Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday Clippings From My Newsroom Floor 

The National Journal Friday came with an indepth and potentially damaging examination of Jay McCleskey, the man known as New Mexico's "Shadow Governor."

It is the first comprehensive mainstream media treatment of the controversial consultant and his relationship with Governor Martinez and her administration.

Thi is a must read for anyone involved in state politics. One tidbit: all those interviewed were Republicans. More on the 5,400 word article later...

Maybe some of the five Dem candidates for Governor should take out some insurance and also collect petition signatures for lieutenant governor. There are no big name candidates running for the #2 spot and it seems as wide open as the Dem nomination for governor. Two of the current Guv hopefuls--Linda Lopez and Lawrence Rael made previous attempts at the state's #2 post...

Heather Brewer, the state director for US Senator Martin Heinrich departs that position at the end of the year. His office says:

After five years of serving as Martin's district director in the House and state director in the Senate, Heather will be leaving at the end of 2013 to pursue other opportunities. Heather has been a stalwart leader and unwavering advocate for the people of New Mexico...

A reader sent this one in and it suprised us:

The health care industry is the main driver of the four-county Albuquerque metropolitan area’s private sector economy. In 2011, the sector employed 48,591 people and had an annual payroll of $2.1 billion, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That $2.1 billion represented 20.5 percent of the area’s $10.4 billion annual private sector payroll. The area had 18,466 businesses with employees in 2011 and they employed 267,731 people.


Michael Folsom, a ABQ Democratic Party precinct chair, writes:

As a Dem I am deeply concerned that the party seems absent from the fight on the Martinez-Skandera education disaster that is going down right now. I live with a 4th grade teacher and I have to tell you that Skandera's evaluation system is killing teachers and the Democratic Party is no where to be found. With all the work over the years that the Teachers Unions have done for and with the Democratic Party its is sickening to see that Democratic elected officials have largely abandoned them to their fates.


Conan O’Brien: “Members of the Tea Party gathered outside the White House to demand President Obama’s impeachment. The President said he appreciated their views, and he is setting up a new website where they can voice their opinion.”

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