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V.23 No.44 | 10/30/2014

Election 2014

The Obvious, the Important and the Inscrutable

The Alibi’s guide to amendments and advisory questions

Our guide to city bonds, constitutional amendments, and other mysterious items that await you at the bottom of this year’s ballot.
V.23 No.38 |

editorial

Dotdotdotdashdashdashdotdotdot: High court calls on SOS to perform job as election nears

In a stunning blow to governance by partisan paternalism, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled on Friday, Sept. 19, that the Secretary of State does not have authority to remove advisory initiatives approved by county commissions from the general election ballot. This high court ruling means that citizens of Bernalillo County will get to vote on two nonbinding polling questions regarding decriminalization of small quantities of marijuana and raising sales tax one-eighth of a cent to fund mental health services.

In an oral presentation of the Court's ruling, Supreme Court Justice Barbara Vigil said New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran failed to perform a mandatory duty of her office by refusing to include county-approved initiatives on the general election ballot; the Court ordered her to do so.

If you haven't already, you'll hear more about Duran in the weeks to come. Her unsuccessful attempt to quash Bernalillo and Santa Fe County advisory initiatives via unilateral memorandum and petititions of both federal and state courts is only part of the coming Duran-centric news cycle. As the incumbent candidate for Secretary of State, Duran may already be familiar to you.

In the wake of the Court's decision, Duran issued a written statement: “We of course will comply with this order, but what it means is that Bernalillo County voters will be using a ballot printed in tiny 7-point font, just so people can be presented with a meaningless public opinion poll.” How can the opinion of voters—some of whom obviously voted for her—now seem meaningless to Duran?

Her campaign website, diannaduran.com, colorfully presents polarizing rhetoric. On a page titled "Dianna Duran v. Maggie Toulouse Oliver: The Striking—and very Alarming—Contrasts," Duran calls herself the "target" of "extreme far-left activists of the Democratic Party." She goes on to contrast herself with Toulouse Oliver using all-caps and underlined keywords like "DARK MONEY," "political consultant" and "left-wing activism and partisanship" in reference to Toulouse Oliver.

In contrast, Toulouse Oliver's minimalist campaign website, maggietoulouseoliver.com, focuses on endorsements, and finding criticism of Duran is more challenging. (On the landing page of Duran's website, an arrow guides you straight to the aforementioned "Contrasts" page.) After clicking through Toulouse Oliver's bio and thoughts on the job, the news section of her site reveals her official statement on the Supreme Court decision. And it is critical of Duran, but phrases like "overtly partisan and activist interference in the ballot creation process" and "blatant disrespect for the separation of powers in our government" pale in comparison to Duran's chart that lists Toulouse Oliver's background and experience as "Campaign Manager for Dark Money Orgs."

But don't take my word for it. Visit their respective websites, linked above, and form your own opinion. For even more insight into their educational, professional and political backgrounds, news, endorsements and campaign contribution disclosures, visit the Ballotpedia pages for Dianna Duran and Maggie Toulouse Oliver.

The Alibi encourages our readership to remain politically informed. To that end, please keep your eyes peeled for websclusive and print-edition political news and election coverage as the 2014 general election nears. And be sure to pick up a copy of the Alibi Election Guide, which hits stands on Thursday, Oct. 30. On a personal note, I've always appreciated the way Halloween and elections coincide. After all, there's really nothing scarier than citizen apathy, low voter turnout and resulting ineffective, subpar leadership and representation.

V.22 No.44 | 10/31/2013

news

The Daily Word in Box Cutters, Boomerangs and Babies

The Daily Word

A math teacher was murdered with a box cutter.

Somebody put a dead baby on a conveyor belt at a recycling plant.

Hillary was heckled.

Iran could have the bomb in a month.

Brett Favre has memory problems at 44.

Drop it like it’s hot.

Music eases pain, according to a survey of people who like Elton John songs.

And what about boomerangs? How do they work?

Dude.

The discovered a cool Viking site in Scotland.

Don’t be hanging with your baby at a reggae concert. Mon.

Police seek the costumed Garcia’s robber.

And now for some important tax tips.

V.22 No.20 |

news

The Daily Word in Rolling Stone Magazine's new boss, police oversight in Albuquerque and a deadly tornado

The Daily Word

New Mexico's wild horses may wind up at the slaughterhouse.

Albuquerque is going to evaluate Albuquerque's police oversight system.

Keanu Reeves got a bit chubby.

The 22 year old son of Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner is now in charge of the magazine.

Taco Bell has a breakfast taco.

There's a lot of fake silk in Beijing.

NYT article about the massive tornado in Oklahoma yesterday. This lady found her dog, though!

Senate panel: Apple "among America's largest tax avoiders."

Eric Holder knows NOTHING.

Can't get enough of that sponsored content!

Jimmy Page's unused soundtrack for Kenneth Anger's Lucifer Rising.

Happy birthday, (Albuquerque resident) Mr. T!

V.22 No.10 |

news

The Daily Word in unemployment, microbrew taxes, new life

The Daily Word

February jobs report shows the economy added 236,000 jobs, bringing the unemployment rate to 7.7 percent.

New Mexico senate has voted to cut taxes on microbreweries.

Russian scientists claim the discovery of a new type of bacterial life in water from an Antarctic lake.

Accused Aurora shooter James Holmes expected to enter a plea next week, after his legal team lost an attempt to challenge the constitutionality of Colorado laws governing mental health defenses.

Some progress seen in the fight against childhood obesity.

Albuquerque bail bond company apologizes to a terrified family after bounty hunters accidentally swarmed their home looking for a bail jumper.

The "thong bandit" is not the name of a SisQo song.

The father of a Rio Rancho Middle School student says his daughter's substitute teacher hit her on the head with a pen.

Regional Vocabulary.

V.21 No.45 |

News

The Daily Word in air strikes, McAfee, poverty and pee

The Daily Word

The head of Hamas' military was assassinated.

Sen. John Kerry is being vetted to take over as Secretary of Defense.

Girls in foster care are especially at risk of being trafficked.

"If you do that to me again, I'll punch you out."

McAfee is a computer virus software brand. It's also a guy running from the law.

Second-worst.

Paul Ryan's tired of talking about presidential politics.

The power of pee.

"A precarious state of existence."

Voter groups, charted.

What's old is new again.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich is scheduled to hold a hearing on the use of drones.

Our current world map is subject to change.

Cerealist art.

V.21 No.22 | 5/31/2012
Chuck Hosking prepares to ride to Kirtland Air Force Base.
Rebecca Belletto

From the Foxhole

Preach the Gospel Always

If necessary, use words

Chuck Hosking is an American marvel, as close to a homegrown prophet as you’re likely to come across.
V.21 No.8 |

news

The Daily Word in D3 demolition, thrash metal and glass burrito

The Daily Word

City Council approves a plan to carve up District 3 (Downtown, Barelas, UNM area) and ax Benton's seat.

APD officer ends up in the hospital after chewing on a glass burrito.

St. Michael's in Santa Fe to conduct random student drug tests.

Outrage over Quran burning spreads in Afghanistan. At least 10 Afghans and two American soldiers have died.

Midair helicopter smash kills seven marines during training.

9-year-old girl dies after running for three hours as punishment for stealing a candy bar, according to an Alabama sheriff's office.

UN may prosecute Syrian officials of crimes against humanity.

FDA questions inhalable caffeine.

Maybe you don't need eight hours of sleep.

Serious hipster cruise. Like on a ship.

Startups looking to skim carbon dioxide from the atmo. Bill Gates thinks it's a good idea, says his money.

Virginia politicians second-guess mandatory pre-abortion vaginal probing.

Analysts predict soaring national debt under all GOP contenders' tax plans—except for Ron Paul's.

Thrash metal endorsements for 2012: Megadeth dude supports Santorum.

V.20 No.49 |

news

The Daily Word in sword dancing, polar bears and Twitter

The Daily Word

Virginia Tech shooter yesterday killed a police officer and then himself, according to police.

Man says he was stabbed 24 times after giving two kids a ride home.

The woman who authorities say left her dogs without food or water for months will not face felony charges.

World's oldest dog dies at 26.

The new Twitter.

APD costs the city—and taxpayers—$7 million in settlements.

Thai court sentences an American to more than two years in jail for insulting the king.

Missing FBI agent's family releases a hostage video.

Female immigrants are the nation's entrepreneurs, according to a study.

Gingrich is using his campaign to get more rich.

Is Pulp Fiction as good in chronological order?

What is Jian Sword Dancing?

Polar bear cannibalism. No kidding.

"Millionaire surtax" not such a big deal to millionaires.

Appeals court unlikely to overturn a ruling against the gay-marriage-banning Prop. 8.

V.20 No.41 |

NEWS

The Daily Word in protest signs, Sanchez shoots Sanchez, The Walken Dead and Sonic Divorce

The Daily Word

Who needs payphones?

Protest signs from New York and Albuquerque.

Can't get enough of this protest sign picture from last week.

I don't know wtf is going on here. Warning: ICP content.

Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore announced they are separating.

Wall Street Journal Europe may have been inflating their circulation numbers by essentially buying their own newspapers. Here's their rate card if you're still interested in advertising....

The Walken Dead.

Herman Cain's tax plan is the same as the tax system in SimCity 4.

Is the U.S. leaving Iraq completely?

Sanchez on Valium vs. Sanchez on ATV.

Woman stabs boyfriend for not buying her beer.

JeJu Loveland, Korean erotic sculpture garden. More photos here.

V.20 No.34 |

news

The Daily Word with Bulgarian Yogurt, Violent Tweets and Crossbow Attacks

The Daily Word

APD fires officer over violent tweets.

Companies who pay more to their CEOs than in taxes.

Federal judge strikes down Texas sonogram law.

Gawker vs. Fox News, round whatever.

The origins of the Black Death have been uncovered.

Boy shot with crossbow for throwing rocks at cars.

Bad news for Greek yogurt.

Will an HIV scare lead to less new porn?

Fermilab scientists figures out how to cut plane boarding time in half.

Glenn Beck wants to know if the term colored is really such a bad thing.

Stupid things Game of Thrones characters have done.

Cyberlockers replace Bittorret sites as the most popular file-sharing sites.

Happy birthday Buddy Hackett!!!

V.20 No.15 |

news

The Daily Word: Sugar sugar, gas prices, Kobe Bryant

The Daily Word

9 things rich people don't want us to know about taxes.

OK, federal government. What's the plan?

Looks like someone got fat off the financial crisis.

State Supreme Court rules Gov. Martinez overstepped her authority when she ordered two members off the labor board.

The man killed by APD was schizophrenic, says his brother.

Press tries to understand why the mom drove her kids into the Hudson River.

Albuquerque uses its nuisance ordinance to evict people too often, judge says.

Locals find other modes of transport as gas prices spike.

Kobe Bryant ordered to pay $100,000 for uttering a gay slur about a ref.

Is sugar a toxin?

People can't tell the difference between cheap and expensive wines, according to an experiment.

Vice President Biden caught on camera dozing off during Obama's deficit speech.

Oregon House Rickrolls an entire session.

V.20 No.14 |

NEWS

The Daily Word 4.10.11: Gil Robbins dead; Russian moon base; Chinese ghost-cities; flappers.

The Daily Word

The top ten cities in which to wait until the last minute before filing your tax return.

Another weird Kelly Family song with a video. Not about not pee-peeing the bed anymore.

New Mexico voter fraud by "foreign nationals" under investigation by the State Police.

Electronic books often come with DRM locks. Is "electronic book" an oxymoron?

Awesomely strange hair.

"Lovely, expensive and about nineteen:" Flapper Dictionary!

Details on the British submariner who shot a couple of his fellow submariners. Did he do it because visiting dignitaries were hogging the head?

In order to keep their economy moving, China just keeps on building. Whole cities. With barely any inhabitants. Strange video.

Yeah, you want elf ears!

Not everyone is still grumbling over the size of their paycheck. Warning: same old story.

Pakistani version of Sesame Street.

Russia: MOON BASE BY 2030!

Gil Robbins, folk musician, actor and father to Tim Robbins is dead.

V.20 No.10 |

news

The Daily Word: Japan, Politics, Politics, Politics, Hitler, Politics, Boob Jobs, Politics

The Daily Word

Bill O'Reilly says the media is hyping the the nuclear situation in Japan, meanwhile Japanese workers evacuate the troubled nuclear plant. In an unrelated matter, it's being reported that radioactive snow is falling in Japan.

Not a single Republican on the House Energy committee will admit that climate change is real.

N.M. House rejects the Senate's immigrant license bill.

New census data shows Rio Rancho and Los Lunas are New Mexico's fastest growing cities.

Democrats are trying to force Republicans who oppose Obama's health care overhual to publicly declare whether they accept taxpayer-subsidized health care from the Federal Employee Health Benefit Program.

Missouri lawmakers are repealing voter-approved anti-puppy-mill lows.

House committee has nothing better to do than vote to defund NPR and PBS.

Is this what conservatives really want? Georgia governor raises taxes on Girl Scout Cookies, and cuts taxes on multinational corporations. While Michigan's governor cuts corporate tax rate by 86% and raises taxes for the working poor.

A terrible mother filed a lawsuit against her daughter's preschool for inadequately preparing the 4-year-old to pursue an Ivy League education.

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez is urging his citizens to say no to boob jobs.

Chicago bookstore forced to cancel mafia book signing after threats.

Some of the best walk off moments from 60 Minutes.

Life publishes some never-before seen photos of Hitler.

A tour of the worlds greatest holes.

The Wire's Snoop arrested, charged with conspiracy to sell heroin.

TV's Buffy The Vampire Slayer premiered 14 years ago this week.

Lean Cuisine meals are being recalled.

Were you a Hee Haw fan or did your parents prefer Soul Train? You can only choose one!

Hey nerds! Read Stan Lee's deposition on the creation of the Marvel universe. Seriously, it's good.

The Gap want's you to haggle for your next pair of pants.

Nickelodeon is bringing back some it's big hits from the 90s. Come on Pete & Pete!

Charlie Sheen's porn star loser girlfriend tweets her suicide attempt.

R.I.P. Nate Dogg.

Stephen King is writing another Dark Tower book.

Happy birthday Jerry Lewis!

V.19 No.36 |

News

The Daily Word 09.09.10: Quran-burning minister, Gary Johnson, Playboy for the blind

The Daily Word

Zozobra burns tonight in Santa Fe.

Sunport kills prairie dogs on orders from the feds.

City Council stiffens DWCell-phoning rule.

You probably saw, but Google sped up searches.

Ex-Gov. Gary Johnson contemplates a run at the big White House.

Many black voters who cast a ballot in 2008 won't be back in November, poll says.

Rio Grande teachers high-five after the old principal splits. Students still don't have class schedules.

Ladies love flamboyant dancing.

The president rails against tax cuts for the rich ...

… then asks a Florida minister not to burn the Quran. He says the act would create a "recruitment bonanza" for al Qaida.

London Catholic church offers gay mass.

Castro criticizes communism in Cuba.

Middle-class, American, high school football star matures into a high-ranking kingpin for a Mexican drug cartel. (Growing up, he even had a wooden swing set.)

Rodney King is marrying a juror from his case.

Vitamin B slows Alzheimer's, says study.

She reads Playboy to the blind.

Why do albums come out on Tuesdays?


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