Saturday, February 22, 2014

2014 and The Stage is Set

Coming out of the Bernalillo County Convention candidates for governor with the strong lead are Lawrence Rael and Alan Webber. Rael knows the route well and shows his skills as a veteran vote getter. Rael knows how to get the voters excited about the coming election. Webber is new to the game and may need some education. Rael is likely to teach the new comer a thing or two. Webber has the money and the experience in business. I don’t get the feeling that he will take long to build a strong campaign. He should have come more prepared to discuss key issues that affect Albuquerque.

Martinez will find that she is in for a fight this year. Money alone will not get her reelected. She only took the office because the Democratic Party lacked a strong candidate. Now we have two. The time is now to start asking the hard questions of our top two candidates.

How do we keep what we have but build off of our successes? Who among these two men has what it takes to rebuild our economy and our embattled educational system? Which one will stand the fires of public review? The voting public is looking for strong leadership to get us off the bad lists. We have not one but two strong well educated candidates.

I wish I could say more about the other candidates but the voters lack interest in them. I will say that they are good people who want to serve our state. Now is not their time.

Other positions: Early Endorsements

State Auditor: Tim Keller He knows the job well and bring strong honesty to the position.

State Attorney General: Hector Balderas Lots of legal experience and a willingness to work nonpartisan.

State Treasurer: John Wertheim Smart, skilled and experienced with protecting investments.

Secretary of State: Maggie Toulouse Oliver Born for the job with more skills than any state could ask for out of a SOS.

And as always don’t forget to vote for the judges. I liked what I was hearing from a few of them. Remember no issues questions for the judges. But feel free to ask questions about work experience and family. Also community involvement.

I will post pictures tomorrow.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Has Governor Martinez been a do nothing governor?

No! She has been far from a do nothing governor. Our governor has done many things to harm our state. 
Our governor started out by opposing job creation by cutting the tax credit to the film industry. She opposed our spaceport. She opposed our commuter train. A well-supported commuter train could promote small businesses growth around the local stops. Rather than spending time promoting our state as a place to do business and visit, she went out on the campaign trail to increase her own job profile. Less time supporting the GOP and more time supporting local employers would keep New Mexican workers employed. How about a real all of the above approach to energy production, where is the governor’s support for green energy jobs?  Where is the governor’s support of our National Labs?

The governor’s appointee for Secretary of Education has been busy selling our educational system to private for profit corporations, which drains taxpayer’s dollars for our school systems.  Why is the appointee not promoting parent interaction through programs directed at education? She could encourage parents to work with the schools to get children to eat healthy and exercise.
The governor could have promoted bicycle trails to and from local schools. She could have encouraged employers to give employees paid time to exercise during working hours. She could have encouraged local farmers to provide healthy foods to school systems through tax breaks. No, she was far too busy selling off our school systems to Corporate America.
Governor Martinez is opposed to illegal aliens getting driver licenses. As a former district attorney, she should have found ways to speed up getting people the correct paperwork so that they could legally work in our country. Working with Mexico on this, guns, the drug issues could have promoted more jobs and international trade all at the same time. We do not have to support illegal immigration to fix the problem. We could have fixed the problem by designing a different license that would have solved the problem long ago and meet federal standards at the same time.

Governor Martinez failed the residents of the City of Albuquerque by cutting backroom deals for our fairgrounds. She supported the hiring of a disgraced law enforcement individual to run a building project where he has no skills.
Governor Martinez promoted and signed into law tax cuts for corporation, while forcing local cities and towns to increase taxes on working New Mexicans to pay for that tax cut.  

Governor Martinez is no friend to the women in this state. She should be replaced with a candidate who puts working New Mexican families first and foremost above any party.  Governor Martinez has done a lot in the last few years and none of it has been beneficial to working middle class New Mexicans.