Woody Harrelson is your friendly neighborhood misanthrope in softhearted graphic novel adaptation
The Daily Word in early voting, virgin birth, and the Yeti genome project
Saturday evening edition
Like a virgin. Birth.
Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry's statement on the recent excessive force/tasering incident involving APD.
Update on the search for Amelia Earhart's plane.
Steve Terrell outlines who is spending what in the Heinrich/Wilson Senate race.
Insane Clown Posse on CNN, explaining pretty much everything.
Early voting in some states is no longer an option.
Update on the Moors Murders.
I'm going to refer to this next time my office computer throws a rod.
On this day in 1952 Patrick Swayze was born. Go to 15:15 in the video and ignore Sebastian Bach.
Heather Wilson and American Crossroads
Outside money from Super PACs is already pouring into the New Mexico Senate race between Heather Wilson and Rep. Martin Heinrich. American Crossroads—a conservative super PAC launched in 2010 with help from Karl Rove and former RNC chairman Ed Gillespie—released an its first pro-Wilson ad on Wednesday. The ad, which Crossroads spent $250,000 to air across the state, is a positive bio spot that emphasizes her Air Force career and her “independent record.”
Wilson sat on the board of Crossroads GPS—the 501(c)(4) committee aligned with American Crossroads—from August 2010 to February 2011. The New Mexico Telegram reports that she “lists the Washington D.C. political group as a ‘nonprofit educational’ group.”
Crossroads GPS has provoked controversy because it runs explicitly political ads designed to get Republicans elected, but it does not have to reveal its donors to the public. The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision has allowed groups such as Crossroads to become big-money political players. During the 2010 election cycle, American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS spent heavily on pro-Republican and anti-Democrat ads.
OpenSecrets.org reports that Crossroads aims to spend up to $300 million in 2012 to try to oust President Obama from the White House. In its first two years of operation, Just this week, Crossroads paid $7 million for an anti-Obama ad that will run for the next two weeks in 10 battleground states.
In other states with contentious Senate campaigns, Republican backers have been outspending Democratic backers three to one. Ohio’s Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown has so far been outspent $8 million to $2.5 million. Like the New Mexico race, Virginia’s Senate seat is open, and two solid candidates are competing. But the disparity in outside money is staggering. Supporters of Democratic candidate Tim Kaine have been outspent $1.9 million to $385,000.
What does this mean for the Heinrich-Wilson race as we gear up for a nasty general election campaign? If the race follows the precedents already being set in other states, New Mexicans should prepare to have their airwaves flooded and their mailboxes filled with political ads paid for by outside groups. And chances are, they won’t be so positive.
An art show in the north valley this weekend
Janie Gonzales, of Vida Art Connections, is throwing Zimmer, an art exhibition, at her Rio Grande Estates home Saturday, Oct. 9 and Sunday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment after that.
Gonzales said the invitational art exhibition is in honor of Lis Zimmer, a former Albuquerque resident and community activist, who died this spring from breast cancer. A percentage of proceeds from this event will be donated to the New Mexico Cancer Center.
Vida Art Connections, formerly known as Vida Art Exhibitions tries to place high quality fine art in non-traditional venues for the mutual benefit of the viewer, the hosting organization, and the artists involved, according to Gonzales.
Gonzales set the event up to coincide with the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
Marian Berg, Travis Bruce Black, Susan Brown, Magda Rea Burger, Anna Carillo, Kim Eagle, Tina Garcia, Estevan Gonzales, Janie Perry Gonzales, Sydney Johnson, Linda Laitner, Margie Lucena, Cecelia McRoberts, Norma Mitnick, Andrea Ponzini, Holly Roberts, Todd Tibbals, Bob Wilson and Teal Wilson are participating at the event.
For more information or to set up an appointment, call Janie Gonzales at 888-2830.