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Friday, 31 October 2003

[LPNM-NML] Editor’s Notes to Fill This Space

Filed under: Media, Politics — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 9:55 AM (09:55)

On the issue of Instant Runoff Voting: Remember that the legislation that implements this idea will be written by a Democrat-dominated Legislature. Considering the recent run of empire- and fiefdom-building that Wild Bill Richardson has been on since his inauguration, I’d trust him to sign something beneficial to the LPNM about as far as I can throw my car with a broken arm — not at all.

Another electoral issue that’s going to be pushed HARD by Democrats, especially those seeking Green votes, is the reprehensible idea of public (as in taxpayer-pays) campaign funding. This will establish the potential for some Aryan Nation candidate to come along and get money taxed away from black, hispanic and indian voters. Strangely enough, the Greens don’t seem to have much of a problem with this aspect of the issue when it’s pointed out to them, saying that “there needs to be more voices in the debate.” One of the first amendments up for a public vote in the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County unification charter will enact this if approved, and it will be done as “a test run” in the upcoming Public Regulation Commission races. Remember, this is the same outfit that lets its staffers peruse porn sites on the net while on your dime.

Those of you planning to run for State Legislature, County Commission, etc., I heartily recommend that you contact your county chair NOW. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of starting early, especially when it comes to dealing with the county clerk and the state Election Bureau. When you talk to these clowns, get everything they tell you backed up in writing. Video and audiotape recordings won’t hurt, either, but they’ll be less enthusiastic about being recorded.

That’s all for this month. Hope I get these damn computer problems sorted out before I have to resort to the 12-gauge repair job.


NOTES

  1. Published in New Mexico LibertyNovember 2003, p.2

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[LPNM-NML] Election “Irregularities”

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 2:40 AM (02:40)

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” — John F. Kennedy

In light of certain electoral “irregularities” concerning the recent fight over Amendment 2 (the raid on the Land Grant Permanent Fund), Slick Willie Richardson decided to set up a task force to make recommendations on how to speed up the tallying of votes, revising the state’s campaign finance laws, etc. Originally, the task force was composed of 20 Democrats and Republicans, but a joint press release by Richard Obergfell and Carol Miller of the Green Party apparently caused Richardson to appoint Frank Clinard of Los Alamos, former LPNM Chair, to the task force, as well as Kurt Menke of the Bernalillo County Green Party, and William White of Rio Rancho, who is registered as “decline to state.”

What will be the impact of the task force on New Mexico elections? That remains to be seen. Richardson had originally convened a “State Canvassing Board” to investigate these problems back around 14 October. Now this might, just might have created a conflict of interest. If I remember correctly, he was one of the chief proponents of Amendment 2. Yet the people selected to be on this board were Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil-Giron, the chief justice of the state supreme court, and Bill Richardson himself. Hmmm . . . . I think that more than anything, he is desperately seeking a rubber stamp with this.

And still yet to come, we’ve got a unification vote coming due on 4 November. So far, the outcome is far from certain, and some of the big players in this one are a bit teed off with some of the details — the potential for the City / County bond rating to go into the tank, and so forth. So there’s a chance that this disaster in the making might actually fail at the polls.


NOTES

  1. Published in New Mexico LibertyNovember 2003, p.1

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