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V.21 No.49 | 12/6/2012

Council Watch

The Commish

By Carolyn Carlson
O’Malley was elected to the Bernalillo County Commission in November, filling the seat vacated by U.S. Rep.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham.
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V.21 No.48 |

news

The Daily Word in fat stacks, emo countries and Roasted Turkey Doritos

By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Nov 29 2012 9:02 AM ]
The Daily Word

Someone in Arizona and someone in Missouri bought the winning tickets for the $587.5 million jackpot.

Ask two people in New Mexico to spot you some cash because this morning, they're millionaires.

Feds to probe the culture of APD.

Prompted by religion, a ENMU graduate returned toilet paper he stole from the school years ago.

The world's most emo countries, color-coded.

On Monday, there was no no violent crime in NYC. That anyone knows of.

And fast-food workers there go on strike.

The immortal jellyfish ages backward.

People in India arrested for political Facebook posts.

AP Style Guide—the rulebook for most media—bans the use of "homophobia" in favor of something "more neutral" ... ?

Holiday flavorcountry: Roasted Turkey Doritos.

Down in the dumps? There's a good chance you're going to spend your money foolishly. (Plus: Studies making fun of your spending habits a surefire cure for depression.)

Pro wrestler wants his Romney tattoo erased from his face.

V.21 No.47 | 11/22/2012

Council Watch

Shop Local

By Carolyn Carlson
Tax revenues are down, so keep the money circulating in Albuquerque this year by buying gifts from local shops, says Councilor Ken Sanchez.
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V.21 No.46 | 11/15/2012
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News

A tough night for the state’s GOP

By Marisa Demarco [ Sun Nov 18 2012 10:00 AM ]

Reporter Margaret Wright was there on election night as results came in, talking to supporters and candidates. She fills us in on fallout from election 2012.

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Arts

Beehive Collective swarms Albuquerque today

By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Nov 15 2012 12:00 PM ]

A group of political illustrators is coming to talk about process today at Small Engine Gallery at 6 p.m. Read up on the collective’s pollination of the grassroots and then head down there this evening. The talk is free. For more on the event, go to bit.ly/BeeMind. For more on the nonprofit, all-volunteer, art organization, check out beehivecollective.org.

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Election 2012

Also-Ran

Local GOP reacts to spate of losses

By Margaret Wright
After months of scathing partisan attacks in the most expensive election cycle in U.S. history, spirits were low at the New Mexico GOP results watch party. It wasn’t looking good for Republicans.

Election 2012

Odd Man Out

Election night with the Libertarian presidential candidate

By Marisa Demarco
The Libertarian presidential candidate wasn't cloistered inside a room at Hotel Albuquerque waiting to find out whether he'd won or lost. He'd lost. He knew that going in.

Culture Shock

The Hive Minds

Political art group draws up the cost of coal

By Marisa Demarco
For two years, members of The Beehive Collective interviewed hundreds of people about how mountaintop removal and coal mining affected their lives. After those conversations, the hive's illustrators drew up visual metaphors and scenes from the stories they'd been told.
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V.21 No.45 | 11/8/2012

Council Watch

Election Eve

By Carolyn Carlson
Zoo fees and Westland parks at a quiet Council meeting
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V.21 No.44 |

election

Results in BernCo and N.M.

By Marisa Demarco [ Tue Nov 6 2012 11:37 PM ]

In Bernalillo County, with 62 of 69 vote centers reporting:

Debbie O'Malley won County Commission District 1

Paseo del Norte / I-25 cash was approved by a landslide (65 percent to 34 percent)

The AMAFCA bond passed

The minimum wage hike passed by a lot (66 percent to 33 percent)

Statewide, with 826 of 944 sites reporting:

Barack Obama and Joe Biden won president and vice president

Martin Heinrich won the Senate seat

Michelle Lujan Grisham won the congressional seat

Carmie Lynn Toulouse will be on the Public Education Commission

Karen Montoya won the District 1 PRC seat

Most of the constitutional amendments are passing, though two of them about the PRC are awfully close. They would pull corporations and insurance out of the PRC's purview.

As a side note: Gary Johnson's only pulling 3.5 percent statewide. If he doesn't cross that 5 percent threshold, the Libertarian Party will not be considered a major party in New Mexico.

Looks like all of the county and state bonds made it through.

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election

A jubilant Dem watch party

By Carolyn Carlson [ Tue Nov 6 2012 11:18 PM ]

People spilled out of the ballrooms and into the hallways. About 2,000 Democrats attended the results watch party at the Embassy Suites in Albuquerque.

Folks celebrated Democratic victories even before they were certain. Sam Bregman said at just after 8 p.m., still early in the evening, that presidential candidate Mitt Romney was "on the ropes" and would be defeated.

City Councilor Ken Sanchez was all smiles as he worked the room, as did Brian Colon and many other Democrat candidates, officials and campaign workers. State Rep. Gail Chasey, who was re-elected to her legislative seat was beaming from ear to ear, not just for herself but newly elected congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham.

Lujan Grisham said the progressive core values need to reach a broad group of citizens. "And the kinds of issues that we need to be passionate about are for women and people of color and persons in poverty. These are the issues I am going to be so proud to work on."

The party will likely be going strong for a while.

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politics

Gary Johnson: Libertarians won't be to blame

By Marisa Demarco [ Tue Nov 6 2012 10:20 PM ]

Gary Johnson spent the night mingling with supporters casually and thanking them for their votes. He took the stage a short while ago after running mate, Judge James Gray.

"A wasted vote is a vote for somebody you don't believe in," Johnson said. "There were a lot of wasted votes tonight. There were more wasted votes than I've ever seen in my life."

He told the Alibi in an interview tonight that things were looking good, but then as Election Day neared and the presidential race seemed tight, "we saw things evaporate. I thought we would have done better."

His crowd of supporters punctuated his speech with cheers as he spoke of his platform: "Roll back the police state. Stop the war. Stop the military intervention. Marriage equality is a constitutionally guaranteed right. Repeal the Patriot Act."

Johnson said no one can blame the Libertarians for the state of the country. "We should all be proud of ourselves, because over the next four years, none of us are going to have to say we're responsible for this. Don't blame me. I didn't vote for either one of them. I voted for Gary Johnson."

Judge Gray pleaded from the podium with Johnson to run again in 2016. Johnson told the Alibi that's the last thing anyone wants to talk about today, especially after a prolonged and dirty election cycle. "I ran two campaigns for governor where I did not mention my opponent in print, radio or on TV," Johnson pointed out.

After he made his way off the stage, someone from the audience shouted that Colorado had legalized marijuana for recreational use. Johnson said the state's move will lead to a change worldwide in drug policy.

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