Report says NM has 100,000-150,000 ineligible voters on its rolls … and can’t do anything about it until 2015

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

80 is the new 65 when it comes to retirement, survey says

From Yahoo! - 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

Why the Tea Party and Occupy movements can get along

From NM - By - 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

OMG! We Can't Have a Pipeline!

When the Obama administration put the delay game (kill switch) on the Keystone XL pipeline proposal that can create 20,000 new high paid jobs in America's heartland and a million barrels a day of politically secure fuel into Texas refineries almost immediately, it demonstrated that the president's feigned concern with jobs is a political charade. The radical environmentalists who seem to have the president's undivided attention would like to pretend they don't drive cars and burn fossil fuels to keep warm. They also would have us believe this idea of pipelines on the Ogallala Aquifer is a radical new step. Above and to the left is a diagram of just a single American company's pipelines in North America (Kinder Morgan). There are many other pipeline companies and pipelines. Take particular note of all the red lines in the center of the map. It is in this allegedly "environmentally sensitive" area that the new Canadian pipeline will pass through. There are literally dozens of pipelines there already. What is not depicted on this map are the UNEMPLOYMENT lines in all of these same areas.


$2,000 Per Vehicle is Cost of New Fuel Standards

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

Mayor Berry: $132 Million Trimmed from Deficit

Richard Berry
NM Business Journal - Mayor Richard Berry told the audience that in his first two years in office, his administration has eliminated $132 million in budget deficits and cut city government by 250 positions. Berry said that budget deficits will continue, but they won’t be as large as in previous years. In 2010, the city’s overall crime rate dropped by 7.7 percent, and this year, the city is on course for the lowest number of homicides in the past 20 years, Berry added. He said commercial building permits are up by 50 percent over this time last year, and that residential permits are up by 60 percent. Read full story here: News New Mexico

New Mexico Independent is Closing Website

David S. Bennahum the CEO and founder of The American Independent News Network announced the closure of the progressive leaning New Mexico Independent yesterday after three and a half years of operation in New Mexico. In a post on the website Bennahum said, "the board of the American Independent News Network, has decided to shift publication of its news into a single site, The American Independent at"
In his explanation of the closing Bennahum added, "This is part of a shift in strategy, towards new forms of journalism made available as technology has advanced, and an increasing emphasis on national coverage and issue-based coverage from our network. Over the coming months, AINN will announce a number of new journalism initiatives that will continue to advance our mission of producing impact journalism in the public interest."
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 Kennedy Jr. - Just Another Obama Fundraiser and Federal Loan Guarantee Recipient

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Big Government - President John F. Kennedy’s nephew, Robert Kennedy, Jr., netted a $1.4 billion bailout for his company, BrightSource, through a loan guarantee issued by a former employee-turned Department of Energy official. It’s just one more in a string of eye-opening revelations by investigative journalist and Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer in his explosive new book, Throw Them All Out. The details of how BrightSource managed to land its ten-figure taxpayer bailout have yet to emerge fully. However, one clue might be found in the person of Sanjay Wagle. Wagle was one of the principals in Kennedy’s firm who raised money for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. When Obama won the White House, Wagle was installed at the Department of Energy (DOE), advising on energy grants. From an objective vantage point, investing taxpayer monies in BrightSource was a risky proposition at the time. In 2010, BrightSource, whose largest shareholder is Kennedy’s VantagePoint Partners, was up to its eyes in $1.8 billion of debt obligations and had lost $71.6 million on its paltry $13.5 million of revenue. Even before BrightSource rattled its tin cup in front of Obama’s DOE, the company made it known publicly that its survival hinged on successfully completing the Ivanpah Solar Electrical System, which would become the largest solar plant in the world, on federal lands in California. In its Securities and Exchange Commission filings, BrightSource further underscored the risky nature of the Ivanpah venture and, more broadly, the company’s viability:
"Our future success depends on our ability to construct Ivanpah, our first utility-scale solar thermal power project, in a cost-effective and timely manner… Our ability to complete Ivanpah and the planning, development and construction of all three phases are subject to significant risk and uncertainty."
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

Fracking Hearing Being Held

The New Mexico Oil Conservation Commission will hold a hearing on a proposed hydraulic fracturing fluid disclosure rule beginning Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. in Porter Hall, 1220 South St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe, New Mexico. The rule, proposed by the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association, would require disclosure of the composition of hydraulic fracturing fluids for new and recompleted oil and gas wells.
“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.
Hydraulic Fracturing Explained: After a well is drilled, a mixture of pressurized freshwater, sand, and a specifically formulated fracturing compound is pumped thousands of feet down to create tiny, millimeter-thick fissures in targeted sections of rock. These tiny fractures free the trapped oil and natural gas. The process of hydraulic fracturing occurs at great depths – generally a mile or more underground, thousands of feet below freshwater supplies. Official documents related to the proposed rule are available at the New Mexico Oil Conservation Division website at


NMSU Downs UNM in Pit for First Time Since 2002

NMSU's Marvin Menzies
NMStateSports - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Nov. 16)-The New Mexico State men's basketball team utilized a strong defensive effort to defeat in-state rival New Mexico, 62-53. This was the first win for the Aggies (2-0) in The Pit since Dec. 15, 2002. Senior forward Wendell McKines led the way with 14 second-half points and a game-high nine rebounds. Junior forward Bandja Sy added 12 points including a late three-point play and critical blocked shot in the final 30 seconds of the game. Senior center Hamidu Rahman provided 10 points and five rebounds. In the second half, NM State held the Lobos to 19 percent shooting (4-of-21), while the Aggies shot 60 percent (12-of-20). There were six ties and five lead changes in second half. Following a timeout at 8:24, the Aggies scored four straight points with a McKines jumper and freshman guard Daniel Mullings layup to take a 50-45 lead, which the team didn't give up. With the Aggies up two, 55-53, senior guard Hernst Laroche hit two free throws with 54 seconds left. The defense held strong and Sy blocked a 3-pointer that lead to a floater and foul to extend the lead to 60-53 with 21 seconds left.