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Monday, 1 September 2003

[LPNM-NML] The City / County Unification “Debate”

Filed under: Networking, Organizing, Politics — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 10:34 PM (22:34)

THE CITY / COUNTY UNIFICATION “DEBATE”

Fascism and Socialism on the March Again!

By Mike Blessing <mikewb@zianet.com>

We’ve got a proposal to “unifiy” the governments of the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County on the ballot for the upcoming election here on November 4th. The link for this cheesy attempt at a con-job is here:

www.abcucc.net (It re-directs you over to a page on the City site, but the direct URL was too long to include here.)

Let’s not fool ourselves – those who see themselves as our rulers and masters have no intention of cutting the size and intrusiveness of city and county government in the slightest. If anything, this will be a consolidation of the power they’ve already conned us into handing over to them.

Here’s a list of the current Unification Charter Commission’s members:

Ray Padilla, J.D. – Chair (Vice Chair, New Mexico Board of Chiropractic Examiners)
Vickie Perea – Vice-Chair (ABQ City Councilor for 25 years)
Ervin R. Baumgart (the Democratic Party’s representative on the Commission)
Fabrizio Bertoletti (staffer for former mayor Jim Baca)
Teresa Córdova, Ph.D. (local promoter of corporate welfare)
Marion M. Cottrell (a lawyer who works on behalf of the city and county)
Diana Dorn-Jones (a pro-State reporter for the Journal)
Tommy D. Hughes, J.D.
Arturo Sandoval (former president of 1000 Friends of New Mexico)
Chuck Wellborn (Owner of Wellborn Strategies, Board of Directors, NM First)
Ken Zangara (Chair, Republican Party of Bernalillo County)

The common thread that all or most of these individuals have a shared desire for the continued growth of local-level (and quite possibly concurring state- and federal-level) government. None of them are really interested in shrinking it, only making it “more efficient.”

For example, in the minutes of the meeting on June 28th, they say that “approximately 72 higher level positions are duplicative and could save $4-5 million if eliminated.”

The minutes go to say:

“- Not planning to eliminate positions.”
“- Natural attrition through retirement, etc.”

Why would they bother mentioning that 72 positions can be done away with, if they say they’re not going to eliminate the positions?

That’s just the tip of the iceberg here. I’m planning on voting “NO” on this con job.


NOTES

  1. Published in New Mexico LibertySeptember 2003, page 2

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[LPNM-NML] Local Races This Year

Filed under: Networking, Organizing, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 10:34 PM (22:34)

LOCAL RACES THIS YEAR

By Mike Blessing <mikewb@zianet.com>

We don’t have any statewide races this year here in New Mexico. That means we can have some fun with the local races. Here in Albuquerque, that means non-partisan races. Maybe push a candidate or two a little towards the libertarian path . . . heh heh.

Now I’m going to go out on a limb here, and throw my personal support behind and Pat Milligan and Shane Canfield. This by no means obligates the rest of the LPNM. I just think that I’ve found the most libertarian-leaning of this particular pack. Feel free to disagree with me – just be ready to back it up on the LPNM email lists. (And there is NO way that I will be endorsing Bob Anderson for City Council, just as I will NOT be endorsing Dennis Kucinich for president. Live with it.)

Pat is a Republican running against Brad Winter in District 4. Winter waffled his position on the gun issue in May 2001, then again with the smoking ban in February 2003. Pat, on the other hand, seemed squarely behind gun rights and against the smoking ban, with an eye to repealing it. He also sounded like he supported the idea of the Police Control Ordinance, as proposed by L. Neil Smith at our last convention. (Send a blank tape and postage to me at my P.O. Box listed on page 1 and I’ll make you a copy.)

POC for Pat: 505-296-1273
electmilligan@earthlink.net
11132 Jordan Ave NE ABQ NM 87111

Shane is running against three Democrats, a Republican (Joanne Tighe) and Bob Anderson of the Green Party. He was involved with the Russell Means campaign and is also not thrilled with Means’ methods. I’ve talked with him, and while he’s not a dogmatic libertarian, he’s with us for the most part on the issues and mindset. (He’s also had the “pleasure” of dealing with Mike Castro, currently trying to convince him to drop out and back Bob Anderson.)

POC for Shane: 505-304-3148
canfieldforcouncil@yahoo.com
3437 Crest SE Apt. B ABQ NM 87106
groups.yahoo.com/group/canfieldforcouncil

Now for those of you living in the ABQ / Rio Rancho / Los Lunas area, I’ve invited both of these gentlemen to appear on The Weekly Sedition, as well as at our local Liberty Forums. So drop on by or tune in, and decide for yourselves if I’m on target.


NOTES

  1. Published in New Mexico LibertySeptember 2003, page 2

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