Friday, July 09, 2010

Friday Clippings From My Newsroom Floor: More Speaker Buzz, Susana Scares Santa Fe And Some Bottom Lines 

The dearth of obvious candidates to succeed Ben Lujan as NM House Speaker (and which we blogged about this week) brings this critical analysis from a Roundhouse insider:

Ben has very effectively assured that there is nobody in a good position to challenge him. That is good for Ben in terms of protecting his Speakership. But bad from the standpoint of the institution or effective governing...Committee chairs are generally members who have been in office thirty or so years, and who are not encouraged to groom and prepare younger and talented members. The next generation is not included in key negotiations or meetings to watch and learn...

When the speaker barely survived a primary challenge June 1, it set off a wave of speculation over his power base. It could lead to pressure for him to point to an eventual successor. House Dems will meet following the November election to decide who will be speaker for the 2011-2013 stretch.


Tucked away in the back pages is a statement by GOP Guv nominee Susana Martinez that is surely freaking out some politicos--She supports random audits of state campaign reports.

That idea was floated by a Governor's commission a few years ago, but was brushed aside. Money to enforce the provision was the major argument against.

But it is done elsewhere. In Tennessee, they even do random audits of lobbyists. Heaven forbid!

Martinez would undoubtedly have a difficult time getting a random audit plan through the Legislature, but her support is not going unnoticed.


We've noted how this Great Recession has especially pummeled working class Hispanic New Mexicans, particularly those involved in construction, mining and manufacturing. Now there's some stats out on the big divide between Hispanic and Anglo joblessness here. Many Anglo workers have more education and their desk jobs have not been at the center of the economic storm. Still, businesses across the board have been hammered by the downturn as economic activity stagnates.


If your Sominex isn't working, try this:

A live, streaming audio feed of interim legislative committees is now available online here. The Legislative Council voted to begin webcasting interim committee meetings..Because this year’s meetings are being held in Santa Fe as a cost-saving measure, the meeting rooms were already wired...webcasting began July 1.


From the Henny Youngman file:

Some people ask the secret of our marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant twice a week- a little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays; I go Fridays.

This is the home of New Mexico politics. From Albuquerque, I'm Joe Monahan reporting.

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