Report says NM has 100,000-150,000 ineligible voters on its rolls … and can’t do anything about it until 2015
Posted by Michael Swickard on Thursday, November 17, 2011
From Capitol Report New Mexico - As Capitol Report New Mexico posted a couple days ago, Secretary of State Dianna Duran was about to release an interim report into the status of New Mexico’s voter files. Today (Nov. 17), she delivered it. In a 17-page document sent to legislators across the state, Duran’s office addresses allegations — nearly exclusively from Republicans — of persistent problems with fraud and error in voter registration and statewide elections. Among some of the statistics mentioned in the report?1) As of March 2011, the voter file contained 2,608 records with duplicate Social Security numbers 2) The statewide file has an estimated 100,000-150,000 voters on its list who are not eligible to vote. 3) The Secretary of State’s office cannot purge the names of inactive voters until 2015 because Duran’s office said the SOS office under previous Secretary of State Mary Herrera did not conduct a required program to remove voters who had permanently moved in 2007 and improperly conducted the program in 2009. The current SOS office notified the US Department of Justice, which informed the SOS this past September that a purge of voter records cannot be conducted for nearly four years. 4) There are 641 dead people on the rolls. 5) Even though New Mexico law requires potential voters to write down their date of birth and Social Security numbers on voter registration forms, Duran’s interim report says that in 2010, more than 100 voter registration applications were entered in Bernalillo County with no valid Social Security numbers. Duran was elected last fall as the first Republican Secretary of State in 82 years and campaigned on establishing a voter ID program across the state. Read more
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From Yahoo! News.com - CHICAGO (Reuters) - When it comes to retirement, many middle class Americans said 80 is the new 65 and plan to delay retirement because of worries over money, according to a new survey. Wells Fargo bank asked 1,500 Americans who earned between $25,000 and $99,999 and ranged in age from 20 into their 70s questions about retirement, savings and Social Security for its seventh annual retirement survey. Three-fourths of those surveyed said they expect to work in their retirement years. One quarter said they will "need to work until at least age 80" to live comfortably in retirement. Of Americans who will work in retirement, "47 percent said that they are going to continue in the same job or a similar job of similar responsibility," Joe Ready, Well Fargo's director of Institutional Retirement and Trust, told Reuters Insider. "That raises a lot of social and economic implications. Will they have the physical ability to work, the mental capacity? What does that mean for the younger work force in terms of coming through and looking to get ahead?" Three-fourths of Americans said it is more important to have a specific amount saved before retirement, regardless of age, while only 20 percent said it is more important to retire at a specific age regardless of savings. In terms of saving for retirement, 53 percent of those surveyed said they need to significantly cut back on spending now to save for retirement. Read more
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From NM Politics.net - By Dusty Sensiba - If I were to pick the ringleaders out of the local Occupy and Tea Party groups and buy them all lunch, they’d probably find that they have more in common than they know. It is nearly impossible for two people or two groups to come to any agreement if they aren’t speaking the same language. You have the OWS movement criticizing corporations, and the Tea Party defending them. Before moving on, we need to have a solid definition for the word. A corporation is a person-like legal entity that people can use as an intermediary when interacting with others for the purpose of organizing commonly owned property and limiting liability for actions taken by the company. Corporations aren’t just for Wall Street. This very website is run by a small corporate entity (Haussamen Publications, Inc.) and my firearms safety training business is a corporate-like entity (a limited liability company, or LLC). There are many mom-and-pop places that have chosen to take on a corporate structure of some sort to further their business goals. Read more
Posted by Jim Spence
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Daily Caller - The Obama administration’s new proposal to double the fuel efficiency of cars by 2025 may cost up to $157 billion and add $2,000 to the price of passenger automobiles, according to two federal agencies. In the proposed rule posted on their websites, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency predict the administration’s new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards would add an average of $2,000 to the price of each new passenger vehicle sold by 2025. Read full story here: News New Mexico
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Along with the Santa Fe New Mexican, the Independent has been a reliable source for those wanting to determine what the priorities and viewpoints of progressives are in New Mexico.
|Robert F. Kennedy Jr.|
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Ironically, in 2008, Kennedy wrote a CNN article praising Obama as reminiscent of his famous father and uncle. The article, titled “Obama’s Energy Plan Would Create a Green Gold Rush,” proved prophetic. However, the “green gold rush” came in the form of $1.4 billion of taxpayers’ money flowing into the pet projects of rich venture capital investors like Kennedy, not average citizens. Read full story here: News New Mexico
“The oil and gas industry heard the concerns of citizens across New Mexico regarding the disclosure of the composition of hydraulic fracturing fluids,” said Steve Henke, New Mexico Oil & Gas Association President. “We believe the proposal before the New Mexico Oil Conservation Commission makes a strong statement about the industry’s willingness to embrace transparency and accountability. “Hydraulic fracturing is a proven technology that has been used for more than 60 years to safely enhance the production of natural gas and oil from more than one million wells in the United States. In New Mexico, the majority of the 52,000 oil and gas wells currently in production have undergone fracturing.
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|NMSU's Marvin Menzies|