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In Mexico: an election or an imposition?

Following a hotly contested and seemingly fraudulent round of elections, a new president will soon take power in Mexico, representing the party that oppressed the Mexican people for more than 70 years. As the opposition to presumptive President Enrique Peña Nieto grows stronger, an enthusiastic student protest movement takes to the streets. But will they be able to save Mexico?

V.21 No.29 | 7/19/2012

Occupy the Alibi

Election or Imposition?

The dinosaurs rule Mexico once again.

The Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, held power in Mexico from 1929 to 2000, using strategies of intimidation, corruption and outright voter fraud to maintain its position as the country's leader. After the opposition party PAN took the presidency in 2000, the PRI became known as "the dinosaurs," representing the antiquated, undemocratic system of the past.

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The Daily Word in freedom fighters, not-so-soothing warmth and dark money

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Happy Birthday to Nelson Mandela.

Top Syrian defense ministers, including President Bashar al-Assad's brother-in-law, were killed in Damascus by a suicide bomber.

Shrinking Greenland ice sheet birthed a Manhattan-sized iceberg.

Track the extent of countrywide drought conditions.

City cracks down on illegal dog breeding.

Investigation of the Little Bear Fire initiated.

Santa Fe is the "best food town."

Senate Republicans heart secret donors.

"Outsized level of influence": an infographic.

The end of Penn State football is a possibility.

Should we be required to vote?

Sorry, but the Olympic mascots creep me out.

Just embrace the suck.

Ugh, I need some good news.

Life in an undersea space station.

Gary Johnson, Libertarian candidate for president, marched in Santa Fe's Pride parade on June 23. He says LGBTQ couples have a constitutionally guaranteed right to get married.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com
Gary Johnson, Libertarian candidate for president, marched in Santa Fe's Pride parade on June 23. He says LGBTQ couples have a constitutionally guaranteed right to get married.
politics

Gary Johnson: Coming to a ballot near you

When voters hit the polls countrywide, they’ll see at least three options for president. One of them is former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson. As the Libertarian candidate, he’s pitching himself as fiscally conservative and socially liberal.

“I'm going to be the only candidate that doesn't want to bomb Iran. I'm going to be the only candidate that wants to get out Afghanistan now—and the wars. I'm going to be the only candidate that wants to end the drug war. I'm going to be the only candidate that wants to bring about marriage equality, believing that it’s a constitutionally guaranteed right.”

I got a chance to speak with him about what it means to be a third-party candidate for president in a country that’s increasingly frustrated with its leaders. Read up on his positions regarding the drug war, the Tea Party and minimal government.

V.21 No.27 | 7/5/2012
Gary Johnson, Libertarian candidate for president, marched in Santa Fe's Pride parade on June 23. He says LGBTQ couples have a constitutionally guaranteed right to get married.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Feature

Righter Than Right, Lefter Than Left

Ex-guv is ready to throw down with the donkeys and elephants

Gary Johnson changed his party affiliation and became the Libertarian presidential candidate in May. He needs to poll at 15 percent to get into the televised debates between ex-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and President Obama. The Libertarian candidate for president spoke with the Alibi about how his new party is working out, his opinion of Gov. Susana Martinez and what minimal government really means.

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V.20 No.28 | 7/14/2011

Guest Editorial

Kaaa-ching

Holding back the tide of big money in New Mexico politics

Five justices on the U.S. Supreme Court seem hell-bent on dismantling campaign finance laws designed to prevent the wholesale buy-off of the American democratic process. The judges’ efforts are based on an eccentric interpretation of the First Amendment that could only be concocted by a bunch of insulated eggheads who are completely out of touch with political reality.

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What's your voting story?

Tell the county clerk, Maggie Toulouse Oliver, about your ballot-casting experience. Why? She wants to be ready for 2012.

(Speaking of 2012, did you hear that ex-Gov. Gary Johnson, Republican supporter of legal pot and gay marriage, is going to announce a run for president in April?)

Toulouse Oliver will be taking calls live on government TV, channel 16, this evening. Phone the clerk between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. That number is 768-2100.

Or fill out an online survey here.

V.20 No.9 | 3/3/2011

Making Sausage

Free the Data—Crack open the databases, New Mexico. Taxpayers want a look. Under Rep. Joseph Cervantes' (D-Las Cruces) bill, the state would allow people to peruse electronic collections of data "maintained by or on behalf of a public body."

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The Daily Word 01.27.11: FBI is pervy, women and $$$, PNM execs make millions

State Supreme Court tells Gov. Martinez to quit blocking eco rules. (Read about the regulation halting here.)

PNM wants to raise prices 25 percent. Its executives make millions.

3-year-old dies in Albuquerque. Police say he was beaten by his mom and her boyfriend. The boy's father says he tried to get custody for months.

Body found in a freezer in a Carlsbad-area home.

Hundreds of YouTube viewers want to ask the president about marijuana.

TV star from Albuquerque talks about being gay.

Would-be victim helps would-be mugger.

Sexy times at the FBI.

The Army lost a little bit of nerve agent in Salt Lake City, forcing the lockdown of a military weapons testing ground.

Bush and co. violated election law, report says.

O author revealed.

The Packer from Pittsburgh.

Facebook founder's Facebook page hacked.

The diversion memo that tricked Hitler.

Women are better with money than men, says WSJ article.

V.20 No.3 | 1/20/2011
Sen. Linda Lopez, D-Albuquerque
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Feature

Madame Chairman

When closing the gender divide, an elected woman’s work is never done

The number of female legislators in New Mexico is at a record high—30 percent going into the 2010 elections. That's higher than the national average of 24 percent, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. More women are taking on professions that tend to produce elected officials. But there's still a gender gap.

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V.19 No.38 | 9/23/2010

Election 2010

Time to Register

Do it now or no ballot for you

We’ve gotten used to the lightning speed of the digital age. These days, we don’t have to wait for much. Want a T-shirt with your own face on it? I’m sure it can be printed, packaged and posted to your doorstep within three business days.

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