ortiz y pino

V.21 No.7 | 2/16/2012


Scaredy-Cat Politics

Alibi columnist and State Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino penned an article for us last week on the fear-inducing campaigns of Republican presidential candidates. OyP calls it “conjured fear.”

Bill Maher seems to agree in his review of last night’s debate. He says the candidates yammer on about issues people don’t have time to worry about, such as immigration, abortion and how social services lead to tyranny.

President George W. Bush came up a lot during the debate as Mitt Romney tried to chip away at Rick Santorum’s popularity. Bush was also heavily criticized for fueling his campaigns with fear and hot-button social issues, such as same-sex marriage.

Primitive fright, writes Democrat Ortiz y Pino, is effective:

Only the dulling influence of repeated terror can explain why so many Americans consistently vote against their own economic interests.

Santorum might be experiencing a bit of nerves today as he’s questioned about one particular statement during the debates. He said that though No Child Left Behind didn’t align with his fiscal conservatism, he voted for it because sometimes you have to “take one for the team.”

V.20 No.13 | 3/31/2011

Ortiz y Pino

A Swing and a Miss

Just before the conclusion of the Legislature, I suggested to a television reporter that if Gov. Susana Martinez ever had an agenda for the session, it wasn’t apparent to me.

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V.19 No.23 | 6/10/2010


Ortiz y Pino’s Discarded Headlines

State Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino, a longtime Alibi columnist, penned an article on what it was like to lose the primary election. He faced five challengers in the race to become the Dems’ candidate for lieutenant governor in November. You can read his excellent column tomorrow in the dead-tree edition or here at alibi.com.

Initially, the headline for his piece was going to be: “Campaigning by the Numbers.” But I sent O y P an e-mail that said: Man, that headline is just not grabbing. It doesn't say, "I'm a state senator who ran for lieutenant governor, and here's a look at what the last year of my life was like."

He replied with great alternates, one of which I used. The senator has generously allowed me to share with you some of the headlines we didn’t go with:

The Senate Is More Fun Anyhow

15,000 Democrats Can be Wrong

Still a Bridesmaid

I'm a Lobo Fan: I'm Used to Losing

Way to have a sense of humor, sir.

V.18 No.40 | 10/1/2009

Ortiz y Pino

The Teachers’ Story

Genuine change in our school systems can’t happen until we get honest about education’s ugliest secret: “Dropouts” are actually push-outs, force outs and most teachers and principals have no interest bringing them back in.

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V.18 No.31 | 7/30/2009

Ortiz y Pino

The Dropout Factor

How to keep kids in our schools

Genuine change in our school systems can’t happen until we get honest about education’s ugliest secrets. Namely, the fact that what we call “dropouts” are actually push-outs, force-outs and ignore-outs. And that most schools—and the administrators, teachers and principals that staff them—have no interest whatever in bringing them back in.

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