V.21 No.29 | 7/19/2012
In Mexico: an election or an imposition?
By Andrew Beale [ Fri Jul 20 2012 12:13 PM ]
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?
Occupy the Alibi
Election or Imposition?
By Andrew Beale
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.
V.21 No.28 |
The Daily Word in freedom fighters, not-so-soothing warmth and dark money
By Margaret Wright [ Wed Jul 18 2012 8:48 AM ]
“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.
Ugh, I need some good news.
Life in an undersea space station.
V.21 No.27 | 7/5/2012
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com
Gary Johnson: Coming to a ballot near you
By Marisa Demarco [ Tue Jul 10 2012 4:12 PM ]
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.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com
Righter Than Right, Lefter Than Left
Ex-guv is ready to throw down with the donkeys and elephants
By Marisa Demarco
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.
V.20 No.28 | 7/14/2011
Holding back the tide of big money in New Mexico politics
By Steven Robert Allen
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.
V.20 No.12 |
What's your voting story?
By Marisa Demarco [ Wed Mar 30 2011 3:48 PM ]
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
By Marisa Demarco
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."
V.20 No.4 |
The Daily Word 01.27.11: FBI is pervy, women and $$$, PNM execs make millions
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Jan 27 2011 11:16 AM ]
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.
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
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com
When closing the gender divide, an elected woman’s work is never done
By Marjorie Childress
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.
V.19 No.38 | 9/23/2010
Time to Register
Do it now or no ballot for you
By Steven Robert Allen
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.
My husband and I read the Alibi every week and were both very disappointed with this week's issue [Feature, “Who Watches the Watchmen?” Sept. 16-22]. Your cover title "Copwatch: 11 Shootings and Counting" suggested that the police here are trigger-happy and we should be concerned. The article then had nothing to do with the shootings. While oversight and community awareness would probably be a good thing, I would much rather read a well-researched report on the frequency of officer involved shootings here and how that compares with national and annual statistics. I personally cannot find these statistics easily, so I wish your newspaper would address this issue, especially if your front page is going to suggest that we should be concerned. Are we above average per capita? If so, why? Have these shootings been found to be unjustified? Before we scapegoat the men and women we call to protect us, I would like to read an article about the subject at hand, not a misleading, inflammatory, anecdotal story about a New York couple that doesn't like APD's attitude.
V.19 No.33 |
Don't Blame Me, I Voted For Pac-Man
By John Bee [ Wed Aug 25 2010 10:38 AM ]
At the 2010 Usenix Security Symposium, hackers from Princeton and University of Michigan demonstrated how they replaced the software on a Sequoia AVC Edge voting machine with - wait for it, wait for it - Pac-Man! By itself, that's not totally amazing considering the machine's role in some pretty suspect election results, but the kicker is they proved it could be done without breaking the "tamper-evident" seals on the device, because the "software can be replaced ... simply by removing screws and opening the case." Now if election boards would just stop using the things.
V.19 No.4 | 1/28/2010
Democracy for Sale
By Sen. Eric Griego
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision regarding political spending by corporations and unions was more than just a blow to democracy. It was a blow to states’ rights. All across the country, lawmakers are scrambling to determine the extent to which their local campaign financing laws are still legal. In his dissent, Justice John Paul Stevens derided the ruling for not only striking down a large portion of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform act, but also because “it compounds the offense by implicitly striking down a great many state laws as well.”
V.17 No.11 |
In the Shadow of the Sequoia
or how I learned to love the black box
By John Millington [ Tue Mar 18 2008 3:51 PM ]
One of the areas in which they compete, is selling mysterious devices. We're not sure what these devices do, or how they do it, but we use them to count votes.
The other way they compete, is having their lawyers use variations on the Streisand effect to see who can draw the most attention to their shadiness. In a brilliant move that will leave Premier's PR team green with envy, Sequoia has pulled into the lead: they sent a threatening letter to Princeton CS professor Ed Felten and the state of New Jersey. The issue? New Jersey election officials had some problems with Sequoia machines on Super Tuesday, so they were planning to send a Sequoia voting machine to Felten for an independent audit. It's hard to program a computer to count button presses, but maybe a computer science professor can figure out the subtleties that eluded Sequoia.
The threat to New Jersey: "it violates their established Sequoia licensing Agreement for use of the voting system. Sequoia has also retained counsel to stop any infringement of our intellectual properties, including any non-compliant analysis." Apparently the machines were licensed to New Jersey rather than sold, and checking to see if they work, isn't one of the allowed uses.
The threat to Felten: Sequoia will "take appropriate steps to protect against any publication of Sequoia software, its behavior, reports regarding same." If he does get ahold of one of the machines and sees something wrong with it, he better not talk about it.
The result? New Jersey backed down. The machines will not be inspected. Take that, all you paranoid malcontents who complain about government trampling our [intellectual property] rights!
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