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V.22 No.24 |

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The Daily Word in Arizona's voting law, news on same sex marriage and New Mexico fire updates

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Supreme Court shuts down Arizona voting law that requires people to show citizenship verification.

A Pew Study concludes that news stories revolving around same sex marriage have taken on more of a supportive stance rather than an opposing view.

So ... they're still looking for Jimmy Hoffa?

Zimmerman trial enters second week of jury selection.

New Mexico wildfire update from fire officials: Thompson Ridge is 80 percent contained. Tres Lagunas is 90 percent contained. Jaroso is zero percent contained. White's Peak is 25 percent contained, and Silver Fire is five percent contained.

Some Albuquerque home invaders messed with the wrong woman.

Some don't see eye to eye on the "Rio Grande Vision."

So now you wanna lick some eyeballs?

V.22 No.22 |

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The Daily Word in China's fire, the Chavez case and bites on the buttocks

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You have the right to remain silent, now take this cotton swab and swirl it around your mouth for a spell.

Michael Douglas says that you can get throat cancer from an STD. Who'd have thought?

A fire at a poultry plant in Dehui, China kills 119 and injures 50.

Three storm chasers killed in Oklahoma; among them was veteran storm chaser Tim Samaras.

After a lengthy SWAT standoff, police have arrested a father and son in connection with the murder of 8-year-old Sunni Reza.

New Mexico fire crews hope to have two fires (Pecos and Tres Lagunas) fully contained by the end of Monday.

The Levi Chavez trial breaks ground almost six years after the shooting of his wife, Tera Chavez.

Tonight, we say "NO!" to fireworks!

Man arrested for aggravated battery after biting his wife's butt.

V.21 No.26 |

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The Daily Word in Obamacare, bath salts and UFOs

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The Supreme Court upholds health care reform. Read the decision.

CNN and Fox News biff it.

Lady doesn't return "Twilight" book, spends night in jail.

20 people have died on motorcycles in New Mexico this year and still no helmet law.

Wildfire in Colorado burns hundreds of houses.

Miami face-eater was not on bath salts.

Syria's high court bombed.

One-third of Americans believe in UFOs.

Dinosaurs were maybe not cold-blooded.

Julian Assange is going to turn himself in.

B.J. Novak, temp Ryan on "The Office," is leaving the show.

The agent behind the Fast and Furious gun sting speaks about why it was a good idea.

25 things you didn't know about Full Metal Jacket.

"The Star Wars That I Used to Know."

"Mad Men" are assholes in tie clips.

V.21 No.23 |

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The Daily Word in investigating Syria, Walgreens robberies, Prince and Lionel Richie

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U.N. reaches site of Syrian massacre to investigate killings.

Police say 14-year-olds in Rio Rancho robbed the same Walgreens twice armed with a bat and a pellet gun.

Supreme Court's approval rating is below 50 percent.

Possibly the greatest blog post ever on '80s celebrity fashion.

Fourteen dismembered corpses found in a truck in northern Mexico.

Cops say ICE agent pulled over on San Mateo was driving erratically and had been drinking.

The 34-year streak of horse racing not having a Triple Crown winner will continue as I'll Have Another is scratched from the Belmont.

Norway is setting up a psych ward in one of its prisons in case mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik is labeled insane.

California man tries to sell bear cubs at a gas station, says he shot their mom in self defense on his property.

And now ... animal photo bombing!

V.21 No.23 | 6/7/2012
Al Park

politics

Citizens United screws with local primary races

Democrat PRC candidate Al Park made a last-ditch attempt in Federal Court to prevent his opponents from spending their campaign funds.

Park, a PAC and the Bernalillo County Republican Party used the argument that money is speech to make their eleventh-hour stand on Friday at 4 p.m. Primary election day is tomorrow.

First, some background. In New Mexico, candidates for the Public Regulation Commission and statewide judicial posts can use public financing to run their campaigns. Contenders were able to get about $30,000 from the state make a run at the PRC job. Democrats Cynthia Hall and Karen Montoya chose this option. Park, on the other hand, filled a war chest with more than $150,000 for the primary race.

Because he raised so much money, matching funds were triggered. Montoya and Hall were due another $60,000 in public cash to keep up.

But a year ago, the Supreme Court ruled that matching funds are unconstitutional in Arizona Free Enterprise Club v. Bennett. Just as with the Citizens United ruling (famously pummeled by Stephen Colbert), the Bennett decision is based on the idea that money is political speech. Therefore, matching funds dilute the speech of people who donated to privately financed candidates. And that speech, said our nation's justices, is protected under the First Amendment.

At the hearing Friday, Park argued that thousands of contributors would be impacted if his opponents could spend their matching funds. The contenders with private war chests would also suffer irreparable harm, he said. "If these candidates lose, there is no recourse."

Park, by the way, voted as a legislator in favor of the bill that brought public financing to these races in 2003—a fact he acknowledged during the hearing. But, he said, that was before the high court ruled on Bennett. "The Bennett case is the law of the land."

New Mexico's Voter Action Act, he pointed out, was patterned after Arizona's law, which was at issue in the Bennett case.

But, argued lawyer Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, there are some key differences. In some Arizona races, candidates are given as much as $250,000, she said. In New Mexico the initial sum is much smaller. That makes the matching funds more crucial. She represented Judge Victor Lopez, a publicly financed candidate for the Court of Appeals who would also be affected by Friday's decision.

Sedillo Lopez said in New Mexico, judges are never allowed to know who donates to their campaigns because there's a threat that a contributor may later have a case before the judge. She added that those who chose to gather private donations still host fundraisers, and "it's not like they wear blindfolds to those fundraisers." That's why public financing is critical to the independence of the judiciary, she said.

In the 2012 legislative session, a bill was introduced to do away with New Mexico's matching funds. The secretary of state and the attorney general testified in favor of the measure. But it failed. The constitutionality issue was still part of Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran's justification for not issuing the matching funds to the candidates. She was finally forced in State Court to release the funds on Friday morning, leaving the candidates just a few days to spend $60,000. The afternoon hearing in Federal Court attempted to block them from using the money even though it had been dispersed earlier in the day.

PRC candidate Hall said in an interview this afternoon that she wasn't sure she could spend it all, but she's going to get pretty close. Radio ads and robo-calls kicked up over the weekend, and she's got a staff of people working 12-hour days, going door-to-door and making phone calls. She couldn't get any TV ads on the air because she got the money too late, she said.

"In the past two days, I’ve thought, Gee, how different my campaign would have been if I had gotten this money when I was supposed to." That was back on April 30, she said. The secretary of state will be taken to task, she added. She's not sure yet whether she will sue Duran, she said, but "I think we'd be doing the public a favor."

The Supreme Court's decisions in Citizens United and Bennett are out of touch with what citizens really want, Hall said. The idea that money is speech gives power to the wealthy: "It elevates the value of private money over the value of voters' interest in fair elections." Eventually, the Supreme Court usually catches up with a cultural shift, she added, and around the country, people are working to overturn these bad calls.

V.21 No.16 |

News

The Daily Word in deep breathing, P.R. problems and losing your appetite

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The American Lung Association says Santa Fe is the safest place to breathe.

Foothills area command chief reprimanded after sending an email blaming APD officer-involved shootings on schools, parents, the court system and victims, among others.

Top Pentagon leadership demands major shake-up over anti-Islam military training materials.

Bahrain hires a professed Saddam Hussein admirer to help repair its latest image problems.

Arguments begin today before the Supreme Court over the constitutionality of Arizona’s S.B. 1070, enacted to root out illegal immigrants in the state. Mitt Romney may be among the people eager to avoid the issue.

Newt Gingrich says he's willing to “be honest about what’s happening in the real world.” (Pundits predict he’ll be out of the G.O.P primary race by this time next week.)

Another sign the general election is in full swing: the president guest stars on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

Opposition to broadly-worded surveillance legislation gains momentum.

The U.S.D.A. would like to offer its assurance that only cows need to be worried about the latest case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

Suuuure, lady, you may look content as you sip a beer and read a book, spooning up your minestrone all by yourself. We know that you’re really just doing a good job of masking your humiliation and sorrow.

Videogame editor declares the work of cutting-edge noodle designer “stunning.”

Customers in the Middle East will be the first to enjoy the “chicken gem”- and “special sauce”-riddled results of Pizza Hut’s crust-stuffing craze.

Speaking of gems, notorious media mogul Rupert Murdoch was full of them this morning as he testified in British court.

New Ikea camera has added benefit of being easy to smash by younger consumers who don’t know what a viewfinder is.

V.20 No.39 |

NEWS

The Daily Word in Occupy Albuquerque, a vampire-werewolf murderer, and Arrested Development's new movie.

Brought to you by the world's greatest Production and Circulation Managers.

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Peaceful protesters "Occupy Wall Street" and then move on to Albuquerque.

Albuquerque man arrested and accused of human trafficking.

Geoff really wants you to read this article on the Supreme Court and the new extents of federal power.

Who wore it better? These Iranian soldiers or David Bowie in Labrynth?

Three police officers accused of getting high on duty... only in Texas.

Chinese play "America the Beautiful" during space lab launch.

Musical medley: 50 years of famous non-words.

A plane hit a Ferris wheel in Australia.

Tom really wants you to see this 4-year-old's reaction to the truth about Darth Vader.

Oh, the Irony: Intoxicated man steals an ambulance, crashes it, and then needs treatment from another ambulance for his injuries.

Arrested Development will shoot new episodes and a movie.

Evidence found of water supersaturation in Martian atmosphere.

The 5 plastic army men least useful to combat.

Murder suspect claims she's part vampire, part werewolf.

“The Green Man” is no myth.

What you think you look like vs. what you really look like.

V.20 No.28 | 7/14/2011

Guest Editorial

Kaaa-ching

Holding back the tide of big money in New Mexico politics

Five justices on the U.S. Supreme Court seem hell-bent on dismantling campaign finance laws designed to prevent the wholesale buy-off of the American democratic process. The judges’ efforts are based on an eccentric interpretation of the First Amendment that could only be concocted by a bunch of insulated eggheads who are completely out of touch with political reality.
V.20 No.24 |

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The Daily Word: Bosque Closure, Sarah Palin Quits Something Else, TSA's Mobil Groping Teams

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Mayor Berry close portions of the Bosque.

Rio Rancho police are cracking down on tailgaters.

Police arrest La Familia cartel boss.

UNM scientists prove that men are funnier than women.

Stephen Colbert finds the one Republican candidate who can beat Obama.

Sarah Palin quits her bus tour halfway through.

Watch out for the TSA Mobile Groping Squads.

The Supreme Court will review the patentability of medical diagnostic tests.

Man arrested after IRS accidently deposits $110,000 into his bank account.

Wimbledon officials wants female tennis players to stop grunting so loudly.

Iran wants to send a monkey into space.

Bronies are real, and they're in Albuquerque.

Top 10 brands that will disappear next year.

Coming soon to a restaurant near you: horse-semen shots.

Your dishwasher is slowly killing you.

This giant chicken-deboning machine is terrifying, awesome.

Man ships himself across country in a crate equipped to play a MMO as part of an art project.

The earliest American artwork discovered is …

Oh yeah, they remade Footloose.

New iPhone rumor #32.

Pray for a Destiny's Child reunion.

The seven types of friends everyone needs.

Happy Birthday John Dillinger!!!

V.20 No.21 | 5/26/2011

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The Daily Word With No Red Light Cameras, Panhandling Dogs, Crazy Violent Peter Fonda

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Peter Fonda is teaching his grandchildren how to use rifles in a conflict with President Obama.

... But how can you despise a man who calmly downs a Guiness pint during his visit to Ireland?

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis says crime will increase if there’s no NFL season next year.

Look at these 25 really awesome photos from China.

The ASPCA is investigating this panhandling dog that has become a fixture at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field.

Employees are forced to wear collars at this flea-infested casino in New Zealand.

The Supreme Court orders California to release nearly 46,000 prisoners to ease overcrowding.

New Rapture date! October 21st, 2011.

This first-person video of the Joplin, Mo. tornado is chilling.

That tornado is now recognized as the deadliest in the country since 1953 with the death toll at 117.

Russell Brand was kicked out of Japan.

All red light cameras have been turned off in Albuquerque after the city’s contract with Redflex ended.

There’s plenty more of this effing wind all week.

&#^&#%#^#*(! 47 percent of Facebook walls are covered in profanity.

V.19 No.43 | 10/28/2010

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The Daily Word 11.01.10: the 13th APD shooting, you should switch to heroin and buy this man a Wonka Bar.

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Meet Ibrahim Hassan Al Asiri.

Herion and cocaine are better than alcohol, and better for you.

This little Nissan can go 47 m.p,h.

Besides the Chaplin film, here are more cell phones in the past.

JFK speech-writer Ted Sorensen has died.

Here’s some bad news about forgetting to pay your bills.

Mom Cave or Nurture Nook?

Fishermen found WWII bombs on the Galapagos Islands.

The Texas Supreme Court quoted Spock in an opinion.

Og. The 13th APD shooting of 2010.

Albuquerque ceiling chunks fall. That actually happened to me in college; the ceiling fell down and smashed my desk.

Randy Travis filed for divorce… in Albuquerque? (Thanks to Adelita at DCF for this juicy local tip.)

Phil Cooney is $10 billion overdrawn and must surrender Paraguay.

Polls show Martinez leading by 10%.

Happy birthday, Peter Ostrum.

V.19 No.38 |

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The Daily Word 09.29.10: Biden On Thursday, Balloonist Missing, Breakfast Pizza

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Local balloon pilot missing over the Adriatic Sea.

Vice President Biden will be visiting Albuquerque on Thursday.

That gunman at the University of Texas yesterday only killed himself.

Credible but not specific threats about a possible upcoming terrorist attack.

Massive fuel leak threatens drinking water in Grants.

The Supreme Court agrees to see if AT&T has personal privacy rights.

Three-year-olds birthday party ends with a riot.

Sex offender arrested for not reporting his new address under a bridge.

Gold-dispensing ATMs are coming.

Lone Star cancelled after only 2 episodes.

Nominees for 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are announced.

Are you raising stupid kids?

Amy Fisher is becoming a porn star.

The hottest toys of the 2010 holiday season are …

A pink hippo has been found in Kenya.

Waste some time with this incredibly depressing lottery simulator.

One-third of mammals declared extinct are actually alive?

George Lucas is re-releasing the Star Wars movies (even the crappy ones) in 3d.

Domino's is introducing breakfast pizza.

Have a sucky birthday Les Claypool!

V.19 No.21 |

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The Daily Word 06.02.10: Gaga on King, Sushi In A Tube, What Does The Brown Note Sound Like?

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The Supreme Court says you need to speak up if you want to keep your Miranda rights.

Election results here, read the Alibi's liveblog transcript here.

Bad day for Al Gore: after announcing his divorce CNN accidently publishes his personal email address.

100 years after his death, Mark Twain's memoirs will soon be published.

Foucault's pendulum has been irreparably damaged.

Will you be sending your kids off to Glee-inspired summer camps?

Is the "brown note" on the list of the 10 most bizarre sounds?

Lady Gaga was on Larry King last night and I guess it was a big deal.

People are watching the Stanley Cup playoffs on TV?

Sushi in a tube looks a little grosser than the sushi they sell at the grocery store.

Subway does it again!

How to live like a dork Vulcan.

Cave paintings in Australia show extinct giant birds.

Ten inventors killed by their own inventions.

Couple buys a house and discovers a secret room full of moldy junk.

Make sure you wash your pesticide-contaminated fruits and vegetables.

I wonder what the cast of L.A. Law is up to?

V.19 No.20 |

News

The Daily Word 05.20.10: Lance Armstrong again, Kirtland jet fuel leak, Pearl Jam, yes, Pearl Jam

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Jet fuel leak at Kirtland is making its way to Albuquerque's wells.

ICE has caught 31 undocumented immigrants in its 10 days at the Prisoner Transport Center.

Family hires family at the jail.

Local actor the star of ABC sitcom "Modern Family."

Scientists say the government is allowing BP to cover up the true scope of the Gulf oil geyser.

The oil has reached a powerful current that might carry it up the Atlantic coast.

Cyclist Floyd Landis says he used drugs—and so did Lance Armstrong.

White House party crashers from the "Desperate Housewives of D.C"?

Half of California thinks pot should be legalized.

Not a movie: Lone, masked thief steals masterpieces from a Parisian museum, including Matisse and Picasso paintings.

Bangkok quiet after night of rioting. Army cleared out thousands of Thai anti-government protesters.

If Kagan gets on the Supreme Court, all justices will have come from two schools: Yale or Harvard.

Name that drum fill.

Partying with Pearl Jam

V.19 No.18 | 5/6/2010

News

The Daily Word 5.10.10: Supreme Court, Beaver Dam, Hantavirus.

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Obama nominates Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.

Lena Horne died.

A German scientist believes he has found a genome sequence that proves Neanderthals interbred with modern humans.

Gas prices will be going down again.

Shooting, bombing, violence and killing occurred in Iraq today.

Fannie Mae wants an $8.4 billion addition to previous federal bailouts.

Russian tries their hand at a mining disaster.

The world’s biggest beaver dam was spotted by satellite.

More real-life costumed superheroes.

Hantavirus is back in New Mexico.

It’s the 10th anniversary of the Cerro Grande fire. Goodbye, sweet comic book collection.

There was a shooting outside UV Nightclub.

Kathy Borrego killed herself.

A propane fire at Bridge and Sunset wrecked Mother’s Day.

Another UFO was spotted over New Mexico.

It’s Sid Vicious’ birthday.