SFR’s first-ever, possibly biased assessment of the best and worst of 2012
This year marks the inauguration of SFR’s Patrón Awards (named, of course, for New Mexico’s loved and hated patron system—the good ol’ boy network that has shaped state politics for a century). The awards, first announced on Dec. 17 in the Weekly Word podcast (listen at SFReporter.com), range from seriously honorable to utterly facetious. Read on.
After elections come more elections.
On Saturday—just over a month after the Nov. 6 election—the Republican Party of New Mexico selected its new figurehead: a tall, deep-voiced Lincoln County party chairman who candidly urged his fellow partisans to do some “soul searching.”
“We do a lot of work. We work hard. It’s really no self-gain, but they have a thing called Big Picture when you first get there, it’s a class you go through…[you learn that] all the wrong that we did, you can’t take that back, but you can do a lot of good and balance out the scales. There’s a lot of good stuff in Big Picture,” LJ Nelson says.