Aggie Use Late Field Goal To Defeat Lobos 16-14 Report
The 101st renewal of the in-state battle between New Mexico State and New Mexico proved to be another classic in the series as the Aggies once again used a late fourth quarter drive to stun their rivals. Aggie true freshman quarterback Andrew Manley led the Aggies on an 8-play 40 yard drive that culminated in a 22-yard field goal by redshirt sophomore Tyler. The Aggie defense would force five Lobo turnovers and the fifth, an interception by senior Davon House, would seal the victory for the Aggies as they snapped an 11-game losing streak dating back to last season. Read more here:


Progressive and Billionaire Currency Speculator George Soros Calls for More Borrowing and Spending

George Soros
From Businessweek - Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Billionaire investor George Soros said the U.S. economy should pursue more fiscal stimulus instead of joining international efforts to reduce budget deficits. Soros said spending cuts are the “wrong consensus” in the current economic environment. He said the global economy is still not at equilibrium, even though financial markets are functioning again, and U.S. fiscal restraint is limiting the recovery. “It threatens to push the global economy into a much longer-lasting stagnation than would be necessary,” Soros, chairman of Soros Fund Management LLC, said in a forum at the International Monetary Fund’s annual meetings. The U.S. has been “driven to quantitative easing because the political debate has been one basically by the Republicans, who argue for balancing the budget and no more stimulus.”

Details of Calderon Visit to Murder City a Well-Kept Secret

Felipe Calderon
Mexican President Felipe Calderón is expected to visit Juárez next week to reinforce his initiatives to revitalize the crime-plagued city. Exactly when he will be in Juárez is uncertain. Jaime Torres, a Juárez city spokesman, said Calderón will visit either Wednesday or Thursday to discuss the "Todos Somos Juárez," or We Are Juárez, initiative, with city and state officials. A spokeswoman for Cal derón said that the president is planning to visit Juárez on Tuesday, but that his agenda wouldn't be confirmed until Monday. Torres said Friday he wasn't able to confirm the exact day of Calderón's visit. Read more here:

Dangers Near Border "Beyond Logic"

From the El Paso Times - JUAREZ - As murder numbers skyrocket in Juárez, another crime there is becoming even more common: carjackings. Chihuahua state records show that carjackings peaked in August at 341, more than the city's 333 murders in the same month. Since 2008, 5,643 people have reported carjackings in Juárez compared with 86 in El Paso in the same period. Investigators worry that these attacks have gone "beyond logic," and that criminals are finding innovative ways to trick drivers. As the city is under siege from drug cartels fighting a turf war, Juárez's lawlessness spreads with terrified drivers running red lights and speeding or simply staying home. They are scared for their lives and their property. Streets in Juárez, a city of 1.3 million, look dead by 9 p.m. An official with the Chihuahua state attorney general's office who works in the vehicle-theft unit said carjackings happen at any time of the day anywhere in the city. The official asked not to be named because of security concerns. The victims are 60 percent women and can be of any age. The carjackers are equally diverse, sometimes even families with children. Read more here:

Martinez Fundraising Gathering Steam

Susana Martinez
Albuquerque – Susana Martinez, Republican gubernatorial nominee today released preliminary fundraising numbers, which show that her candidacy continues to ride a wave of momentum. The numbers show that Martinez has raised over $1.4 million since the last reporting period in September and has over $1.3 million on hand. Specifically, Martinez raised $1,444,431.34, which results in her having $1,345,984.74 on hand for the final weeks of the midterm election cycle. “I am thrilled with the support our campaign is receiving. New Mexicans understand that Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish represents a third term of the failed policies of the Richardson/Denish Administration and they are responding to our message of bold change,” said Martinez. Closing Balance Last Reporting Period: $1,029,928.89. Total Contributions This Reporting Period: $1,444,431.34. Total Expenditures This Reporting Period: $1,128,375.49. Total Cash-On-Hand For This Reporting Period: $1,345,984.74.


Linda Chavez: Hispanics' Missed Opportunity

Linda Chavez
From - The Democrats' only chance to maintain their control of Congress this election depends on the party's ability to turn out its base. Democrats can't win unless young voters, those with lower incomes, union members, and those who are members of minority groups, especially blacks and Hispanics, turn out in larger-than-usual numbers for a non-presidential election year. A higher-than-average turnout among such voters helped President Obama win in 2008, but there isn't much indication that these voters will do so this election. And now there's solid evidence that one of those groups -- Hispanics -- will be a big disappointment to Democrats this year. Read more here:


Kudlow: Jobs Tepid, Dems Out, Stocks Up?

Larry Kudlow
From - Friday's unemployment report for September, the last before the election, brought more bad news for the Barack Obama Democrats. Noteworthy is the fact that stocks rallied a bit on the lackluster and tepid jobs numbers, pushing through the 11,000 mark. But more and more, it seems bad economic news illustrating the failure of Obamanomics becomes good news for stocks on the expectation of a GOP tsunami in November. The unemployment rate itself held at 9.6 percent. It's been over 9.5 percent for 14 straight months. Meanwhile, the marginally unemployed -- or the so-called impairment rate (U-6) -- jumped to 17.1 percent from 16.7 percent. These headlines are political poison for Democrats. Voters are going to keep asking, What exactly did we get for a $1 trillion stimulus-spending package that puts us deeper in hock? Read more here:


Kathryn Lopez - Emily's List

Kathryn Lopez
From - Do you have your John Boehner Halloween costume yet? I know it's not flying off the shelves of your nearest costume headquarters, but you'd never know that listening to President Barack Obama and those who exist to keep the Democratic Party in power. After Obama's recent attempts to demonize the pro-life Republican Ohio congressman -- and presumptive House Speaker, after the midterms -- the pro-abortion feminist group EMILY's List has hit the trail, and perhaps your favorite liberal gal's Facebook page, looking to make even the sound of Boehner's name chill-inducing enough to make you vote Democratic.
"Don't let John Boehner and Republicans turn back the clock," their "John Boehner's America" website implores -- indicating that this chronically dissatisfied interest group can't even come up with new pickup lines. In a speech to the Women's National Democratic Club, EMILY's List president Stephanie Schriock announced: "John Boehner can only take the speaker's gavel from Nancy Pelosi by defeating the Democratic women you and I have worked so hard to elect. And by discouraging women voters so much that they stay home on Nov. 2." Read more here:


Aggie Volleyball Defeats Fresno State 3-1 Report
The Aggie volleyball team improved to 4-1 in WAC play as they defeated Fresno State 3-1 on Saturday afternoon. The Aggies dropped the first set 25-23 but bounced back to win the next three sets 25-17, 25-20, 25-14. Kayleigh Giddens continued her solid play finishing with 25 kills while setter Jennah DeVries recorded 54 assists.
The Aggies and Bulldogs battled closely in the first set as the Aggies held an early 9-6 advantage after a kill by freshman middle blocker Desiree Scott. The Bulldogs would cut the Aggies' lead to one at 10-9 on a kill by Lauren Berger but a service ace by Rocio Gutierrez a few plays later would give the Aggies a 13-10 lead. The Bulldogs would respond with three straight points to tie the set at 13-13. The Aggies would regain a two point advantage at 16-14 on a kill by Kayleigh Giddens but two straight points from Fresno State would tie the set at 16 all. The Aggies would score four of the next five points to take a 20-17 lead and would hold a 22-19 lead after a block by Whitney Woods. However, the Bulldogs would take a timeout to try to stop the Aggies' momentum. Out of the timeout the Bulldogs would score six of the final seven points to take the set 25-23.
The Aggies would jump out to a quick 3-1 lead in the second set but the Bulldogs would tie the set at 4-4 on a kill by Brianna Clarke. The Agies would respond with a 4-0 run to take an 8-4 lead but Fresno State would once again answer tying the set at 9-9. Kayleigh Giddens would record back-to-back kills which was followed by a service ace by Kelsey Brennan and another kill by Giddens giving the Aggies a 13-9 lead. The Aggies would maintain their four point advantage at 19-15 on a kill by Kelsey Brennan. The Aggies would end the set on a 6-2 run to take the set 25-17 getting a service ace by Jennah DeVries on set point to seal the set win.
Coming out of intermission the Aggies and Bulldogs would battle closely in the crucial third set. Neither team would lead by more than one point as the set was tied 16-15 midway through. Back-to-back Fresno State kills would give them an 18-15 lead forcing an Aggie timeout. Out of the timeout the Aggies would get a block by Kayleigh Giddens who followed that up with a kill, a block assist along with Desiree Scott and another kill to go ahead 19-18. The Bulldogs would tie the set at 19 on a kill by Lauren Berger but a kill by Whitney Woods was followed by an attack error by Marissa Brand to give the Aggies a 21-19 lead. Kasey Van Grouw would cut the Aggies' lead to one at 21-20 but the Aggies would record four straight kills to end the set 25-20 and take a 2-1 lead in the match.
The Aggies would dominate the fourth and final set jumping out to a quick 3-0 lead. The Bulldogs would close to within one point at 7-6 but five straight points by the Aggies would give them a 12-6 lead. The Aggies would maintain their comfortable lead up 16-9 and after a Lauren Berger kill cut the lead to 16-10, the Aggies would close out the set winning 25-14 getting back-to-back kills from Kayleigh Giddens to win the match 3-1.
Kayleigh Giddens led all players with a match-high 25 kills on 54 swings with just four attack errors for a .389 hitting percentage. Kelsey Brennan added 11 kills committing just two attack errors on 23 swings to finish with a .391 hitting percentage. Amanda Tonga finished with nine kills, Whitney Woods added seven kills and freshman Desiree Scott added five kills on seven swings with no attack errors. Setter Jennah DeVries had 54 aces as the Aggies hit .303 as a team.
Kelsi Phillips led a group of four Aggies who finished in double-digit digs. Phillips finished with a match-high 22 digs while Kayleigh Giddens added 14, Ellen Miks recorded 12, Rocio Gutierrez finished with 11 and Jennah DeVries added seven digs while Amanda Tonga had six.
The Aggies held the Bulldogs to a .111 hitting percentage forcing the Bulldogs to commit 29 attack errors on the night. Lauren Berger and Marissa Brand each finished with 11 kills. Brianna Clarke finished with eight kills for the Aggies and Taylor Horton added nine.
Kelly Mason recorded 21 digs for the Bulldogs while Marissa Brand added 14.
The Aggies improve to 10-9 on the season and 4-1 in WAC play. The Aggies return home for a three-match home stand against Boise State, Idaho and Nevada.


Perez, Hall Lead Bulldawgs Past Panthers - From the Las Cruces Sun-News

LAS CRUCES — Playing without its head coach or starting quarterback didn't seem to phase the Las Cruces High football team on Friday.
The Bulldawgs opened District 3-5A play with a 42-7 win over Gadsden at the Field of Dreams. The Bulldawgs moved to 6-1 and Gadsden fell to 1-5.
Las Cruces head coach Jim Miller wasn't on the sideline on Friday due to an illness in the family. LCHS senior quarterback Jeremy Buurma had a sling around his left shoulder after separating his clavicle last week at Artesia.
Miller returned to Roswell on Wednesday, leaving the gameplan to offensive coordinator Mark Lopez and defensive coordinator Brent Jaquess.  Read more here.

Trojans Top Tigers To Start District Play - From the Las Cruces Sun-News

Ricky Milks sparked the Mayfield Trojans.
Milks, filling in at running back for MHS star Brandon Betancourt — who was out with an injury — returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and then added a 5-yard scoring run in the second quarter.
The two plays were big factors in the Trojans' 35-7 win over the Alamogordo Tigers on Friday night in Alamogordo.  Read more here.

High School Football Scores - From the Las Cruces Sun-News

Belen 28, Los Lunas 7
Clovis 13, Artesia 7
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Haussamen - Dianna Duran Review

Dianna Duran
From - When I met with Republican Secretary of State candidate Dianna Duran, I expected her to hammer Democratic incumbent Mary Herrera over controversies that include allegations of criminal activity. Instead, Duran talked primarily about her own qualifications and what she wants to do in the office. “I have as much experience as anyone in the State of New Mexico related to elections,” Duran said during a recent interview in Las Cruces. Duran started working on elections in 1979 as a voting machine technician in Alamogordo. She eventually became the Otero County clerk and served two terms. She’s now in her fifth term as a state senator and has worked on election-related legislation in that capacity. Of course, in talking about herself, Duran was often implicitly contrasting her candidacy with that of Herrera. For example, she said repeatedly that she will bring “competent, dedicated, professional people” to work in the office – which contrasts with the high turnover rate Herrera has faced and the complaints from some county clerks and their staffers about a lack of competence in Herrera’s office. Read more here:


Daily Dose of Bizarre - Secretary of State Herrera's Office

Mary Herrera
From - Secretary of State Mary Herrera is accusing whistleblower A.J. Salazar, a former employee, of staging a break-in at his law office to try to implicate her in an alleged crime and hurt her re-election chances. “He says somebody broke in. Give me a break,” Herrera said in an interview. “… I really do think it’s staged.” Herrera provided no evidence to back up her allegation, but said she thinks Salazar is trying to make it appear as though she committed a crime to help her opponent, Republican Dianna Duran, get elected. Salazar said Herrera’s allegation is false and slanderous. Read more here:


Oil Spill Commission Not Kind to White House

From the New Mexico Independent - President Obama’s May directive to triple the number of people working to stop the Gulf oil spill may have actually hindered the government’s response. The Coast Guard, in the days after the April 20 Deepwater Horizon explosion, kept track of the government’s response to the spill on a “simple Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.” The White House denied a request by government scientists in the weeks after the spill to release worst-case oil flow rate scenarios to the public. These are just three of the many revelations included in four draft reports released today by the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, which Obama established in May. The reports, which the commission notes are subject to change and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the commissioners, paint one of the most detailed pictures of the federal government’s response to the oil spill. And it’s not pretty. Read more here: