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Posted: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 9:00 pm | Updated: 11:36 am, Fri Jun 20, 2014.

Two candidates for governor apparently have aviation on their minds.

Alan Webber — one of five Democratic candidates — and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, who is seeking re-election, released campaign ads that talk about aircraft.

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  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 9:37 am on Sat, May 17, 2014.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 481

    I don't know, Mr. Michaels. I don't plan on voting for him but I suppose Webber could do worse than our governess.

    How? As of today (5/17/2014), New Mexico is #50 in job loss and cannot fall any lower unless we get another territory to enter the Union as a state before the election. During the past 12 months, New Mexico lost 4,400 jobs according today's the New Mexican.

    But those lost jobs aren't Susana's fault, are they, Mr. Knolls? We know that Santa Fe's former mayor kept--and took--4,000 jobs with him! [wink]

  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 9:16 am on Sat, May 17, 2014.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 481

    Don't we have more than 29,000 first graders in New Mexico? That number seems rather low.

  • oscar michael posted at 11:13 am on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    oscar mike Posts: 142

    You must be a fan of Alan Webber's ideas expressed over 40 years ago in a memorandum titled "disincentives to the automobile". In there he has great plans to "nudge" citizens into using mass transit by manipulating regulations to make it unattractive to drive a car. Things like, increasing(sky-rocketing) local fuel taxes, limiting parking spaces on public and private land, increasing restrictions and fees for registration of vehicles, re-regulating timing of traffic lights to DE-crease the smooth flow of traffic, install toll booths at entrances to cities, make it illegal to enter a city between 730 and 9am in a single passenger vehicle, and many, many other happy ideas to push the populace toward mass transit. Its called social engineering, and its for your own good!

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 9:48 am on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1675

    "Our biggest challenge is climate change and the drought it produces." - Really? I suspect Mew Mexicans who are unemployed or under-employed might disagree with that statement.

    The governor of New Mexico has a lot more power to directly impact things like the state's economy or public schools than she has to reverse global climatic trends. Besides, I think folks concerned about climate change will find that the general public is much more receptive to making sacrifices to address the climate when they're happily employed and feeling financially secure.

  • Trevor Burrowes posted at 9:54 pm on Thu, May 8, 2014.

    Trevor Burrowes Posts: 24

    Our biggest challenge is climate change and the drought it produces. Who will be better to address it? Martinez or Webber? The Koch's fund organizations like the Heartland Institute which is in the business of denying climate change. Even if the Koch brothers contributed a dollar to her campaign, their association with Martinez suggests that she is not the one to address this crisis, whatever her virtues or lack thereof in other respects. That doesn't guarantee that Webber will do more, but it suggests that he couldn't do worse.

  • oscar michael posted at 4:40 pm on Thu, May 8, 2014.

    oscar mike Posts: 142

    oh yeah, almost forgot..

    Im Alan Webber, a "proud, rich white guy" and I dont really approve of this message..

  • oscar michael posted at 4:07 pm on Thu, May 8, 2014.

    oscar mike Posts: 142

    What a truthful Webber ad would sound like..
    I'm Alan Webber, ill invest in childhood education, because I love the lil children. Except those that are being sexually abused by my boss for years and years....
    End Tax breaks to out of state corporation, except for those corporations owned by friends from Oregon, Massachusetts, and Washington d.c.
    And up the minimum wage, because i will drive business out of the state, those will be the only jobs available to new mexicans..
    Those are my Ideas, I want to hear yours (if they are accompanied by a campaign contribution made out to my PAC).

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 3:01 pm on Thu, May 8, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1675

    Of the last 43 years, Democrats have held the governor's office for 31 of those years.

    Since statehood, New Mexico has had seventeen Democrat governors and only ten Republican governors.

    With the exception of one session, 1953-1954, the Democrats have held the majority of seats in the state house since 1931. And with the exception of a few ties in 1985 and 1988, the Democrats have held the majority of seats in the state senate since 1933.

    Judging by that I'd say that it's pretty easy to lay most of the blame for New Mexico's problems at the feet of one party.

  • oscar michael posted at 2:04 pm on Thu, May 8, 2014.

    oscar mike Posts: 142

    Over that same period of time, and for decades before, the state legislature has been comprised of a democratic majority in both the senate and the house. The legislature can introduce and kill bills before they have a chance at getting vetoed by a governors signature. How many initiatives have been killed by the dems? The most corrupt government was during times of no division between the executive and legislative bodies when the democrats held full control of the round house.

  • Dominic Montoya posted at 1:33 pm on Thu, May 8, 2014.

    Dominic Montoya Posts: 58

    Out of the last 27 years, the New Mexico Governor's Office has been occupied by a Republican for 15 years and some change. The Governor's Office holds veto power over anything the legislature passes. So if you are going to blame legislation over the past few decades., all of the Governors during that same period must be held accountable as well. Republican or Democrat, it really doesn't matter. Fact is, neither party has really made New Mexico a better place when they have had the opportunity to do so. Blaming one party for all problems is a choice to be ignorant.

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 1:29 pm on Thu, May 8, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1675

    "...when did you last buy anything with a percent (%)?"

    That's an interesting question. The $20,000 that the Koch brothers have contributed to Susana's campaigns amounts to less than 0.5% of her over four million dollar war chest. Obviously the Koch brothers aren't spending enough to be seriously described as buying influence.

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 1:21 pm on Thu, May 8, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1675

    So the Koch brothers have contributed less than $20,000 to Susana over the course of two election cycles. The unions and their PACs contributed over $60,000 to Javier Gonzales' single mayoral campaign. Which seems more insidious, less than $20,000 for two gubernatorial campaigns or over $60,000 for just one mayoral campaign? Who are really the big spenders when it comes to buying influence?

  • oscar michael posted at 11:58 am on Thu, May 8, 2014.

    oscar mike Posts: 142

    And punches babies! probably kicks her dog too....

  • Douglas Reilly posted at 11:30 am on Thu, May 8, 2014.

    filosofo Posts: 4

    As for the Governor's Campaign's response: the Kochs are out-state-BILLIONAIRES, not MILLIONAIRES, and to compare Alan Webber as an out-of-state MILLIONAIRE, is a cute way of attempting to compare apples and oranges. The difference between their two fortunes is at least a factor of 3,000 times.

    As for Steve Terrill's Analysis: the Koch's private jet is theirs, and it probably cost a bit more than a helicopter. For all I know, they might have "choppered" from Cutter to the Hyatt.

    Also the Koch group that he mentioned, "Americans for Prosperity" is an excellent example of what George Orwell called "Double-Plus-Good-Speak" in his novel "1984".

    I know the song about El Paso that commenter Pat Shackleford referred to, but I can't write its title here.

  • Aldo Ramirez posted at 10:08 am on Thu, May 8, 2014.

    Aldo Posts: 18

    She hates teachers.

  • Douglas Reilly posted at 9:17 am on Thu, May 8, 2014.

    filosofo Posts: 4

    Let's consider their two campaign funds. Alan Webber, according to the New Mexican and the Albuquerque Journal, has contributed or loaned about $450,000 to his own campaign and collected contributions of $380,000, of which, 60% are from out of state. The Governor already has more than $4,000,000 and is now in Washington, DC, for a further fund raiser that is to be attended by many of the top figures in the Grand Old Party (GOP) of Lincoln at a cost of $4,500 a plate. Since when does a candidate for Governor of New Mexico need a "war chest" of more than five million dollars? As for Alan having a large percentage of out-of-state contributors; when did you last buy anything with a percent (%)?

  • Eli Chavez posted at 8:11 am on Thu, May 8, 2014.

    Eli Chavez Posts: 25

    Susana Martinez is a Surrogate for the Greedy Rich Koch Brothers. The Koch Brothers have Susana by the you know what, and we need to get the vote out to defeat her and the Koch Brothers. Susana could careless about our hungry children, and the data does not lie. New Mexico is last again. Time for us to rid of her Septic Tank Corruption.

  • Trevor Burrowes posted at 7:24 am on Thu, May 8, 2014.

    Trevor Burrowes Posts: 24

    The Administration's Climate Assessment committee came out this week with the strongest alert yet (week and late as it was) about climate peril. We are in trouble as a state, as a nation, and as a planet. Climate change is going to get worse, not better. New Mexico's drought will follow suit. We have a governor who does not understand the dire consequences of this. The Koch brothers' money to influence fossil fuel extraction (like fracking) at the cost of our dwindling water supply is the last thing we need in a governor.

  • Steve Salazar posted at 7:14 am on Thu, May 8, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 872

    Harry Reid also says that the Koch brothers are the cause of "climate change." I bet they are the cause of those little voices in his head.

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 1:55 am on Thu, May 8, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 568

    away back to El Paso? Kinky Friedman has a song for her.


  • Dantorb posted at 11:21 pm on Wed, May 7, 2014.

    Dantorb Posts: 1

    Make her go away.


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