Aggie Men's Basketball Cruises To 98-72 Exhibition Victory Report
The New Mexico State men's basketball team defeated in-state foe Eastern New Mexico in an exhibition game on Monday night. The Aggies routed the Greyhounds 98-72 pulling away late in the first half.

The Aggies were led in scoring by junior Troy Gillenwater who finished with 18 points, five rebounds and four blocks in just 22 minutes of action. Aaron Edwards led the Greyhounds with 22 points and six rebounds in 24 minutes of play.

The Greyhounds held a slim lead through the first six and a half minutes of action but the Aggies took a 12-11 lead on a layup by Tyrone Watson and did not relinquish the lead the rest of the game.

The Aggies would stretch the lead to 11 points as they led 34-23 with exactly four minutes left in the first half. The Greyhounds would cut the lead down to seven points at 36-29 with 2:56 left in the half but the Aggies would close the half on a 12-2 run to take a 48-31 into the break.

The Aggies lead would increase to 23 points with 11:30 to play after a layup by Gordo Castillo gave the Aggies a 72-49 lead. The Aggies would maintain a comfortable cushion as the Greyhounds would get no closer than 16 points and the Aggies would push their lead out to 24 points with 5:59 left to play after a dunk by freshman Tshilidzi Nephawe.

With just under three minutes remaining to play the only question would be whether the Aggies would hit the century mark. They would come close as a pair of Renaldo Dixon free throws would give the Aggies 98 points with 12 seconds left. The Aggies would have one final chance to hit 100 but a dunk attempt by Tyrone Watson bounced off the rim and freshman guard Drew Herig missed a layup at the buzzer. The final score would read 98-72 as the Aggies wrapped up their only tuneup before the start of the regular season on Friday at Louisiana. Click here to read more.

New governor meets 6-year-old namesake

From - Gov.-elect Susana Martinez: Meet Susanna Martinez. New Mexico's governor-elect paid a surprise visit today to a 6-year-old Albuquerque girl who shares her name with the exception of one extra "n." Susanna junior, you might call her, has been getting a lot of attention from her peers after the elder Susana's election ads and signs started popping up. On Monday afternoon the governor-elect visited Susanna's school in southwest Albuquerque. "I decided to come down just to meet her, to let her know she's special, to let all the kids in her classroom know that they can accomplish anything," the Republican elected Tuesday said. Read more

Robert Gibbs Fights With Indian Security Over White House Press Corps Restrictions

From the Huffington Post - White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs grew so angry with Indian security officials on Sunday that he got into a heated shouting match with them -- and even blocked a door they were trying to close with his foot. The altercation came during the third day of President Obama's visit to the country. Indian officials, citing security, attempted to cut the number of White House reporters who would be allowed to cover a meeting between Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. From the White House press pool report, written by Scott Wilson of the Washington Post: More conflict between White House pool and Indian security, this time requiring intervention by Robert Gibbs. Indian officials decided to cut agreed-upon number of WH pool allowed into spray of extended bilat [bilateral meeting] from eight to five. Katie Lillie and other U.S. officials lobbied hard for the eight, but no luck until Gibbbs announced loudly and persistently on steps of Hyderabad House that he would pull POTUS of bilat with PM Singh unless "the White House 8," as we've come to be known, were all allowed in. At one point, Gibbs literally had his foot lodged in the closing front door, asking if the Indian security officials pushing hard to shut it were going to break his foot. Read more

$22M RailRunner budget targeted by new leadership

From - By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4; Taryn Bianchin, -Newly elected leadership will soon replace the legislature’s democratic majority, resulting in contested public projects like the RailRunner to become a moving target for budget cuts. The train's officials have already felt the heat. Like almost all mass transit, the RailRunner is heavily subsidized by taxpayers. According to official numbers, a passenger fare for an average trip is $2.35 after discounts. The actual cost for the train’s operation is close to $18 for that trip, with taxpayers picking up most of the difference. Now opponents of the train may drum up enough votes in the House’s powerful legislative finance committee to clip the train's operational budget, a move that Governor-elect Martinez is bound to support. “When you’re only getting back 12 or 13 percent of the operating costs back to run and offset the cost of the operations, you have to look at that,” said Rep. Larry Larranaga, R-Albuquerque. Read more

Cervantes considers coalition overthrow of Luján

From NM - by Heath Haussamen - (photo by Heath Haussamen) The talk at the Roundhouse has shifted from the election to a potential coalition overthrow of House Speaker Ben Luján that would be led by Rep. Joseph Cervantes, D-Las Cruces. That’s because, with GOP gains in the House last week, it would only take three Democrats voting with Republicans to elect a coalition speaker. Cervantes met with House Minority Whip Keith Gardner last week to talk about the possibility of forming the first such coalition in the House since 1980. Nothing has been decided, sources say, and Cervantes becoming speaker with the support of a coalition of Democrats and Republicans is only one possibility being discussed. A Democratic caucus overthrow of Luján is another possibility, though who would lead such an effort – and if such an effort will materialize – isn’t clear. Luján has already said he has no intention of stepping aside. Read more

Swearing at Susana before swearing in ceremony

From the Jim Baca blog, Only in New Mexico - by Jim Baca, former State Land Commissioner and former mayor of Albuquerque - Damn! It only took one day for Susana Martinez to start delivering for her mega donors to the campaign. Her first policy decision wasn't one that showed concern for New Mexicans at large. No, the first thing out of her mouth was that she would trash New Mexico's Environmental Improvement Board vote to join a regional 'cap and trade' program aimed at lessening climate change. Of course that means her oil and gas contributors immediately pulled the strings on their very own Governor. This is a really bad omen. Now she will most likely move to gut the 'Pit Rule" that protects ground water from oil pollution and drilling waste. All for keeping the oil and gas industry in the money and deep profits. Did you even give a second thought to this decision or did the oil boys just lead you by the nose?And so Yates Petroleum owns the Governor's office. Read more


Cowboys Fire Wade Phillips - From

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones fired coach Wade Phillips on Monday, sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Ed Werder. The move comes less than a year after he was given a two-year contract extension for leading the Cowboys to their first playoff win in over a decade. He will be replaced by offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, the sources said. Read more here.

Paulson: What the Landslide Means for America

From - by Terry Paulson P. J. O’Rourke said it best, “This is not just about an election - It's going to be a RESTRAINING ORDER!” Just what does the Republican landslide mean to America, to Washington politics, and to you? Elections have consequences. Voters make choices. But a campaign is like dating—it’s the sales phase of the relationship. Once an election is over, citizens are watching to see how candidates live up to the promises they’ve made. Will the “love” and “trust” be earned and re-earned month after month? Read here:


Doan: Why Blacks Didn't Vote

Lurita Doan
From - Black Americans voted with their feet in the 2010 midterm elections: they stayed home in record numbers and were one of the biggest reasons Democrats lost a record number of seats. Nor should anyone be surprised why so many Blacks decided to sit this one out. Black American voters may be becoming increasingly disillusioned with government, disillusioned with President Obama and his promises of job creation, disillusioned with his promises of change. And so they stayed home, a statistic supported by a recent CBS News report that cites lower turnout in most minority segments of the U.S. population than in 2008, but especially within the Black community. Read here:


Parker: Race and the 2010 Elections

Star Parker
From - Will the NAACP be celebrating the arrival of two new black faces to the U.S. House of Representatives? Don’t hold your breath. They certainly will not. These two new black congressmen are Republicans. There’s a powerful message here that should and must be digested. We have arrived in post-racial America but establishment blacks – lodged in the political left – refuse to accept it and are doing all they can to get black citizens to refuse to accept it. The sobering reality is that the black political establishment doesn’t want Dr. King’s dream. They don’t want an America where people are judged by the content of their character. They want an America that is Democrat and left wing and this is what they promote today under the banner of civil rights. The campaign by the NAACP and leading black journalists – all liberals – to paint the Tea Party movement, the push back against government growth and intrusiveness over the last two years, as motivated by racism is shameful. Read here:


Blackwell: Attack the Deficits

Ken Blackwell
From - Appearing Sunday on ABC's "This Week," Senator-elect Rand Paul (R-KY.) told host Christiane Amanpour he would push for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This is an idea whose time has come. In 1994, Republicans campaigned -- and won -- on a balanced budget amendment (as part of the Contract with America). Back then; the deficit was just $203 billion. Today, the national deficit is at $1.4 trillion (that’s roughly $3,500 for each American, and some $14,000 for each family of four in deficit spending just this year alone). Read here: