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Columns

  • Actions speak volumes

    Things are obviously not peaches and cream between Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and her Republican Lt. Gov. John Sanchez.
    You’ll recall that following their election last November, the then governor-elect trundled into Santa Fe to begin the process of setting up her incoming administration.
    Simultaneously, she cut the lieutenant governor-elect out of that process by dispatching him on a jaunt around the state to find out what business folks thought needed to be done to improve the state’s economy.
    It smelled fishy at the time and it still does.

  • Albuquerque merits pondered

    The Democratic U.S. senate primary is likely to be as hard fought and negative as the GOP primary. The two races have much in common.
    Both contests feature a U.S. house member or former member, representing Albuquerque, against an opponent who has won a statewide election.
    In the GOP primary, former Rep. Heather Wilson and Lt. Gov. John Sanchez do battle.
    In the Democratic primary, Rep. Martin Heinrich and state Auditor Hector Balderas face off.
    Wilson represented Albuquerque for more than 10 years, never losing  an election. She left her seat and unsuccessfully ran statewide in the 2008 GOP senate primary to replace Sen. Pete Domenici.

  • Bigger budget cuts for state executive offices

    A good number of state department executive offices took a larger percentage budget cut in this year’s legislative session than did the activity the office directs. This sends a good signal; the executives suffer more than the workers.
    The insight, presented in the continuing quest for better understanding of what state government does, comes from the Legislative Finance Committee’s “2011 Post-Session Review.” See www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/lfc/lfcfiscal.aspx.

  • Say goodbye to the underfed gorilla

    We won’t have Qwest to kick around any more. We have a new provider to kick around.
    If you think this doesn’t affect you because you have another provider of telephone and Internet services, think again. Like the song says, the thigh bone’s connected to the hip bone. Everybody in New Mexico is connected to Qwest, one way or another, and so are our plans for improved broadband (high-speed) connections.

  • Regulatory arts and sciences: Committee gathers new ideas

     Rules have always been essential to sports, society and the economy. Regulation is the process of using rules. As with any process, a focus on efficiency pays off.   
    Big-time tennis nowadays settles disputed line calls with a tool called Hawk-Eye. In 10 seconds, the system’s computer reconstructs the ball’s flight from sets of camera data and shows the line and landing spot on the big screen. Fans cheer for the gee whiz verdict and tennis resumes.
    In the old days, a close line call was the start of John McEnroe’s barking infamies at the chair umpire in three-minute-long tirades. Remember?
    The McEnroe model still reigns in the regulatory world. In stark contrast, efficiency depends on Hawk-Eye ideas.

  • Future dreams take financial planning

    I have never met a mom who wasn’t working - or any other woman for that matter. More than ever before women are handling their own or their family’s finances. It’s not about what you have; it’s what you do with it to secure your future.
    We all have unique needs and resources, but everyone wants to protect what they’ve worked so hard to acquire. It’s all about taking what you have, making the most of it, and building a solid financial future that is uniquely yours.
    A woman has different financial needs than a man. Everyone must face the good news that women live longer and the potentially bad news that they will spend more years in retirement than the last generation.

  • Business people our best hope

    It is no accident that aspiring GOP presidential candidates are focused on our economy — or rather what needs to be done to get it back into good shape.
    Almost three years into a devastating recession, precipitated by the mortgage loan debacle of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and made worse by the fiscally irresponsible policies of both the congress and Obama administration, there has been very little recovery.
    And the painful consequences of lost jobs, reduced wages and a problematic future for millions of Americans are hurting people in ways unimaginable just three years ago.
    I’ve been heard to say publicly that free markets routinely rise and recede, and that politicians don’t really create jobs, businesses do.

  • Gary Johnson’s curious campaign for president

    It has now been almost a month and a-half since former Gov. Gary Johnson announced his candidacy for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, yet it’s still unclear why he’s running.
    A Gallup poll last week attempted to measure the name recognition among rank and file Republicans of the real or rumored potential candidates for the party’s nomination.
    Johnson came in dead last, trailing even a former pizza chain executive, Herman Cain, who recently made it official that he also seeks the GOP nomination.

  • Happy Valentine's Day

    Happy Valentine’s Day! Happy Memorial Day! Have a wonderful Fourth of July and a great Mother’s Day!
    What’s that you say? Memorial Day has passed us by and it’s not July yet?
    Well, why must our lives be so regulated that we can only celebrate something on a single day? There’s no law against giving your sweetheart a box of chocolates in June.
    If you feel patriotic, wave the flag and stoke up that barbeque in December. Send your mother a card every month telling her how much you love her. And seriously, is there any good reason to only celebrate Isaac Newton’s birthday just once a year?
    Okay, so maybe we don’t want kids randomly showing up at our doorstep asking for candy every other weekend.

  • Much may happen behind scenes

    Susana-PAC has been formed to help elect courageous state and local leaders committed to the types of reforms that will move New Mexico forward.
    We were all rather surprised when former Gov. Bill Richardson kept his political action committee going strong even after he won his second term as governor and dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
    But now Gov. Susana Martinez has taken the idea a step further. First she used leftover PAC money from her campaign to buy radio ads and make robocalls to promote her legislative agenda.
    Now she has created a second PAC to help fund state and local candidates who agree with her issues. What are those issues?