Tonight is Gov. Susana Martinez's big night. Her big introduction to the American people in the form of a high profile spot at the Republican National Convention.
Martinez gets to speak just ahead of one of the most anticipated speeches of the convention -- that of Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan. Martinez's speech will go out to tens of millions of viewers on all three major broadcast networks, not to mention the 24-hour news channels.
These things can make a big difference. Remember, it was a speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2004 where Barack Obama began his ascent
that ended up in the White House.
But there are literally hundreds of others who have given speeches at modern nominating conventions that have not went on to the great heights of President.
On to the Word:
- The big election news is that the National Republican Senatorial Committee is pulling its ad support of Heather Wilson in New Mexico.
- Also third-party candidate Jon Ross Barrie will appear on the ballot with Wilson and Martin Heinrich. More on this later today at NM Telegram.
- The Journal has Heinrich's opinion on the mission of Sandia National Labs and Wilson's opinion on the same subject.
- New Mexico. Texas. Water dispute.
- And the Las Cruces Sun-News looks at the water conference in Las Cruces where it seems that everyone in the room mis suitn someone else.
- The New Mexico Finance Authoritiy says that New Mexico Tech would have benefited if it had used NMFA's financing instead of its own.
- KOB covers New Mexico's job situation.
- SFR looks at the latest Pat Roger email controversy and puts it into context with other statements that Rogers has made in private emails. For example:
Rogers also once asked top gubernatorial officials whether an appointee to the Public Regulations Commission, Douglas Howe, had "promised on his boyfriend’s grave" that Howe would vote for Pat Lyons, a Republican, for chair of the PRC.
- Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Allen Weh would have no trouble meeting with tribal leaders, according to the Albuquerque Journal. But... defended Col. George Armstrong Custer?
“I don’t share any of the prejudiced viewpoints in this email,” the retired Marine Corps colonel said. “As governor, Susana Martinez should be meeting with the leadership of all New Mexico constituencies.
“And as for Col. Custer, he died fighting a war for the United States, not for himself, and would probably prefer to be left out of this,” Weh said.
- The Republican National Committee seized on Sen. Tom Udall's remarks about sequester at the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce (which were included int he Word yesterday) and hit President Barack Obama, writing, "If President Obama is willing to spend billions on failed stimulus programs he should be willing to make the same commitment to America’s men and women in uniform."
They perhaps failed to seize on the part of Udall's remarks where he said that partisan politics are hurting the economy.
- Bernalillo County voters will get to decide on a $20 million bond for road projects, which includes $5 million for the Paseo del Norte / I-25 interchange.
- Should the New Mexico Finance Authority be overhauled like the State Investment Council was?
- The Mid-Region Council of Governments looked at the economic impact of the Sandia Science and Technology Park.
“The park is certainly a major contributor to our economy,” said Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry. “It’s making sure there’s a playing field for businesses to play on.”When I spoke to former Albuquerque mayor Martin Chavez, he cited the site as one of his major successes as mayor.
- The New Yorker asks if Gov. Gary Johnson can escape Ron Paul's shadow. The fact that the question keeps being asked shows that he hasn't yet.
- NMPolitics.net returns with a look at longshot congressional candidate Evelyn Madrid Erhard.
- New Mexico will no longer accept philosophical reasons as a valid excuse for not vaccinating children. Only religious exemptions will now be granted.
“We believe people were using the philosophical objections when filling out the form,” department spokesman Kenny Vigil wrote in a response to a reporter’s inquiries Tuesday. “We became concerned that vaccine-preventable diseases are on the rise because of that. The new form specifically requires you to state your religious belief.”Good. Not having children vaccinated is dangerous.
- New Mexico's Medicaid program will expand to cover methadone for those attempting to kick heroin or painkiller addictions.
- Officials will meet in New Mexico to examine problems that are unique to Native American communities.
- Which counties in New Mexico have the highest percentages of young adults?
Roosevelt County led the list in New Mexico, with 24.46 percent of its population young adults. That’s high enough to rank it No. 16 nationally. Coming in just behind was Curry County, with 23.17 percent of its 48,376 residents considered young adults (11,209). Next is Doña Ana County with 46,527 young adults, or 22.24 percent of its overall population. Bernalillo County is fourth by percentage.
- A Las Crucen teen will participate in the Paralympic Games in London.