Friday, April 30, 2010

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Weh Spring Offensive Continues: Targets Martinez In Push Poll, Plus: Rove NM Visit Prompts Reflection On Past And Future Of State Party

Our on-the-ball campaign watchers inform that Allen Weh has pulled out his branding iron and seared Susana Martinez in a negative push poll, ending the "speak no evil" chapter in the five way race for the 2010 GOP Guv nomination.

Our watchers say the Wednesday night poll into Republican households asked respondents if they would vote for Martinez if they knew she had been a Democrat before becoming Dona Ana County district attorney. They were also asked if their vote would go to her if they were aware she never had "a real job."

Martinez was indeed a Dem before getting elected to the DA's job in Dona Ana over a dozen years ago. In some GOP circles any government job is no job at all. Of course, Weh has received gazillions in federal government contracts for his CSI Aviation. It could be asked if CSI "a real" private sector business or a corporate welfare outfit?

The breaking of the peace in the ranks of the GOP comes just before the first absentee ballots go out May 4 and as Martinez appears to be the main threat to Weh. She is th contender other than Weh up with a major TV buy and she recently came with a Bernalillo County mail piece featuring the endorsement of ABQ Public Safety Director Darren White, the GOP 2008 ABQ US House nominee.

Martinez must make some kind of move here in the metro area to stop Weh, the retired Marine and former state GOP party chairman who is overwhelming the field with $750,000 0f his own money. At least half the GOP primary vote is going to come out of Bernalillo, Valencia and Sandoval counties. But we are getting vibes that Susana may not fight here tooth and nail, that she will hope for the other four candidates--all from the metro--to split this pie into many pieces while she conquers the rural areas.

Susana's hope that Weh is held down here by a split in the vote was given a bit of a boost Thursday when Jim Villanucci, the afternoon host of a popular talk show on KKOB-AM radio, openly endorsed Doug Turner. The 50,000 watt station is also home to conservative talkers Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.

Turner was quick to dub Villanucci a "conservative" in a fund-raising appeal he sent out after the endorsement, but the veteran radio host is also known for his moderate positions on social issues. For his part, Villanucci cited Turner's electability as his main reason for the unusual endorsement.

"Republican primary voters don’t always vote for a candidate based on their electability against Democrats in general elections. I hope that this time, Republicans will realize that Doug is our best chance to defeat the Democratic opponent this November." Said Villanucci.

THE SPRING OFFENSIVE

Weh is on a spring offensive. His attack on Martinez follows his negative TV ad this week against Diane Denish, the soon to be Dem Guv nominee. Weh is seen as the current front runner by our senior analysts with Martinez given the best chance of stopping him. However, there is no independent polling in the race. Their opinions are based on how they see the race trending and the eventual outcome if that trends remains intact.

Martinez is treading cautiously, but the relentless Weh may force her hand if she truly wants this prize. A problem: Just how does she turn the tables on Weh and attack him in a GOP primary? His vulnerability appears to be more with a general election audience, than a conservative primary crowd.

One would think that something would have to give and that if his rivals see it slipping away, Weh will finally be subjected to some vigorous vetting, if only due to last minute panic. But don't be too concerned. The Dems have their own branding irons warming up over the fire.

THE WEH WAY

Weh has the money and that buys the talent. But there is some sloppiness around the edges. Our informed Alligators say his push poll mispronounced the names of Denish and Pete Domenci Jr. The polling was apparently done by the Tarrance Group, a longtime GOP polling firm, but it seems their phone crews were not properly briefed. The outfit charged Weh $29,000 for an in depth February poll, according to state records.

And Weh's TV attack on Denish said that she used Federal stimulus funds to pay for a ride in the state jet to Gallup when Denish retorts that it was actually state money that paid for the trip.

Weh has shown us in this campaign that he is able to delegate authority to experts, but his early errors raise the question of how effective he is at oversight. And that just happens to be the primary task of the Governor of New Mexico.

ROVE NM VISIT

We could see politics heat up this weekend with the visit of Karl Rove, the hyper-controversial former Bush guru and author of a new book. Rove will be hosted by the state GOP at a Saturday evening reception at the ABQ Hilton. It's $250 to go to the VIP reception and get the book signed; $100 for the general reception and book signing.

An Alligator hanging at the Hilton told us they saw C-SPAN setting up there, so the event may be televised nationally. The Dems are firing off all kinds of email so there will also be a healthy number of protesters on hand to welcome Rove and get TV face time.

Is the NM GOP getting enough money out of this event to justify potential negative fall out?

THE BIG PICTURE

The larger question raised by the Rove visit is when the NM GOP is going to let go of the past and be rebuilt with young and more moderate leaders. The 2008 election was a near-extinction level event for the GOP as it lost all representation at the Federal level and was further diminished in Santa Fe. Yet we have seen little change in the philosophical direction of the party in this diverse state.

We took note of an recent eight point plan to "clean up" the corruption in Santa Fe, passed around by the GOP and authored by former Congresswoman Heather Wilson. There were some interesting suggestions, but none had the power of the one that we've repeatedly advocated--restore political competitiveness in our state by moderating the state GOP, particularly on hot-button social issues, and also relaxing its rigid economic code that prevents it from fully understanding the concerns of working class New Mexicans.

Wilson had a chance to do that, but instead fully embraced the Bush presidency as did now retired Senator Pete Domenici. The moment of truth came back in 2003 when we warned that by throwing then-GOP Chairwoman Ramsay Gorham overboard, Wilson, Domenici and Rove were abdicating any hope to expand the state party. History tells the rest of the story--complete devastation for the R's.

But the ghosts of Bush, Domenici, Wilson and Rove still hover over the state's minority party. They had their successes (Bush won NM in 2004) and it can be hard to turn the page. But if the corruption that Wilson says so perturbs her is to be eradicated, it won't be by a code of ethics, it will be by restoring competitiveness between the two political parties. That will require the Republicans to transition to a party that is not held hostage by its social conservatives. That, in turn, will require new, young faces, new ideas and new consultants. We are starting to see some.

The ghosts need to cease their haunting.

MY BOTTOM LINES


Jay Leno: "Well, executives from Goldman Sachs were grilled by Congress. I think they learned their lesson...They said for the next 24 hours, they will not take a single bonus."

Thanks for being with us this week. We appreciate your continued interest. From Albuquerque, I'm Joe Monahan reporting.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Darren's Flirting With Susana Raises Eyebrows, Plus: Weh Sucks Di Into Squabble, Also: Update From The Rio Rancho Beat

Insiders say ABQ Mayor RJ Berry has discouraged staffers from getting involved in the Republican Guv primary, but that isn't stopping Darren White, his public safety director, from surfacing in a big way on behalf of Susana Martinez as she begins her push into big Bernalillo County. White has written a fund-raising letter on behalf of the Dona Ana County District attorney and is featured prominently in a glossy mail piece and posted with this blog. (Click to enlarge.)

Mayor Berry has stayed neutral in the five way primary. White, the former Bernalillo County sheriff, endorsed Martinez shortly before going to work for the city. Martinez's mail piece is careful not to mention that White is the current public safety director and the fund-raising letter White wrote simply has his name as the title, not his official position.

But his prominent role for Martinez is riling the other campaigns who believe the public safety director should adhere to the mayor's neutrality. They want Berry to rein him in. Besides, they ask, shouldn't the top law enforcement manager in the city stay out of partisan politics?

Whatever the case, Martinez needs to break through here and is obviously expecting White to do some heavy lifting for her.

CAMPAIGN MEDIA

We continue to track for you the major element of Campaign '10--the TV spending. Some tidbits from our media Gators--a 30 second spot on the 6 PM KOAT news is going for $330. On KOB-TV, the 6 pm news is being sold to the candidates for $450 and on KRQE-TV's 5:3o pm news the price is $300. The noon news on KOB fetches $125 a pop and the noon news on KRQE goes for $200. These prices seem to us to be down considerably from the glory years.

THE GALLUP PARADE

Allen Weh is sucking Diane Denish into a public argument. That's good for Weh, but questionable for the lieutenant governor who is soon to be the Dem nominee for Governor. Di says Allen's latest TV ad charging that she used 2003 federal stimulus money to pay for the state jet to take her to Gallup is inaccurate. The flight was paid for with state general fund money, not federal money as Weh's ad states, she says. But to angry voters it's all taxpayer money they see being burned up in that vapor trail left behind by the state jet.

But there's more. Weh continues his jet offensive with this:

Lt. Governor Diane Denish and her husband took the state plane to Farmington to attend a fundraiser and political event for Democrat US Senate candidate Tom Udall during the 2008 campaign season. She paid for the trip out of federal stimulus money entrusted to her care.

But Di says Weh has told another whopper:

The host of the fundraiser, Mark Biel of Farmington, confirmed that Diane did not attend the event. Diane never attended the Udall fundraiser. The post-it note on which the fund-raiser was mentioned was an FYI about other events happening in the Four Corners area at the time she was there.


Maybe Weh isn't concerned too much about accuracy now, but if he continues it will catch up with him. Meanwhile, R's who love their red meat are probably eating all this up. And those R's are still Weh's target because for all the bravado, he has still not wrapped up the GOP nomination.

Beating up on Denish and stretching the truth to do it isn't going to hurt him in a GOP primary. But it again raises the question of why Weh is in this position. It's because his four rivals firmly believe that the first one to attack Weh will suffer a backlash and end any chance they have at securing the nomination. And that leads us to our next item....

PREDICTION CORNER

Veteran Republican political consultant, former ABQ city councilor and ex-city transit chief Greg Payne says if no one is up on the air attacking Allen Weh by the first weekend in May, Weh will win the GOP Guv nomination on June 1. That first weekend starts this Saturday.

RIO RANCHO BEAT

Back to the Rio Rancho budget mess and we see that Mayor Tom Swisstack has parted company with his city manager, James Jimenez, and recommends furloughs and salary cuts for city employees for the budget year starting July 1. The city faces a $3.6 million deficit.

We wondered here why the city was proposing a quarter cent increase in the gross receipts tax when it was not asking for any sacrifice from its work force. The plan that will now go to the city council would have city employees choose between a salary cut of one percent or a three day furlough. Police and firemen would take a three-quarters percent pay cut.

However, Swisstack is still recommending that quarter cent gross receipts tax, even though the city is in the middle of a brutal recession. He says Rio Rancho is so tapped out increased taxes are necessary. He will also support installing those often dreaded red light cameras to raise revenue, saying they will substitute for additional police manpower that can't be funded.

Swisstack's dire budget message stands in contrast to his recent boosterism that Rio Rancho, by attracting new business, will soon be booming again. Don't count on it. The housing crash hit the city particularly hard and while some new jobs are coming on line, it will be years before their area gets back to its previous employment levels.

The city council could still try to avoid raising taxes in this downturn, and we think they should. But with Swisstack coming around on city employees sharing the pain, the tax hike may be easier for City of Vision residents to swallow.

LIKE A SHADOW

The new economic reality moves across the state like a slow moving shadow. Now word comes of 16 lost jobs in the Los Lunas school system, south of ABQ. It's a story being repeated statewide. These government job losses are often bewildering to behold. They have been at the foundation of the economy here since the end of WWII.

CHICHARRONES COMPLAINT

Reader Juan Massey writes in about our recent chicharrones debate:

Joe, I'm guilty as charged of being a "purist pendejo" when it comes to the Spanish language: Singular for Chicharrones is Chicharrón, not Chicharrone. Thank you; it's just that I am as amused about the debate as I am peeved about the spelling everytime I read your blog.

Hey, Juan, you expect a lot from a Gringo from Pennsylvania, but we'll keep trying.

NO BEST FRIEND?

Brian Colon is a gift that keeps giving when it comes to blogging photos. First we had the Dem lieutenant governor candidate setting of a tempest in the chicharrone pot when he was photographed stirring the pork morsels with a metal paddle, not the wooden paddle that traditionalists swear by. We had plenty of debate on that.

Now Brian is back on the blog courtesy of a reader who shows the candidate posing with a dog who looks as if it would rather be anywhere else than with Brian. We're sure Colon rivals Lawrence Rael or Joe Campos would like their turn at writing a cut line for that pic. but we'll just speculate that Colon is a cat person and leave it at that. (Of course, if you have a cut line, feel free to email it in.)

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Primary 2010: Thinking It Over, Plus: Ambush On Campaign Trail On YouTube, And: Latest NM Voter Stats

Some thoughts on Primary 2010 as we head for the final month of action. Where are all the signs? You know, the ones that seem to breed like rabbits on every major street corner around this time. Not so much this time as candidates are more watchful over their money this cycle, and there's not as much of it because of the down economy....

Do you think that Republican Allen Weh attacking Dem guv hopeful Diane Denish will make her start spending some of that $2.5 million cash hoard she has on hand? We find it hard to imagine that Di won't go with a sturdy primary TV schedule to prevent herself from becoming defined by Allen...

We don't hear anything about any TV debates for the five GOP Guv hopefuls. Come on TV folks, you can do better...Look for only one poll from the ABQ Journal for the June primary, and the odds are they will poll only on the Republican side---the Guv and Light Guv contestants. It will likely come a couple of weeks before the election...

Bored with the primary? How about ABQ Mayor 2013! Possible Dem candidates to take on Republican RJ Berry if he runs again? How about City Councilors Ken Sanchez, Debbie O'Malley and state Senator Tim Keller. Speaking of the mayor...

If he wants complete credibility as he goes about plugging the mammoth $66 million deficit through salary cuts and other means, he needs to first plug his pay raise holes. We blogged how the new city attorney is making $10,000 more than his predecessor and now TV news reports two parks and recreation workers are getting raises of $3,000 and $5,000. That's not going to go down well with other city workers being asked to take 3 percent pay cuts or with the public--both of whom are counting on Berry to balance the budget fairly...

After being prodded by reliable Alligators, we emailed GOP Bernalillo County Commission candidate Wayne Johnson asking if he was the author of the anonymous and often insightful "Eye on Albuquerque" blog. We received no response. What does that say?

SEE THEM DANCE
Doug Turner
None of the five GOP candidates for governor offered unequivocal support for the controversial immigration law signed into law by the Governor there last week. Politically, you can understand the hedge. The law is a potential rallying cry to drive Hispanic voter turnout for the Dems this fall. In any event, here is the candidate two-step on this one courtesy of the newspaper.

Meantime, Catholic bishops in the state are coming out against the Arizona measure. This is dangerous stuff for the R's and not only in the Guv's race. What if Rep. Harry Teague can start rallying southern Hispanics fearful of an Arizona type attitude? That could make a difference in his toss-up race with Republican Steve Pearce. We're still waiting to see where ABQ GOP congressional candidate Jon Barela stands on this. Maybe an enterprising reporter will ask him?

Down in Florida a Hispanic Republican US Senate candidate is expressing concern about the law. Marco Rubio says: "I think the law has potential unintended consequences, and it’s one of the reasons why I think immigration should be a federal issue, not a state one.”

It's been a long-standing axiom around your blog that the state GOP was practically wiped out by veering too far right. It may still be too far out there for this state. Doug Turner was the only one of the five GOP candidates to express concern that the Arizona law could lead to racial profiling.

Let's spell out what Turner is getting at. The 2009 census estimates say our state's Hispanic population is at 45 percent; Native Americans represent about 10 percent; Blacks are 3 percent of the population and Asians are 1.4 percent. That leaves the White population at 41.7 percent.

At 41, Turner is the youngest of the GOP hopefuls. That he would even mention the threat of "racial profiling" sets him apart from today's party, but perhaps not the one that may be in the making by the next generation.

AMBUSH ON THE TRAIL
Kent Evans
It seems Republican Public Regulation Commission candidate Kent Evans needs to hit the books. The former Dona Ana County Commissioner is getting nuked on YouTube in a video that shows him completely befuddled by audience questions. And the questions were the bread and butter of the commission like the recent Blue Cross rate increase deal which was on the front pages of the papers but Evans said he wasn't aware of. Lesson for candidates? Do your homework or get Tubed.

Jamie Estrada, an Evans rival for the nomination, is making sure the embarrassing video is making the rounds. Ben Hall of Ruidoso and Robert Maez of Las Cruces are the other GOP candidates in the race. The winner will take on Democrat Bill McCamley, a former Doña Ana County commissioner.


This PRC seat is being vacated by Sandy Jones who is seeking the Dem nomination for state land commission. The Dem will be favored, but the seat has been in GOP hands in the past so the GOP nomination is worth having.

BY THE NUMBERS


Reader Bill Lane stopped by the Secretary of State's office recently and passes on the very latest voter registration stats, comparing the numbers from November of last year to today:

Democrats--563,486 in November; 564,466 today--a gain of 980

Republicans--354, 091 in November; 356,283 today--a gain of 2,192

Decline to state (Independent)--170, 023 in November; 174,334 today--a gain of 4,311

Other parties-- 31,630 in November; 32,052 today--a gain of 422

Total voter registration-- 1,119,230 in November; 1,127, 135 today--a gain of 7,905

Democrats are holding steady with 50% of the state's registered voters. The R's are near 32%, a slight uptick. The Independents are now at 15%.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Big Chunk Of Guv's Cabinet Jumps To Rael, Not Colon; What's Up With That? Plus: Weh TV Takes It To Di While Domenici Debuts Ads, And: Reader Mailbag

Homans & Miller
Conventional wisdom has it that Big Bill and his political acolytes are all lined up behind the lieutenant governor candidacy of former NM Dem Party chairman Brian Colón, but as it often the case in La Poiltica there is intrigue over that notion.

Take a look at the names hosting this fund-raiser for Dem Light Guv hopeful Lawrence Rael. They are all Richardson cabinet secretaries: Ron Curry, John Garcia, Jon Goldstein, Rick Homans, Katherine Miller, Ken Ortiz & Joe Williams.

Scuttlebutt practically being shouted from the rooftops is that soon-to-be Dem Guv nominee and current Light Guv Diane Denish is not an ardent supporter of Colón, believing he would bring baggage to a Dem ticket because of his sometimes controversial association with Bill's campaign fund-raising.

But Denish knows better than to publicly favor any of the Light Guv hopefuls. So the conspiracy theorists ask: Are all these cabinet secretaries acting on their own, hoping to hang on to their plum jobs with a new Dem administration and therefore signing up with Rael, the #2 hopeful they believe Denish favors? And, are they being given a push toward Rael by the Di camp? And what about Big Bill? You have to think he at least knew of what his secretaries planned. Did he call Brian and tell him about the big bone being thrown to Lawrence? Well, everyone needs a job in these times, especially cabinet secretaries who want to continue to serve at the pleasure of the Governor--including the next one.

The cabinet secretaries and other hosts are charged with raising at least $500 for Rael for his May 13th evening fund-raiser at Santa Fe's Rio Chama. And he needs it. Colón leads in the fund-raising and is still seen as the favorite to take the nomination unless Rael comes on hard and strong in the final month. Will he?

WEH STRIKES DI


Allen Weh must feel pretty comfortable with his position for the June 1 GOP Guv primary. He levels an attack in his latest TV ad, but it's not aimed at any of his Republican rivals, but at Diane Denish who will be the Dem Guv standard-bearer. He faults her for using federal stimulus funds from several years ago to pay for the state jet for a ride to Gallup. Weh swipes:

As governor, I’ll run the state like a business… I’ll get rid of the jet… and bring fiscal sanity to Santa Fe.

Di's rejoinder: This cheap attack is somewhat ironic coming from Allen Weh, given that he owns a private jet company (CSI Aviation) that has made more than $225 million on the backs of taxpayers through government contracts.

That Weh is going after Di and not Susana Martinez or Pete Domenici Jr. speaks volumes about where he feels this campaign stands. He is trying to make it appear that this is a done deal and that the 2010 race for Governor is between Di and him.

He has a case.

Weh has been designated the GOP front runner by our Senior Alligators because he is coming with an essential Republican message delivered with high production values and a satchel full of cash to get that message delivered. The TV, produced by Dawson McCarthy Nelson Media, a Republican ad firm in DC, stands above the field. In the latest spot they go to work not only on Denish but on the retired Marine's prickly personality. They show a picture of a shiny pick-up truck and Weh nearly snickers: "This is how I'll get myself to parades."

That unanswered sassiness is enough to have the Alligators jumping out of the river ready to wrestle this fella and drag him into a real campaign. But they're not on the ballot.

The Dems insist that Weh is a crazy old man who as GOP chairman brought the party to the brink of ruin. They think he'll crack open like Humpty-Dumpty in the heat of a general election. Maybe so. But that's then. For now the old solider soldiers on, executing his battle plan and without much interference from his four rivals.

PETE'S PLACE

Pete Domenici Jr. came with his first round of TV ads Monday and he isn't going to lay a glove on Weh with them. Domenici, who shaved his beard for his Guv announcement back in January, apparently tired of the consultants telling him politicians who wear beards in the campaign don't win. The beard is back.

But while there is a new beard there is not a new Domenici when one is sorely needed. He narrates the ads, but it sounds too much like he is reading them. And the message lacks edge when edginess is now imperative to break through.

"My life's work has allowed me to help solve natural resource and water issues all over the state. I know New Mexico. We need to create better jobs and give our children better schools and it's time to rid New Mexico of backroom politics." Domenici intones.

That's not exactly going to rock the boat.

And Daddy Domenici makes a cameo. The ex-Senator and son are shown at the end of one ad seated in chairs chatting away as an announcer says, "Domenici--A trusted name in public service."

Trouble is, these two thirty seconds ads so lack any sense of urgency that you might think the father and son are in rocking chairs.

We blogged yesterday that our insiders report Domenici has made a $70,000 cable buy for the duration of the campaign and purchased no broadcast TV. Now the campaign says the ads will be shown on the major over-the-air network affiliates, but don't anticipate anything significant there.

HOW THE RACE STANDS

With Janice Arnold-Jones broke, Doug Turner reluctant to pull the money trigger to compete and the Domenici ads falling flat, the state now awaits the next move from Dona Ana County District Attorney Susana Martinez. She seems to be the only obstacle left on the battlefield for Weh to overcome as he slowly marches toward his objective.

THE READER MAILBAG

Lots of cool stuff in the email we want to bring your way, so off we go...

Reader David Baltz writes of our Monday headline saying Arizona had taken a "hard-right turn" when it comes to immigration policy:

Wow! With 70% of Arizonans in favor of the crackdown, the “hard-right” must be growing! But seriously, it’s not about politics, Joe. It’s about JOBS and SECURITY.


David may have a point about our perspective. A national Rasmussen poll shows 60% of voters asked are in favor of the tough immigration law signed last week by the Arizona governor. 77% of Republicans favored the measure while Dems were equally divided. But what do you think polling would show in New Mexico? Probably the opposite of those Rasmussen numbers.

WHO'S TO BLAME?

Reader Vicki Osborne writes:

Sorry, Joe, but I can’t agree with you that it was solely Wall Street that brought down this country. It started way back with the Clinton administration pushing Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae & the banks to give subprime loans. If I understand correctly, the administration basically demanded the banks offer the same loans as Fannie and Freddie. Wall Street did plenty of damage itself, but the government regulators had a huge part in it by wanting people to buy homes that couldn’t realistically afford to.

Thanks, Vicki. There's plenty of blame to go around, for sure. But you can't dismiss the historic greed and gambling than engulfed Wall Street as solely the fault of government regulators. As I wrote Monday, we've seen this movie before--in the 1930's---and we'll see it again as long as we remain the emotionally driven creatures we are.

And speaking of the banks, First Community Bank, New Mexico's third largest, is hanging by a thread. The commercial real estate crash and the loans made when it was in a bubble are the reason. Is it time for those regulators Vicki wrote of to end this pain for all involved and engineer a marriage with a stronger partner?

CRUNCHING TACO NUMBERS

Rep. Martin Heinrich's office writes us in response to concerns expressed here Monday by a member of the NM National Guard's fighter wing known as the "Tacos." The storied wing is being disbanded and our Taco fears the replacement mission will not have jobs for all the nearly 1,100 associated with the Tacos at Kirtland Air Force Base:

Since Rep. Heinrich's inclusion of legislative language to require a follow-on mission for the Tacos...he has been in close contact with Air Force leadership...to ensure that as many jobs as possible are retained during the transition. The latest messages...from top military brass have been that the Taco's follow-on mission with the 58th Special Operations Wing will account for nearly all of the 1,072 guard personnel, and we are hopeful that the official agreement to be completed next month will reflect this understanding.

...Rep. Heinrich remains committed to growing KAFB, and will continue to explore potential additive missions.


We'll watch for that official agreement to see how firm the language is regarding all those jobs.

DARREN AND DINELLI

In our Monday blog we said former ABQ Public Safety Director Pete Dinelli was making less than current Public Safety Director Darren White. However, a city records check shows Dinelli was getting $62.29 an hour vs. $60.10 for White. That means Pete was making a couple thousand more a year than his successor. Not that either is starving. Darren's salary works out to about $125,000 a year.

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Hard-Right Turn In Arizona; Political Impact Here? Plus: Exclusive Report On Candidate TV Buys, And: City Salary Cuts; What About At The Top?

A little serendipity never hurt anyone and GOP Guv hopeful Susana Martinez is the beneficiary of some as the hot-button issue of immigration claims the headlines with the Arizona Governor signing a tough-as-nails immigration measure. It just so happens that Martinez is on the air here with a hard-right, illegal immigration ad as this drama plays out. Will it make a difference among conservative GOP voters as she chases Allen Weh for the nomination? And what about after the June 1 primary? Will Arizona then be an albatross around the necks of New Mexico R's?

The tough new law makes it a state crime for undocumented immigrants to be in Arizona. It is the only state with such a law. Opponents claim some provisions of the far-reaching legislation will lead to racial profiling, but Arizona Republicans have been steadfast in their support.

Martinez's high profile on immigration and the renewed interest in the subject could benefit her more in the south where immigration concerns are more intense than the ABQ metro. But RJ Berry did use the "Sanctuary City" argument to his benefit in a multiple candidate race for ABQ mayor. Martinez might pick up some stray votes in ABQ where so far her campaign has failed to find much footing.

But the overall dynamic of the GOP race seems to remain unchanged. Weh has a ton of money, is on the air heavy with well-received TV ads and no one is attacking him yet. Martinez may have received a break on the immigration issue among GOP voters who want the Arizona approach, but Weh still owns the economic message so central to GOP politics.

THE NORTHERN ANGLE
Roman Maes
Dems see the tough Arizona immigration measure as a sure fire winner for their team in November, no matter who the GOP nominee is. They may be right. From Santa Fe former state senator turned lobbyist Roman Maes writes:

What is the position of New Mexico's gubernatorial candidates on immigration? In light of the Arizona SB 1070, we need direction on this issue. Will it be the future wishes of government that I carry a passport, my birth certificate and my license?

Northern Hispanics, tracing their roots back to the Spanish conquest, do not have a kinship with today's Mexican immigrants. They fret more than anyone about the jobs they take from the locals. Now many feel their historic heritage and place is threatened by laws that they feel would have law enforcement not only single out illegals, but Hispanics whose families who have been here for centuries.

DI DIVES DEEP

You know an issue is breaking the Dems way when soon-to-be Guv nominee Diane Denish hops on the bandwagon. She has been running a very conservative campaign, venturing in no waters that rise above the ankle. But on this one she waded deep:

We all know our immigration laws are broken and that we must do more to secure our borders, but racial profiling is wrong...and the new Arizona law goes too far. Here in New Mexico, we value our diversity. It’s ingrained in our culture...While I do believe we must secure our borders and pass a comprehensive national immigration reform bill, we cannot give government a free pass to racially profile and infringe upon the rights of law-abiding citizens. We’re better than that here in New Mexico.

One of Denish's chief political problems is breaking through in the Spanish North. Having the Arizona law as a wedge issue in the forthcoming campaign would give the Hobbs native the opportunity to showcase her civil rights credentials. We suspect no matter how this plays out, the Denish team will find it hard to resist working this theme into the fall campaign.

WHAT SAY YOU, JON?

And what about Republican congressional hopeful Jon Barela, hoping to make a race of it with ABQ Dem US Rep. Martin Heinrich? Is he with Arizona on this? If Barela were to come out for it--as the national R's would probably like--Heinrich will be ready with a baseball bat to smack that slow pitch over the fence.

THE TV BUYS

Our Alligators come now with the exclusive info for you on the all-important campaign TV buys. In the GOP Guv contest, from April 21--27 Allen Weh bought $54,000 in broadcast TV and $2,140 on ABQ cable. His total spending since he went on TV in mid-March is $172,000 in broadcast and $14,000 in cable buys. Total spent: $187,000.

Martinez from April 20-26 spent $40K. That's the same buy she’s been at for three weeks. She also bought a thousand dollars of El Paso cable so she’s on at a very light level there. We had mentioned earlier that her illegal immigration spot was not airing in the south. Our point being it was not on the broadcast networks there. In total, Martinez has spent $128,371 on TV.

So far Weh has spent about 47 percent more on TV than Martinez.

Pete Domenici Jr. begins airing TV ads today. However, so far he has purchased only cable TV. Our insiders say the buy is for $70,000, spread from now until Election Day. With low cash on hand, that may be his only major TV purchase before the June 1 primary.

Not buying broadcast TV--the major network affiliates like KOB and KRQE--is a gamble for Domenici. The over-the-air stations, with their large audiences, move the polling numbers, with cable augmenting that power.

Doug Turner has cut four TV spots--more than Martinez and Weh--but he is spending little--less than $9,000 this month on ABQ broadcast TV. The campaign is pushing the spots on the Internet.

THE CITY BEAT

The city of ABQ is facing a $66 million deficit for the budget year that starts July 1st, prompting the Mayor to propose that city salaries be cut 3 percent. So why is Rob Perry, the just hired city attorney, being paid $135,000, a full $25,000 more than his predecessor Bob White? And why is Robin Dozier Otten, director of Family and Community Services Dept., being paid more than the $97,000 starting salary given most directors? Perry, White and Dozier Otten all served together in the cabinet of GOP Governor Gary Johnson in the 1990's.

Is Mayor Berry's knife too dull when it comes to cutting at the top? Just asking.

And what about the overtime abuse continuing at the ABQ police department. Nearly $10 million a year in overtime? Even after several years of outrage over this? And aren't the same cops still we have seen on the overtime hit list? Is the administration ready to tackle that one? The city council?

And on that same topic, this budget deficit keeps exploding. At first we were told it would be $15 or $20 million. We are now up to $66 million and insiders are saying don't rule out a jump to $80 million. This in a $475 million budget.

PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK

The public employee unions haven't gotten must traction in their fight against Berry's plan for a 3 percent salary cut and to increase the amount employees pay for health benefits. But they do have a point when talking about furloughs being preferable to salary cuts. The retirement check of a city worker is based on the highest salary he pulls down. If salaries are cut and not restored, it will impact those retirement checks. But if the money is saved by furloughs, retirement pay levels won't go down.

A good compromise would have the city council cook up a combination plate. Salary cuts of perhaps 1 percent or so and several furlough days as well. That may not be as appetizing as a real combination Mexican plate, but it would be easier to swallow for city employees about to retire.

And let's get real on the end game here. There are five Republicans on the council and four Democrats. City employee unions are barking at the moon if they think they are going to escape any financial hit during this crisis. Best to protect your benefits package, fellas, rather than burn your political capital on fighting any reduction in take home pay in the next year--either through salary cuts or furloughs.

IT'S DIFFERENT THIS TIME

What's different about this downturn is the cause. Wall Street and the banks essentially brought down the country. They still go unpunished. Has anyone gone to jail as millions pay the price with their jobs? It is similar to the 1930's when another unregulated Wall Street escapade cascaded into a Depresssion. But they did something about it back then.

The cycle of boom and bust is as American as apple pie, but in the past it has been accompanied by a clamp down on hyper-capitalism. We rope that bull and bring it back to the pen and start again. This time the bull still seems to be romping while befuddled middle class workers are left to fend for themselves.

Yes, the ownership of the two major political parties by the corporate money givers has a lot to do with why we have been so slow in correcting the excesses at the top of the pyramid. ABQ AFSCME leader Andrew Padilla calls his union's efforts to preserve their jobs without pay cuts "a war.". But instead of blaming the citizens, as Padilla did recently, for not spending enough money and thus not generating enough taxes to pay for public services, he should pick up a copy of the Wall Street Journal and learn about the real culprits in this economic mess.

TACO TALK

Staying on the econ beat this Monday, a member of the NM Air National Guard's fighter wing best known as "The Tacos" writes in expressing concern that the new mission given to the wing may not be enough. At stake is 1,100 jobs and a $15 million annual payroll. The Tacos lost their fighting mission last year, but Rep. Martin Heinrich spearheaded the effort to get a new non-flying mission for the Tacos. But will that mission stick? To our Taco:

April 15th marked a very significant event for Kirtland AFB...Reality showed up at the New Mexico Air National Guard. The first wave of F-16's left Kirtland AFB forever. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that the rest of the fleet will be gone by the end of this fiscal year, September 30th. There is no new mission. No new aircraft are on the way. The Taco's are going to now 'merge' with other units on Kirtland. Let the competition for jobs begin.

Someone is going to lose out in this deal. The other units on
Kirtland are already operational and fully staffed. Now here are a bunch of Guardsman walking in and hoping for a place to continue their decades of service. It just isn't going to work. Once the Air Force has the F-16's where it wants them, there is no longer ANY leverage to keep the surplus positions. The hollow promises will fall through.

Bottom line: good paying, reliable jobs are literally flying out of the state and come fall there will be the truth of how this affects our community. I welcome the comments from our elected leaders on this new reality.

The new mission for the Tacos has them becoming part of a special operating wing that specializes in search and rescue. Some observers, however, are saying that in the long-term a border security mission may be the best bet to preserve the jobs.


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Friday, April 23, 2010

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Team Teague Pushes Back Against Gloomy Pundits: Poll Shows Cliffhanger, Plus: Raton Racino: Time To Fold? And: More NM Job Losses Drive Campaigns

He was headed toward disaster but a shipwreck has been averted and the race is a toss-up. That's the bottom line from the top political consultants to embattled freshman southern NM Congressman Harry Teague as they vigorously fight an effective Republican spin machine in DC that has Teague getting buried by the national pundits before the first vote is counted.

The Teague brigade came with fresh polling numbers to back up their assertion that Harry's political health has improved since last August when the debate over the Obama healthcare bill--unpopular in the conservative district--put Teague's political health at its nadir. Teague subsequently voted against the health measure.

The survey conducted for Teague by Hamilton Campaigns has the race tighter than Rush Limbaugh's bike shorts. Teague is at 47%, his Republican challenger Steve Pearce at 46% and undecided is at 8%. The poll of 500 voters was conducted April 6 thru April 8 and has an MOE of + or 4.4%.

This poll is in stark contrast to the Hamilton August 2009 survey that had Pearce clocking Teague 52% to 42%. That was when conservative anger may have been peaking in the district. Public Policy Polling in February had Teague trailing Pearce 43 to 41.

David Beattie of Hamilton pushed backed against DC pundit Stu Rothenberg who this week dubbed the race "almost certain" to go for Pearce. He told us that may have been the case back in August, but the pundit hadn't seen these latest numbers. He says his survey shows Pearce and Teague now basically tied among crucial independent voters, a group Teague was getting trounced in last year.

DATELINE: DONA ANA


We asked Beattie for what are probably the most critical numbers of this race--those in Democratic Dona Ana County. It is must carry territory for Teague and comprises over 25% of the turnout.

Beattie said 135 of the 500 surveys were conducted there and that Teague was polling at 53% and Pearce at 40%. He said the goal is to have Teague at 57% or above on Election Night to offset Pearce's strength in the conservative Eastside counties of Eddy, Chaves, Lea, Lincoln and Otero. Teague scored 61% in Dona Ana in the '08 election, running ahead of Obama in the key county. Beattie said this poll indicates the 57% goal is more than doable and is a key reason the race remains in play.

Here's another tidbit from the Teague poll that makes this race so exciting. Teague gets a 60% percent favorable rating from voters and 33 percent unfavorable rating. That's up from 52 to 37, from the August Hamilton poll. Pearce had a 55 to 31 favorable/unfavorable rating in early April, down from a 61 to 29 split in August.

It's clear that Pearce, the former congressman for the district ('03-'09) and Teague are both well-known and generally well-liked.

But what about the anemic fund-raising Teague had in the first quarter--only $133,000 raised? Teague's camp says the healthcare debate and the poor economy were chief reasons for the weak money showing. They said that speculation heard here that Teague was also spending more time on district business rather than the fundraising circuit was "partially right." And the fact that Teague, a wealthy oilman from Lea County, seems willing to write a large personal check to boost his campaign as he did in '08, may also influence some donors from holding back.

So the battle goes on, which probably needs to be said after the aggressive National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee this week declared: “With the embarrassingly low fundraising quarter, you’d think Harry Teague had packed his bags and given up on his re-election efforts..."

JOBLESS DRIVING CAMPAIGNS

No wonder soon-t0-be Dem Guv nominee Diane Denish is racing around the state promoting her plan to spur the creation of more small business jobs. It appears jobs will be the premier issue in the coming campaign. The March stats nudge the state's unemployment rate up to 8.8 percent from 8.7 in February. And in ABQ the Great Recession continues to bare its fangs with the jobless rate soaring to another modern day record of 9.2 percent. That's up from up from 9.0 in February. Like Denish, Republican Allen Weh is already hitting the issue, promising to create jobs in a TV ad he has running for the June 1 GOP Guv primary.

Up in Farmington, the jobless rate in that oil and gas region has spiked to 11.3 percent. That's what we call scary high and way above the national rate of 9.7%. While other areas around the nation recover or stabilize, New Mexico continues to inch downwards.

PULL THE PLUG, PLEASE

It's gone from bad to worse for the proposed Raton racino. Now the Canadian investor who the state racing commission and the gaming control board have put their faith in is being slapped with a lien by the main contractor for not paying bills totaling $845,000.

What else do regulators need to pull the plug on this deal? Racing commission chair Marty Cope and gaming board chair David Norvell have been more than patient with the developer. But the time has come for them to end this mess and protect Raton and the credibility of New Mexico's horse racing and gambling industries. If they can't do it, the Governor should lower the boom.

As for where the racino should go if this deal is killed, how about nowhere? We don't need more racing and gambling in the current economic environment. Let the next governor decide when the time is right.

LAST OF THE CHICHARRONES


How about a final word in the Great Chicarrone debate this week? To stir the pork treats with metal or wood has been the question ever since we ran that photo of Dem Light Guv candidate Brian Colon using metal. Here's that final word from a reader identifying himself as "Tortilla Man:"

The true reason for using a wood paddle is that the wood adds that nice correct after taste that makes the difference of real chicharrones vs. frying pan phony. This is like putting whiskey into a plastic bottle rather than an oak barrel or wine in a bottle with a good cork vs. a box.

Thanks, Tortilla Man. You don't work for Lawrence Rael, do you?

A READER FINISHES

A reader from western NM wraps the week for us, and writes:

Hi Joe, You hit the nail squarely on the head with your column Thursday. The economic crisis is also an opportunity. We sure could use some leadership and bipartisanship right now. We do need to restructure government and make it more efficient and we need to take a new look at tax policy beginning with reinstatement of progressive rates. It’s not a case of which approach is best: we need both.


While Bill Richardson is a remarkably talented and ambitious man, unfortunately his lasting legacy (after pay to play) will, in my mind, be that he put this political ambitions above sound public policy. He filled state government with patronage hires and his repeal of progressive rates appeared designed to advance his presidential campaign. I wish him well, but it sure is time for him to move on.


On a personal note, it seems hard to pigeon hole you into an ideology. From a readers point of view, you come across as a real independent--and perhaps that is one of several reasons for your success. I like that you advance positions from both the right and the left, and seem to be speaking from your heart when you do.

Hey, thanks for that. And thanks to you for checking in here this week. Email us any ol' time.

From Albuquerque, I'm Joe Monahan reporting.


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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Santa Fe's New Buzz Word: "Restructuring"; How They Can Make It Count, Plus: Our Chicharrones Debate Gets Heated; Old School Vs. New School

Sally Ruddy
You could say it was forced upon them but the state House has risen to the occasion and now has a Government Restructuring Task Force. We've been among those pounding the table for something like this in Santa Fe, something that really hasn't happened since Governor Apodaca's reorganization back in 1975. With the state facing a new economic paradigm, now is the time. State Rep. Patty Lundstrom a member of the panel, says:

This is a foundational proceeding that takes a serious look at our budget during this recession. Government restructuring occurs every 20 to 30 years. This task force is the most important interim committee of the decade. As a group we must respond and be flexible to future changes in the way our government works...


Or as former Governor Carruthers once said: "Never let an economic crisis go to waste."

The restructuring task force needs to look at consolidating agencies and eliminating some, assessing all state boards and commissions and report on our tax structure (yes, strongly recommend restoring the progressive income tax rates).

But most of all, the task force, initiated by Santa Fe Rep. Lucky Varela, needs to look at restructuring our government in the context of long-term solutions to our economic plight.

The rampant poverty in the rural areas, especially among Native Americans, keeps the state at or near the bottom of most economic success lists. The ongoing DWI slaughter on the highways continues; the long-standing Hispanic and Native American education gap is another challenge as is the insidious drug addiction in Rio Arriba County and elsewhere.

THE NEXT GENERATION

The next generation of New Mexican government needs to shed the La Politica jobs and commissions. It may also need to defer some issues in order to address the urgent ones we listed above.

We need a leaner state government but not a meaner one. A government restructuring offers the opportunity to focus on the big picture issues that have held New Mexico back. In other words, it's not just about saving money, but about reforming the government to have it efficiently focus on and attack the fundamental and decades-old problems that have had the citizenry here wondering if improvement will ever come.

You often hear that this is a lousy time to be a legislator. There is no money and there is only pain to hand out to constituents. But for the lawmakers on the restructuring task force, this may be the best time to be a legislator. The economic crisis delivers to them a climate where the public is receptive to profound change in the way Santa Fe governs.

As Carruthers said, let's hope they don't waste the opportunity.

OUR 21ST CENTURY PROBLEM

New Mexico's 21st century problem is not about conservative or liberal solutions; it's about restoring hope and progress for the state's huge underclass and getting them into the middle class.

All this came to mind as we watched Senator Udall on the Senate floor Wednesday, marking the 122nd anniversary of the birth of the greatest New Mexico US senator--Dennis Chavez.

When Senator Chavez left this world in 1962, he was eulogized by Vice President Lyndon Johnson (who) remembered Senator Chavez as ‘a man who recognized that there must be a champion for the least among us.’ And four years later, when the U.S. Congress placed Senator Chavez’s statue in Statuary Hall, Reverend John Spence summed up the man nicely. Senator Chavez, Spence said, was ‘ever a champion of the underdog, the poor and oppressed.'

Aren't New Mexico's baleful social conditions in so many households--Anglo, Hispanic and Native American--the civil rights issue of our time? Senator Chavez might think so.

DUMPING ON WEH

Once the Gators and assorted wall-leaners dubbed Allen Weh as the front-runner to take the GOP Guv nod June 1st, the "stop Weh" email started. For example, Republican reader Vic Segura, working as a contractor in Iraq, writes:

I have been a good strong Republican and have nearly always supported the Republican candidates, especially those that were veterans. However, if Allen Weh were to win the GOP nomination for Governor, I think would vote for Diane Denish.

Allen Weh has a reputation of never listening to anyone, believing you do it my way or the highway...I never saw him support the Hispanic programs or Hispanics. In fact, I believe more Hispanics left the Republican Party during his tenure than came in. I would like to see him defend his record of supporting Hispanic’s and bringing in Hispanics to the Republican Party. I really don’t think he can. I have not decided who I would support for the GOP nomination, but it is certainly not this guy.

A few wrote in to charge that we and the Alligators were saying positive things about Weh to help Dem Diane Denish because Weh would be the weakest candidate against her. Right, we have all that power!

And the last we looked, we weren't on the payroll of either major political party. Maybe we're on their list of people who piss them off--but definitely not their payrolls.

THE LONG FALL

It's been a depressing descent for Big Bill. The state's epic corruption scandals in his second term overshadow what may have been the most successful first term in state history. Now the watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), adds insult to injury by naming Richardson to their list of "worst governors." The group lists these sins:

--Used state investments to benefit political allies --Allowed pay-to-play scandals to plague his administration --Rewarded close associates with state positions or benefits, including providing a longtime friend and political supporter with a costly state contract --Failed to make state government more transparent

The Guv's office was bitter about the report, telling newsman Trip Jennings:

This report is ridiculous considering Governor Richardson has led the way for ethics reform in New Mexico. It’s also difficult to take it seriously since it relies almost exclusively on the Albuquerque Journal as its source.

Was it that long ago that the Journal and Bill were bedfellows? The state's largest newspaper gave the Guv their endorsement for both of his terms.

Bill drives you crazy with the pay to play, and then he does stuff like this that reminds you that this was and is a leader of national consequence:

Gov. Bill Richardson has urged Arizona's governor to veto immigration enforcement legislation that critics say will lead to racial profiling. Richardson, a Democrat, recommended the veto in a telephone call Wednesday with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican.

THE GREAT CHICHARRONE DEBATE

Now to the really serious issue of the day--the proper method for stirring chicharrones. It all started with a pic we ran Tuesday of Dem Light Guv hopeful Brian Colón using a metal paddle to stir a batch of the tasty pork morsels for his weekend Matanza. A Senior Alligator chastised Colón, saying a wooden panel is the only authentic means of stirring chicharrones. Now comes another Alligator defending Colón's use of metal:

Joe, Let the purist pendejo (dumbass) Alligator know that times change and using a stainless steel paddle is acceptable in our modern times.

My primo, Alfredo, retired the wooden paddle after my Tio, his father, Ernesto from
La Plaza Vieja (ABQ's Old Town), passed away. He now keeps it as an heirloom to remember the tradition of the "Matanza" that my Tio passed on to him. My Primo Alfredo is the best and last of our generation to keep this tradition going. After our generation passes, this great tradition will most likely pass too, so it will not matter if a wooden paddle was used or a stainless paddle.

But the Senior Alligator isn't buying this "new school" thinking, responding with this:

Times change, but not necessarily for the better. Few make tortillas like Grandma, but nobody argues they were better. Metal in a hot batch of chicharrones leaves them with a metallic taste and alters their cooking by drawing heat away. At one time such would have earned a good hiding with a thick belt or a bull whip.

Grown men often fought to take possession of the deceased chicharrone paddle. There are those who will not compromise their high standards and those who will slide.

Pendejo is not used in polite company. Thus, I'm not surprised that a person of such breeding would sanction metal in chicharonnes.


We remain firmly neutral on the matter of stirring, preferring to eat, not debate, this ancient delicacy.

THE CHILE FIX

And one more New Mexico food issue before we leave. ABQ's Carroll Cagle, reacting to recent postings here describing how New Mexican denizens of DC are often starved for real green chile, offers this:

My friend Gary has this website. Every year he ships more than a TON of fresh HATCH chile to the UNM Alumni Association of DC for their annual scholarship fundraiser…

It's an event in September and anyone desiring Hatch Chile can get it during their one day event. For D.C. expats who are interested, Gary says they can contact Larry Harris at: 703-370-3448; he’s the DC President of the UNM Alumni Association.

They pay us to do this, but it's true that most days we'd do it for free.

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* Unregimented Crops - The focus is still on aggregate and accustomed attractive movement with summer beard styles for 2010. Crops are still actual abundant in with abbreviate complete lengths that accord added animation and aggregate to this style. Don't get ashore with solid crop; instead, go for burst edges and textures that advance the accustomed breeze of your beard as guide.

* Hot Buns, Up-dos and Chignons - Although you can go for the added accidental attending and appearance from the abject of the head, buns are all about acme for summer 2010, as abstract and roughed up ballerina buns or boundless sculptured chignon emerge. It may booty a lot of affliction afore the bun is absolutely formed but the aftereffect is affecting and you can alike complect chaplet and accoutrement into the beard afore creating the chignon for a added amazing effect.

Summer 2010 is activity to be a fun-filled division with all those over-the-top-elements beard styles to accept from. Be adventuresome and adore the adorableness and versatility of your hair; but bethink to accumulate your consummate celebrity advantageous and strong.