iceland in January to Tennessee in September, it’s funny because it happened to someone else in 2014.

Idiot Box

Best TV 2014

Top 10 shows around the dial

From “Fargo” to “Manhattan”: the best TV of 2014.
V.23 No.52 | 12/25/2014

news

Daily Word in North Korea, Santa, drinking on the job and 2014 in hindsight.

The Daily Word

North Korea lost the Internet for nine hours.

Check out these awesome Leading Ladies of 2014!

Santa has been up to all kinds of shenanigans all over the world.

Sony defies N. Korea and authorizes screenings of “The Interview”.

Taliban push in to previously US-secured areas.

Here is a review of 2014 in pictures … wow.

NJ principal demoted for sign typos that were truly elementary.

Have a round on the Boss: Drinking at work could make you a better employee!

Sweden opens newest Icehotel.

ABQ dentist offers free care on Christmas Eve.

New Mexico CYFD gets new leadership.

Copper thieves make off with $32,000 worth of wire from Winrock.

V.23 No.38 |

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 voters—some of whom obviously voted for her—now seem meaningless to Duran?

Her campaign website, diannaduran.com, colorfully presents polarizing rhetoric. On a page titled "Dianna Duran v. Maggie Toulouse Oliver: The Striking—and very Alarming—Contrasts," 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.

V.23 No.20 | 5/15/2014

Idiot Box

The Ax Man Cometh

Networks cut losses

Network TV kills off underperforming shows.
V.23 No.1 | 1/2/2014

Year in Review

The Very Best Thing

2013 was a great year for artistic freedom in the Duke City.
V.22 No.52 |
Looks like fun

music

Handsome Family's Alter-Ego To Play Secret Show New Year's Eve at The Press Club

15 dollar donation for the night of your life

With a name like The Albuquerque Press Club, one might think this is an exclusive venue and only open to vetted members. On occasion this may be true, but this New Year's Eve is among the more interesting exceptions to this misconception. What finer place to witness the nocturnal arrival of 2014 than a rambling historic log mansion atop a hill? A rambling hilltop mansion (with full bar) hosting celebrated psychedelic-Appalachian (alt-country) band The Handsome Family's other persona, The Parlour Trio. That's what.

The Parlour Trio plays authentic versions of early 20th century "parlour music" -the kind of songs that were sold in a format so unlike MP3s it boggles the 21st century mind. We're talking sheet music, folks. Buy the song, play it on your own instrument, with your own voice. Player Brett Sparks guarantees "sentimental ballads, folk melodies, old tyme hymnody, and rollicking cakewalks." -Anyone who has seen The Handsome Family perform knows they can also tell a joke or three, so really we're getting close to a vaudeville revival if anyone can dance or juggle. Singer and banjoist Rennie Sparks and Handsome Family band player Dave Gutierrez round out the trio. Not to be missed.

This is a mansion with many rooms, however. Also on the bill are the lovely singer/songwriter duo Next Three Miles, who offer beautiful harmonies and guitar chops to spare. On top of the pretty tunes, Joe and Erin are not unpleasing to look at, folks.

BaBa. A banjo. A tuba. They're avante garde, but not pretentious or seriously difficult, rather more groovy actually. Tubaman was in The Lone Ranger film. C'mon!

Quality Retreads will slake your thirst for sad traditional as well as boisterous drunk Irish songs and any longing you may have to see The Pogues (which ain't gonna happen.) Can't think of a better group to get drunk with on New Year's Eve.

One last thing. The Albuquerque Press Club resides in a truly unique and antique Albuquerque abode. Recently, there has been a drive to complete some necessary repairs to the joint. Check out The Press Club website and consider pitching in.

Show starts at 8pm on December 31st, 2013.

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