After a round of duck-duck-director, the state gets a Bureau of Elections boss
Gerald Gonzalez says he believes in making government work.
That's not a campaign slogan because he's not campaigning. It is what you might want to hear from the guy hired to be the director of the Bureau of Elections less than a month before a historic vote. His first day of work was Oct. 6.
Gonzalez is not walking into an ideal situation. Jim Noel was supposed to take the job, but he didn't show up for work on his first day, Sept. 8 [" Still Headless," Sept. 11-17]. Noel was appointed by Secretary of State Mary Herrera to be the election boss, but the state's Republican Party protested. Noel is the son-in-law of Democratic Rep. Tom Udall, who's running against Rep. Steve Pearce for a seat in the U.S. Senate. (A poll commissioned by the Albuquerque Journal and released Monday, Oct. 6, says 51 percent of likely voters support Udall and 36 are behind Pearce).
Still No Charges for Krazy Kat
The state Attorney General's Office confiscated 7,400 CDs from Krazy Kat Records in late July.
Campaign Merch Not Welcome at the Polls
We received an e-mail last week warning us that people who show up at the polls on Election Day could be turned away if they’re wearing T-shirts, buttons or the like that support a particular candidate. To verify the rumor, we called Maggie Toulouse Oliver, the Bernalillo county clerk.
"I've been trying to get excited about these races, and this candidate's great and all, but I just don't feel like I have a choice."
The Real Side
Tax the Politicians
Let them feel our pain
There’s one booming sector of the economy that escapes taxes the rest of us pay. It’s the political campaign business. Politicians and political parties pay no taxes on the money they raise to chase jobs and power.
Answer Me This
A think tank tells APS it should stop doing what? A lawsuit that will make you curse. Whose liquor license could be yanked? How many registration forms is the county clerk getting daily?
Also on the Ballot
Railing Against the New World Order
Constitution Party candidate would tariff imported goods to bring jobs back to America
Chuck Baldwin is nothing if not passionate.
In his more than 40-minute interview, the Constitution Party's presidential candidate used the phrase "fighting to the last breath of my being," or something similar, a half-dozen times.
Baldwin sees an America whose leaders trampled her Constitution and infringed on individual freedom. The pastor, radio host and syndicated columnist never held public office. To Baldwin, that's an advantage, not a liability. "If experience was the chief requirement and the best asset, then why are we in the mess we're in?" Baldwin asks. "We have career politicians leading us, and they're the ones that have created the situation we find ourselves in."
Odds & Ends
Dateline: Wisconsin—Police in Mukwonago said a man was arrested after he used a cigarette lighter while trying to siphon gasoline from a van. The man, who was visiting friends, went to drive home early Saturday morning but realized he didn’t have enough gas in his SUV. Police said the man tried to “borrow” some gas from a nearby vehicle. Apparently, the man couldn’t see how much gas was in the container. Naturally, he used a lighter to check. Nearby residents called police after the inevitable blast of fire burned the man’s hands. Police later found the injured man in a store parking lot. He was arrested for theft and negligent use of burning materials.
Just a quick note to tell you that you helped me.
Before last year, prior to 2007’s Best of Burque Restaurants, after I left my doctor's offices, I usually went to a fast-food place to eat. Eight different doctors. Bad, bad, bad.
So, using your BoB Restaurants, look how many new, better places I go to now. Pretty good, eh?
Weekly virtual dance party
Bernalillo County Open Space is hosting a series of livestreamed gardening events on the Bachechi Open Space Facebook page. On Saturday, August 8 starting at 2pm, A Gathering of Naturalists will have a panel discussion with members of the county’s master naturalist program about what a naturalist is, what they do, what projects they work on and some interesting facts about our metro area’s Open Space gems. This open to all-ages free discussion will include how the field of environmental conservation is evolving in an era of change due to the global COVID pandemic, social justice and the climate emergency. Not your style? Then what about on Saturday, August 22 at 2pm you check out a virtual field trip to look for the tracks and signs of wildlife that are found in our uniquely beautiful urban forest we call the Rio Grande Bosque. The virtual tour will be led by Michael Cox, a member of the county’s naturalist program and a volunteer at the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center. This free field trip is suitable for all ages of bug and critter trackers. For more info log on to www.bernco.gov/openspace.