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.
The Daily Word in Google glasses, Pussy Riot and feathered dinos
Biologist to argue for year-round cougar hunting in N.M.
Heinrich v. Balderas on the drug war and Mexico.
Los Alamos National Lab put all of its environmental monitoring info into a public database.
Sky News says it hacked into people’s emails.
No police at Lobo Village, just private security.
The best of rappers on game shows.
The real reason gas costs so much.
Amnesty International says Russia shouldn’t continue to jail Pussy Riot—a female punk rock performance troupe.
Federal judge rules that it’s discriminatory to deny insurance benefits to same-sex couples.
Snakehead is one nasty looking fish.
These great big dinos used to have feathers. Cute.
Is brain food for real?
Toys you used to have that are worth a lot of money now.
Heinrich's acceptance speech
I'm at Hotel Andaluz with the Dems on election night. Party-goers have been waiting a while for Heinrich to take the stage. Lt. Gov. Diane Denish gave a concession speech a couple hours ago, and the crowd is hungry for some good news.
CD 1's been a tight race. Whitney Potter, Heinrich's press secretary, told me earlier that the campaign staff knew it was going to be a close one.
"We will keep fighting to make New Mexico the clean-energy jobs capital of the world," the congressman says.
He thanks the people who elected him, and the people who disagree with him.
"It's time for us to roll up our sleeves, work with each other, including across the aisle, and get back to work," he says, and the audience goes nuts.
Heinrich on Health Care
Alibi's nurse columnist quizzes a congressman on reform efforts
Rep. Martin Heinrich’s constituents gathered beneath the outdoor tent, warming up with posole and hot chocolate, while the old guard South Valley residents sat on folding chairs discussing grandbabies and holiday recipes with one another. Saturday, Dec. 12, marked the grand opening of Heinrich's district office in the South Valley, an area in which he saw “great needs” during his campaign, he said in a news release.
Hot for Health Care
Rowdy debate erupts at town hall
Rep. Martin Heinrich voiced support for a "robust public option" to a wash of boos and cheers at the health care town hall on Saturday, Aug. 22. But he was unable to say later whether he would vote in favor of a bill that lacked a government-run medical plan to compete with private insurance. "We'll have to see what the final product looks like," he said of HB 3200, the reform measure making its way through the House.