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V.21 No.32 | 8/9/2012

Council Watch

All Tied Up

By Carolyn Carlson
The Council kills a measure that would add four districts instead of diluting the minority voice in the city.
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V.21 No.30 | 7/26/2012

News

Chop up the city

By Marisa Demarco [ Mon Jul 30 2012 10:15 AM ]

Councilor Isaac Benton’s district was annihilated after February’s redistricting. The region he represents includes the University area, Downtown and Barelas. With the new plan, those will be split up and tacked onto other districts, while the Westside gains a Council seat.

The vote for this plan happened, as usual, along party lines. Democrat councilors oppose it, saying minority representation in the city will be diluted.

So Benton’s come up with another plan. Why not increase the number of districts? The issue should be considered by the Council on Aug. 6 when meetings resume after summer break.

Council Bite

Fine Chopping

By Carolyn Carlson
One councilor says adding Council districts will preserve the city’s minority voice.
V.21 No.25 | 6/21/2012

Council Watch

No One Expects the Inquisition

By Carolyn Carlson
This week, Councilor Rey Garduño demands answers from Albuquerque’s police chief. Plus, the Council fails to take a stand against Citizens United.
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V.21 No.9 | 3/1/2012

Council Watch

Core Dissection

By Carolyn Carlson
District 3—UNM, Downtown, Barelas—has been carved up, with pieces tacked onto neighboring districts. The move lumps most of the city’s federally designated “pockets of poverty” into one district.
V.21 No.6 | 2/9/2012

Council Watch

D3 Carving Job

By Carolyn Carlson
Police oversight and redistricting cause a stir at the Council meeting.
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V.21 No.5 | 2/2/2012
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Newscity

Growing Pains

Council considers eliminating Downtown-UNM district

By Carolyn Carlson
Councilor Isaac Benton’s left-leaning region would be carved up under a Republican-backed plan, with much of it added to the North Valley district. Benton would lose his seat after the 2013 election.
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Talking Points

Benton on Redistricting

By Carolyn Carlson
Why can’t the city just add a district for the Westside? Benton answers these questions and more.
V.20 No.38 | 9/22/2011

Ortiz y Pino

Cities Should Gain Weight

By Jerry Ortiz y Pino
There’s an ever-increasing percentage of New Mexicans who reside in cities, not farms or ranches, not even small towns. This ought to have pushed us away from rural dominance of the Legislature.
V.19 No.33 | 8/19/2010

Council Bite

City Breaks for Builders

By Carolyn Carlson
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