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  • Merilee Dannemann: Advertising hits legislature

    The campaign for the Legislature reached a point this season I hoped I would never see.

    Four years ago I saw a billboard on I-25 in Albuquerque, advertising for a candidate for the state Senate. I thought this was way over the top. 

    Billboard advertising for legislative seats might make sense in more rural, geographically larger districts, where it will reach primarily district residents and where the cost is appropriately lower. But not on the freeway in Albuquerque. It’s a waste of money, unless the candidate has a brother-in-law in the billboard business or has raised enough money to waste a lot of it.     

  • Sherry Robinson: Park would recognize nuclear beginnings

    In October, the President announced that the home of labor leader Cesar Chavez would be a national monument. A month before, the House defeated Sen. Jeff Bingaman’s measure to create the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

    The political gods smiled on Chavez’s California farmhouse and 187 surrounding acres because both parties need to show some love to the nation’s Hispanic people, and creating a monument is a lot easier than passing immigration reform.

    The A-bomb park, as it was dubbed in headlines, didn’t enjoy that kind of momentum. Co-sponsor Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Washington, promised to try again before year end. I hope he and Sen. Tom Udall take the baton after Bingaman bows out. Although the bill mustered 237 votes in favor to 180 against, it needed a bigger majority.

  • New Storm Hitting Sandy-Battered NYC, NJ, CT
  • Today in History for November 8th
  • Storm delivers first snow of the season to LA

    A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM MST THIS MORNING.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... ADDITIONAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE LESS THAN 1 INCH.

    * TIMING... SNOW WILL TAPER OFF THROUGH THIS MORNING.

    * WINDS... NORTHWEST 10 T0 20 MPH.

    * SNOW LEVELS... TEMPERATURES WILL BE COLD ENOUGH FOR SNOW AT ALL ELEVATIONS.

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... TRAVELERS SHOULD REMAIN ALERT TO TREACHEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS... ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE HIGHER TERRAIN. VERY COLD TEMPERATURES TODAY MAY ALLOW SLICK ROADWAY CONDITIONS TO PERSIST... ESPECIALLY IN SHADED AREAS.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

    A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL... KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT... FOOD... AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

    More Information

    ... WINTRY WEATHER SLOWLY DIMINISHING ACROSS THE AREA TODAY... .

  • 10 things to know for Thursday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about on Thursday:

    1. HOW OBAMA WON

    Among other things, the president and his team mobilized a masterful registration and get-out-the-vote operation.

    2. WHERE THE GOP GOES FROM HERE

    Improving relations with America's fast-growing Hispanic population may be the party's biggest challenge.

    3. JUST WHAT THE EAST DOESN'T NEED: MORE ROUGH WEATHER

    As another nor'easter lumbers ashore, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie sums things up: "I am waiting for the locusts and pestilence next."

    4. BRITAIN CALLS ON WEST TO DO MORE TO END SYRIAN CIVIL WAR

    Obama's re-election prompts a call for America and its allies to shape opponents of Assad into a coherent force.

  • Colorado Gov. to Pot Advocates: Not So Fast

    Colorado's governor is warning residents of his state against marijuana use, noting that it remains illegal under federal law, despite voters approving its use under state law.

  • 7.4-magnitude Earthquake Strikes Guatemala
  • Stocks plummet on news of Obama re-election

    Wall Street greeted a second Obama term the way it greeted the first.

    Investors dumped stocks Wednesday in one of the sharpest sell-offs of the year. With the election only hours behind them, they focused on big problems ahead in Washington and across the Atlantic Ocean.

    American voters returned a divided government to power and left investors fretting about a package of tax increases and government spending cuts that could stall the economic recovery unless Congress acts to stop it by Jan. 1.

    In Europe, leaders warned that unemployment could remain high for years, and cut their forecasts for economic growth for the rest of this year and 2013. The head of the European Central Bank said not even powerhouse Germany is immune.

    The Dow Jones industrial average plummeted as much as 369 points, or 2.8 percent, in the first two hours of trading. It recovered steadily in the afternoon, but remained down 279 points with a half-hour of trading to go.

  • Given 2nd term, Obama now facing new urgent task

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama faces a new urgent task now that he has a second term, working with a status-quo Congress to address an impending financial crisis that economists say could send the country back into recession.
    “You made your voice heard,” Obama said in his acceptance speech, signaling that he believes the bulk of the country is behind his policies. It’s a sticking point for House Republicans, sure to balk at that.
    The same voters who gave Obama four more years in office also elected a divided Congress, sticking with the dynamic that has made it so hard for the president to advance his agenda. Democrats retained control of the Senate; Republicans kept their House majority.
    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, spoke of a dual mandate. “If there is a mandate, it is a mandate for both parties to find common ground and take steps together to help our economy grow and create jobs,” he said.
    Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky had a more harsh assessment.
    “The voters have not endorsed the failures or excesses of the president’s first term,” McConnell said. “They have simply given him more time to finish the job they asked him to do together” with a balanced Congress.