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V.23 No.39 |

arts & lit

Poetic Peace Party: Happening promotes peace, sustainability

By August March [ Sat Sep 27 2014 3:09 PM ]
Today, poets, artists, performers and musicians in thousands of cities all over the globe celebrate the idea that we can live in peace, free from violence and political oppression, while moving productively toward the future. A local manifestation of a global event, 100 Thousand Poets for Change, happens tonight at Tortuga. Featured readers include Larry Goodell, Lisa Gill, Don McIver, Albino Carrillo, Carrie House, Susana Rinderle, Stephanie Galloway and John Scariano.
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V.23 No.39 | 9/25/2014

Show Up!

Bird Is the Word

Four flight-ready concerts to fuel your fall

By August March
From fuzz to pop-punk and beyond, Show Up! delivers deets on four concerts you shouldn’t miss this week.
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Crib Notes

Crib Notes: Sept. 25, 2014

By August March
From law enforcement to simulated predationtest your knowledge of last week’s New Mexico news with the Alibi pop quiz.
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V.23 No.38 |

editorial

Dotdotdotdashdashdashdotdotdot: High court calls on SOS to perform job as election nears

By Samantha Anne Carrillo [ Sat Sep 20 2014 8:30 PM ]

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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news

The Daily Word in poverty, beisbol and cannabis

By Samantha Anne Carrillo [ Thu Sep 18 2014 11:43 AM ]
The Daily Word

More nuevomexicanos live in poverty this year compared to last. And we're still the second-most impoverished state in the nation.

The Grey Lady covers the National Police Shooting Championships and surrounding protest.

The Isotopes struck a four-year deal with the Colorado Rockies.

Scope our inaugural Cannabis Issue in print or online for editorials on politics and policy and arts and economics, a N.M. MMJ primer, a cannabis timeline, a compilation of weed quotes and more.

James Gandolfini would have turned 53 years old today. We sure do miss you, boss.

V.23 No.38 | 9/18/2014
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Crib Notes

Crib Notes: Sept. 18, 2014

By August March
From APD undercover to democratic litigation, test your knowledge of last week’s New Mexico news with the Alibi pop quiz.

Week in Sloth

“NCIS” goes to New Orleans, Tim & Eric tell “Bedtime Stories” and FOX gives us a Batman-less Gotham City.
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V.23 No.37 |

news

The Daily Word in Zeus, health care and Rebel Donut

By Mark Lopez [ Fri Sep 12 2014 9:08 AM ]
The Daily Word

South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of manslaughter for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The Navy is searching for a missing pilot after two jets crashed into the Pacific Ocean.

A woman in Blackstone, Mass., was arrested after the remains of three infants were found in her home.

Sorry, Mr. President. I was expecting Beyoncé.

Around 250,000 people in Virginia will lose their health insurance at the end of November.

Rebel Donut is going to be featured on the show “Donut Showdown” tonight on the Cooking Channel!

A crafty thief used her kid as she stole a credit card, then proceeded to give herself the royal treatment with a shopping spree.

A woman and her 2-year-old son are on the mend after two dogs brutally attacked them.

On comparing Albuquerque violence to other cities …

Zeus, the world's tallest dog, passed away this week. RIP big guy.

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The Daily Word in APD, melanoma and kindness

By Samantha Anne Carrillo [ Thu Sep 11 2014 12:02 PM ]
The Daily Word

A USA Today article published yesterday quoted Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden recognizing "a systemic failure in ... ability to track employee misconduct." Eden went to say, "I believe there are people on the force who shouldn't be on the force.'' But Eden told USA Today that police union contracts make it difficult to enforce retroactive discipline within bounds of a union contract, stating "Yes, we may be stuck with them."

Today Albuquerque Police Officers Association President Stephanie Lopez told KOAT that she initially felt disappointed and angered that Eden would represent officers in this light. But Lopez and Eden have since talked and are now on the same page.

SolaranRX Inc. has licensed a groundbreaking method for diagnosing and treating melanoma. The process was developed by UNM Pharmaceutical Sciences and DermatologyAssociate Professor Dr. Yubin Miao. The technology involves a peptide that binds to melanoma cells which can be infused with imaging and therapeutic radionuclides to assess and treat melanoma.

Outfitted in full gear, Albuquerque firefighters climbed stairs 110 stories today in honor of those lost in the 9/11 terror attacks.

Starting next week Alaska Airlines will offer nonstop daily flights from Albuquerque to Seattle.

On this day of remembrance, a quote by Vonnegutian protagonist Eliot Rosewater seems appropriate: "Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you've got about a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of babies: God damn it, you've got to be kind."

V.23 No.37 | 9/11/2014
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Show Up!

In Concert with a Cheshire Cat Grin

Four wondrous, reverie-inducing musical adventures

By August March
Whether you’re hankering for Americana, experimental, psychedelic sludge or electro house, Show Up! has all the deets. Now with A/V!
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