Over the course of my decade in journalism, I’ve worked with many interns, writers and editors. All of the good ones are in this field because they love it. Frankly, there’s not another reason to do this work. The money sucks. The hours suck. Journalism can make you crazy. It might also rob you of your health and beauty.Truer words.
But, if you’re a born storyteller, if your curiosity is never sated, if you want to shine light into the shadowy corridors where power dwells, this is the job for you.
A former staffer recently compared Bingaman to the title character played by Jimmy Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. And Congressional Quarterly’s Politics in America once called the New Mexico senator “Mr. Spock in a Senate of Captain Kirks.” A cover story on Bingaman in an Albuquerque magazine in the late 1980s referred to him as “the most boring man in the U.S. Senate.”
Earlier this year, the conservative Washington Times wrote, “In a political world dominated by snappy sound bites and 30-second TV campaign ads, the Democrat stands out for his quiet, serious-minded style.”
On a Saturday afternoon in October 1990, Senator Pete V. Domenici turned from a conversation on the Senate floor, caught the eye of a clerk by raising his right hand and voted in favor of a huge and contentious bill to reduce federal deficits. Then he put his hand back into his pocket and returned to the conversation.Now, Domenici is advocatingfor an increase in some taxes as part of a package to reduce the deficit. But Domenici went more than a decade in the Senate without voting for a tax increase.
It was the end of an era, although no one knew it then. It was the last time any Congressional Republican has voted for higher income taxes.
Micheal Snipes, an assistant professor of Economics at Eastern New Mexico University, said uncertainty causes business managers and owners to avoid risks and delay actions they would normally take. The standstill is likely to have as much impact on business performance as the actual plunge, he said.
Eastern New Mexico businesses seem to be in that risk-avoidance mode. They have put nearly everything on hold while they await the outcome, according to some business leaders.
In a Journal interview, Carrasquillo said the administration hasn’t referred a case to him for investigation in six months, though it regularly did so before that, according to reports he filed. He said he agreed with councilors who raised questions about the independence of the office.
According to the memo obtained by the Los Alamos Monitor, McMillan, who said the lab worked through a $400 million shortfall, told employees the lab scored 80 percent and the Los Alamos National Security, LLC, was awarded another year on its contract.
Out of a possible total of $74.5 million, NNSA awarded LANS a combined total of $59.6 million in fees for executing more than $2.2 billion in work for the nation in FY 2012.
Two assistant attorneys general have issued an opinion that Mariposa East homeowners were not adequately notified of property owners’ liability associated with the development’s Public Improvement District taxes when they purchased their property.
The mayors of the two municipalities have snipped at one another for more than a month, as evidenced by an exchange of letters.
The current discord was triggered after a Nov. 19 correspondence from Ruidoso Downs Mayor Gary Williams to Ruidoso Mayor Ray Alborn. It referenced a Nov. 13 meeting that, according to the letter, involved Alborn, Village Manager Debi Lee and Ruidoso Downs Police Chief Doug Babcock.
[A penny was taped to his letter.]
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