Concern Troll Joe and The Great Alligator Hunt

The firestorm of blogosphere pushback against Joe Monahan for his attack on ethics reform advocates continued this week M-pyre, DFNM). Stung by the criticism – and the less than fawning reception he received during his appearance on the Insight New Mexico radio call-in show – Monahan responded with a pivot-and-spin defense.

For starters, he offered an important retraction to his initial Fox News style “some people are saying” attack frame. Joe’s version: “critics say” and “as our alligators predicted”. This week Joe conceded that the “critics” whom he originally cited as his source were, in truth, just one lone “alligator” — a lobbyist buddy as yet unnamed. Continue reading

Santa Fe has chance to adopt “Voter-Owned Elections”

In the March 4th municipal election, Santa Feans will have a chance to join the ranks of states and cities across the nation that have opted for Clean Elections public financing.

On the ballot is Charter Amendment 4, which if passed, would set in motion a process for establishing public financing before May 2010.

Albuquerque voters adopted Clean Elections in 2005 by a staggering 69% to 31% margin. The new system was employed successfully for the first time by candidates in last October’s City Council elections. Continue reading

The Ethics Fight: Is Monahan just a shill for little birdies & alligators

Here’s one you don’t see every day. The DFNM blog takes on Joe Monahan for shilling for legislators who are trying to kill ethics reform. DFNM nails this one dead-on the money. M-Pyre is on it too. Bravo!

So it seems that earlier today Monahan scolded Common Cause for pushing too hard on ethics reform and even went so far as to call upon the organization’s donors to rethink their priorities. Monahan’s source, as usual, was one of his trademark “alligators.”

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Insider politics at the legislature

The media is focusing increasing attention on the power of corporate lobbyists at the legislature. In the midst of the intensifying battle for ethics reform in Santa Fe, this post by Marjorie at SWOP Blogger offers a view from the netroots at how business is really conducted at the Roundhouse.

Insider Politics: Bernalillo County Lobbyist goes to Bat for SunCal

Also, you can read it on Duke City Fix.

Super Tuesday in New Mexico

Voting begins at NOON for the Democratic Presidential Preference Caucus. Here’s where you can find a list of voting sites:

Democratic Party voting sites

New Mexico Democrats opted for the February presidential Caucus system for the first time in 2004. In truth, it is a party-run primary – not a true caucus like the Iowa model. There’s no meeting, no call to order. You just show up, get in line, and wait your turn to cast a ballot.

Everyone is watching the turnout. Before Governor Bill Richardson dropped out of the presidential sweepstakes, it was shaping up to be a drowsy favorite son affair. But since his departure, there has been a surge of activity. Continue reading

Contemplating Klan Radio

Right-wing talk radio’s hate spew has become an accepted part of the media landscape. In Albuquerque we have 770 KKOB-AM radio – home of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Michael Savage for seven hours every weekday.

Consider Michael Savage. We’re talking the purest, most unadulterated bigotry imaginable. Even Don Imus at his most vulgar never came anywhere close to the viciousness that is routinely broadcast on the so-called “Talk Monster” every night for two hours (7-9 pm) when KKOB becomes home to the Savage Nation.

Daily KOS had this post about a recent Savage outrage on his Jan. 29 show – Welcome to Klan Radio.

But that was nothing out of the ordinary. The media watchdog, MediaMatters.org, produced this transcript from Savage’s Jan. 31 broadcast:

“Look, Obama’s not getting the nomination. If he does, I wouldn’t — well, let me just stop right there. Think John F. Kennedy Jr. and the Hyannis — and the airplane. Think the Mena airport”.
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New Mexico Ranks 2nd in Food Insecurity

Rep. Brian K. Moore, R-Clayton is sponsoring HB 180, the Manny Herrera Access to Healthy Foods Act. That’s just one of several measures designed to address New Mexico’s food gap.

New Mexico ranks second in the nation for food insecurity say advocates for legislation aimed at providing New Mexicans with healthier food.

A summary of food legislation: Continue reading