State senate leader responds to accusations in ad

State Senator Michael Sanchez and wife Lynn
From - By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4 - A New Mexico legislative leader under attack from the Governor is fighting back on the TV airwaves. Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez of Belen is under fire for voting against life sentences for convicted child-killers - the baby Brianna bill of 2005. Now, he is firing back with an ad that looks about as down-home as it can get. The ad features the Valencia County Democrat with his always charming wife Lynn, sitting down for a chat in a homey setting.
The subject: Reform New Mexico Now's recent attack ad targeting Sanchez and Senate President Tim Jennings for voting against the Baby Brianna bill. "They're paid for by the big oil and gas companies out of Texas and Oklahoma," Sanchez says in the ad. Lynn also calls out Reform New Mexico Now. "They don't care about New Mexico," his wife says. "They have their own agenda."
Reform New Mexico Now is a political action committee headed by a top political advisor to Gov. Susana Martinez. In fact, the PAC has big contributors from out of state energy interests. But there's out of state PAC money on both sides in this fight.
The ad does not attempt to address the Baby Brianna vote, but it may strike a chord with voters who've had a bellyful of negative campaigning in this election. "Next time you see one of those ads, do what we do," Lynn Sanchez says as she clicks a remote and the screen fills with static. Read more

Swickard: Our freedoms are secured by our military

Commentary by Michael Swickard, Ph.D. “Whatever enables us to go to war, secures our peace.” Thomas Jefferson to James Monroe in 1790
I appreciate and support this country’s military. But I am surrounded often by people who know little, care little, but are given their freedoms entirely by the very military they sadly know and care about so little. Winston Churchill observed, “We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.”
This statement was true in the 1940s. Today we amend it to say “…men and women…” But now those who voluntarily protect us do not always have our country’s best wishes. When I was born in 1950, almost every family had a connection to the just concluded Second World War. My father served in combat for much of the war. He stayed in the service, retiring in 1966 after twenty-five years of service.
Almost everyone of my generation understood our country was free only because of the actions of our military to thwart countries that would enslave us. When citizens of the 1960s questioned the actions of the military in Vietnam, it caused a great chasm in many families. What should have been questioned was the political leadership, not the military.
Currently the military gets lip-service, at best, from Congress and the President. My friend Charlie says, “America is not at War. America is at the Mall. The military is at War.” Consider that less than twenty percent of Congress served in the military. Very few in the Executive Branch have any understanding of our military. From the laughable mispronunciation by the President of “Corps” to the military deaths in Benghazi, our nation no longer affirms what enables our freedom to not appreciate the military are the actions of that very military.
More so, the news of the September 11, 2012 attacks suggest that the executive branch had the ability to send in rescue units but did not do so for political reasons tied to the presidential election. I hope someone comes up with some other reason for this failure of leadership. But it seems the President did not value the men serving in our military enough to make a hard and correct decision to rescue them. Read column


Man allegedly steals car using plastic BB gun

Attention all criminals - the red tip shows it is not real
From the Santa Fe New Mexican - A Santa Fe man had his car stolen early Nov. 1 by a robber he thought was pointing a machine gun at him. It was later found that the robber was wielding a BB gun replica, according to the Santa Fe police department. A criminal complaint filed by the state states that the victim had parked his light blue Oldsmobile Ciera in the 2200 block of Calle Lorca at 1:24 a.m. when he said he saw a man later identified as Arturo Lujan, 32, 501 West Zia Road, approach his vehicle.
According to the complaint the victim thought that Lujan was intending to ask him for money, but then saw the man carrying what appeared to be a machine gun. Lujan ordered the victim to start the vehicle and run, which the victim did, he said, for fear of losing his life.
Officers arrived on scene and saw the stolen vehicle drive past them. Lujan was pulled over in the State Employees Credit Union parking lot, 813 St. Michael’s Drive. Inside the vehicle they found a bottle of vodka and a bottle of wine, both of which were one-quarter full.
The victim was able to identity both his car and Lujan. Officers also gave Lujan a field sobriety test, which he failed. He later admitted to smoking two joints and drinking two shots before driving. Read more

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Voting guides removed in Bernalillo County
Court dismisses cockfighting case
Navajo Nation endorses Heinrich 
Possible changes to antelope hunting in NM


Possible antelope hunting changes in the state

The state Game Commission is to consider possible changes for antelope hunting but New Mexico's Game and Fish Department says it will recommend the current licensing system remain in place.
 The seven-member commission sets policies for the department, which manages hunting and fishing. The commission meets Thursday in Raton. 
The department has held public hearings to solicit comments on proposals to establish a licensing system for antelope hunting similar to that for deer hunting. 
Among the proposals is to continue a license drawing for public land hunts but allow licenses to be sold over-the-counter to hunt on private lands with permission of the landowner.



Emails Catch White House Lie on Green-Energy Loans

Marita Noon
Marita Noon - When he is confronted about the failed green-energy loan program, President Obama deflects blame—pointing to “career bureaucrats” in the Department of Energy (DOE) who supposedly approved the loans that have become an embarrassment to the White House. 
For months, along with researcher Christine Lakotos, I’ve been reporting on, first, the junk-bond rated projects (such as Solyndra) that received fast-tracked approval from the DOE and, then, the failed and troubled stimulus funded companies. Solyndra was just the tip of the iceberg. Embarrassment after embarrassment has come to light as the projects touted as the hope for America’s future have filed for bankruptcy, sent money and jobs overseas, and faced technical difficulties.
The 1705 loan guarantee program had 460 applicants, but only 7% were approved—26 projects were funded. Of those 26 projects 22 were junk-bond rated—meaning private investors wouldn’t fund them. So why did we, the taxpayers?
Our research showed that at least 90% of the projects had close ties to the White House and other high ranking Democrats. Despite the obvious connection, President Obama has repeatedly denied any involvement—preferring to blame “career bureaucrats” who could take the fall with no political consequence. Read More News New Mexico


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Navajo Nation endorses Heinrich
I-70 fatal crash victims identified
PRC employee suspended without pay
ABQ school shooting plots continue 


Navajo Support Split Between Wilson and Heinrich

Newmexico.watchdog.orgThe normally solid Democratic bloc of Navajo voters is split between the candidates for New Mexico’s open U.S. Senate seat.  Heather Wilson, the Republican candidate, has a glowing letter from the Speaker of the Navajo Nation Council praising her leadership and explicitly endorsing her candidacy.  Martin Heinrich, the Democrat, is claiming a terse resolution of a Navajo legislative committee that voted 11-1 to throw the endorsement his way.  

There’s a shift in the winds blowing across the vast Navajo lands. Add to this the possibility that long-time Democratic State Representative Ray Begaye may lose his seat over reports that he abused the powers of his office and may have fraudulently obtained expense reimbursements. Democrats are fearful that a seat they have long taken for granted may go to Begaye’s Republican challenger, Sharon Clahchischilliage. And the Navajo Nation has not given its endorsement to Barack Obama’s re-election. 

 They endorsed him in 2008, but this year are letting their silence speak their dissatisfaction with his EPA’s assault on the San Juan Generating Station and his policies on the coal industry. James Monteleone of The Albuquerque Journal finally gets some answers to explain how both Senate candidates can claim the endorsement of the Navajo Nation. Read More News New Mexico


Spence: How could we be going broke?

Commentary by Jim Spence - Do you want to know why America is going broke? It takes nothing more than a glance at the news to figure it out. Reuters reports this morning that New York state has already asked the taxpayers in the other 49 states to pay all the costs of cleaning up and repairing damage caused in New York by the storm this week.
The precedent for this sort of shakedown is already in place. The taxpayers covered almost 75 percent of the costs of cleaning up after hurricane Irene.
Jim Spence (left)
Two U.S. senators from New Jersey, Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez also asked taxpayers from outside New Jersey to pay for the mess.
As if Washington does something besides confiscate resources and borrowing power from taxpayers New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, explained why he thinks Washington should foot the bill: "They have greater resources. They can print money; we can't do that here, he said. Really?
Don't think Democrats are the only party dumping one area’s costs on another. George W. Bush allowed 100 percent reimbursement of costs in some of the states hit by Hurricane Katrina.
The irony is thick. We live in New Mexico to get away from the costs and dangers of hurricanes. However, like those living on the coasts, we also know we run some risks living here in New Mexico. In fact, we suffered losses from severe storm damage during the amazing freeze of 2011. And sometimes the sun rays are so hot in the southwest they cause damage to a variety of items we use. Maybe we need Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall to demand we get taxpayer assistance anytime there is severe weather here. Or maybe every state should insure their own infrastructures against disasters. Wait that is not necessary. The federal government can print money! Incredible.


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Santa Teresa Industrial Park reopened after hasmat spill
Super PACs make final push in the state
ABQ school shooting plots continue 
PRC employee suspended without pay


Pearce visits naturalization class in Anthony

Wednesday, Congressman Steve Pearce visited the Women’s Intercultural Center in Anthony, where he spoke at a local citizenship class for immigrants seeking U.S. citizenship.

“It is inspiring to meet those who come here in search of the unique liberty, opportunity, and blessings that we enjoy as Americans,” Pearce said. “We are blessed to live here in the United States. It is an even greater blessing to share the pursuit of happiness with those who are willing to come here, follow our laws, and participate in the American system.  I know my fellow New Mexicans will join me in welcoming these individuals into our society with open arms as they seek to provide for their families and enjoy a better quality of life in the United States,” Pearce continued. “I look forward to hearing their voices as we strive to improve our communities, our government, and the nation as a whole.”

The stop today was part of a five-day, twenty-city bus tour of southern New Mexico.  Pearce kicked off the bus tour yesterday in Hobbs, and made stops in Carlsbad and Artesia.  Later today, he will spend time with voters and local candidates in Anthony and Las Cruces. 


Navajo Nation endorses Heinrich in U.S Senate race

Martin Heinrich
The Navajo Nation Council says it is endorsing Democrat Martin Heinrich in New Mexico's U.S. Senate race. 

Navajo Nation Council Delegate Russell Begaye said Tuesday the council is backing Heinrich because of his support for "issues of great importance to Navajo," such as social security, veterans' benefits, and Indian health care. 
The endorsement comes after the Navajo Nation Council sent Heinrich's Republican opponent, Heather Wilson, a letter earlier this month in support of her energy platform.


Victims identified in highway 70 crash

Las Cruces Police are continuing to investigate Wednesday morning’s crash on U.S. Highway 70 that claimed the lives of a 15-year-old high school student and his mother.

 Keian Padilla, 15, and his 35-year-old mother Marcia K. Parra were pronounced dead at the scene of today’s crash on U.S. Highway 70 just east of the Sonoma Ranch overpass. 
Padilla and Parra were the only occupants of a 4-door sedan that was headed eastbound on Highway 70 when it was struck by an Isuzu Rodeo that was traveling westbound and crossed the center divide. 
The crash was reported shortly after 8 a.m. Both directions of Highway 70 were closed for several hours while traffic investigators gathered evidence and plotted the scene. 


PRC employee suspended without pay

A Public Regulation Commission employee was suspended for mixing political and state business.

 Pipeline Safety Bureau supervisor Sefie Anaya was suspended for 10 days without pay. 
Anaya's state-issued cell phone number was found on the state Democratic Party website. Using government phones for political work is a violation of the PRC's code of conduct. 
Anaya, who is chairman of the Socorro County Democratic Party, says an intern mistakenly put his work number on the website. 
The number has been removed from the site.


School shooting plots continue in central NM

Once again students are in trouble as word of a possible shooting plot rattles an Albuquerque middle school. For now, however, Albuquerque public schools officials say the threat does not appear to be credible. 

This comes in the wake of four reported threats against students and schools since mid September, three of them in Albuquerque and one in Belen. 
The latest incident started at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday when a student brought a drawn diagram with areas of the school on it to the principal at Hoover Middle School
The two-sided drawing had what APS officials are calling cryptic messages about guns and money. There were five names on the paper, but APS suspects six people were involved, all of them minors. 
Three students have denied any involvement but have been suspended. 


Global temperature rise ended sixteen years ago

NewsNM commentary (Spence) - Would it be cynical to try to use the horrific damage on the east coast to trumpet a political position? We saw Bill Clinton trying to blame Hurricane Sandy on global warming in Colorado the day after the storm suggesting Mitt Romney doesn't care about death and destruction. Al Gore piled on. The trouble with these dubious tactics is we have had tropical cyclones for all of recorded history. Despite dire predictions after Katrina that we were facing much more frequent storms the last seven years have been relatively calm. Still, anytime we have a storm that make landfall in a vulnerable spot on the map where there is a concentration of media outlets, the man-made climate change crowd uses the situation as a chance to promote funding more bankrupt green energy ideas. Nobody ever points out the fact if these people get their way it will drive up the price of reliable energy. None of these political hucksters seems to be willing to talk about real data (see below). The mainstream media also gave scant coverage of it. Take a close look at the temperature graph.
Daily Mail - Global warming stopped 16 years ago, reveals Met Office report quietly released... and here is the chart to prove it:
The figures reveal that from the beginning of 1997 until August 2012 there was no discernible rise in aggregate global temperatures. This means that the "pause" in global warming has now lasted for about the same time as the previous period when temperatures rose, 1980 to 1996. The figures, which have triggered debate among climate scientists, reveal that from the beginning of 1997 until August 2012, there was no discernible rise in aggregate global temperatures. The new data, compiled from more than 3,000 measuring points on land and sea, was issued quietly on the Internet, without any media fanfare, and, until today, it has not been reported.  This stands in sharp contrast to the release of the previous figures six months ago, which went only to the end of 2010 – a very warm year.  Ending the data then means it is possible to show a slight warming trend since 1997, but 2011 and the first eight months of 2012 were much cooler, and thus this trend is erased.

Treasury: It is urgent we increase borrowing authority

Newsmax - The Obama administration said on Wednesday that the nation would hit the legal limit on its debt near the year's end, although it can tap emergency measures to stave off a default and keep the government running into early 2013. As of Monday, the U.S. Treasury was $235 billion below the $16.4 trillion statutory ceiling on the amount it can borrow. That gives the government enough funds to pay its bills, including interest on its debt and retirement health benefits, until the end of the year, the Treasury said, reiterating a forecast it made in August.
If Congress fails to raise the debt limit, analysts expect the Treasury will run out of options to avoid a default some time in the latter half of February. However, the forecast could change dramatically depending on how the administration and Congress deal with the massive tax increases and spending cuts due to go into effect at year-end. After Tuesday's presidential and congressional elections, Washington will have less than two months to find a solution to the so-called fiscal cliff - the $600 billion in tax increases and budget cuts that could fuel a fresh recession.
Treasury officials, briefing reporters on debt sale plans, said it was urgent that Congress act to increase the nation's borrowing authority. Read full story here: News New Mexico