Monday, May 31, 2010

Today Is Primary Election Day 2010; Voters Decide Fates As State Waits; Our Live Coverage Starts At 6:30 p.m. On 89.1 FM & Web

For a change, the state's political eyes are all focused on the south on a primary election day. The question at hand: Can Susana Martinez, a Hispanic Republican woman with a decidedly middle-class background, make history by capturing her party's nomination and then steer that party on a course to broaden its appeal and capture the New Mexican governorship?

We should have an answer to the first part of that query no later than 10 p.m. We'll be broadcasting the outcome live to you on KANW 89.1 FM as well as streamed live from the station's web site. We begin at 6:3o. CLICK HERE for the live coverage.

"Republican Hispanic woman." It sure sounds like an oxymoron. This is a Republican Party composed primarily of well-off and elderly Anglos. We were stunned to learn recently that over 80 percent of the R's in Bernalillo County are over the age of 55.

As for their recent win-loss record, it's something similar to the UNM Lobos 1 and 11
football record this past season. Republican land commissioner Pat Lyons is the only prominent statewide R, with all other key offices held by the Dems.

If ever there was a party in need of a new image and new personalities, this is it. And with pre-election polls heavily favoring Martinez, 50, over Alpha Anglo male Allen Weh, New Mexico's R's seem to agree.
If Martinez does don the crown this evening, she will embark on a steep learning curve. The three term Dona Ana County DA has never battled on the statewide and national stage. But she may have something extra going for her in this unusual election year--so many voters burn for change that they may set the bar lower for the newcomer. They want a debate as this state faces unprecedented challenges.

A summer honeymoon for the plucky DA would be just what the political doctor ordered, but there's still trouble to reckon with in her own backyard. Martinez waged a bruising negative TV campaign with Allen Weh. That, says pollster Brian Sanderoff, could slow down the DA when she heads out of the starting gate for the main event.

"(The negative ads) play both ways. All of a sudden they are slamming each other. That's going to affect the favorability of both of them"

Here's the AP wrap on today's statewide ballot action.


You know the old line, "what if they gave a party and no one came?" Well, that's precisely the situation facing the state GOP tonight as they gather at ABQ's Marriott Pyramid hotel. It seems only one of the five GOP Guv candidates will be there--Pete Domenici Jr.

Is this a sign of a party fractured from a primary fight that turned bitter in the closing days? Perhaps it is when it comes to Allen Weh's candidacy. He feels betrayed by GOP chairman Harvey Yates who criticized Weh's major attack ad against Martinez and demanded that Weh pull it down. Weh will be at his own campaign headquarters tonight.

By the way, we've obtained the behind-the-scenes back and forth memos between the Yates and Weh camps over that advertising blow-up in which Yates accused former chairman Weh of "dishonesty." You can read them here.

And the Huffington Post came with a late blast over the weekend of Weh, owner of a charter aviation company, over the key issue of illegal immigration. The money lines:

On any given day, CSI Aviation has six planes in the air transporting illegal immigrants for ICE as well as for the Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System (JPATS) operated by the U.S. Marshall's Service. It also arranges deportation flights around the world, mostly to Central America. The federal government's contracts with CSI Aviation have helped make its owner a wealthy man.

Doug Turner and Janice Arnold-Jones will also be holed up at their headquarters' to watch the returns with supporters.

As for Martinez, the expected nominee is going to be in Las Cruces this evening, at the Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces, choosing to fire up her home county supporters rather than travel to the state's media center in ABQ.

It should work out as all the ABQ TV stations will do remotes from the hotel. She could also get good El Paso TV by staying in Cruces. Besides, tonight's TV coverage will be cursory. There won't be a lot of media opportunities outside of the victory or concession speech.

Some might say that Martinez is also being kept out of the ABQ media spotlight to manage risk.
Her handlers tried to keep her away from the press when Sarah Palin endorsed her in ABQ. A faux pax on her part tonight could mar the opening days of her candidacy. A mistake in far away Las Cruces would receive much less of the spotlight than here where the lights burn much brighter.

But the main reason Susana will shun the metro is her fall strategy--bolster turnout in the south and rural areas where conservatives dominate. That's similar to what President Bush did, in 2004, when he carried the state over John Kerry.

Don't worry about Diane Denish getting her share of exposure tonight. Her team will ensure the Light Guv takes to the podium or gives interviews timed for the critical 10 p.m. news celebrating her nomination as the 2010 Democratic gubernatorial standard-bearer.

The Dems will be gathered at ABQ's downtown Doubletree Hotel.

We're on the beat
Join us tonight for all the results on KANW 89.1 FM beginning at 6:30 p.m. This is our 22nd year on the public radio station and we're looking forward to a fun night. We'll have early results from key precincts and lots of analysis and interviews. You can listen to the live broadcast here.

Joining us this year are ABQ GOP state Rep. Larry Larranaga and former GOP state Rep. Greg Payne. Ex-NM Dem Party chairman John Wertheim will join with fellow Dem Lenton Malry. Our other election veterans include Republican Bruce Donisthorpe and Steve Cabiedes who will help coordinate the returns.

The early and absentee vote from Bernalillo County should come in shortly after the polls close at 7 which should give us major clues on the course the evening will take.

Public radio coverage of Primary 2010 is made possible this year by ABQ Economic Development, The Garrity Group, Serrano and Sons, Constructors, Cordova Public Relations and PNM.


How come ABQ Mayor RJ Berry can balance his city's budget without resorting to a tax increase while in Rio Rancho Mayor Tom Swisstack, city manager James Jimenez and the city council have already resorted to a quarter cent hike in the gross receipts tax? Berry and the ABQ council opted for pay cuts that amounted to 1.5 percent across the board and unpaid holidays for the budget year that starts July 1. In Rio Rancho, they are cutting salaries by one per cent and also adopting some unpaid holidays, but still taxes are going up.

The Rio Rancho tax hike will bring in $700,000 next fiscal year. The city also raised traffic fines and is going to install the controversial red-light cameras to raise another half-million a year.

Jimenez said tough times call for tough decisions. But these seem to be decisions that pass the buck to the taxpayer and spare the government class. Rio Rancho's gross receipts tax will now approach 7.5% on January 1st. That is a tax that hits the lowest paid the most and is also not good for business development.

Maybe ABQ will need a tax increase as this recession rolls on, but before it goes there the mayor and council are first looking to trim the scope of government to fit a new era. Rio Rancho might want to pay attention.


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Aston Martin V12 Vantage 2011

Last year Aston Martin V12 Vantage has been released, but was banned for sale in the United States. Aston follow the American concept of time be respected. Retrieve bodyshell your most compact, honkin 'machines. This is called the musclecar. Of course, the interpretation of the theme musclecar Aston somewhat more polite, sophisticated and aristocratic than, say, a '70 Chevy Chevelle SS454.

Initially created for the entire world, the front end of a very solid car with the engine that there is no room for the structures necessary to meet U.S. crash regulations. In a barrier impact speed is needed, note the doll's chest deceleration rate limits.

The engineers had to think hard to meet customer needs. Analysis and computer models show a location where some additional aluminum longitudinal member can be installed to change the path and soften the burden of slowing. It tested well, and this car is the result. Extra weight is not significant. And the performance, handling and styling mods are not affected by the accident.

The V12 engine is a 5.9-liter, 510 horsepower kick, enough to zero time-to-60mph is claimed at 4.1 seconds. M / T has not tested for zero-to-60 on our paradigm. Transmission is rear-mounted six-speed manual, although an optional full AMT and automatically appear in other Astons. The Vantage V12 keep things relatively simple: none of the adaptive dampers from DBS, there is no choice of transmission, not a lot of menu-driven.

Spesification 2010 Acura RDX 2WD

Unsaddled by Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, the front-drive RDX is more fuel efficient, faster, and less expensive. It's not decontented, mind you: Standard goodies new for 2010 include a rearview camera, electronic compass, auto-headlights, ambient footwell lighting, USB-connectivity, and Bluetooth with audio capabilities.

RDX was no slouch even with the added drivetrain mass, likened it to the Evo of crossovers when we said goodbye. Acura's SH-AWD is impressive; through planetary gearsets and electromagnetic clutch packs, it's capable of overdriving the outside rear wheel to create yaw, which reduces understeer. The downside is the roughly 200 pounds it adds to the curb weight. Without it, the RDX's fuel economy rises 2 mpg, up to 19/24 mpg city/highway. It's livelier on its MacPherson front and multilink rear suspension too.

  • Turbo compressor
  • 2,300 cc 2.3 liters in-line 4 front engine with 86.0 mm bore, 99.0 mm stroke, 8.8 compression ratio, double overhead cam, variable valve timing/camshaft and four valves per cylinder
  • Premium unleaded fuel 91 and petrol
  • Multi-point injection fuel system
  • 18.0 gallon main premium unleaded fuel tank 15.0
  • Power: 179 kW , 240 HP SAE @ 6,000 rpm; 260 ft lb , 353 Nm @ 4,500 rpm
Handling, Ride & Braking
  • ABS
  • 4.533:1 axle ratio
  • Brake assist system
  • Four disc brakes including two ventilated discs
  • Electronic brake distribution
  • Electronic traction control via ABS & engine management
  • Immobilizer
  • Spacesaver steel rim spare wheel
  • Stability control
  • Strut front suspension independent with stabilizer bar and coil springs, multi-link rear suspension independent with stabilizer bar and coil springs
Exterior & Aerodynamics
  • Driver and passenger 3rd row windows
  • Painted front and rear bumpers
  • Day time running lights
  • Driver power heated painted door mirrors indicator lights, passenger power heated painted door mirrors with automatic indicator lights
  • External dimensions: overall length (inches): 182.5, overall width (inches): 73.6, overall height (inches): 65.2, ground clearance (inches): 6.3, wheelbase (inches): 104.3, front track (inches): 61.9, rear track (inches): 62.6 and curb to curb turning circle (feet): 39.2
  • Front fog lights
  • Projector beam lens Xenon bulb headlights
  • Luxury trim leather on gearknob, leather on doors and alloy look on dashboard
  • Pearl paint
  • Driver side and passenger side rear side windows
  • Fixed rear window with defogger and intermittent
  • Roof spoiler
  • Glass electric front sunroof
  • Underbody protection for fuel tank
  • Weights: gross vehicle weight rating (lbs) 4,894, curb weight (lbs) 3,752, gross trailer weight braked (lbs) 1,500 and max payload (lbs) 1,142
  • Windshield wipers with automatic intermittent wipe
  • 12v power outlet: front
  • Air conditioning with fully automated climate control 2 and auto
  • Anti-theft protection
  • Manufacturer's own RDS audio system with satellite, Disc Autochanger and six-disc remote changer CD player reads MP3
  • Cargo area cover/rear parcel shelf
  • Cargo capacity: rear seat down (cu ft): 60.6 and all seats in place (cu ft): 27.8
  • Cellular phone
  • Clock
  • Coming home device
  • Compass
  • Computer with average speed, average fuel consumption, instantaneous fuel consumption and range for remaining fuel
  • Delayed/fade courtesy lights
  • Cruise control
  • Front seats and rear seats cup holders
  • External temperature
  • Floor covering: carpet in passenger compartment and carpet in load area
  • Floor mats
  • Driver front airbag with multi-stage deployment, passenger front airbag with occupant sensors and multi-stage deployment
  • Bucket heated electrically adjustable driver seat with height adjustment, lumbar adjustment, five adjustments and tilt adjustment memory, electric and memory, bucket heated electrically adjustable passenger seat with two adjustments
  • Height adjustable 3-point reel front seat belts on driver seat and passenger seat with pre-tensioners
  • Front seat center armrest
  • Garage door opener
  • Two height adjustable active head restraints on front seats, three height adjustable head restraints on rear seats
  • Headlight control with dusk sensor
  • Internal dimensions: front headroom (inches): 38.7, rear headroom (inches): 38.3, front hip room (inches): 54.4, rear hip room (inches): 53.0, front leg room (inches): 41.8, rear leg room (inches): 37.7, front shoulder room (inches): 58.2 and rear shoulder room (inches): 56.3
  • Low tire pressure indicator
  • Memorized adjustment with two settings on door mirror position with four driver's seat positions
  • Navigational systems : information type: 3D and voice DVD and color
  • Parking distance sensors rear and camera
  • Remote power locks includes trunk/hatch
  • Power steering
  • Front power windows with two one-touch, rear power windows
  • Front reading lights
  • 3-point reel rear seat belts on driver side, passenger side and center side
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Three asymmetrical split bench front facing rear seats with zero adjustments fold flat to floor
  • Automatic operation rear view mirror
  • Steering wheel mounted remote audio controls
  • Front and rear side curtain airbag
  • Leather seat upholstery with additional leather
  • Seating: five seats
  • Service interval indicator
  • Front side airbag
  • Smart card / smart key manual, includes central locking and includes memory seat adjustments
  • Ten speaker(s) manufacturer's own
  • Leather covered steering wheel with tilt adjustment and telescopic adjustment
  • Tachomete
  • Telematics
  • Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirror
  • Ventilation system with micro filter
  • Voice activating system includes radio settings, includes phone, includes navigation system and includes air conditioning

Global Positioning System (GPS)

The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a space-based global satellite navigation system that provides reliable location and time information in all weather and at any time and anywhere on or near the earth where there is unobstructed line of sight to four or more GPS satellites. It is maintained by the United States government and freely accessible by anyone with a GPS receiver. The system was created and realized by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD).

The GPS consists of three parts: the space segment, the control segment, and the user segment. The U.S. Air Force develops, maintains, and operates the space and control segments. GPS satellites broadcast signals from space, which each GPS receiver uses to calculate its three-dimensional location (latitude, longitude, and altitude) plus the current time.

GPS has become a widely used aid to navigation worldwide, and a useful tool for map-making, land surveying, commerce, scientific uses, tracking and surveillance, and hobbies such as geocaching and waymarking. The precise time reference provided by GPS is used in many applications including the scientific study of earthquakes and as a time synchronization source for cellular network protocols.

The design of GPS is based partly on similar ground-based radio navigation systems, such as LORAN and the Decca Navigator developed in the early 1940s, and used during World War II. In 1956 Friedwardt Winterberg proposed a test of general relativity using accurate atomic clocks placed in orbit in artificial satellites. To achieve accuracy requirements, GPS uses principles of general relativity to correct the satellites' atomic clocks. Additional inspiration for the GPS came when the Soviet Union launched the first man-made satellite, Sputnik in 1957. A team of U.S. scientists led by Dr. Richard B. Kershner were monitoring Sputnik's radio transmissions. They discovered that, because of the Doppler effect, the frequency of the signal being transmitted by Sputnik was higher as the satellite approached, and lower as it continued away from them. They realized that since they knew their exact location on the globe, they could pinpoint where the satellite was along its orbit by measuring the Doppler distortion.

  • In 1972, the U.S. Air Force Central Inertial Guidance Test Facility (Holloman AFB), conducted developmental flight tests of two prototype GPS receivers over White Sands Missile Range, using ground-based pseudo-satellites.
  • In 1978, the first experimental Block-I GPS satellite was launched.
  • In 1983, after Soviet interceptor aircraft shot down the civilian airliner KAL 007 that strayed into prohibited airspace due to navigational errors, killing all 269 people on board, U.S. President Ronald Reagan announced that the GPS would be made available for civilian uses once it was completed.
  • By 1985, ten more experimental Block-I satellites had been launched to validate the concept.
  • On February 14, 1989, the first modern Block-II satellite was launched.
  • In 1992, the 2nd Space Wing, which originally managed the system, was de-activated and replaced by the 50th Space Wing.
  • By December 1993, the GPS achieved initial operational capability.
  • By January 17, 1994 a complete constellation of 24 satellites was in orbit.
  • Full Operational Capability was declared by NAVSTAR in April 1995.
  • In 1996, recognizing the importance of GPS to civilian users as well as military users, U.S. President Bill Clinton issued a policy directive declaring GPS to be a dual-use system and establishing an Interagency GPS Executive Board to manage it as a national asset.
  • In 1998, U.S. Vice President Al Gore announced plans to upgrade GPS with two new civilian signals for enhanced user accuracy and reliability, particularly with respect to aviation safety and in 2000 the U.S. Congress authorized the effort, referring to it as GPS III.
  • In 1998, GPS technology was inducted into the Space Foundation Space Technology Hall of Fame.
  • On May 2, 2000 "Selective Availability" was discontinued as a result of the 1996 executive order, allowing users to receive a non-degraded signal globally.
  • In 2004, the United States Government signed an agreement with the European Community establishing cooperation related to GPS and Europe's planned Galileo system.
  • In 2004, U.S. President George W. Bush updated the national policy and replaced the executive board with the National Executive Committee for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing.
  • November 2004, QUALCOMM announced successful tests of assisted GPS for mobile phones.
  • In 2005, the first modernized GPS satellite was launched and began transmitting a second civilian signal (L2C) for enhanced user performance.
  • On September 14, 2007, the aging mainframe-based Ground Segment Control System was transitioned to the new Architecture Evolution Plan.
  • The most recent launch was on May 28, 2010.[19] The oldest GPS satellite still in operation was launched on November 26, 1990, and became operational on December 10, 1990.
  • On May 19, 2009, the U. S. Government Accountability Office issued a report warning that some GPS satellites could fail as soon as 2010.
  • On May 21, 2009, the Air Force Space Command allayed fears of GPS failure saying "There's only a small risk we will not continue to exceed our performance standard.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Our Election Pre-Game Show Today at 5 on 89.1 FM, Plus: Steaking Out Allen Weh; Our Restaurant Encounter

Who's up and who's down going into the final hours of Primary 2010? What were the turning points of the campaign? Those are just some of the topics we'll cover for you today on our traditional pre-game show at 5 p.m. on KANW 89.1 FM. You can catch the stream here. My panel of experts this year include ABQ GOP state Rep. Larry Larranaga and former GOP state Rep. Greg Payne. They will be joined by former NM Dem Party chair John Wertheim and ABQ Journal political reporter Sean Olson. We'll also try to get some predictions out of them on the key races. So spend some of your holiday with us and tune in to see who's the bravest.

Then on Tuesday--Election Night--join us again for wall-to-wall coverage of the results beginning at 6:30 on 89.1 FM. Our Election team will be back and at full strength with early numbers from key precincts and the in-depth analysis you have come to expect.

Public radio coverage of Primary 2010 is made possible this year by ABQ Economic Development, The Garrity Group, Serrano and Sons, Constructors and Cordova Public Relations.

Thanks to them and to you for your continued interest and support.

Martinez & Weh
Out on the town Saturday night, we ran into Allen Weh and his wife Becky at a steakhouse sharing laughs with their family and seemingly unperturbed about the trend of this election which shows Susana Martinez securing the GOP nomination Tuesday and Weh finishing second.

Weh told us that Martinez was still going negative over the weekend, saying she has a spot up that quotes NM GOP Chairman Harvey Yates and GOP legislative leader Keith Gardner as critical of Weh's ad attacks on Martinez. Weh told me that is not going to help unify the party after Tuesday. He said of the latest hit: "They do so at their own peril."

If the polls are right and Weh loses this race after spending $1.6 million of his personal fortune, he is not going to be a happy camper. But he has perspective that comes with 67 years.

Weh is a retired Marine Reserve Colonel who saw combat in Vietnam. This campaign is tough stuff, but it's not life and death. In addition, he's a cancer survivor. His term as party chairman was divisive and ended with major GOP losses across the board. He is well aware that the battlefields of La Politica produce few long-term winners. Weh also has the luxury of having built a successful business that will see him through his later years and a supportive family to enjoy it with.

Back on the campaign trail, the defense of Martinez by Chairman Yates has not settled well with some of the other GOP candidates and has re-opened wounds that have been festering in the state's minority party for years. They began around the time we started this blog, in 2003, when state Senator Ramsay Gorham was ousted as party chair by a faction that included state Senator Rod Adair and lawyer/lobbyist Mickey Barnett. Weh was selected to replace Gorham, but now the faction that gave him their blessing has made their home with Susana.

This lengthy memo posted here from an unidentified but obviously insider Republican reviews the history of the party over the last seven years, asserting it has been controlled by a"group" that used it for its own financial gain with little concern about winning. Much of this we covered back in the day. That it resurfaces now shows that this hard-hitting GOP primary has taken its toll.

The current leadership of the party has barely used a fig leaf to cover its favoritism toward Martinez. That Chairman Yates and his executive director Ryan Cangliosi need to extend olive branches in many directions following Tuesday's results is a given.


In our brief chat with Weh, who we often tangled with when he was chairman of the party, he commented that our coverage of the primary has been "very fair." He also said we would make a good stand-up comedian. And that was before we joked with Weh that he needn't worry about his dinner check--that we just spotted Bob Perry of Texas in the bar and he was picking it up.

Of course, New Mexico politics supplies enough humor to keep an entire comedy club profitable.

Our coverage this primary covered most of the angles, but we and other observers we sometimes quoted were a bit late spotting the turn toward Martinez. Weh was spending so much money and clinging to that early lead for so long, the mind-set was that he was going to take the prize. But our political antenna was not completely insensitive. We did sense that something big was happening and commissioned a scientific poll to confirm our suspicion. That survey, released last Wednesday, showed Martinez 11 points ahead and broke the race open for the New Mexico public.


Here's a good Election Day deal from one of our sponsors. Amici restaurant at 4243 Montgomery NE is offering a 20 percent discount on their menu selections all day Tuesday, June 1--Primary Day. Just mention that you heard about the discount on this blog or drop the name of Dan Silva, the former state representative who co-owns the popular Italian eatery. Dan adds that in addition to the discount, Amici will also provide free delivery on June 1 to candidates' campaign headquarters or your own Election Night party. So make your plans today (884-9900).

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Martinez Gets $450,000 in Cash From Texas Developer & Wife; Largest Donation In State History; Too Much?

Developer Robert Perry
In a gubernatorial campaign in which Susana Martinez says she holds the ethical high ground, she has opened the door to a debate over how much is too much when it comes to campaign contributions. In her latest finance report filed with the Secretary of State late Friday, the Dona Ana County district attorney reports that Texas home builder Robert Perry donated an astonishing $350,000 in the month of May to Martinez and Perry's wife came with another $100,000. That's $450,000, a sum that will raise questions about out-of-state influence on the state's gubernatorial campaign.

Martinez reported raising $711,000 since early May. The Perry largess represents 63% of all her donations during that time.

The full Martinez finance report is here (If SOS site is functioning.)

The $350,000 contribution has to be by far the largest ever in state history. Earlier this year Martinez raised eyebrows when she accepted $117,000 from Mack Energy in Artesia.

Research shows that that none other than Perry gave $250,000 to unsuccessful NM GOP Governor candidate John Sanchez in 2002 and $125,000 to Vickie Perea's GOP secretary of state bid in 2006, setting the then apparent all-time records for a single campaign donor.

Those previous Perry donations raised some fuss, but were not as sensitive as they are today because they did not come in a climate filled with news of corruption and alleged corruption--mostly all stemming from campaign contributions.

A Martinez operative points out that Perry does not currently do business in the state. But with the size of this donation, if he did choose to do business here would it buy him access? Or what about his associates who might want to set up shop in New Mexico?

We went through this with the Richardson presidential and governor fund-raising. Out-of-state financiers giving big money to Big Bill, followed by contracts for these donors and then the numerous pay-to-play scandals.

The Democratic Party was only too glad to use this opportunity to shine the light on Martinez after their own Governor's troubled history. They came with this:

Martinez talks a big game about ethics, but actions speak louder than words. By taking $450,000, the largest donation in state history from the people responsible for the dirtiest campaign ploy in years, Martinez is announcing that ethics reform will no longer be part of her campaign platform...Susana Martinez’s campaign strategy is simple: first saddle up to powerful oil companies, then to Sarah Palin, and now to the Swift Boaters. Meanwhile, New Mexico families are left completely behind.”

Perry is known for giving big money to Republicans and has a long history of such donations in Texas. Here is the Wikpedia profile of the developer. And there's more on the Perry New Mexico connection here.

Perry helped finance the infamous "Swiftboat" ads against 2004 Dem presidential nominee John Kerry.

Martinez has decried "pay-to-play' in the Richardson administration, but the size of these donations will again raise questions of how much influence the campaign money would have on her if she were elected.

Martinez has established a healthy polling lead and is expected to capture next Tuesday's primary for the GOP Guv nomination.

Certain Dem nominee Diane Denish has also taken some big individual contributions, but nowhere near the level of what Perry has come with.

Because of ethics and corruption issues the 2009 state legislature passed a limit on campaign contributions, but it wont take effect until after this year's election.

When it takes effect individuals could not give more than $2,300 during a primary election cycle and $2,300 during the general election cycle to a non-statewide candidate.

An individual could give $5,000 per primary election and $5,000 per general election to a candidate for statewide office, such as the governor or attorney general.

By taking these huge donations, Martinez may be betting that they will not become a dominant issue because of the millions that Denish will raise to finance her effort. But because Martinez is running as the outsider--the fresh face to clean up Santa Fe--that may or may not be the case.

The finance reports show Allen Weh loaned himself another $600,000 to finance the last few weeks of the campaign, bringing his personal loan total to a hefty $1.6 million.

No question that Martinez felt pressured to step up to the money plate to keep pace with Weh, but the incongruity of the donations with her anti-pay-to-play message shows how much she wants to win. Voters will get a chance to decide whether it's too much.

Here's the AP wrap on the Guv candidates latest finance reports.


More late money news for the final weekend that will get them chattering. The Republicans are trying to elect certain Democrats in contested legislative primaries this Tuesday and they are putting up big money to do it:

A conservative political action committee founded and run by state Republican Party leaders has given big donations to three Democratic candidates who are challenging incumbent state Representatives Eleanor Chavez, D-Albuquerque, Miguel Garcia, D-Albuquerque, and Richard Vigil, D-Ribera.

The New Mexico Turn Around political committee gave $4,000 to Chavez’ challenger, Matthew Archuleta, representing nearly half of the $9,083 he raised last reporting period.

Archuleta is now saying he will return the donation.

And so it goes in these final hours of the final weekend of Primary 2010.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Final Days: Primary 2010 Heads To the History Books As Voters Head To the Lake; Latest Line On Key Races, Plus: Our Take On GOP Guv TV Debate

As Primary 2010 enters the final stretch and heads to the history books, Mr. and Mrs. New Mexico are headed to the lake. This campaign essentially ended Thursday with access to the news cycle blocked by the long Memorial Day weekend. We can't recall when Election Eve fell on a holiday, but that's the case this year. It means the last minute mail, robo-calls and perhaps dirty tricks aren't going to have much of an audience as voters switch off the politics and fire up the barbecues.

So where do things stand just days away from June 1, Election Day? Well, by then as much as half the vote will have been cast at early voting locations or by absentee ballot. If your candidate did lousy with those voters, he or she will have to have out sized performance among those who vote Tuesday. Not likely.

Nothing much is going to rock Susana Martinez's boat. Her double digit lead in the polls could shrink, depending on the composition of the electorate, but with her currently holding a lead in just about all demographic groups, her nomination as the 2010 GOP Guv nomination is now being treated as a foregone conclusion.

For the GOP nod for lieutenant governor, it still appears to be John Sanchez's to lose. Clayton's Brian Moore has come with some solid TV in the closing days, but he seems to have come too late. Kent Cravens, another quality candidate the R's have for this post, will do very well in ABQ. But Sanchez wrote the personal check for this one, and unlike GOP Guv hopeful Allen Weh who also came with large personal cash, his investment appears set to pay off.

On the Democratic side, the politicos will be watching the five way race for lieutenant governor which still seems to be tilting Brian Colon's way. The only scientific public poll in the race was one commissioned by this blog in mid-May and that showed the former Dem Party chairman with the lead. He still appears to have the pole position, but the rumor mill is busy with reports of polling that claim the race is still open. We'll see when we broadcast the results on KANW 89.1 FM starting at 6:30 Tuesday.

Here's the AP wrap on the latest finance reports on the Dem Light Guv race filed late Friday. Colon continues to outspend his foes by a wide margin.

In that hot and heavy race for the Court of Appeals between appointed Judge Linda Vanzi and challenger Dennis Montoya of Rio Rancho, our poll gave Vanzi the lead in mid-May. She will probably keep it on Election Night with a strong showing in ABQ. But veteran observers caution they will not call this race until the see actual returns. A lone Anglo versus a lone Hispanic in a Dem primary is usually a recipe for Hispanic success, even sometimes with badly damaged candidates like Montoya.

In the Dem race for land commissioner, there's been some final week noise, but former commissioner Ray Powell won the pre-primary convention big and came in first in our poll. A win by Sandy Jones or Harry Montoya would be an upset.


Turners watch son
In the one and only televised broadcast debate between the Guv hopefuls, it was a case of the last coming in first. Janice Arnold-Jones and Doug Turner, both trailing badly in the polls, didn't let that stop them from turning in polished and complete performances Thursday night on KOB-TV. Front runner Susana Martinez did herself no harm, but the night did not belong to her or Allen Weh.

Complete debate video here.

Because of a lack of money, Arnold-Jones has been largely invisible. But on this night she was focused, cogent, persuasive and likable. And she looked the part, too. This was a classy performance that came way too late in the game, but if the Republicans take the Guv's chair you have to think Arnold-Jones, an outgoing ABQ state representative, would be high on the list for a cabinet position.

Turner also acquitted himself nicely with a command of the facts, confidence, and ease at the podium that you would expect from the owner of a public relations firm. His brand of politics is out there, but appeals more to independents than the current population of R's.

Martinez has work to do. She has mental agility, but one critic called her TV appearance somewhat "morose." The likability factor is important. Thursday night Martinez was understandably determined to cling to her ample lead, not wanting to make a major mistake. But if she is the nominee, she will have to stop clinging to the debate podium and show more of her human and hopeful side.

The pic posted with this story is of Bill and Regina Turner, parents of Doug Turner, as they watched their son make his case on statewide TV. That's politics at its most personal and heartfelt.

As for Turner's parties, it's true that they are populated by some of ABQ's most beautiful women. As a dutiful reporter, we note that this has not changed.


The latest poll pitting Martinez against Denish in a general election match-up is not as dire for Di as the SurveyUSA poll that had her trailing the Dona Ana DA by six. Rasmussen has Denish up one over Martinez--43% to 42%. From the survey:

The Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in New Mexico shows Denish picking up 43% support while Martinez earns 42%. Only three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, and 12% are undecided. In late March, Denish led Martinez by 19 points, 51% to 32%. In that survey, Denish led her five potential Republican opponents by anywhere from 10 to 22 points and crossed the critical 50% mark in three of the match-ups. Now her support falls short of 50% in every instance.

The survey was conducted Tuesday. An interesting tidbit from the poll:

Fifty-five percent (55%) of New Mexico voters favor the passage of an immigration law similar to the one recently passed in Arizona in their state. Thirty-five percent (35%) are opposed to such a law in their state. Those numbers are almost identical to results found on the national level.

But then there's this:

When asked specifically about the chief provision of the Arizona immigration law, support in New Mexico is lower than national results. Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters in the state believe a police officer should be required to check the immigration status of anyone stopped for a traffic violation or violation of some other law if he suspects the person might be an illegal immigrant.

Martinez has been careful to shy away from giving the Arizona law her support wile Denish has been in the fore in condemning it.


Big Bill is still beleaguered when it comes to his approval rating. Only 39% of the voters surveyed by Rasmussen approve of the Guv. That number is identical to the March survey. The reasons are obvious--the lousy economy, high unemployment, the state budget crisis and the previous round of corruption headlines that hobbled the chief executive.

Richardson is putting out more stuff now about what he has done and is going to do to resolve the budget problems, but he was late to the party, resisting significant cost-cutting measures until there was no other option


Join me Monday, May 31 at 5 p.m. on KANW 89.1 FM for our traditional pre-game show with my panel of experts as we kick around the big ball known as Primary 2010. Republicans Larry Larranaga and Greg Payne will be with us along with former NM Dem Party chair John Wertheim and ABQ Journal political reporter Sean Olson.

Then on Tuesday, June 1--Election Night--join us again for wall-to-wall coverage of the results beginning at 6:30. Our Election team will be back and at full strength.

Public radio coverage of Primary 2010 is made possible this year by ABQ Economic Development, The Garrity Group, Serrano and Sons, Constructors and Cordova Public Relations.

Thanks to them and to you for your continued interest and support.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Sizzlin' Susana: She Trumps Di 49 to 43 In Head-To-Head Match-Up, Plus: Reaction To Polls Showing Weh Fading To Black

With two independent polls--including ours--now showing that Susana Martinez is threatening to rout Allen Weh in next Tuesday's GOP Guv primary, attention is turning fast to the main event--the face-off between Dem Diane Denish and probable nominee Martinez. And thanks to SurveyUSA we're already being titillated. A hypothetical match-up between the two women has Susana trumping Di 49% to 43%. (Complete poll with cross tabs here.)

Say what? Susana trumps Di? Somebody tell the crowd to get back in the stadium. We've got some entertainment for them.

Well, Republican pulses can slow a bit. Susana is going to enter the fall fracas a decided underdog because of Di's overwhelming name ID and nearly $3 million cash in the bank. And there's no question that the Denish operatives have it right that this may very well be a temporary bump for Martinez based on her month long big TV buy and her constant presence in the free media. But did they have to be so darn sore about it? The official Di spin:

Susana Martinez has been airing TV ads for weeks, so we take this with a grain of salt. When New Mexicans hear from both candidates, the choice will be clear. Diane Denish will be a different kind of Governor -- someone who stands up for regular families, while Susana Martinez is a failed prosecutor best-known for plea-bargaining drunk drivers and cutting deals with violent felons.

What? No warm welcome to the political big time for Susana from Di? Not even an insincere (if premature) offer to run a "clean" campaign?

Well, Susana may have brought it on herself. Recently she dashed off a news release dissing Di's latest TV spot in which she claims the mantle of corruption fighter. Says Susana:

Denish believes voters will ignore the fact that she failed to lead on the issue of corruption. As governor, I will put a stop to the nonsense and identify the corruption, remove it and...hold to account those who have broken the law. Denish can claim anything she wants, but...voters understand that I am the candidate who will deliver bold change and get our state back on track.

Hey, they didn't even shake hands before they came out of their respective corners. But with the state in a state of disarray, angry and anxious voters may be ready for a cage fight with no rules. When it's over, it means the winner will be as hardened as a cowboy's saddle and ready to ride into Santa Fe and restore some order to that rodeo.

Bob Clark
By now you know the polling in the GOP Guv contest. Our scientific survey of GOP voters released early Wednesday broke the news to the state that Martinez was pummelling chief rival Allen Weh 41 to 30, with the other three challengers way back. Late Wednesday, KOB-TV came with a SurveyUSA poll conducted Sunday thru Tuesday and that confirmed our findings. They had it 43 to 33 for Martinez.

Among the political pros reacting was ABQ Journal pollster Brian Sanderoff whose own poll was released May 16 and showed a one point race, with Weh leading Martinez 31 to 30. Sanderoff told KOAT-TV he was not surprised our poll showed the Dona Ana County DA closing this deal:

"I think Susana Martinez has been on a roll, lots of good things have happened for her," said Sanderoff.

And the list of those things are right below in our Tuesday write-up.

KKOB-AM radio morning show host Bob Clark, who provides air cover for R's in need, confessed to being surprised by the big Martinez lead:

I'm not surprised Martinez has the momentum and has an apparent lead...But I was very surprised to see your poll with her having an 11 point lead. That would be a shocker if Susana Martinez were to pull away and win by a comfortable margin on June 1st. If she does, that is quite a statement from Republican voters and I would assume Diane Denish would get very nervous, very fast.

Well, Bob, the shock has worn off--except at Allen Weh headquarters where they've rolled out a new campaign song for the final week--Fade to Black.

(Allen gets one last chance to stop the Susana express when KOB-TV hosts a debate between the five contenders at 7 p.m.)

Another veteran radio talker, Mike Santullo, says a Martinez nomination is Di's "worst nightmare" and advises the Light Guv to "get some clothes with deeper pockets"--to store the extra cash she's now going to need to do this deal.


It's late, but Dem Light Guv candidate state Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino has come with a simple TV pitch and a light buy for the final days, making him the fourth of the five contenders to air spots. Only Linda Lopez stayed dark.

Liberal Jerry tries to fire them up. The money line: Our political leaders are asleep at the wheel while the enemies of democracy--the superrich--steal our inheritance."


We're going to run this again because in our first draft we had the wrong ABQ Metro Court vacancy that is being filled.

One of the Legal Beagles checks in with the list of attorneys sent to Governor Richardson to fill the vacancy of ABQ Metro Court Judge Anna Martinez. They are:

Christina P. Argyres, Robert J. Baca, M. Martha Chicoski, Yvette K. Gonzales, & Gina R. Manfredi


Join me Monday, May 31 at 5 p.m. on KANW 89.1 FM for our traditional pre-game show with my panel of experts as we kick around the big ball known as Primary 2010. Then on Tuesday, June 1--Election Night--join us again for wall-to-wall coverage of the results.

Public radio coverage is made possible this year by ABQ Economic Development, The Garrity Group, Serrano and Sons, Constructors and Cordova Public Relations.

Thanks to them and to you for your continued interest and support.

This is the home of New Mexico politics. Email your news and comments, anonymously if you wish.

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Another 5 years? Sure!

It's that time of year, when I realize that another year of blogging has passed. This time it's a surprising 5 years. Imagine that. I guess I should reflect on it, huh?

But I'll do that another day. In the mean time I thought it might be nice to reflect on some books which have been very influential to me in various ways. Before I mention them, I should offer the following caveats: I know that none of them are perfect. I can certainly criticize various things in just about all of these books, but the truth is the fact that authors generally don't write perfect books is a good thing. It stimulates thought and leaves room for additional discoveries. It's also a good thing that things don't have to be perfect to be influential. The other caveat is that I am only listing things which I own or read years ago, and nothing that the digital revolution laid out before me. I can't compare access to dozens and hundreds of important works that are easily available now, to a book or an article that I devoured, scrutinized and contemplated when coming across such a thing was often a case of luck or a long search. Without further ado:

1) Ashkenazim and Sephardim: Their Relations, Differences and Problems as Reflected in the Rabbinical Responsa by Hirsch Jacob Zimmels. In this excellent book published in 1958, Zimmels drew broad pictures of Ashkenazim and Sephardim as promised in the book's title. The footnotes are a cryptic mess, the conclusions are far too broad, and Zimmels did not pioneer this genre of historical research, but this book was nothing less than a lamp in the dark for me. I simply had not grasped that so much interesting information was contained in the rabbinic sources which he mined, in some cases I had even seen these sources already. But by training one tended not to pay much attention to such information, not a little bit because the necessary information to put things into a context was lacking. It didn't hurt that topics which I thirsted for information about, such as various pronunciations of Hebrew, alphabets and the like were treated beautifully in this book.

2) The short essay by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, Treasures, originally published in the Jewish Observer May 1976, but I read it in The Aryeh Kaplan Reader. This article discusses book collecting, and describes the joys and unexpected pleasures of poking around in old seforim stores, genizas and the like. His description of finding a few sheets of an incunabulum made my imagination run wild. Before I read it (as a teenager) I hadn't even realized that this was a thing that was up my alley. I don't think I even fully understood the article, not having knowledge of the necessary context, but I enjoyed his description of his hunt for bibliographical info about books he'd found. Who knew what "Ben Yaakov's Otzar Haseforim, a remarkable book listing each edition of every sefer printed until 1863" was? Under the influence of this article I began to examine my grandfather's oldest looking books, and to my surprise, many of the books with the tattered covers were treasures, among them a Slavita Zohar printed on blue cotton rag paper. Kaplan's article reminded me of an enjoyable passage in the autobiogaphy of Shadal, where he discusses his own love of books at an early age. While only 13 he enjoyed snooping through the dust and mess of the geniza of the Trieste Talmud Torah (where he was a student). There he found a manuscript copy of the Aruch, which he eventually bought from the widow of the principal decades later. In addition, it was in this place where he discovered a manuscript of an unknown commentary on Targum Onkelos written in the year [5]211/ 1451 and which he was to nickname ספר יאר, after the date (יאר being 211). This manuscript, now known as the פתשגן, was to play an invaluable role in אוהב גר, his own pathbreaking commentary on the Targum published in 1830, and Rabbi Nathan Marcus Adler's נתינה לגר. (Vilna 1886). Gone, I suppose, are the days when 13 years-olds can chance upon discarded 350-year old vellum manuscripts of considerable importance.

3) The שם הגדולים by the Chida, Rabbi Chaim Yosef David Azulai. Then as now the entries with names and dates didn't do that much for me, but the longer entries which included interesting information? Priceless. It was in the Scem aghedolim, "Azulai's dictionary of Jewish learned men and their writings," that I learned that some called Rashi "Yarchi." Much to my surprise I later learned that until the mid-19th century this was the typical way in which Rashi was referred in non-Jewish (and even Jewish vernacular) literature, and also that there is a veritable literature on this mistaken appellation.

4) About ten years ago I chanced upon a newly published book, David Ruderman's Jewish enlightenment in an English key, and thus was born my discovery of my interest in Anglo-Judaica, and Christian Hebraism. This book contained mounds of information about things I did not know I was interested in, and succeeded in whetting my appetite.

5) I was fortunate to find a cheap copy of the The Canon and Masorah of the Hebrew Bible: an introductory reader edited by Dr. Shnayer Leiman. Although I had already seen some of the articles in this book (one in particular stands out) it too served as a lamp in a way, allowing me to be aware of things I was interested in but hadn't even known it. It seems fitting here to mention the article which stands out. I refer to the late Dr. Moshe Greenberg's "The Stabilization of the Text of the Hebrew Bible, Reviewed in the Light of the Biblical Materials from the Judean Desert," a 1956 article which I had already read. It contained the following gem, which I'll always remember: "There is no standard text at Qumran. While this at first may seem strange it is not really so. Piety is not always accompanied by a critical sense." Incidentally, Dr. Leiman just added a tribute to Dr. Greenberg on his web site (link). It's worth reading this moving tribute to a great scholar, about whom he had elsewhere written had written "if I had to periodize my own intellectual development, the only natural division would be "before" and "after" I first met Professor Moshe Greenberg."

6) The 1996 Orthodox Forum book edited by Prof. Shalom Carmy ,Modern Scholarship in the Study of Torah: Contributions and Limitations was similarly eye-opening. It's probably unnecessary to elaborate on why and how. The word "contributions" in the title was sufficiently revelatory and even provocative.

7) The English translation of Israel Zinberg's די געשיכטע פון ליטעראטור ביי יידן and Mayer Waxman's History of Jewish Literature. Who know there was a history of Jewish literature? Or even that there was Jewish literature? These books - it turned out a musty copy of Waxman's was somehow already in my parent's home on a neglected book shelf - made me aware of the what kinds of things Jewish writers over the centuries had written about. I could have done, then as now, without some of the simplistic judgments and interpretations but of course these are monumental works, each in its own way.

8) The Schlesinger edition of Shadal's commentary on the Torah. I don't remember exactly how it was that I became aware of Shadal to the extent that I was interested in seeking this out - for I did seek it - but everything about the commentary, from the Hebrew translation of his fascinating introduction to the Torah, the Introduzione Critica ed Ermeneutica written in 1829 for his students, to the opening words of his commentary יבינו המשכילים כי המכוון בתורה אינו הודעת החכמות הטבעיות, ולא ניתנו התורה אלא להיישיר בני אדם בדרך צדקה ומשפט וגו excited me. Oh, it turned out later - thanks to my friend Dan Klein for pointing this out in his superb translation of The Book of Genesis: A Commentary by ShaDaL - that the Schlesinger edition is flawed, incomplete and even censored. But the precise, bold, plain, beautiful commentaries in this work lit a fire in me. This in turn led me to want to know more about its author, so I read Rabbi Morris Margolies's book Samuel David Luzzatto: Traditionalist Scholar (based on his PhD dissertation), and this was another example of a fine book which pointed and continues to point me in directions I wish to go.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

OUR EXCLUSIVE POLL: Martinez Opens Up Double-Digit Lead Over Weh; It's 41 to 30, Plus: All Hispanic GOP Ticket? Sanchez Ahead In Lt. Gov Contest

Susana Martinez has opened up a double-digit lead in the hard fought 2010 race for the GOP gubernatorial nomination. That's the big news from a scientific poll commissioned for New Mexico Politics with Joe Monahan and conducted Tuesday night among likely state GOP primary voters.

Martinez out polls Allen Weh 41 percent to 30. Doug Turner places third with 9 followed by Pete Domenici Jr. at 8 percent and Janice Arnold-Jones with 4. Undecided is at 8 percent.

Perhaps the most telling number is Bernalillo County where about a third of the GOP primary vote will be cast. Martinez, the Dona Ana County district attorney, garners 40 percent to Weh's 28. That's nearly identical to the statewide results, showing that Martinez's candidacy has grown from a regional campaign when it started nine months ago to one with statewide appeal that has an excellent chance of prevailing on primary election day June 1.

We surveyed 771 likely primary voters by automatic phone calls with Dialing Services LLC of Roswell, making for a low margin of error of 3.53%. The results were scaled to reflect the demographic and geographic make-up of the state. Republican Bruce Donisthorpe oversaw the survey. Complete crosstabs for the gubernatorial poll are posted here.

In her home county of Dona Ana Martinez runs up the score against Weh 61% to 16. She stops the retired Marine colonel 41 to 29 in Valencia. In Sandoval, she strikes again, scoring 45 to Weh's 31. Weh fights back on the East Side taking the win in Lea County 51 to 29 and also prevails in Curry with a 37 to 30 win. But Little Texas doesn't abandon the prosecutor. She runs the table in Chaves County with 61 percent to Weh's 29. And in Eddy it's Susana again with 28 to Allen's 24. Doug Turner makes a cameo appearance in Eddy, polling at 20 percent.

In the Four Corners where heavy GOP San Juan County is always a battleground for a GOP primary, Martinez takes it 48 to 35. Over to the highly educated precincts of Los Alamos County the dueling duo fight to a tie both scoring 42 percent. Doug Turner again makes an appearance coming with a respectable 17. Pete Domenici, whose retired US Senator father brought billions in federal funding to Los Alamos Labs, does not even show up on Los Alamos radar.


Clearly, this race has broken open since the ABQ Journal poll released May 16 showed Weh leading Martinez 31 to 30. Looking back, the same day that poll so favorable to Martinez was released, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin flew to ABQ to endorse the DA. The next day the Martinez camp came with an ad accusing Weh of being soft on amnesty for illegal immigrants. This was a one-two punch, plus one, that sent the wealthy businessman reeling, and this poll shows he is still staggering around the ring.

Weh came with the centerpiece of his anti-Martinez campaign the day after she unveiled that immigration ad. But the integrity of Weh's ad became the focus when state GOP Chair Harvey Yates condemned it for its "dishonesty." Weh hit back, saying Yates was trying to "anoint" a nominee, but at the same time he has had to do damage control on the illegal immigration issue.

How much damage is the amnesty charge doing to Weh, the 67 year old former state GOP chairman? Plenty. Among voters who cite illegal immigration as their top concern Martinez is crushing him 47 to 28 percent.

The issue ranks third in importance among the GOP voters we surveyed. Corruption ranks first. Martinez beats Weh among those Republicans, but not nearly as much--39 to 37 percent. That's proof positive that the immigration issue is the primary reason this race is breaking her way.

Allen Weh is not unaware of the damage being done. Tuesday he had former top White House Bush advisor Karl Rove do a robo call into the state that declared Weh is as "tough as nails" on illegal immigration and does not favor amnesty.

Martinez, 50, leads Weh in all age groups. Ominously, that includes those voters over 65 where Weh's is thought to have his most solid backing. With those seniors Martinez is winning 42 to 33.

Predictably, among Hispanics Martinez sails past Weh 62 to 20 and she beats him with Anglo voters 40 to 32. Martinez leads among men and Weh has a narrow lead among women.

Weh has provided the lifeblood of his campaign---at least $1 million in personal funds--but despite having the money advantage he appears to have hit the wall at that 30 percent mark.

Weh's latest ad attacks Martinez's record prosecuting DWI cases. For her part, Martinez continues to pound Weh on illegal immigration, but she is starting to mix in a positive close on one of her ads, a sign that she is comfortable with her standing. And in another sign of confidence (overconfidence?), she sent out a news release Tuesday criticizing the record of certain Dem Guv nominee Diane Denish on corruption. Weh also focused on Denish earlier in the campaign when he seemed to hold a healthy lead.


We could be headed for an all Hispanic Republican gubernatorial ticket for the first time in modern history. According to our Tuesday night survey, John Sanchez, an ABQ roofing contractor who was the 2002 GOP Guv nominee, holds a lead over ABQ state Senator Kent Cravens and former Clayton state Rep. Brian Moore. Sanchez polls 33 percent; Cravens 27 and Moore 20 and undecided 21.

Cravens leads Bernalillo County 42 to 34 over Sanchez. But the other big GOP counties, including Chaves, San Juan and Dona Ana are all tilting toward Sanchez. The metro area has the smallest number of undecided of the state's regions. That means Cravens would have to make gains from outside his comfort zone to threaten Sanchez.

Cravens is a popular senator who has relied mainly on radio and mail to get his message out. Sanchez has made a heavy TV buy and Moore has also stepped up his TV advertising in recent days. If Cravens were to come with a more high-profile campaign in the closing days, there could be an upset. For now, this survey says start putting together the Martinez-Sanchez posters.

Our poll was made possible by advertising support of Dan Serrano & Sons Constructors.

More campaign coverage as we meet up on the trail with KOB-TV's Stuart Dyson and talk about all those negative ads.


We also polled the two way GOP race for state land commissioner. Matt Rush of the Portales area appears poised for a victory over Tatum's Bob Cornelius next Tuesday. Rush was supported by 37 percent of those polled, with Cornelius getting 20. Undecided is 43 percent.


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One of the Legal Beagles checks in with the list of attorneys sent to Governor Richardson to fill the vacancy of ABQ Metro Court Judge Anna Martinez. They are:

Christina P. Argyres, Robert J. Baca, M. Martha Chicoski, Yvette K. Gonzales, & Gina R. Manfredi

An earlier version of this story said the vacancy being filled was that of Judge Victoria Grant. Replacement names for that position have not yet been selected.


We're glad to bring you our traditional election coverage for Primary 2010. We'll have our pre-game show Monday, May 31 at 5 p.m. on KANW 89.1 FM where we have called every statewide NM election since 1988.

The pre-game show guests are: Republicans Larry Larranaga and Greg Payne. They'll be joined by former NM Democratic Party Chairman John Wertheim.

That trio will be back with us Election Night beginning at 6:30 p.m for our traditional wall-to-wall coverage featuring early results from key precincts.

So be sure to join us for all the action by either tuning in to KANW or listening to the stream here.

Our election coverage is made possible in part by Serrano and Sons Constructors.

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An account of the adult circumcision of a male convert in New York, 1844. also, an ode to shochetim and kosher meat..

The following appears in an article called Jewish Hygiene in the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, v. xxxi no. 16, Wednsday, November 20, 1844, by William Clay Wallace, a physician known best for his works on the eye, based in New York.

Read the rest of the article; as you can see even from this excerpt, he writes from a very admiring perspective. After discussing some of the laws of kashrut, which he interprets approvingly in a hygienic sense, he gives an anecdote concerning his attempt to buy a cancerous cow's eye from a sausage-maker. After examining it, he concludes that he could then understand why sausages are sometimes poisonous, the point being of course that diseased animals are not kosher and thus are not eaten by Jews. (In an earlier post I cited the writing of a 17th century Jewish physician who testified that some Venetian gentiles only bought kosher meat for this reason.)

After his discussion, Wallace writes - this is 1844, 60 years before Upton Sinclair's The Jungle - that:

"From all that has been written, we may see the vast superiority of the laws of the Jews over those of the gentiles. While the citizens of New York pay fifteen thousand dollars a year for an inspector of tobacco, and considerable sums for inspectors of lime, lumber and charcoal, they have no inspector of animals, nor any unclean place where they may he slaughtered. The Jews, on the contrary, have a man whom they can trust to kill their animals, in a proper manner, and to point out to them by his seal the meat which is wholesome. That he may not be stimulated by want to place his mark improperly, each congregation gives its inspector five hundred dollars a year, and permits him to charge a fee of fifty cents for every ox which he seals. When a butcher, who supplies the Jews, wishes to provide for them, he selects one of the finest oxen, and sends for the inspector. A rope is cast round the animal, and he is drawn up with the aid of a pulley and windlass ; the throat is exposed, and the inspector, with a long sharp knife, cuts it nearly to the spine at a single stroke. By the sharpness of the instrument and the extent of the wound, the blood gushes out in torrents; the animal is farther hoisted up ; by degrees the red blood ceases to flow, and nothing comes from the wound but serum limpid as water. The carcase is then lowered ; the inspector cuts into the chest; examines the heart and lungs; puts in his hand to ascertain if there are adhesions, and that all is healthy. He next examines the abdomen to observe the condition of the liver, &c.; and if he is satisfied, he thrusts a knife through portions of the flesh and fixes several leaden seals, impressed on one side with the Hebrew initial of the month, and on the other side with the day of the month, in a manner similar to that by which seals are attached to cloth. He is present again when it is cut into pieces, and affixes his seal to each portion. When Jews go to market, they can thus easily distinguish what kind of meat is healthy, and what, it is possible, may contain tubercles, abscesses, or sores."

Jeep Grand Cherokee 2011

Chrysler announced a new design and the price of the Jeep Grand Cherokee 2011. New Grand Cherokee has fantastic features, such as the revised cabin, all new sheet metal, the new 3.6-liter V6 Engine Pentastar and upgraded suspension. New 2011 Grand Cherokee Laredo 4 x 4 will start to $ 32.995, and Grand Cherokee Laredo 2011 4 × 2 starting at $ 30,995.

Jeep Grand Cherokee

The new V6 increases gas mileage by 11%, for 23 mpg highway (US) — over 500 miles per tank. The interior provides over four inches of increased rear-seat knee and leg room, and 17 percent more cargo volume (as released first on Numerous safety features are standard, and options include Blind-spot/Rear Cross-path detection and Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Collision Warning, along with FloTV, satellite TV, and Internet router.

The Laredo includes keyless entry, stability control with anti-roll, hill start assist, trailer sway control, side curtain airbags for both rows, active head restraints, power driver's seat, fog lamps, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, satellite radio, and 17-inch aluminum wheels; the 360 horsepower Hemi V8 will be optional. That model starts at $32,995.

Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Limited adds Quadra-Trac II® with Selec-Terrain (if you get the 4x4), front and second-row heated leather seats, memory settings, High Intensity Discharge auto-leveling headlamps, CommandView dual-pane panoramic sun roof, rear back-up camera, rear park assist, premium audio, automatic temperature control, 18-inch aluminum wheels, Garmin® navigation, rain-sensitive wipers, and bright door handles. The price for Limited is $39,995 including destination.

The ultimate Grand Cherokee, the Overland model, adds the Quadra-Lift air suspension (if you get the 4x4), premium interior with Nappa leather-trimmed and heated seats, vented front seats, wood/leather-wrapped heated steering wheel with memory, power tilt/telescope steering column, wood bezels, leather-stitched instrument panel/doors/center console armrest, power liftgate, and 20-inch aluminum wheels. That model starts at $42,995 including destination.

Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Selec-Terrain™ traction control coordinates up to 12 powertrain, braking, and suspension systems, including throttle control, shifting, the transfer case, and stability control. It is included with the Off-Road Group and Hemi, and is standard on Limited and Overland, provided either Quadra-Drive or Quadra-Trac II is specified. The driver can choose between:

  • Sand/Mud: Traction control and Quadra-Lift are more sensitive to wheel spin, and torque is tuned; 50/50 torque split
  • Sport: Cuts the traction control back, lowers the Jeep by half an inch, and puts up to 80% of power to the rear wheels
  • Automatic operation with torque split at around 40/60 front/rear
  • Snow: Traction and Quadra-Lift tuned for snow-covered roads; the torque split is around 50/50
  • Rock: The suspension raises to the maximum 11.1 (some documents claim just 10.7) inches height and the transfer case, differentials, and throttle coordinate to provide low-speed control; around 50/50 torque split

New Land Rover 2013

Land Rover Range-e Diesel Hybrid uses the basic concept of the Range Rover Sport, Land Rover is equipped with 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel mixing speed automatic transmission ZT eight.

Hybrid machine claims to produce a maximum speed of 120 mph, some 20 miles on battery power and CO2 emissions of less than 100 g / km.

The new compact place in 2013 Range Rover. With 2WD variant will emit less than 130 g / km of CO2 and will be "the lightest, most efficient fuel Range Rover ever,"
Now Land Rover — who still hasn’t officially dubbed the production model the ‘LRX’ — says that both 2WD and 4WD versions of the vehicle will be on sale in 2011… followed in 2013 by a diesel hybrid.

Previously, Land Rover had admitted to working on a plug-in hybrid diesel-electric version of their popular Range Rover Sport, which they said could be able to go 20 miles on a charge, have a 20 minute fast charge time and go on sale in 2012. This is the first we’ve heard of other models in the Range Rover line up getting the hybrid treatment — although it certainly makes more sense to do it to a smaller vehicle.

The 2WD, diesel hybrid, and plug-in options all highlight just how much of a struggle it is for a company like Land Rover to meet the needs of the times. Purists will surely scoff at the idea of a 2WD Land Rover, but when the company is up against such stringent requirements, what else are they to do? Wither and die?

Land Rover is set to reveal a new Defender for 2013. This can be extremely tricky because the reason Britain’s Jeep remained largely untouched since its birth is because of its loyal following. Customers like its basic utilitarian structure, which has made it a European workhorse. What will not help the new Defender’s acceptance with the loyalists is that it will likely be based on the Discovery in order to reduce costs. This will include trading in the coil spring suspension for an independent setup that may include air bags for adjusting ride height.

Land Rover currently sells about 25,000 Defenders per year. It’s now hoping that the updated and modernized vehicle will push sales to 40,000. No word yet on if this means a return of the Defender to the U.S. Land Rover had to stop selling the Discovery here in 1997 because of safety regulations, but a modern car may finally account for current rules.