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Worst Thing About Being Mayor So Far?

Cue the music you play for winners.
Cue the music you play for winners.

We asked Mayor Richard Berry that very question, along with others from the Best of Burque ballot. Find out what he said.

As a bonus, you can see my hand in our picture of the mayor. This hand will sign autographs: To Thad, Have a kick-ass summer! <3 ~Hand.

V.18 No.47 | 11/19/2009
Mayor Elect R.J. Berry

Gene Grant

A New Shade of “Green”

Let us pause, briefly, to applaud Mayor Martin Chavez for his efforts on getting Albuquerque “green”—most notably, on just the idea of being “green.” We can have our quibbles on how this effort was done and what was accomplished, but let’s be clear here: We’ve moved well beyond “why.” That is no small accomplishment.

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The Daily Word 10.08.09: Barefoot Burglars, Asperger's, Matt Damon

Eighteen-year-old plane-stealing, barefoot burglar lives in trees.

Berry gears up for icky Albuquerque economy.

So-so Senate health care plan could cut deficit.

Mislabeled DNA sample keeps a serial killer free for a decade, during which he killed others.

Another New Mexican dies of H1N1.

Romanian-born German novelist Herta Müller wins Nobel Prize for Literature.

Genealogists establish Michelle Obama's roots back to a South Carolina slave and an unknown white man.

French culture minister surprised by calls for his resignation after his confession that he bought Thai boys for sex.

Men's channel website lists 10 actresses "past their prime," as in hotness. Like that hag, 34-year-old Drew Barrymore.

New NBC show "Community" character has Asperger's; the depiction is very accurate and still very funny.

It's Matt Damon's birthday. And my sister's! Happy birthday, Korkers!

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Did You Miss the Debate?

We’ve got you covered. See the stream and the live-blog here. Or, see it on “New Mexico In Focus” on KNME Channel 5 tomorrow at 7 p.m.

A rowdy crowd cheered and booed the candidates: R.J. Berry, Martin Chavez and Richard Romero.

Among the topics covered: Sprawl, violence against women, streetcar/light rail/trolley, homelessness, green jobs, teens, mayoral term-limits, gay marriage, pay-to-play, South Valley incorporation, government spending, arts, APS, red-light cameras ...

The election is Oct. 6, but you can vote early as of yesterday. Details on what you’ll need and where to vote can be found in this article by Steven Robert Allen, executive director of Common Cause New Mexico and former Alibi editor in chief.

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I Got Your Debate, Right Here

See that box up there on our homepage about the mayoral debate? You can sign up for a reminder about the live blog action to be found here at alibi.com on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m.

Four media outlets have joined forces to put on the debate, which is free and open to the public. Each news source should have a live stream of the event on its website and a portal to the live blog featuring the readers, viewers and listeners of KNME, the Alibi, KUNM and the New Mexico Independent.

If you want to experience democracy in person, head down to the National Hispanic Cultural Center around 6 p.m. The debate starts at 7 p.m. There are about 300 seats in the theater, and it’s first-come, first-served.

We’ll be collecting questions from the audience for the candidates. You can submit a filmed question via YouTube. Details here. We’ll also be pulling questions from the live blog.

You’ll be able to hear the debate live on KUNM FM 89.9, as well.

City elections have a greater impact on your life in some ways that a presidential election. The mayor, the City Council, these are the politicians who make decisions about your neighborhood, your roads, your police force, your bars, many of the laws you have to follow, your job opportunities, the air you breathe, the water you drink, your public transit, etc.

So get involved. We want to hear from you. We want your future mayor to hear from you.

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You, Too, Can be a Talking Head

Friends! Albuquerque’s indie media outlets—KNME, Alibi, New Mexico Independent, KUNM—are teaming up to bring you a mayoral smackdown on Wednesday, Sept. 16. Details ------------>

It’s free and open to the public, but if you can’t be there and want to query the candidates, film yourself asking a question, upload it to YouTube, and e-mail us a link. The best questions will be presented to Mayor Martin Chavez, R.J. Berry and Richard Romero at the event. Extra points if your backdrop relates to your question.

The debate will be aired live on KUNM, streamed to all partners’ sites, live-blogged and shown on KNME the following Friday. You could be so famous. Send your video links to abqmayoraldebate@gmail.com.

V.18 No.35 | 8/27/2009
&ldquo;After 12 years of our current mayor, the creativity and the innovation have waned significantly. Political machines end up developing, whether that's intentional or not.&rdquo; &mdash;Rep. R.J. Berry

City Boss Fight 2009

The Candidate on the Right

An interview with mayoral contender Rep. R.J. Berry

It's the job of the challenger to stomp out of the saloon, guns blazing for the incumbent. That's the way this mayoral race has gone. State Rep. R.J. Berry and Richard Romero attack, and Mayor Martin Chavez deflects (though he's certainly squeezed the trigger a few times himself).

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