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Posted: Monday, November 4, 2013 11:00 pm

It’s little surprise, but Gov. Susana Martinez appointed a Republican to replace progressive state Rep. Stephen Easley, a Democrat from Eldorado — what’s more, she went all the way to Valencia County to choose his replacement. Talk about adding insult to injury.

Former Albuquerque City Councilor Vickie Perea — she now lives in Belen — now will represent a good chunk of Santa Fe County come the next legislative session. Her selection means the mostly Democratic District 50 will have a Republican representative who lives far from the center of the far-flung district’s population — more than half of Easley’s votes came from Santa Fe County. He won, too, by 56 percent of the vote, and the district has 46 percent Democratic registration compared to 33 percent Republican.

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  • Stan Bies posted at 11:00 am on Tue, Nov 5, 2013.

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    Can we agree that any partisan interference with voters rights is just wrong ? No mattwr if by gerrymandering , unreasonable limits on voters franchise our political appointments .

    This country has no time for politics as usual.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 9:29 am on Tue, Nov 5, 2013.

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    The New Mexican thinks it's partisan for the Governor to have selected a Republican from the two Republicans and one Democrat nominated for her to choose from? I'd say that partisan is gerrymandering District 50 into something where the dense nest of Democrats in Eldorado basically get to overwhelm the conservative and rural corners of three other counties when choosing their collective state representative.

     
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