Democrats to spend $1 million on ads in Spanish

From the Santa Fe New - by PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press Writer - Hoping to turn out Spanish-speaking voters and hold back emboldened Republicans, Democrats on Thursday announced they would spend $1 million in television, radio and online ads to motivate key members of their party's coalition. The Democratic National Committee announced that Spanish-language ads would feature President Barack Obama telling voters to stand with his party as it tries to defend majorities in the House and Senate. The party said the ad effort is its largest in Spanish-language paid media and comes as Obama was set to campaign in California and Nevada, both states with large Hispanic populations. "This is Barack Obama," Obama says in Spanish during one radio ad. "I need you by my side. Help me defend what we started. This November 2, raise your voice. And together we'll continue to move forward." Read more

Denish, Martinez tangle over predatory lending

From the New Mexico Independent - by Trip Jennings - Thursday’s night final debate between Republican Susana Martinez and Democratic Lt. Gov. Diane Denish felt like a review of the past three-and-a-half months, wrapped up in a tidy, one-hour debate. Discussions of corruption, the state’s budget woes, even Denish’s spouse Herb, made cameos. The two candidates tussled over how to improve education and, in what is the single largest challenge facing whoever wins the Nov. 2 election, the state’s woeful budget situation. Everything sounded familiar. That is, except the one moment in 60 minutes of rehashed discussion that appeared to provoke unscripted drama. Denish shocks audience with e-mail on payday lending It came in the first minutes of the debate, when Denish pulled out an invitation to an event on Wednesday for Martinez that she said was sponsored by “predatory lenders” as Denish called them. “Diane Denish will end predatory lending and Susana Martinez has assured us that she will not end predatory lending,” Denish said, reading from the invitation. “I will put a stop to predatory lending,” Denish said. Read more

Aggie Volleyball Defeats Nevada 3-1 In Reno Report
The Aggie volleyball team was dominated in the first set against Nevada falling 25-16 but regrouped to take the final three sets 25-22, 25-20 and 25-21 to notch their ninth consecutive victory over Nevada. With the victory the Aggies improve to 8-1 in conference play and 15-9 overall.

The Aggies got a match-high 23 kills from Kayleigh Giddens as she nearly posted her 12th double-double of the season recording nine digs. Setter Jennah DeVries posted her sixth double-double of the season finishing with 42 assists and 11 digs. DeVries also posted five kills in the match and had two service aces.

The Aggies overcame 29 attack errors as they hit .175 on the match. Kayleigh Giddens' 23 kills let all players. Whitney Woods was the only other Aggie in double-figures in kills recording 10 kills and hitting .300 for the match. Kelsey Brennan added nine kills while Rocio Gutierrez added six kills but also had seven attack errors. Kelsi Phillips had a team-high 17 digs while Ellen Miks and Jennah DeVries added 12 and 11 digs respectively.

The three hardest words to say

By Michael Swickard - What are the three hardest words to say? Some think it is, “I don’t know.” But that is said every day. Then there is the infrequent, “I was mistaken.” Many people do not say it even when appropriate. But neither are apparently the hardest three words to say. “I deliberately lied,” would appear to be the hardest three words to say. People deliberately lie every day and yet never ever confess it. I think of deliberate lies mostly at election time. There are some other times that qualify, such as the Ides of April and at single bars. Read more

Fox hands Williams $2 million contract

From the - Fox News moved swiftly to turn the controversy over Juan Williams’s firing to its advantage, offering him an expanded role and a new three-year contract Thursday morning in a deal that amounts to nearly $2 million, Matea Gold reports. Roger Ailes took a jab at NPR in the process. "Juan has been a staunch defender of liberal viewpoints since his tenure began at Fox News in 1997,” he said in a statement. “He’s an honest man whose freedom of speech is protected by Fox News on a daily basis.” read more

Four Local Elected Officials Endorse Diane Denish

Ken Miyagishima
Nathan Small
Four notable Las Crucens were listed on the Diane Denish campaign site as endorses of the Lt. Governor in her race against Dona Ana Country District Attorney Susana Martinez.

Karen Perez

Sharon Thomas
City Councilor Nathan Small, Dona Ana County Commissioner Karen Perez, Mayor Ken Miyagishima (who also endorsed Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election) and City Councilor Sharon Thomas all count themselves in the Denish camp. Visit the Denish website here:


Denish Campaign Silent So Far on Ballooning State Budget Deficit

Diane Denish
Yesterday elected officials in Santa Fe emerged from meetings with more bleak news on the condition of the New Mexico state budget. Apparently despite $170 million in tax increases enacted earlier this year, the latest state revenue projections suggest a $260 million budget shortfall in the fiscal year that started in July. The campaign for GOP gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez issued a statement late yesterday on the fiasco. Martinez blamed the mismanagement of state resources on the Richardson/Denish administration. Democratic Party candidate and current Lt. Governor Diane Denish has thus far been silent on the latest report of red ink at the state level.


Martinez Comments on Balloning State Budget Deficit

Susana Martinez
Albuquerque – Yesterday Susana Martinez for Governor Campaign Manager Ryan Cangiolosi released the following statement concerning news that state revenue projections continue to fall: “The fact that New Mexico’s fiscal crisis continues to worsen is an unfortunate reminder that the tax-and-spend policies of the Richardson/Denish Administration have nearly bankrupted our state and killed jobs. We must instead return to the principles of limited government, low taxation, and the efficient and careful investment of taxpayer dollars in order to restore fiscal sanity and create jobs. Susana Martinez will bring bold change to the Roundhouse so that New Mexico can get its books in order, while Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish represents four more years of a reckless agenda that has increased both unemployment and state debt.”
BACKGROUND: “The budget news for New Mexico lawmakers and the next governor keeps getting worse. Despite cuts and $170 million in tax increases enacted this year, the latest state revenue projections will make for a $260 million budget shortfall in the fiscal year starting in July.” (Dan Boyd, “N.M.’s Bleak Budget Outlook Worsens,” The Albuquerque Journal, 10/20/10)



Budget Reality Sun is Setting on Santa Fe

Rob Nikolewski
From Capitol - Political promises ran smack into financial reality Wednesday (Oct. 20) at the Statehouse. Budget officials appeared before the Legislative Finance Committee (LFC), telling lawmakers that recurring revenue is down by $40 million from the July forecast and the state deficit for fiscal year 2012 is at $257.6 million. That means that despite recent belt-tightening measures that have seen layoffs, furloughs and cuts throughout many state agencies, more painful decisions must be made by both houses of the legislature and the newly-elected governor in regards to next year’s budget. Unlike the federal government, which can run up deficits each year, state governments must balance their books. Read more here:


Denish and Martinez to Tangle One More Time

From the New Mexico Independent - Undecided voters, political junkies and people drawn to tense exchanges between candidates who blatantly ignore substantive questions to attack one another might want to tune in to KOB-TV tonight at 7 p.m. Republican front-runner Susana Martinez and Democratic Lt. Gov. Diane Denish meet face-to-face for the final time in this year’s contentious gubernatorial race. With the Nov. 2 election less than two weeks away, it’s difficult to know how much is truly at stake, given Martinez’s continued lead in every poll as well as her sizable fundraising edge. Read more here:

Gone in 180 Seconds

From - Neiman Marcus' holiday catalog seems to be the place to sell a special-edition vehicle: Last year's high-priced version of the Jag XF sold out completely, and this year a special-edition 2011 Camaro Convertible, with a whopping sticker price of $75,000, also sold every one of its available models -- in three minutes.The car was featured on NBC's "Today Show," after which a special telephone reservation line was opened. One-hundred eighty seconds later, all 100 of the Neiman Marcus Edition Camaro Convertibles were claimed. Read more

Who Made These Statements?

"Americans expect us to go to Washington for the right reasons, and not just to mingle with the right people. Politics isn't just a game of clashing parties and competing interests. The right reason (to go to Washington) is to challenge the status quo, to serve the common good, and to leave this nation better than we found it. No one expects us to agree on everything. But we are expected to govern with integrity, good will, clear convictions, and ... a servant's heart. Sudden and relentless reform never sits well with entrenched interests and power brokers. That's why true reform is so hard to achieve." The answer to the question of who uttered these words is none other than Sarah Palin. She made these comments in her acceptance speech for the Vice Presidential nomination in 2008.


Tea Party or Tea Kettle?

Thomas Friedman
From by Ralph Benko - The New York Times’ Thomas Friedman recently issued a critique of the Tea Party Movement: The Tea Kettle Movement. He observes: The Tea Party that has gotten all the attention, the amorphous, self-generated protest against the growth in government and the deficit, is what I’d actually call the “Tea Kettle movement” — because all it’s doing is letting off steam. The jury may be out on that but Friedman reveals his moral blind spot by how he addresses how the movement might be harnessed to affect America’s future. It is here that Friedman reveals utter blindness to the moral significance of the Tea Party movement, which is a populist reaction to the smug elitism of our political class. Read more here:

Sowell: Is Barney Frank?

From by Thomas Sowell - You would be hard pressed to find a politician who is less frank than Congressman Barney Frank. Even in an occupation where truth and candor are often lacking, Congressman Frank is in a class by himself when it comes to rewriting history in creative ways. Moreover, he has a lot of history to rewrite in his re-election campaign this year.
No one contributed more to the policies behind the housing boom and bust, which led to the economic disaster we are now in, than Congressman Barney Frank. His powerful position on the House of Representatives' Committee on Financial Services gave him leverage to force through legislation and policies which pressured banks and other lenders to grant mortgage loans to people who would not qualify under the standards which had long prevailed, and had long made mortgage loans among the safest investments around. Read more here:


Blackwell: Administration's Priority is P.R.

Ken Blackwell
From by Ken Blackwell - Vote for Endicott Peabody. He’s better than you are. That bumper sticker slogan appeared, mischievously, in South Boston decades ago. Endicott Peabody, grandson of the founder of the elite Groton school, was then the liberal governor of Massachusetts. Some of those Irish-American wags, “Southies,” had had it with Peabody’s insufferable moralizing. They put out that gag bumper sticker, and it had its intended effect. Peabody was dumped unceremoniously in a Democratic primary. His political career never recovered. His prep school nickname, “Chub,” spoke to his aristocratic pedigree. It’s not something you should flaunt in our democratic republic. Read more here: