The Daily Word in whiny Dianna Duran, flying babies and Girls Together Outrageously
There's a novel idea for restructuring Albuquerque's downtown parking.
In case you haven't heard, a baby flew out of a car and landed next to I-40.
Dianna Duran is whining about the easiest part of her sentence for misappropriating state money.
Hitler had a small penis. No, really. A tiny, tiny little penis.
Capital Hill will introduce a bill that would enforce anti-encryption "backdoors" among big software companies.
Canada may pass a law that would remove criminal liability when someone overdoses.
Most famous groupie ever Pamela Des Barres' animated interview.
The Daily Word in Dianna Duran, Cannabis and the Nations Kindest City
Somehow Albuquerque was ranked the Nation's Kindest City. Oh, we were in contention with Detroit. I guess that's how.
"Cheesecake Factory expects strong NM debut," because, you know, that's obviously news.
A tiny home community named "Storybrook" is going to pop up soon. Look for the next season of Once Upon A Time to take place in a new, desert-y setting.
Governor Martinez implies credit for legislation happening.
Your out-of-state relatives should be happy to know about the projected increase of availability for pinon flavored coffee.
The Daily Word in Star Wars dress code, the sentence of Dianna Duran, and what we do about climate change.
Republican debate shows stunning ignorance of how technology works.
What we do now to prevent climate change.
Don't bring your Light Sabers to the Star Wars premiere.
ABQ zoo gives gifts to animals today and it's gonna be cute as hell.
A dissection and explanation of behavior in office parties.
Stolen Headstones Returned to Cemetery, Dianna Duran Pleads Guilty and a New National Park is Born
Crib Notes: Sept. 10, 2015
The Daily Word in impeaching New Mexico's Secretary of State, the Shigir Idol and King Tut's boner
RIP The Pizz
Highly regarded lowbrow artist The Pizz died.
The Atari games unearthed in Alamogordo and sold online have brought in a tidy sum of money for the city.
Secretary of State Dianna Duran is facing allegations she violated campaign finance laws by transferring money between personal bank accounts and campaign fund accounts, among other questionable actions.
Former Deputy Superintendent of APS Jason Martinez bonded out of a Colorado jail.
Was a Rio Rancho Middle School teacher intoxicated in the classroom?
Here's a look at the controversial new American history textbooks.
Guinea man hid behind a Mercedes car motor in an attempt to sneak across the Spanish border.
A Russian statue found in a peat bog is older than previously thought, making the wooden icon the oldest wooden artifact in the world—older than the Pyramids.
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.
The Daily Word in airstrike plans, Alison Krauss' imposter and a hearse parade
The White House kicks off it's “It's On Us” campaign to address sexual assault on campuses.
The American Freedom Defence Initiative has placed anti-Islamic ads on a hundred NYC buses and two subway entrances this week.
Deputies in North Florida are baffled after 51-year-old Donald Spirit killed seven of his family members, then turned the gun on himself.
Alabama District Court Judge Mark E. Fuller is being pressured to resign after being accused of assaulting his wife.
After Congress gave the “OK” for a plan to arm and train Syrian rebels, the Pentagon is waiting for President Obama to approve their airstrike list.
A New Mexican woman is in trouble for violating probation after impersonating bluegrass star Alison Krauss and conning an elderly man in Arkansas out of his life savings, his house and his cars.
After two New Mexico counties went to the Supreme Court to put two nonbinding questions about marijuana and taxes on the November election ballads, Secretary of State Dianna Duran went to the federal court to intervene. But they said they won't referee this issue.
Jesus Arredondo Soto has been convicted of killing a woman and her 1-year-old son in 2010. He faces up to two life sentences, plus more than 70 years in prison.
According to a statewide ABQ Journal poll, 50 percent of New Mexico voters opposed marijuana legalization, while 44 percent were in favor.
You ever see a parade of hearses? No? Head to Michigan this weekend.
Long-Jump to the Ballot Box
The Daily Word in 1970's America, cannibalism, drugs, and Quebequois law
NM Secretary of State Dianna Duran ran over someone with her car.
Drive-by on Cerrillos Road Starbucks.
Excellent photos of 1970's America when everything was brown.
A Pakistani woman tried to eat her husband.
Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson has joined four former city mayors in support of legalizing marijuana.
Albuquerque Police say a Torrance county jail guard was found in a car full of smoke parked in a no-trespassing zone.
Thanksgiving. Corvettes. Crash.
NYPD riot memo re: Occupy Wall Street.
On this day in 1957 The Price is Right aired for the very first time.
Thank you so much for bringing this story to the attention of the public [News, “Porn Festival Screwed,” Oct. 28-Nov. 3]. I had been looking forward to attending the festival and was shocked and confused to hear that it had been canceled. I'm glad to hear an explanation as to why, although that explanation was a depressing one.
Video: Dianna Duran
We didn’t endorse in the secretary of state race this year. Sen. Dianna Duran came to the Alibi offices with a clear picture of how procedures could be improved in the Secretary of State’s Office. However, she says her No. 1 priority as secretary of state will be implementing voter ID. In our opinion, this could disenfranchise voters and cause even lower voter turnout.